A few teething problems - fixed

Some of the files for the recently uploaded addins have gone missing. I'm aware of this and I've asked the authors to send them to me, so no need to report missing files for now.

Now to hunt down the source of this bug (which is odd, because I never actually delete files from disk...). I'll post again when this is fixed.

Update 29 March: I found this buried in the Drupal documentation. So now it's fixed permanently.

now 20% more infinite along the x-axis

Phew! We're back. As you can see the site has undergone quite an overhaul. I've been putting this off for a while, so it's been a busy week.

The most important new feature is the World of Goo Addin database, where mod authors can easily upload their levels and mods, attach videos and screenshots. Users can comment (and soon rate) the addins as well as download them. For a good example, check out Jingle Balls. Read on.

GooTool 0.10.2

GooTool 0.10.2 is out, another small step along the road to 1.0 while xanax distracts me with the level editor.

This version lets you backup and restore your profile to this site, giving you a quick and easy way to make backups and also to transfer profiles between machines (even between Windows/Mac/Linux). This doesn't share your profile with anyone; that's a separate option "publish profile" that is not yet finished.

You can store up to 10 profiles on this site (let me know if that's not enough). After that, the oldest profile is deleted. You can also "preserve" backups using "My backups" on the right-hand navigation, preventing them being deleted this way.

Also in this version are some other improvements, mostly for the Linux version and forthcoming 1.40 World of Goo. Read on for the changelog.

In 2dboy news, Kyle found time to release the soundtrack, and the Linux beta is now complete and it should be released soon.

GooTool 0.10.0, Mac and Linux support, Documentation

I've just released GooTool 0.10.0. This is the first release of the 0.10 series and it adds support for Mac OS X, preliminary suppport for the Linux beta, and a proper installer for Windows users.

I didn't get a chance to finish everything I wanted to, but I wanted to get the Mac port out as soon as possible. But there are a number of other changes too, read on for the changelog and roadmap. The goal is to complete all the new features in 0.10.x quickly and have a stable 1.0.0 release, so please report any bugs you find.

In other news, I've started documenting the game file formats on this site. I believe it's fairly straightforward for me to add people as editors, so just create an account here and let me know if you wish to contribute.

Linux version on the horizon

It's been revealed that the Linux port is being done by none other than Soultaker (maks), a well known face to 2dboy forum visitors. If you want to keep on top of progress or join the beta, sign up to the Linux mailing list. Update: a beta version is out already.

In other news I've finally fixed a major problem with internationalised text in goomod files, so GooTool 0.10 will be out shortly.

Jingle Balls walkthrough and OCD videos

So Jingle Balls seems to have become quite a success. Although not quite as polished as we'd wanted due to time constraints (we couldn't convince Santa to move Christmas), we've learned a lot for our next developments.

If you weren't able to play the level or are interested in seeing the walkthrough, videos of both the normal and the OCD solutions follow. Read more to watch them.

Mac user poll

I'm currently porting GooTool to Mac OS X. However, for some reason Apple have decided to make Java 1.6 available only for 64-bit Intel Macs.

Backporting GooTool to Java 1.5 is going to be rather a pain, so I'm doing a quick survey to see what types of Mac people actually use. If you have a Mac, please vote over here.

Mac ad

Christmas Card

Thanks to all goofans for making Jingle Balls the #1 most downloaded World of Goo custom level ever!! (ho, ho, ho).

I just made inlay graphics for CD jewel cases; I had to burn Mac versions of the game to CD since RTL didn't manage to replace my CDs in time (they forgot to include the Mac installer on the "multi-format" German CD). I thought I'd share them in case anyone else finds them useful. Read more to see them.

Jingle Balls!


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The Goo Balls were nestled all snug by the fire.
In hope of avoiding the Sign Painter's ire.

Fat chance.

I'm very excited to announce the release of "Jingle Balls", a new level developed by Sébastien Kerguen, Cosmin Mirza and myself.

Check out the trailer and download the new level here. We hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas!

GooTool 0.9.6, new theme

As you can see, the site has a new theme. I'm not particularly happy with it, but I have no artistic talent whatsoever. If anyone can help out, please get in touch!

I've been busy working with xanax and Cosmin Marza on a new level for Christmas, "Jingle Balls". This is in beta test now (e-mail me if you want to help test) and should be out by Monday.

In the meantime I've just released GooTool 0.9.6, with a number of bugfixes and usability tweaks and a couple of new features. Highly recommended especially for those using game in languages other than English.

Update 22:15: I've had to release 0.9.7 to fix another problem in accented characters. Not necessary if you just downloaded 0.9.6 and you're only playing in English.

Read on for the changelog.