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Garden grubs blast their way onto the iPhone

Worms Review

by on April 7, 2011

Who doesn’t remember Worms? The 2D, gun-toting grubs make for an easy transition from PC to iPhone, with colourful, cartoon-y graphics and a boatload of wacky weaponry making this a corking game for first timers and veterans alike.

As in the original, you control a team of anthropomorphized worms battling over multiple destructible environments against other teams, chucking every kind of ordnance under the cartoon sun to ensure that yours are the last men standing.

Team 17, the minds behind the desktop version of Worms, have kept the game looking almost exactly the same as it used to on the PC, although obviously there’s a lot of pinching-to-zoom you’ll be doing, as zoomed out the map is so large the worms are barely visibile. The arsenal available to your worms is the same as ever, with “conventional” weapons like rocket launchers, grenades and shotguns available from the start and with unlimited uses, and the zanier, more destructive weapons like the Holy Hand Grenade and exploding sheep kept back as unlocks. A bar in the top left hand corner showing wind strength and direction and a multitude of “tactical” weapons (blowtorch, jetpack, teleporter) keeps gameplay strategic.

There’s no fiddly onscreen controls either; when controlling a worm, you tap on the screen to the right to make him shuffle right, left to go left, and tap the centre to make him jump – excellent. More advanced maneuvres like swinging with the Ninja Rope or buzzing round with the jet pack take a bit more getting used to, but once mastered provide a tactical edge over computer or human opponents.

If we had to criticse, we’d say that the scrolling isn’t as smooth as we’d like, requiring two fingers to be placed on the screen at once and dragged. It’s not a biggie, but it is juddery and can accidentally transition into zooming in and out when you don’t want to.

With both single and multiplayer via Bluetooth as options, this would have made a sharp iPhone game in its own right – the nostalgia factor is just a bonus.

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