Worms World Party - PlayStation

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Also for: PC, Gizmondo, GBA, N-Gage, Dreamcast
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Code Monkeys Soft. Co.: Team17
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB)
Released: 14 Dec 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Memory Card
Features: Vibration Compatible


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The original, and still the most popular party game, Worms is back once again on the PlayStation. Worms is so much fun that you can almost forget that it is turn-based strategy, and easily get lost in the comic book universe of destruction. For those of you that have missed out on Worms (hey, it’s possible) each player has a team of commando worms armed with a selection of comedy weapons. Players take it turns to dish out as much damage as possible, and the team left standing wins.

Depending on the rule settings, each player has a preset number of seconds to decide on which worm or worms they want to attack, and how they want to accomplish this. Weapons range from shotguns and baseball bats, to flying sheep and bizarre concrete donkeys that bring death from the skies. It’s fair to say that the weapons in Worms come in a wide assortment of styles and types.

Worms is one of those games you’d take with you to a desert island. Once you’ve learned the basic game mechanics it’s possible never to play the same level twice due to the built in random level generator. Or you can try your artistic hand at designing your own unique levels. One of the reasons why Worms is such a great title is that nearly every single aspect of the game can be customised. Everything from weapon damage, time limits, weapon sets, level design, can be tailored to your preference.

Worms World Party adds even more single-player missions to the equation than ever before. If beaten within a preset time limit they can unlock secrets that enhance the gameplay. These missions, especially the later ones, entice players to use and practice new techniques to conquer them. Alternatively, the training missions are a great place to start. You can develop your ninja rope skills to grand master status.

Unfortunately, the PlayStation version lacks the on-line play of the Dreamcast and PC versions, but that doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the title. If you’re after a fun few hours of hilarious multi-player antics, then look no further than Team 17’s Worms World Party.