8-Bit Eric reviews World of Goo on the Nintendo Switch. World of Goo is a port of a game that was one of the first Wiiware titles on the Nintendo Wii. Now it is on the Switch and is one of the first games to take advantage of the Joy-Cons controllers’ pointer-style capabilities.
In World of Goo you take control of goo balls (many of which feature different abilities), pick them up and connect them together in order to construct bridges, skyscrapers, and other means of gooey architecture so that you can lead other goo balls to an exit situated on one end of every stage.
But the catch is, each level requires you to "save" a set number of goo balls to succeed and move on, so you have to be resourceful in the amount of goo used as construction material. If you fail, you start the puzzle over. Everything you build is physics based as well. So the real challenge is in making sure you’re gooey creations don’t topple over.
The first few levels are simple enough, as you get a feel for how high you can build a tower without it toppling over or how far across you can build a bridge before it buckles under its own weight. Before you know it, however, World of Goo starts throwing curveballs at you on every single level. You're soon introduced to several new species of Goo with varying abilities.
Very simple gameplay concepts here, and surprisingly enjoyable. This game was a big hit when it first came out and with the Nintendo Switch’s play anywhere concept, it is now easy to start a quick round at any moments notice in tabletop mode.
Depending on your skill level, you could complete World of Goo in anywhere between five and fifteen hours, but even after you're done, there are bonuses and secrets to unlock.
Alongside their other titles, Tomorrow Corporation did a very good job utilizing the Joy Con technology. This isn’t the same technology that was found in Wii or Wii U games that required the sensor bar and allowed you to point at the screen; you place the joy con flat on a surface, let it calibrate, then pick it up and aim at the tv. It works amazingly well.
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