Digital Life Review: World of Goo

Jason Hill writes: "ANOTHER great example of how the most interesting and innovative games will increasingly come from the independent fringe rather than risk-averse major publishers, World of Goo is a delight.

This is a simple yet ingenious puzzle construction game that players of all ages can enjoy. But it's not easy and there are "OCD" benchmarks for masochists.

The goal is usually to build a structure to transport your precious globules to a pipe elsewhere in the level, avoiding obstacles such as spikes and windmills.

Constructing structures such as teetering towers and bridges is intuitive and satisfying, but the Goo's elasticity and the realistic physics ensure you are on edge, hoping your wobbling house of cards won't collapse.

Fortunately, if you make a fatal error you can quickly click on a nearby bug to reverse time, which is particularly useful when you inadvertently grab the wrong Goo in haste.

The game is constantly introducing inventive elements to provide interesting tests as players progress through the 50 levels."

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