First Impressions – World of Goo for Android

9 Mar

World of Goo

I picked this game up because the Market Place has been telling me it’s such a great game for about two weeks now. And for $.50 I can’t really say I’m disappointed. It’s fifty cents, people! This game has been on the market for three months and while I haven’t played any of its counter parts on the PC or Wii, I’ve heard amazing things about this game and so far, it’s lived up to its reputation.

For those who don’t know, World of Goo is a puzzle game where you stretch little goo balls into patterns to create a structure that needs to reach a pipe somewhere on the screen in a certain amount of moves. Physics are implemented very well so if your tower is too heavy on the left side, it’ll bend and eventually topple over. Also, if you have to cross a gap, your structure will dip further and further into the hole if you don’t have a balloon to hold it up.

I’ve yet to do any patterns that are not a lot of triangles stuck together, but I would assume you can create squares and rectangles if you try hard enough.  Several gimmicks are used to make levels harder, such as goo balls “sleeping” on another part of the screen and you have to stretch your structure to reach them, or spikes that will pop your balloons when you’re trying to create a bridge across a large gap. These gimmicks have yet to be cheap or overly annoying, adding a nice level of challenge to otherwise static levels.

The music is fun – a bit startling as I did start playing this game in the middle of a meeting (woops) – upbeat and really catchy. The graphics are cartoony, but bright and cute with zero lag no matter how many goo balls I had swarming over my structure. Touch screen controls make things a little finicky and the inability to unstick most balls once their in place can be a little annoying, but it’s just one more level of challenge added to the game (the reset button has zero penalties for starting a level over from scratch, so just click that if you put too many pieces in the wrong place).

So far playing this game, I give it a Don’t rush. It’s a good game – better than Angry Birds as it’s easier to stack than to hope you’re hitting that sweet spot before you fling your bird – but it’s not an amazing game. If you’re looking for an entertaining, slightly addicting puzzle game for your phone, pick this up, but if you’re not, you’re not missing out on much.

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