I shouldn’t have to tell you what ‘Worms’ is about – if you have never played or never even heard of it, you should probably be doing your GCSE homework right now. However, since I’m such a nice person, here’s a quick summary. Worms W.M.D is Team 17’s anniversary gift to the world. W.M.D has been suggested to stand for many things – “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, “Worms. Must. Die.” and even “Well, that’s Me Dead”… personally, I think it’s obviously supposed to be “Worms of Mass Destruction” – but who cares, right? Worms is an artillery strategy game based on a series of deformable landscapes where you control a squad of funny-but-deadly worms to shoot, beat, blow-up and kamikaze your opponents. Clearly, there were a lot of illegal substances helping to brew up game ideas in the 90’s.
For me, this game is all about the nostalgia – Twenty-one years ago, a nine year old Karl sat with his father and pressed the start button on his PlayStation’s newest game. The nights we spent as a family (yeah, my mum was addicted to Bubble Bobble), trying to destroy each other and laughing manically as we defeated poor old grandpa’s platoon. I actually remember my brother jumping to his feet for a victory dance and shouting “HA! In your face, Gramps!”
In the past twenty-one years, Worms hasn’t changed too much, but I definitely see that as a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, they’ve updated it a little. The visual aspects of the game have subtly improved. Worms W.M.D has returned to the 2D world, but the graphics have become a little more aesthetically pleasing. There are also some new added features, a couple of new weapons have been added to the arsenal and collecting items means you’re able to craft more powerful and funnier weapons such as the ‘Dodgy Phone Battery’ to the ‘OMG Strike’.
I think my favourite new addition to Worms has to be the fact you can now search the map and get to heavily weaponised vehicles or gun turrets to help you turn the tide of the battle. Who couldn’t watch a cartoon worm rain bullets down from a helicopter or jet pack around in a mech-suit and feel like their life is now complete? In relation to the map, you can now also go inside certain buildings, find a few crates (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, how old are you?) and get a little added protection from the war around you.
If you’ve never played Worms before, firstly, go take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror – now slap yourself in the face and ask “What have I been doing with my life?” Good, now that’s over go out and buy Worms W.M.D, get a few friends over (or family if you’re as cool as me and clearly had no friends) open a few beers (or a blue WKD if you’re underage – NO!! Get a glass of apple juice) and you’ll have the greatest night ever! I’m even considering setting up a games station at my wedding so that people can take a break from the dance floor and play Worms.
If you’re bored and lonely, the Campaign missions are great fun and will probably give you extra training for when you do get challenged by a real life human. Throughout the campaign, you can collect “Wanted” posters, which unlock fun little challenge levels such as “Jetpack to Work” where, at first, I had no idea how I was supposed to take 500 health from the enemy using just a Jetpack and a glowing magnet which seems to do nothing!? Yes, this game can definitely get your emotions racing but it makes you think outside the box and plan ahead. It’s not all just about aiming and firing and hoping something goes BOOM!! Okay, well it mostly is, but there’s also a lot of planning and strategy involved in making sure your worms won’t be in direct line of fire after your turn is over.
I would recommend this game to anybody. Whether you like “shooting” games, violence, worms or not, you can’t play this game and not have fun. Even the Worms’ phrases they shout out after being hit/firing/missing/dying are usually smart and witty but mainly funny. I challenge anybody to play Worms W.M.D without smiling at least once and getting a little satisfaction out of launching your enemy into the sea of death with just a baseball bat and a whole lot of laughter.
Overall, Worms W.M.D is just simple, fun and gives me the warm and fuzzies from my childhood. There’s nothing about the game that I dislike – if you know what you should expect from this game, it delivers. If you don’t know what you should expect, then prepare yourself for a fun few nights of gameplay. The only reason I can’t give it a 10/10 is because although it is nice to play a game which reminds you of your childhood and it’s great to blow each other up when you have friends over, past that, it can get quite monotonous if you’re sat trying to work your way through the campaign for days. It’s definitely more of a game to share and enjoy. Still, I cannot praise Worms W.M.D enough.
Karl Rating: 9/10