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Burning Man
Burning Man title.jpg
Burning Man.png
Appears in Chapter 3
Tagline “welcome to the factory”
New Goos Red Goo
Goal 4 Goos
OCD ≤11 moves
Time bugs No
Hazards Fire
Music “Burning Man”
Previous level Genetic Sorting Machine
Next level Second Hand Smoke
Not to be confused with the character, The Burning Man.
This whole island is a factory! It appears they are doing outsource work for World of Goo Corporation. Probably building some kind of new hi-tech product. ...way over here on the other side of the world! But where's the pipe? Looks like that guy's giant head is in the way. Possibly the result of poor local management. Out with the old, in with the new. That's what I always say.

the Sign Painter Management Supervisor
[Burning Man]

Burning Man is a level in the video game World of Goo. It is the first level of Chapter 3. In this level, two new Goos are introduced: the Red Goo along with the Bomb. Above these is a heavy block that resembles MOM known as the Burning Man. It is unknown if this is a Goo, but the game describes it as: "that guy". On top of it, there is a small Red Goo structure carrying Dark Black Goo. The player must set the structure to fire so the block could move out of pipe's way. Its eyes then burst due to Bombs.


When using Goo throwing method, only one Red Goo is actually required to set the structure on fire. The rest of the Red Goos can be squeezed between "The Burning Man" and a wall where they are pushed through the tiny gap. After that procedure is done, a single remaining Red Goo with just one carefully aimed shot can bounce back onto the structure after touching a fire.

The Management Sign Painter.

New Goos: Red Goo (Fuse)

Hazards: Fire

Next Level: Second Hand Smoke


As stated, the fire rebound method is quite effective here. If you really want to build to the fire, though, start by putting your first Red Goo against the ceiling, near the structure. This should cause wall clinging and give the structure some extra support.

OCD Strategy

Nothing different. Rebound or wall cling and build. Also, at the beginning, you can throw one of the Balloons at the structure with Dark Black Goo to make it move right and closer to the pipe for when the structure burns.


  • It is possible to complete this level without any moves by throwing a Red Goo and rebounding it off the wall and back to the structure through a fire and setting the entire structure on fire. Then the Goo throwing method can be used on the structure above the Burning Man to make it move to the pipe.

Video strategy

Solution: Burning Man (Chapter 3)

OCD solution: Burning Man (Chapter 3)