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Worms was created by Team 17 all the way back in 1994, the concept is a simple one, two teams of anarchic annelids blow seven bells of **** out of eachother with a host of powerful weapons. The aim of the game? Simply wipe your enemies worms off the face of the earth.
Worms is in stark contrast to the last game I reviewed (Rome TW), Rome is a game that requires time and patience if anything is going to be got out of it. Worms however is the ultimate in pick up & play gaming. As the concept is so simple, you can happily wile 10-15 minute away without even thinking about it.
Each team is made up of four worms, you can set whether they have little health (for a quick game) or adjust their health to more substantial proportions (for a more epic affair). There is a full complement of weapons, from your bog standard grenade to the more unusual bannana bomb and the always comical sheep grenade, basically a bleeting baa baa that merrily skips towards its target before detonating into a fiery KABOOM!!! As well as weapons the player has access to various equipments such as a pneumatic drill to burrow for safety and a blow torch to excavate intricate tunnel systems.
The action takes place on a number of quirky and colourful 2d maps, almost comic book in their appearance. You can traverse these maps from left to right and at times you may come accross powerups in the form of small green crates. These can include teleports and airstrikes amongst other things.
The control system is as straight forward as the premise, simply adjust the trajectory of your worms weapon up and down taking the winds strength and direction into account and voila, there you have it, hopefully one thoroughly Incinerated Invertebrate.
The games simplicity belies an addictiveness that is hard to rival and will see you coming back again and again to show those spineless little B**tards who's the Daddy.
A definate reccomendation to all, as it's so simple to pick up and play and can be snapped up for relative peanuts.
Released back in 1994, 'Worms' is originally based on a simple little artillery game in which two players take turns at firing shells at eachother's guns, compensating for changes in wind strength by altering trajectory and force. Team 17 took this simple idea and dressed it up in cartoonish graphics, introducing teams of anthropomorphic worms with squeaky voices and a large arsenal of weapony including bazookas, homing missiles, shotguns, uzis, miniguns and, airstrikes and grenades. Some of these weapons are susceptable to wind change and rely on trajectory (grenades, bazookas), whist others do not, although the different levels do different amounts of damage and some of them such as airstrikes and homing missiles are only available in limited qualities, with reinforcements only available through regularly air-dropped ammo crates.
The levels are all entirely destructible, and can also be dug and mined through, lemmings style, and there are a range of interesting level settings including hell, forests, a 'candy world', and the north pole amongst others. The lo-res vga graphics look very dated but they nevertheless retain a certain level of charm, whilst the ambient music is very good, and the game comes with different fully digitised speech packages that can be assigned to your squad of worms as you wish. The enemy AI could be better but it is nevertheless functional, although to really enjoy worms you need to play it in multiplayer mode, although this does mean crowding round a single keyboard to do so.
Like lemmings, worms is a simple and addictive game that is both cerebral and delightfully destructive at the same time, and the oringial game remains great fun to this day although it has effectively been superceded in almost all respects by Worms 2 which was released a few years later. Nevertheless, its a game that remains hugely entertaining in its own right.
----- WORMS ----- This game was the first in the long running Worms series of games, made by Team 17 these games have been going since the days of the Amiga, and they are still going strong to this day. The idea is simple, in fact its so simple that writing a review on this product is very difficult! You control a team of worms that are in a battle against other worms, and obviously you really want your group of worms to be the last one standing. This is achieved by killing all of the other worms, Simple! The game is viewed from a side on angle, you control the actions of your team of four worms. -------- GAMEPLAY -------- This game is very easy to get into, I work at a nursery and the children that i look after have already worked out how to control it! That said it isnt a childrens game and i dont really think children should play this too much, as there is a fair bit of worm violence!! The basic structure of a game of worms is that you :- Choose your team Choose your opponants Choose a map Then you start the game proper!!! The main game is quite simple to control, you control your worm using the arrow keys on the keyboard, and you select its weapon using the right button on your mouse, the weapons vary in the ways and places that they are best used, for example you may have some dynamite, now you dont really want to set this off very far away from the worm that you are trying to hurt! The game is Turn based, this means that it gives you about 60 seconds to control your worm, then after this its your opponants turn to control his/her worm. So this game can be very slow depending on what setting your computers at or how good your friends are. When its your turn to play, your worm is completly under your control, Take advantage of this time or before you know it you will have no worms left! When in control of a worm you have
the ability to move them around the small map that you are playing on, you can also choose a weapon and use it, these weapons vary from a simple shotgun to an airstrike, but the most basic and useful weapon is the bazooka, you have unlimited uses of this weapon but with some there are a set amount of times that you can use them. Once you've chosen your weapon of choice you want to try to attack an enemy worm, but first you really want to check your wind gauge! Oh didnt i mention the wind? This does play a big part in the game you have to work out how a weapon will fire over a certain distance with the wind at a certain point, this is where the stratagy element of the game really comes in, you can fire a bazooka shell that you think is at the perfect angle, but it will miss because the wind is stronger than you had origanally thought it was When attacking an opponant worm you have to aim your weapon very close to where you want it to hit, this isnt very easy as you have to do this by working out the angle between you and the enemy. Some weapons dont require this, such as airstrikes, these are weapons that are aided by people off screen, you just set the area. This is the basic gameplay, it is very simple, but it will keep you playing for quite a long time! -------- GRAPHICS -------- The graphics on this game are not that important, as long as you know where your aiming at then they are for additional fun. What you get in your game are some colourful, cute, small sprites of worms with various weapons. You also get a little backround for the level, these are nicely drawn, but nothing at all compared with modern games, and even games of its time. The best way to describe the graphics is Lemmings with guns! Before each level you get a nice cut scene, these are the most graphically heavy parts of the game, But they still run clearly on my old ancient Pc. These cutscenes are very funny and
cute, they depict your worms dieing in lots of different ways and are funny! ------- OVERALL ------- should i buy this? No, but you should try to get one of the later versions, such as Worms Armageddon, that has lots more options and different styles of gameplay, It also has slightly improved graphics and sound. That said this game is still brilliant to play, but the sequals have improved it to the point that this game is boring in comparison. If you cant get any of the sequals then buy this, Its one of the most imaginative games around and will last you a long time. Thanx for reading. Kyle
I first bought this game ages ago for my playstation…but sadly it broke. So how happy was I when I walked into Staples and saw Worms for only £4.99. I decided to get it straight away and walked out the shop and ran all the way. I eagerly put it into my compute installed it and a warning message came up!! !%&^#WARNING COMPUTER IS TO NEW FOR GAME !@#~?&% Or something like that!! I’m the sort of person who does not give up easily so I contacted a computer dealer and bought my self a 486. This is a really old computer I managed to pick one up for £20 which is a bargain. I got back to my house and wired it up to my monitor and was about to switch on when I realised the Keyboard and mouse ports were different sizes. This meant I had to go out again and pay another £15 for a old keyboard and mouse. So by now I have spent £40 just to play worms. Well any way I managed to get the game to work in the end but it was expensive. The game its self is all about you trying to massacre a load of other worms which are dotted on the screen. You use plenty of weapons from Grenades and rocket launchers to Kamikaze Sheep and Banana Bombs!! There are a Unlimited amount of different arenas for you to have your brawls in and as they are randomly genereated. The graphics and sound for this game are a bit dated but this game is a true classic and I’m glad that I paid around £40 for it. Hope you all do the same! One thing you may all be thinking is way Did I now just buy the new one?? Well too be honest this game is a true Classic!