Something New – World of Goo

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I have seen a lot of complaints about this being a game that has been free in other places previously. How dare EGS do the same thing! In all seriousness, though, I have actually not played this game, or anything similar to it. I know there are others, with Polybridge being the one I see most frequently, but I haven’t gone out of my way to find them.

I must admit, I’m a little light on pictures this week. The levels do not feature the ability to zoom out for a better view, so attempting to capture what’s going on effectively was trying. I guess it was really a lack of trying because I didn’t try all that hard.

It’s really just a physics sandbox puzzle game near as I can tell. It feels like it should have been a mobile title, and it is now, but its original release was PC/Wii. Certainly reinforces how old this game is.

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In a way, it brings back memories of playing Lemmings on the SNES. Crawling through each level trying to figure out how to use the provided tools to reach a designated exit. Of course, on most levels, there is only one tool at your disposal, black balls that form links with other black balls.

The game does start off pretty simple and straightforward, but it ramps up fairly quickly after the point in that picture. Requiring a rather large tower on the last node of the top path. The bottom path, well, I didn’t get it complete. To be honest I got sick of arguing with it and stopped to write this instead. I’m sure I could get there if I spent all day fighting with it, but I don’t have all day.

Among the more specialized versions of balls I’ve encountered are red balloons that provide lift and green goo that can be picked up again after being placed. The regular goo does not do this.

Trying to balance the lift of the red balloons with the weight of black goo has proved… difficult. Especially since the level I had to do it in had hazards at the top and bottom, so if you went too far you would lose quite a lot of critters, pretty much requiring a restart.

The green ones are quite nice, but provide a quick lesson in what happens if you remove your supports. The level I stopped had you using them to climb upward by leaning against the walls. I would inevitably remove something that was critical and the whole thing would end up back at the bottom.

Maybe a sign I shouldn’t be a structural engineer. Either way, I gotta run and get groceries. It looks like the next free game is going to be Stories Untold, so I’ll be doing that in a couple of weeks. Not sure about next week. I was going to do something else this week but those ultimately haven’t worked out.

Y’all take care, make sure you don’t accidentally float yourself into ceiling spikes with a red balloon.

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