Primordial Ooze: World Of Goo Prototype

By John Walker on March 7th, 2009 at 12:04 am.

Nope, can't say we recognise that hand.

2D BOY are offering a really interesting glimpse into the process World of Goo went through, on its way to become the cuddly bundle of ludicrous loveliness that made us crack our ears with smiling last year. These will apparently be in seven stages, and the first is available to download from their site today. It’s a single room, containing some very primitive goo balls, which begin to show some of the characteristics that would form the final game.

Ron Carmel explains,

“for a while now we’ve been meaning to post some early childhood snapshots of world of goo, to dig deep into our code repository and remember the good ol’ days. the early part of a game’s development is often very enjoyable because things evolve rapidly and there’s a great sense of accomplishment. it’s also a lot of fun to look back at those early days and laugh at what the game use to look and feel like. before all the levels, before all the polish, before the months of bug fixing, there was this.”

Let’s try to ignore the background, as it’s just plain weird. (And let’s hope Fox ignores it too.) The balls will bond with each other, meaning you can build a basic tower, but they’ll also do some extremely odd things. You can pick up the whole structure and fling it around in excited circles, watching the physics work really rather well. Until suddenly they pop out of existence, or fling off into some unreachable realm. They also stick to the background in peculiar ways, letting you make some deeply odd shapes. It’s ugly and simple (the RPS Way), but you can see the idea in there. Hopefully iterations 2 through 7 will be appearing soon.

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  1. Lord Skwizzal says:

    Seriously, what is up with that background. My brain feels pain and I don’t know why. OH GOD I TASTE BLOOD.

  2. Rich_P says:

    To those living under a rock: WoG is $5 on Steam this weekend. Anyone who doesn’t buy it at this price is a commie.

  3. Howard says:

    ..well sure… but I still don’t like the game… Sorry and all

  4. Carra says:

    Mmm, 5 euros. Kind of feel ripped of by having paid 20 euros now. Then again, it’s worth 20 euros.

  5. LionsPhil says:

    Why on Earth would you buy it on Steam when you can get it multiformat, [REDACTED]-free, from the devs direct?

    Ooh, the Linux version is out! Go 2DBoy!

  6. Carra says:

    @LionsPhil. For the obvious reason that you can now buy it for 5 euros from steam instead of 20 euros from the devs. Once the promotion is done, not much reason not to buy it from the devs but why would you buy it later? Well, my excuse is that it wasn’t only avaiable through anything but steam a few months ago.

  7. LionsPhil says:

    “Well, my excuse is that it wasn’t only avaiable through anything but steam a few months ago.”

    Maybe it’s just the late hour on a Friday affecting me, but I can’t parse a sentence with this many negatives.

  8. LionsPhil says:

    Anyway, more on topic: it’s interesting to hear the final Goo sounds in such an early build.

    Also, if you fling your structure into the air, and attach a goo while it’s still floating about, it seems to pin that goo to the background. I don’t know if that’s a bug or a really odd http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forum/feature, but it seems repeatable.

  9. LionsPhil says:

    Ugh. Lovely mispaste as I hit “opinion away”. Plz can haz 30-min edit window back. X-/

    “…or a really odd feature, but it seems repeatable.”

  10. hydra9 says:

    @Rich_P:
    I quite like it under this rock. It’s cool in summer and warm in winter. Keeps the rain off too. But THANK YOU very much for informing me of the deal! £4.24 for World of Goo. Purchased!

  11. pilouuuu says:

    I want World of Goo 2!

  12. the probe says:

    That armchair is epic.

  13. sbs says:

    In related news, Steam has a 75% off Weekend deal for World Of Goo.

  14. D says:

    @LionsPhil That was brilliant however. Every game should have http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forum/feature s

  15. Valentin Galea says:

    The background is from Family Guy!

    Scroll it to by hovering the mouse on the far left/right/up/down:)

  16. Bobsy says:

    It’s Peter’s Peewee’s Playhouse, isn’t it?

    Anyway, once again, the edit feature is alive and well, you just need to be logged into the forums to use it.

  17. Aftershock says:

    Releasing early builds of games is the new black.

  18. Psychopomp says:

    Valentin Galea, I’m guessing you aren’t old enough to remember Pee-Wee Herman…