Fans of the indie classic PC game, World of Goo, were treated to a wonderful surprise yesterday. The game, which has all but remained dormant for the past 10 years is getting a brand new update. Before everyone rushes to the game expecting new content, the creator has cautioned that the update is purely an aesthetic remaster, with a few graphics update to fix issues running on newer computers. Kyle Gabler, founder of 2D BOY (the original publisher and developer of World of Goo) shared his intent for the update in a blog post on the Tomorrow Corporation website. “We’ve just updated the Win / Mac / Linux versions of World of Goo for the first time since 2008 or 2009 – and hope you and your modern computers enjoy it!”
For those of you who don’t remember, World of Goo was originally released on Windows and WiiWare, a subset of the Wii Shop Channel, in October 2008. Mac OS X and Linux versions of the game were released shortly after. World of Goo revolves around building bridges and structures made of goo in order to solve puzzles and progress through the game. The game received critical acclaim and won numerous awards from Spike TV, IGN, and GameSpot. World of Goo subsequently received versions for mobile platforms as well as the Nintendo Switch. You can get a sense of the gameplay by watching the Switch trailer below.
The new update, which will hit “everywhere it’s currently available over the course of this and next week,” will receive some much-needed graphics updates on Windows, Mac, and Linux, allowing the game to be played in hi-def 16:9 aspect ratio, with a doubled graphics resolution (originally 800×600). Newer UI updates from the Switch will be added to those versions as well. Gabler even gives instructions to those who have purchased the game directly through the 2D BOY website way back when, allowing players to find their order and redownload the game. Otherwise, you can still purchase the game through online retailers such as Steam and GOG.com, mobile platforms for Android and iOS, and the Nintendo Switch Store.