It was nearly a year and a half ago that 2D Boy announced that their critically acclaimed indie title World of Goo would be coming to the iPhone. After more than a year of waiting, Word of Goo finally did hit the App Store, but for the iPad rather than the iPhone or iPod touch. The game was absolutely fantastic on the iPad though, earning 5 stars in our review and garnering our iPad Game of the Year award for 2010. World of Goo was a great success on the iPad too, but despite this 2D Boy still wasn’t sure that the game would ever reach its originally intended platform of the iPhone.

In late February, 2D Boy confirmed that World of Goo was indeed officially coming to the iPhone and iPod touch. Today this long-awaited version of World of Goo is finally available in the App Store at a special introductory price of 99¢ for the first 24 hours. What’s more is that owners of the iPad version World of Goo HD will get a free update that makes the game universal, so if you own an iPhone or iPod touch you’ll already be able to play it on those devices in addition to your iPad.

One thing to note is that World of Goo requires a 3rd generation device or higher, so make sure you have the proper equipment to handle the game before downloading. Both versions of the game are supposed to support Retina Display devices, but due to an apparent bug it currently does not. 2D Boy is looking into the issue and will issue a fix to the problem as soon as possible. Also, after the introductory price of 99¢, the game will jump up to its regular price of $2.99, with the universal HD version staying priced at $4.99.

Despite the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch, World of Goo still plays wonderfully and contains all the same content that appeared on the iPad last December. The biggest difference is that you can pinch to zoom on the iPhone version, which can be helpful in certain situations. Players in our forums are really enjoying World of Goo on the iPhone and iPod touch, and if you’ve ever been interested in the game but didn’t own an iPad then now is the time to get in on the fun.

  • Jobs

    No price drop for HD version to celebrate? Please celebrate.

    • Jay

      Yeah it has been on sale for $.99 twice before. This would be an appropriate time to do that again.

    • Anonymous

      I regret paying only one dollar by the way... a spectacular game.

    • Anonymous

      I regret paying only one dollar by the way... a spectacular game.

  • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

    Well. It is the usual fail: the same games on the iPad and iPhone don't synchronize the progress. So instead of playing the game on the iPad at home and continue on the iPhone in the subway, you have to play two different games, which doubles the time you have to spend.

    I mean, come on! You use the Game Center for uploading scores, Plus+ and OpenFeint are around for YEARS and even tiny games like Bounce On manage this perfectly.

    Dear devs, when you create a universal app, synchronization has to be on your feature list, especially if it is a game!

    • Anonymous

      Is there no use of the iTunes 'file sharing' for saves either?
      Am really hoping game devs start to allow progress / save backups (and a little more clunky sync if they cant do it online)

      • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

        Shouldn’t be that hard to just put the Savegames into Dropbox...

    • Anonymous

      Fully agreed. It would be nice if Apple works some kind of sync into Game Center or iOS 5, but that doesn't let devs off the hook for making it impossible to resume games across devices.

  • This guy

    Am downloading.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    I grabbed this before going to work and was very disappointed by the lack of retina display support. Very, very weak. Hard to believe it's a bug as it's so blatantly obvious that retina display is completely broken they would have spotted it in testing within half a second.

    Poor show.

    • skip

      Fair call, but it will be fixed apparently. Relax dude.

  • Anonymous

    'Universal, with separate non-universal' finally done right!
    Although TBH if the universal version works fine like this, I don't get the point in another version. Guess it's cheaper, but not exactly a trial / demo...
    Could be the difference in file size?

  • EastsideStompers

    Wow! What a charming game. Works wonderfully on the iPhone. 99 cents seems much too little for such a quality title...hey ho; )

    • EastsideStompers

      On a side note, I'm so happy not to have the latest iPhone so I don't have to be concerned with this Retina Display malarkey, and can just get on and enjoy the game. I often hear people getting their knickers in a twist about it. Very glad I can keep my knickers twist free...

      • Anonymous

        Maybe... but you're missing out.

      • EastsideStompers

        On the retina display, or the twisted knickers? ; )

      • Mrsmartiepants

        I'm quite positive when I play on an iPad I'm not missing out at all. Playing games on the phone is great for when I have no other choice, but the iPad is always a better experience than the phone. A retina display isn't worth more to me than increased screen real estate.

      • Anonymous

        Well you're entitled to an opinion. For me, an iPad is nothing special in terms of graphical quality, I've played games on computer monitors and TVs before, it's largely the same. The iPhone/iPod Touch 4 screen though... that's actually new. It's like going from standard definition to high definition all over again, with a level of detail previously unseen anywhere. Best of all: there are no jaggies, retina is capable of delivering 100% perfect edges resulting in practically flawless images. Compared to that an iPad is just a regular ol' screen.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe... but you're missing out.

  • Serafiniert

    ok..i bought world of goo yesterday. and today i remeber, that i bought world of goo hd weeks before - well i didnt own an ipad
    now i have both versions

    weird

  • http://twitter.com/zmnatz Zaven Mnatzakanian

    This is how iPad versions should all be released. I never mind that the iPad version is more expensive, I just want to be able to play it on both.

    • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

      How do you play the game on both devices? Is there some kind of sync feature i did not see?

      • Mrsmartiepants

        Some of us actually have fun playing the game and play it on both devices. If it's so tedious to you than I'm sorry you don't have as much fun playing games as many of us do. I'd like cross syncing of saves too, but I really enjoy playing the levels again anyways. If I only wanted to play everything I have once I'd rather just rent games for a console than buy them.

  • Kobeskillz

    Those the 99c version have retina display? I'm confused. I don't have a ipad.

    • Anonymous

      Per the devs website:

      Q: Do both versions support retina displays?
      A: Yes, both versions support retina displays, and should look identical.

  • WildWayz

    I went for the HD version for universal support (only got an iPhone) - will Retina come to that version as well as the normal iPhone one?!

    • Anonymous

      Per the dev's website:

      Q: Do both versions support retina displays?
      A: Yes, both versions support retina displays, and should look identical.

  • World of Disappoint

    Wait so they're two separate apps? This is a bit too convoluted. I was ready to buy it for my iPad this morning when the price dropped...but I guess that's not happening.

    • Mrsmartiepants

      Fucking cheapskate. It's extremely worth the cost. It goes on sale ALL THE TIME and has been 99 cents twice before. Either set appshopper to alert you, open up your wallet for 5 bucks or find yourself a match 3.

      • World of Disappoint

        I would agree with you...if I hadn't already purchased the game on 2 other platforms.

  • GiHubb

    My finger completely obscures the view. What works on the iPad doesn't work here. What they should've done I think is have the blob you grab above your finger.

  • Exile

    Dumb question, but whats the difference between the HD and regular version of the game? They both have the same description.

  • Guest

    Hmm. Grabbed the iPad version when it dropped to the one dollar point some time ago. Picked this one up just after it was released for my 3rd gen ipod. No woik :( but thats ok I pirated the PC version long ago. Totally worth it.

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