Worms (Series) Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

This is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Players take turns choosing an attack for each of their worms to make, although once chosen they have a limited time to target and fire. The worm characters have become embellished with hats and funny voices over the years, so this now looks and sounds like an episode of Monty Python. The lightheartedness works well to diffuse the intense competition with comedy. It's funny but also needs considerable strategy and tactical skill.

A popular recent version is Worms W.M.D. It has updated hand-drawn style visuals and adds the new ability to craft items as well as vehicles and buildings. It includes many of the classic Worms levels.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online. 6 players can compete against each other in teams of 2-4. Each team has multiple worms to control in their turn. Because you are taking turns you only need one controller. You can complete Worms W.M.D. in around 12 hours but the real longevity is the multiplayer modes.

Worms 3 on iOS and Android offers asynchronous online play where you take turns on your go without having to both play at the same time.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Worms WMD has free additional content. But Worms 3 on iOS offers in-game purchases for "Forts Mode" and other enhancements.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with Origin Access. Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.

 

PEGI 12 with frequent mild violence and mild language. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence is very mild and consists of worms using multiple weapons including old ladies and sheep to attack and destroy other worms. Mild language is random includes: Bloody, Crap, Christ, Damn, Douchebag, God, and Hell.

The game features online playing capability which may involve real-time interaction with other players.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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The following games are like Worms. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Worms for younger age ratings.

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