World of Goo is one of the most popular and beloved indie games there is (if you can call this kind of smash hit an indie game). And, joy of joys, a version for Android was recently launched.
I had heard so much hype about this game – if you want the AndroidPIT inside scoop: our lovely office manager Inga told me that her eight year old daughter spends hours playing this on her tablet, and my fantastic colleague Valentyna from the Russian team confessed that she has stayed up all night, hooked to Goo – that I caved and decided to try it out for myself.
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.2
Select which world you want to play in in the game's main menu, though when you first start out only one world is activated. Worlds and levels are activated as you play. Levels are located on a sort of map, reminiscent of the Mario one. You work your way through a world, and the end level is always the most difficult one.
Have you heard of Tiki Towers? World of Goo reminded me ot that game: gooey balls – so called Goos – with arms have to be used in order to build a sort of grid.
There are different types of Goos: the ones that can only be used ones and the ones that can be recycled and used more than once. There are also Goos that can catch fire and others that can be used for shooting.
The goal in each level is to get the Goo grid over to a pipe that sucks up the remaining Goo balls. A minimum amount of Goos have to be left at the end of a level in order for a level to be completed successfully.
More often than not you will have to build a scaffolding up to a bunch of sleeping Goos so as to wake them up and recruit them.
Of course, life is never easy, and in the World of Goo there are obstacles that have to be overcome, too.
Should your scaffolding collaps you can actually turn back time by touching a flying something-or-other. This doesn't always work, and you shouldn't push it too much, because otherwise you'll quickly reach the limit.
The gameplay is super simple, but the game itself can be quite challenging—which is exactly the way we like it!
And what makes World of Goo stand out even more is that it actually has a narrative. Who would've thought that the reason the world keeps turning is a bunch of gooey balls. But—an evil enterprise seeks to take advantage of the Goos, thus causing irreparable harm to our planet. That's where you come in: help the Goos save the world!
That's all I'm going to divulge.
The graphics are brilliant and always suit the narrative to a T. The game is super creative and loads more fun than some ultra complex games.
The game's soundtrack is also really cool and, again, always compliments the look of the level. However, not everyone will agree with me on this, and for those who don't like to have music playing whilst you're gaming I'm sorry to have to tell you that there's no option for switching it off.
I was thrilled with World of Goo right from the get-go. It's so much fun, and it's the kind of game you can really get into. We recommend giving this game a go, you'd be missing out otherwise!
Screen & Controls
World of Goo controls are excellent. I've played this game on a computer in order to be able to have a comparison and can say that I actually prefer touchscreen controls. Picking one Goo out from a bunch of other Goos is not a problem and works every time, especially when enlarging the the display using multi-touch.
Graphics are really fun. There's a lot of beautifully done animation and the overall vibe is great.
Speed & Stability
World of Goo runs really fluidly, even when you're playing several Goos on complex maps. The loading times are also absolutely tolerable.
We've knocked off two points because sometimes the game is not displayed correctly after having switched off the screen; it's shifted to the left by 50%. Switching on/off usually helps remedy the problem.
World of Goo costs EUR3,94 but the game is so worth it. Be warned though: if you try it you will get hooked, there's no two ways about it.
A free version is available here.