Review by Andrevan

"The latest Worms game doesn't dissapoint"

The most recent installment in the Worms series, which consists of Worms, Worms 2, and the splendid Worms Armageddon, Worms World Party is brilliant fun. WWP provides a variety of weapons, combat modes, and other cool things.

The mission mode has your Worm team carrying out various objectives. It can be difficult at times; see ''Challenge'' below for more on difficulty. Deathmatch mode puts you up against more challenging Worm teams as you go on to later levels, and there are training modes to help you out in both of the former modes. The one player deathmatch and mission modes are fun in themselves, but they're really training for the best part: multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer pits up to six Worm teams in one of the many fight terrains, or ''maps.'' You can design your own teams or accept the pre-created teams. This is where Worms World Party's many options shine; your teams can have their own flags, voices (including the ultra-hilarious 007 voice scheme), victory music, gravestones, and special weapons. You can also opt to throw in a few computer controlled teams. A new option from the previous Worms games is the ''Wormpot,'' which enables new options and configurations.

Graphics - 9/10
The cartoon-like 2D graphics are smooth. The weapons have humorous icons and the game imports .BMP files for the flags and gravestones. Nothing too special, but well executed.

Sound - 8/10
The Worms yell various battlecries in their native tongues, and your team's victory fanfare plays when you win a match. However, similar dull background music is used for almost all the levels. Sound leaves a little bit to be desired.

Control - 10/10
The control is intuitive, and there are many different weapons you can use to attack. Weapons range from your normal everyday bazookas or grenades to oddball weapons like explosive animals, grandmothers, and rolls of carpet. There are also strange superweapons, like the great Concrete Donkey or the Banana Bomb. You can use your keyboard or mouse, and various shortcut keys serve to switch to weapons.

Replay Value - 10/10
There are millions of different modes, options, and maps, so you can keep playing this game for hours on end. After you finish the missions and training, and you get a seemingly unbeatable record in deathmatch mode, the multiplayer mode is the next challenge. You can play at home with a friend or over the Internet on WormNET. Along with ready-made maps by Team 17, there are randomly-generated maps and user-created maps. Overall, plenty of Worm-packed fun.

Challenge - 9/10
The missions can be very difficult; though not much more so than the previous Worms games. Some of the objectives are fairly tedious. However, the other 1P modes are quite fun, offering a good amount of challenge, and multiplayer all depends on your opponent.

Bottom Line:
Definitely buy Worms World Party. This is one can of Worms you need to open.


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 07/14/02, Updated 07/14/02


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