Review by transam

"Simple, fun, gameplay classic"

Teams of worms on strange landscapes throwing explosives at one another. Of course it’s going to be a great game!

Worms Armageddon is a mid 90’s classic. It’s graphics may seem dated compared to modern games but who cares, game play is where it’s at and worms scores very high indeed, whether you’re against the computer or a human opponent.

It’s mouse driven interface is very easy, the weapons are plentiful and fun and the strategies and outcomes make the game one to return to time and time again. The flip side is that it can be frustrating. There are matches in which everything goes wrong. All the mines near your worms are live, all the crates you collect are booby trapped and you lose three worms in one freaky incident! Still, that chaos is part of the fun, it can happen to them to there is little more satisfying than doing one shotgun shot which pushes a worm onto another, causing them to tumble into some mines then blow up and off the screen! You get the idea.

The special weapons add to the spice. Sheep gamble along the terrain until they explode! Banana bomb and mole bombs are devastating attacks you had better aim right, the air strike and dynamite add to your possibilities.

Game play can get repetitive though. If you want to win it’s sometimes safer to rely on the standard mix of homing missile and grenade rather than try too many experiments. The computer opponent can have perfect aim with both grenades and normal bazooka’s, leaving you to rely on it making mistakes too often. But, with some thinking you can soon find yourself making elaborate tunnels, swinging from overhanging cliffs and teleporting to dubious looking 10 pixel floating ledges!

The sounds and voices add to the fun, you can use or design home made terrains to add variety and the scoring league table adds to the longevity of the game. It doesn’t take up a lot of hard drive space either, nor does it require the latest hardware. Any mid 90’s type of set up can handle it.

Although it was popular you don’t see endless sequels because the worms series is fine as it is. You just won’t get any more fun by adding millions of colours, surround sound or 3d graphics. Worms wins in the gaming world because of it’s playability. You fire it up and play. No need for extensive manuals, no set up headaches or worries about your computer’s spec. The odd thing about older classics is that they become even more fun to own as the games world moves on.

Overall I rate this game very highly.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/26/01, Updated 04/26/01

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