Adjust World of Goo’s Resolution

World of Goo celebrated it’s first birthday earlier this week. To honor the birthday, 2D Boy, the game’s developers, have priced the game at whatever you want to pay. But you have to act quick as the sale runs out October 19.

Significantly, there is a .deb installer for the game. It runs very well on my old laptop running Ubuntu 9.04.

Back to the topic at hand, can you change the resolution of the game? How about running the game inside a window rather than fullscreen?

Yes you can, and yes you can. Here’s how.

Find the config.txt for the game in


You could edit that config.txt if you like, but it’s recommended you copy it to your $HOME directory.

cp /opt/WorldOfGoo/properties/config.txt ~/.WorldOfGoo/

Now you don’t have to sudo the file to edit it. Open up the config.txt that you placed in $HOME/.WorldOfGoo/ (I like to use scite).

scite ~/.WorldOfGoo/config.txt

Starting around line 20 is the Graphics Display area. It looks something like:

<!-- Graphics display -->
 <param name="screen_width" value="800" />
 <param name="screen_height" value="600" />
 <param name="color_depth" value="0" />
 <param name="fullscreen" value="false" />
 <param name="ui_inset" value="10" />

Change the screen_width and screen_height values to whatever you desire. Likewise with the fullscreen option. My config shows I run the game in 800 by 600 resolution in a window.

Next time you launch the game, the settings will have taken effect.

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