Review by Ofisil

"Get ready for war you scurvy worms!!!"

Worms Armageddon is a TBS developed by Team 17. While a Turn based strategy game, don't expect another typical game of the genre. Worms Armageddon can give you tons of fun even if you don't like strategy games at all. It is quite Strategic and clever but also action packed, fast paced and funny as hell.

Gameplay: 9/10
Replay Value: 9/10

In Worms Armageddon you control a team of worms, (8 units max), and your mission is to kill all the enemy worms, (16 units max per match). You do so in a turn based fashion, which means that each time it is your turn, you move your worm, select one of the available weapons, aim, (if needed), shoot and if you have the time, RUN & HIDE!!! What makes the game much better is the fact that it's not a stale chess-like game but it is more action packed, since your worms can run, jump and shoot stuff while the clock is ticking, (which makes the game more fast paced). Before I continue with the review make sure you have the latest patch installed because not only it will make the game playable but also enable more features.

You must cleverly use your weaponry and the overall level design in order to triump in Worms, not to mention that you need to practice a lot with the available firearms and tools to get the best out of them. Your main weaponry are: the Bazooka which is affected by the power you put into it and the wind direction and power, the unaffected by the wind grenades and other “simple” weapon like shotguns and revolvers. But Worms Armageddon is not so simple. You also have more specialized tools on your hands. Flame throwers, exploding sheep, homing missiles, ninja ropes, tools with which you can dig in all directions, all kinds of big a$$ exploding stuff like mad cows, homing pigeons, bouncing bananas and many, many more!!!

Matches can be extremely fun since you can do all kinds of stuff in order to win. Kill enemies the old fashioned way, (just shoot them), hide underground and bring death from above, drown them, make mass suicide kills, etc. The AI of the CPU while quite skilled becomes boring and predictable too fast but you know WA is not a game that was meant to be player on Single Player. If I was to rate the game as a single player one I would probably give it a 5/10 or 6/10… yes! THAT boring… however when played against one ore more of your friends the fun is beyond perfection. The only problem I can find in this game is the lack of additional game modes, but even without them the game is extremely fun and addicting!

Graphics: 9/10
Design: 9/10

Worms Armageddon looks wonderful in all its 8-bit glory… that's right folks, 8-BIT!!! And if by now you are like “8-Bit??? What am I 50 years old to play a game as old as that???”, think again you miserable kiddo!!! Of course the game isn't photorealistic and it shouldn't be! It looks like it is supposed to, like a nice, colorful cartoon. The levels in which battles take place at come in many themes, shapes and colors and most importantly they are fully destructible and if that was enough you can even create a map of your own by importing a simple image into the game, so you can wage war on your friends while on top of your black and white grandpa's photo or on your favorite pin-up model's, err… assets! What steals the show though is the animation and overall look of your worms. Your worms will shoot with shotguns, miniguns, bazookas, throw grenades, flying sheep and many more and when they just stand still will make various funny faces. Finally the rest of the special effects like napalm bombs, explosions and many, MANY more are like the rest of the game fantastic.

Sound: 10/10
Music: 7/10

If you are not from an English speaking country you'll soon realize that upon starting your first game in Worms Armageddon that your worms speak your language!!! You can choose from many languages ranging from German, French, Greek, Finnish and many, many more, (along with misc. funny ones). Of course to make things even more funny and original the voices are chipmunk-ish and not normal. Oh, and before I forget… you can even import your own voice acting in the game. The rest of the sound effects are perfect ranging from grenade\dynamite\Bazooka\Mine explosions, to sheep, bouncing bananas, old ladies or Holy grenades(???) The music… is just there… it could be better… it could be worse, but at least it isn't annoying

[+]:
-Fantastic and very funny audio\visuals
-Can import an image into the game and use it as a level!

[-]:
-Boring when your opponent is the CPU
-Not enough available modes

Also Play:
Worms 1 & 2 (PC & Other Platforms)
Worms 3D (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Worms World Party (PC, PS, DC, GBA)

And for fans of very old games:
Gorillas (PC)

Overall: 8.8/10

Don't play this on your own… make sure you have friends, (just kidding), and have literally tons of fun with one of the greatest and most addicting games ever!


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/28/10

Game Release: Worms Armageddon (US, 05/31/99)


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