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WORMS

Developer

Team 17

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Distributer

Ocean

1-8 Player

Game Type

Srategy

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Review Date

Sept 1996

Setting the Scene

Ever wonder exactly what it is that worms do when they are not being used as fish bait? Nah, me either, but I found out what it is ...They wage all out war on each other! WORMS is one of those rare titles that actually concentrates on the "gameplay" aspect of the game rather then trying to wow you with flashy graphics. The object is to form a team of tiny worms and see if you can blow away the other team before they get you! You are given a wide variety of weapons to do this with. They range from the always handy shotgun to the less subtle airstrike. There are also different items you can use to assist you in getting around...Ninja ropes, bungi cords and jack hammers just to name a few. The comic relief this game provides has few peers in the video game world. Grab a few friends, knock back a few beers and blow each other away! Ah...life is good...

Genre

Strategic worm blaster

Graphics

Well, the graphics will certainly not knock your socks off, especially compared to what you know your Playstation can do. In fact, the graphics in this game could probably have been done on a SNES system with a few less colours. But the graphics, while being relatively simple, are perfect for this game. There are different worm mounds generated each time you load a game with various "themes" like the beach, space, hell, woods, wastelands, etc. There is also some pretty slick parrallex scrolling going on in the background just to make things interesting. The worms could have been a bit bigger, but why nitpick...the game is so damn much fun I would play it in black & white if I had to. There is some really funny details that have been included. When you use the blow torch you can see the flame pack and torch on the little worm and also see it pulling a visor over his head when he lights it up. When you transport, the worm pulls out and open it's transporter device. It's this attention to details that follow the game throughout. The cut FMV scenes are also a riot and are extreemly high quality.

Sounds and Effects

Totally fits the game. The worm sounds, while sometimes are a little hard to understand, are hilarious! When you accidentally waste one of your own worms for example, he yells "traitor" at you in a high pitched voice...Background and missle/weapons sounds are done to perfection. The music is great too and really sets to tone for the game...All of the sounds and music work just right.

Playability

When playing with friends this game can't be beat, it's even fun against the computer. Each game a random landscape is generated that you can choose to play or have the computer generate another. Each random screen is assigned a code number that you can save if you would like to play that screen again. There can be literally billions of different landscapes, so if you like one write down the code or you may never see it again! WORMS is a true masterpiece of gameplaying execution (pun intended)! You haven't lived until you sneak up on a poor little worm buddy, drop a stick of dynamite, listen to the worm yell "hehehe" and watch your friends worm blow to pieces...The game has it all...group participation, easy learning curve but tons of strategies, endless scenarios, lots of weapons and options, stat keeping...the list goes on. Let me put it this way, if you like the idea of using gooey little worms to wage war against your friends you should grab this game...

Value for Money

As you can tell by this review, I really enjoy playing this game. I have to admit, I am easily lured by the flashy graphics in a game, but was pleasantly suprised to find that I was able to "look past" the simple graphics and enjoy this game for what it is...jeese, I hope I'm not starting to grow up. Believe me, everything in this game "feels" just right. WORMS is destined to become a classic...

Opinion

TOM

GRAPHICS:

Average

"Incoming!" I'm telling ya, this game is a real blast... I still cant get enough of these wriggly little fellas...

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Brilliant

VALUE:

Excellent

OVERALL
9/10

MARTIN

GRAPHICS:

Poor

Some games on the PSX are about graphics and sound effects. Worms on the other hand is about pure unadulterated gameplay. Brilliant.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Brilliant

VALUE:

Brilliant

OVERALL
9/10

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