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World of Goo (2008) is a puzzle game where you use balls of goo to create bridges that span increasingly large chasms and obstacles. The game simulates real-world physics to determine if structures are strong enough and when they collapse. This means that solutions often stretch the materials to breaking point and invite ambitious strategies.

You play through five chapters that offer levels with unique graphical and musical themes. Your objective is to get the required number of goo balls to the exit. To do this you need to use some of the balls to construct bridges, towers, and other structures. In your way are chasms, hills, spikes, windmills and cliffs.

As you progress you gain different types of goo balls, each with unique properties. These need to be used to complete each level. You are awarded points for how many goo balls you get to the exit (and by implication how efficient your structures are).

There's also a Portal-like subplot about a sign painter watching you and the World of Goo Corporation that isn't all it seems to be!

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked World of Goo 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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This is a Brain Game and Simulation game with Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The Switch version supports 2 players. The downloadable Wii version offers multiplayer with up to four people on the same Wii.

There is also a bonus meta-game called World of Goo Corporation, where the objective is to build the highest tower using goo balls which the player collected through the course of the game. Players from all over the world can compete, as the height of the tower and number of goo balls used are being constantly uploaded to the 2D Boy server.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete. To perfect every level can take close to 30 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


World of Goo usually costs £11.39 to £11.99.

World of Goo

Switch Store Switch £11.99
Steam Store PC £11.39
Steam Store Mac £11.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
By accessing the Wii Shop Channel while in Wii Mode, you can purchase WiiWare and Wii Virtual Console titles on Wii U. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Brain Game, Simulation (Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 14 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Tomorrow Corp (@TomorrowCorp)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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