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World of Goo Update, 10 Years Later

Hey old friends, it’s been a long time! We no longer have a 2DBOY blog, so thought I’d post this here – 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!

We’re slowly updating the game everywhere it’s currently available over the course of this and next week. Some info on what’s new:

  • To be super clear, there are no new levels, no new characters, no new battle royale deathmatch mode. This is just a gentle remastering we did for fun.
  • The framework has been replaced. This is the thing that draws all the graphics onto your screen, and sends all the audio to your speakers, etc. This means the Win / Mac / Linux version should work on modern computers again without freaking out, and you can run the game on modern displays at whatever resolution you want.
  • Game now runs at a hi-def widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio by default. The original ran at a squarer 4:3 ratio.
  • Resolution of graphics is doubled. The original game ran at 800×600, and the tiny graphic files didn’t scale to huge monitors very gracefully. We used a few different high quality upscaling tools to start, and then went over each image by hand, tweaking each image further as needed. In a few lucky cases, we still had the original source files and were able to use those. But if you still really want the original flavor, there’s a setting to use the original graphics, also included with the game.
  • Fabulous joke about looking good in hi-def has remained unchanged.
  • Brought over graphical and UI improvements from releases on other platforms, like Nintendo Switch.
  • No more encrypted assets or save files. We hope this makes the game more open and friendly to mod.
  • The config.user.txt file is now located wherever your save file is stored. So no more editing that file in your Program Files folder. It has a bunch of new config vars exposed as well.
  • We’ll be updating the game everywhere Win / Mac / Linux versions are available in the next few days.

Want to try it right now? If you got the game directly from 2dboy.com sometime before 2014 or so, and if you can still find your old download link, dust it off and give it a click. The new Win and Mac versions should be there waiting for you, Linux coming soon. Let us know (here in the comments or at 2dboy.com) how they work for you, and especially if you find any bugs! You can also try to look up your download link here if you can’t find your original receipt.

It was fun returning to World of Goo again, and hope you enjoy this small update!

Kyle (the one from 2DBOY & Tomorrow Corporation)

82 Responses to “World of Goo Update, 10 Years Later”

  1. use-writer says:

    A ten year update, just for fun?
    Man, we really love you, 2DBOY!

  2. Andy says:

    Fantastic news! I tried to replay this recently as it was one of my absolute favorite games in high school and was a little turned off by how poorly it ran when scaled to my 1080p monitor. Definitely looking forward to playing again and giving yet another recommendation to my buddies who like puzzle games.

    Appreciate the update, and keep up the good work!

  3. finn says:

    my cat’s breath smells like cat food

  4. Jordan Rodkey says:

    Thanks ya’ll! I was having so many problems with my resolution.

  5. James Madison says:

    Le Reddit Army has arrived!

  6. Viker says:

    Thank you for being one of good guys. We appreciate it and we love you!

  7. Owen says:

    Will this be pushed to consoles as well?

    • Kyle Gabler says:

      The Nintendo Switch version is currently our most up-to-date version – so hopefully it doesn’t need updating as badly as PC!

  8. QUASAR says:

    Great news!, I checked the original mail but the links shows the versions 1.5 for Windows and Mac but the 1.41 for Linux, where can I download the 1.5 linux version

  9. Guillermo Armengol says:

    This is the kind of developers one just love, thanks.

  10. Dan-The-Squid says:

    I wonder how many people bought World of Goo ten years ago and forgot about it, and will never know about this update…

  11. Markkus Taylor says:

    Higher resolution assets for Android version?

  12. Matthew Nordhaus says:

    Oh, never mind. I found the full game download link, AND IT WORKS.

    This is amazing.

  13. Favmir says:

    This is like getting a news from a childhood best friend. It’s beer a long time but I still have the OST and background music from that “jingle balls” Christmas mod. Good to see you again, WoG!

  14. Liyuan says:

    It’s time to play it again:)

  15. Oskar says:

    Awesome! Loved it 10+ years ago (just checked my email and bought this game in 2008).
    Will reinstall it again.

    Thanks guys! You definitly make the world more beautiful with this!

  16. Robert says:

    Hello!

    I bought World of Goo through the Humble Bundle back in the day. Are you going to push the update to their site, too?

    Yours,
    Robert

  17. nothis says:

    You were my first indie game! Thanks for the update!

  18. Sage says:

    Is there a patch executable (or something) for those of us who bought a physical disc long, long ago? :3

  19. Guilherme Augusto says:

    this game was on of the best experiences i had on switch

  20. Patrick says:

    Awww got the game back on the Wii D:

  21. PBtmm says:

    oh goody hopefully there will be more Easter egg soon 🙂

  22. Kevin says:

    You guys are amazing!

  23. Márton says:

    I bought it on CD-ROM in an actual shop! So what about an old-school downloadable patch?

  24. Hi! Thanks for the update, this is much appreciated. Will Humblebundle versions be also updated too?

    That’d be great, you know. 🙂

  25. Abhijit says:

    “No more encrypted assets or save files. We hope this makes the game more open and friendly to mod.”

    Thanks guys!

  26. tkub says:

    Hi there – great news ! Awaiting for linux version – old one is segfaulting on modern linuxes

  27. rama says:

    The download link from my pre-order circa Feb 2008 is a 404. (dl.php)

    • Mr. Ofi says:

      Try to change that part of the URL to “dl2.php” instead. I found the link you did too, but that was only for the pre-order version. There was a second letter with the link to the final version, and the only difference in the URL is the “2”.

  28. Alistair says:

    Soooo…. Is the profanity pack for us original pre orderers going to be available sometime soon? 😉

    Seriously though, great work on the update and for keeping the original mail download links still alive after all this time!

  29. Markus says:

    Thank you very much!

  30. Hakyra says:

    Hey i just want to tell you that when i was 12 years old I illegally downloaded this game from the internet, i didn’t think of what i was doing at that time, and i wanna deeply apologize for that.

    I fell in love with this game. I really can’t describe what i felt playing the last levels knowing that my journey would be over soon and i just didn’t want it to be over…

    I felt really bad, so when i had money and a change, i purchased it immediatly.
    Nowadays i own this game 3 times. (Steam, CD-Rom and Android), i hope that you forgive me for what i did 9 years ago, This is really one of my favourite videogames of all time.
    Thank you for making it!!

  31. BobinFlobo says:

    So… does this mean World of Goo 2 is still possible?

  32. Patman says:

    This was a pain to get working back in the day, due to having 2 monitors and resolution issues.
    Now it’s finally updated!….and doesn’t work with my ultrawide display 🙁
    Just a black screen, music starts after about ten minuets. Anyone found a way around it?

    • Kyle Gabler says:

      Thanks for the report! Can you tell us more about your OS and hardware? And is your OS 32 or 64 bit?

      • Okubyona says:

        Hello, I am having the same issue with my ultrawide monitor

        My specs are

        Windows 10 Home OS 64-bit

        ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Motherboard
        Ryzen 5 1600x CPU @3.60GHz
        Geforce GTX 1660 TI 6GB Graphics Card
        2x8GB DDR4 @ 3000MHz RAM

        Running a dual monitor setup

        Main: 29″ Ultrawide Monitor (2560×1080 Resolution)
        Secondary: 21.5″ Monitor (1920×1080 Resolution)

  33. Andrej says:

    I just checked and I actually have that mail – from 2009! I own this game on so many platforms that I totally forgot about that one.

  34. PizzaDude says:

    Hi, please update the Linux version with the fix that disables the 50fps cap in World of Goo 1.5. Also, I had to go to my original Humble Indie Bundle 1 download page to get the updated version. The regular Humble Library link was not updated.

    • Kyle Gabler says:

      If you happen to have the game on Steam, we’re testing all fixes on the beta channel there. Once it’s solid, builds everywhere will be updated. Thanks for the report!

  35. Chiro says:

    I download the game on Epic Store, download seems fine. When I try to play it, all I see is black with some white dots moving around. I can’t click anything. I’m on windows10. I only play it on regular 19″ monitor.

  36. Sándor Iván says:

    Hi,
    I got the game on Epic Games since it was free and when i start the game everything is normal, but when i leave and start the game again my save has disappeared. I tried everything to get this to work but i can’t find anything on the internet about this, so i think i am the only one with this problem.
    Here’s what i tried:
    -restarting computer
    -Verifying the game
    -Reinstalling the game on my C: drive
    -Running the game as an administrator
    -Locating the save file location (There was nothing there just the directory)
    -Jumping into the config file to try and find the save location

    Thank you if you help
    Iván

    • Kyle Gabler says:

      Hey Iván, we found a bug where they game couldn’t access user folders when usernames used certain characters. We have this fixed and will be releasing an update shortly!

      • Iván says:

        Hey,
        Thank you so much for fixing this! You guys are the best! Can’t wait to play this game again now that i will be able to save.

  37. […] 2D Boy’s World of Goo will be the next free game on the Epic Games Store starting tomorrow. This is no simple freebie though – there will be a free update to remaster the visuals. Designer/artist/composer Kyle Gabler broke down these changes in a recent post. […]

  38. Daniel E says:

    Oh man, I actually remember the ‘pay what you want sale’ back then. I shelled out $15 and completed the survey. I still have the original .exe on my external hdd somewhere. Now I have downloaded it from the Epic launcher. How times have changed.

  39. Europrimus says:

    Great news !
    World of Goo is one of my favorite game. I play it for more of 6 year. All the game is great and the OCD are some time very challenging!
    I love the ambience, the Sign painter and all the text are very funny. Playing it again make me understanding some of then in an other way.
    Maybe one day i try an other of yours game.

  40. A Cool Dude says:

    So happy to see a slightly remastered update to World of Goo! I love this game and really want a sequel or something.

  41. George says:

    Hey! I was wondering will multiplayer aspect of the game be restored at some point,r it has gone for good? Thanks.

  42. Indigo says:

    We love you Tomorrow Corporation!

  43. Ilya says:

    I have already found a reference to Satisfactory! This is also my favorite game!

  44. mysliwy says:

    Hello I really like your game and appreciate update!
    But I see there is one untranslated graphic in polish translation (Epic Games version). To be exact title of second world, it would be nice to get it repaired (as translated graphic was present in original).

    • mysliwy says:

      Oh and just to sum up polish texts at the end of levels are also missing and some fonts in game doesn’t support polish letters

  45. Avi Mogilyansky says:

    Will there ever be a sequel? And what became of the proposed moon chapter? Also, is there a way to get the beta versions of world of goo?

  46. The builder says:

    Will, we ever see the moon chapter I think goo in low gravity would be fun.

  47. Max C. says:

    Hey Tomorrow corp, You should add little inferno to Xbox, that would be awesome to play on my big screen tv.

  48. Peter O. says:

    Hi Tomorrow Corporation & Kyle,

    I do have a question: will the game be available again to buy on the Humble Store in the near future? Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,
    Peter

  49. Juan says:

    Hi,

    Is there a way to fix de music bug in android versión? In Lollipop and above the music stops in the middle of the game and doesn’t return until the next level starts.

    Regards

    • Nobody says:

      There is also an issue with the music in the version on Epic. There is no volume control. I can shut off my speakers and have my headphones setting about 3 feet away and the music is still very loud.

  50. atlas says:

    thank you so much.

  51. Robert2 says:

    Hi,

    did the patch go live on steam yet? I tried to replay the game recently and I had some building problems due to running a UHD resolution now.

    Thanks,
    Robert2

    (I called myself Robert2 because there was another Robert in the comments)

  52. Gooey Goo says:

    Is there any chance that World of Goo might be updated with additional content? Possibly chapter 6?

    Also, is the route99 dialogue hardcoded? I’m guessing the text will be in the text.xml, but I don’t know what controls the dialogue boxes that pop up.

  53. Chucky G says:

    I have sooooo many memories of playing this on the wii with my bro

  54. ThatBananaGuy says:

    I hope that a sequel is coming soon coz I LOVE DIS GAME…

  55. Jacob Jordan says:

    Hey can I make World of Goo 2?

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