I sat down with my 6-year old daughter recently to play World of Goo. I first played it long before she was born and it was just as fabulous to play now as it was then. Great games age like a fine wine. In the sea of cheap table wine games, it’s a pleasure to load up a game that offers an ad-free, frustration-free, funny, engaging, exhilarating experience for everyone. Developers 2D BOY came up with a wonderful idea and turned it into a near perfect game.

The Ergohacks Verdict

World of Goo is an iconic classic puzzle game. It has a highly distinctive style that you will probably love or hate. If it’s the latter, don’t stop playing at the first level. Dig into the puzzles a big deeper and the style will fade into the background because the puzzles really are great. If it’s the former, enjoy the synergy of excellent game play meets enticing design. Either way, it’s a game not to be missed. essential200

Buy it from Steam, Nintendo, Play Store, App Store 

Price: ± £8.99 Switch, £6.99 Steam, <£5 Play & App store

About 2D Boy

“2D BOY is an indie game studio based in San Francisco, making games the old fashioned way – a team of two, a few ideas, and a whole lot of ‘love’. Our goal is to make games that everyone can play, with gameplay nobody has seen before.

2D Boy is a core team of two guys, Ron Carmel and Kyle Gabler. Their swanky San Francisco office is whichever free wi-fi coffee shop they wander into on a given day. Kyle Gabler is one of the guys behind the Experimental Gameplay Project, and recently a game designer and magic rapid prototyper with Maxis & EA. Ron Carmel was previously a game developer with EA’s pogo.com. Before that, he developed visual fx software and immersive haptic simulations. Together, they are an unstoppable force on the front lines of the indie revolution.”*

Design

A physics-based puzzle game made long before the avalanche of physics based puzzle games hit the App/Play Store. It’s a multiple award winning, critically acclaimed game made entirely by just two guys. The game consists out of completing multiple puzzle-based levels, each quite different from the last.

Specification

Platforms: PC, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch
Genre: strategy fame
Layout: Puzzle based levels
Length of game: As long as it takes to solve all the puzzles.
Number of players: single player, co-op
Difficulty setting: standard

Requirements

System requirements (PC Minimum Spec)

Supported OS: Windows® XP or Vista
Processor: 1GHz or faster
Memory: 512+MB RAM
Video: Any 3D graphics accelerator less than 5 years old
DirectX® Version: 9.0c
Hard Drive: 100MB

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 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on playing World of Goo on PC, Android smart phones and three versions of the iPad (haven’t played it on the Switch just yet, but it’s received excellent reviews from the games press). This article was first published on 15 June 2017.