World of Goo
Game for Windows Live (PC) exclusive.
A non-traditional puzzle game, where the aim on each level is to connect the "goo" in a structure so that it will feed in to an exit pipe. While not a completely new concept (think lemmings, with less tools and more physics, or the psp game Loco-Roco) it is novel and additive. Falling in to both the "love or hate it" and "easy to play, hard to master category". (which I'm a sucker for apparently)
The gameplay is a fluid physics based puzzle game where the execution is packed full of beautiful cartoony-gravity. It will fill you with frustration and reward you pleasure
The mouse based controls are intuitive and flawless but at times requiring a steady hand and a good eye.
While the game is simple enough to play and most of the stages which are broken up in to five "chapters" are easy to "complete" (and subsequently unlocking the next level) There are high requirements to earn any achievements.... you better be committed to unlock even the most simple achievement which makes you to complete almost two dozen stages... and the next one from there will have you put in many hours "OCD-ing" each level
To OCD a level you have to clear it in a way where you really have to execute with alot of skill, some out side of the box thinking, a little good timing and a whole lot of patience.
Some levels require you to finish with a high number of goo, or a low number of moves, or within a certain time.
While there are great videos and blogs to help you out in your journey to earn achievements this is a long game for achievement hunters and completionist...
If your in for the GS you might want to move along unless you have a good chunk of free time. But if your looking at value for money this is a rather long arcade title that is additive and highly rewarding when you eventually figure out the solution.
That is if you can get the marketplace to download and install the game without to much drama, and hopefully none of the achievements glitch as GFWL has notoriously gitchy achievements
But if you get in on the holiday special, its well worth the 800MSP but at its regular price of 1600 its reserved for fans.