World of Goo

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World of Goo
World of Goo cover
Developers
2D Boy
Release dates
Windows October 13, 2008
macOS (OS X) November 2, 2008
Linux February 12, 2009
World of Goo guide at StrategyWiki
World of Goo at Wikipedia

General information

Official website
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial community

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Developer website
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The soundtrack is available for free at composer's website.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Version 1.30 is the latest version.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename files in the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/res/movie
  2. Delete or rename the 2dboyLogo folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\2DBoy\WorldOfGoo\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/WorldOfGoo/
Linux ~/.WorldOfGoo/
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
If config.txt doesn't exist in the above location, you can copy it from <path-to-game>/properties/.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The game attempts to detect the correct resolution on start-up. Sometimes it may be necessary to set it by hand.
Set by hand in config.txt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.txt.
  3. Change the following lines to specify the desired resolution:

<param name="screen_width" value="1280" />
<param name="screen_height" value="720" />

Windowed[edit]

Set by hand in config.txt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.txt.
  3. Change the following line to false:

<param name="fullscreen" value="true" />

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Entirely mouse driven.
Mouse acceleration
Must be edited in config
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Language code: en.
French
Language code: fr.
German
Language code: de.
Hungarian
Language code: hu.
Italian
Language code: it.
Polish
Language code: pl.
Spanish
Language code: es.

Changing languages[edit]

Edit configuration file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file and save game data location.
  2. Open config.txt.
  3. Find the line saying <param name="language" value="auto" />, and change auto to the appropriate language.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Linux only. Enable in the config (manymouse). Requires multiple mice.[1]
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Multiple monitors issue[edit]

The game spans across multiple monitors on Linux[citation needed]

When running the game (on Steam) while using more than one monitor the screen of the game spans across both monitors.

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.txt.
  3. Search for the line < !-- Graphics display -->.
  4. Insert the width and height of your primary monitor at <param name="screen_width" value="1920" /> and <param name="screen_height" value="1080" />.
Multi-monitor crash on Windows[citation needed]

When running the game (on Steam) while using more than one monitor the screen of the game flashes multiple times before crashing or closing the game using the task manager.

  1. Since the in-game options doesn't give a possibility to run the game windowed the only way to run it so is to force it through the 'Properties' menu. For exmaple disabling desktop themes and desktop compositsion.
Blue Screen of Death[citation needed]

World of Goo is known to cause on occasion a BSoD

Happens for some people on start up, usually when the game has finished loading or when the 2D Boy logo appears. In most cases, this is due to an incompatibility with some newer NVIDIA drivers. Fortunately, there are two known ways this can be fixed.
  1. If you've bought World of Goo outside of Steam, try installing it through the official site or Humble Bundle (or wherever you bought it from) without using Steam. This will however mean you will not be able to use Steam achievements or some other Steam functions.
  2. If the first solution did not work, or you want to continue using World of Goo through Steam, try installing an older NVIDIA driver here, or here to roll back to a previous driver.

Other issues[edit]

Steam version not starting at all[citation needed]

The Steam Version can cause issues on 64bit PCs.

To fix this problem the newest WoG patch has to be installed which is not that easy. It's recommended to apply the patch to a completely different folder and then copying over the newly created files into the Steam installation folder. The patcher is available here.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 1.4 OS X and Linux only.
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Open Dynamics Engine
Audio irrKlang

Notable mods[edit]

GooTool[edit]

GooTool is a utility to extend your World of Goo experience, enabling you to install new levels and mods to provide further gameplay, and to view and share your World of Goo accomplishments.

Features:

  • Profiles - View your profiles, view your tower image and stats, backup and restore your profile, move it between machines, and upload to your tower on this website.
  • Addins - Install and uninstall mods and new levels within the game.
  • Options - Configure certain aspects of the game that you can't easily do otherwise - for example changing resolution or removing the loading screen video.
  • Translation - An advanced mode for those interested in translating the game into their own language.

Download link

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 MB
Video card (GPU) Anything released after 2003
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8 or 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 MB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 1.4 compatible
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 2.4
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 70 MB
Video card (GPU) Anything released after 2003
OpenGL 1.4 compatible

References

  1. How do I use more than one mouse? | World of Goo