Top Ten: Indie Games

The best underdog titles on Nintendo’s consoles!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 07/08/2014 09:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

6. World of Goo

World of Goo Screenshot

Developer: 2D Boy
Released: WiiWare (2008)

Two guys, a couple laptops, and some Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee houses– welcome to the development of World of Goo. 2D Boy, then comprised of a couple EA expatriates by the names of Ron Carmel and Kyle Gabler, worked themselves to the bone in order to get World of Goo into players’ hands. An early WiiWare success, World of Goo was the epitome of Wii and what made it different from its competitors. A puzzle game that used Wii’s motion control capabilities, World of Goo embraced the alt-sensibilities of the console and brought something genuinely different to the market.

It’s indescribably blissful to use the Wii Remote to manipulate the blobs of black goo into a multitude of constructs to solve World of Goo‘s puzzles. The difficulty is perfectly balanced, and the game never resorts to cheap tricks to outsmart the player. Though deliberately paced and thoughtful, World of Goo remains an exciting game nonetheless, as it draws the player into its world and makes them want to do “just one more stage.” That one stage usually turns into several more. Still relevant today, World of Goo is the sort of game that most powerhouse studios wouldn’t give a second thought; if not for indie devs, titles like this would never get the chance they deserve.

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