All your Worms in one place.
I’ve got a fond place in my gaming memory for Worms, when those charming little wriggly pink blobs first crawled across the screen in 1995 my friends and I had great fun dispatching each other’s squad in a variety of amusing ways. So with the release of Worms Collection I thought I’d take trip down memory lane and see how the Worms have held up over the years.
Firstly, in this package you get three slices of Worms for your destructive pleasure – Worms, Worms 2 Armageddon and Worms Ultimate Mayhem – along with a total of six DLC packs split among the assembled titles. That, my friends, is a whole lot of battling to do.
Secondly, and this is primarily for those who have never heard or played a Worms title before, the object of the game is for your team of worms to wipe out the opposing team using a variety of weapons. The action takes place on a single map that you can move around on and it’s a turn based affair,so once your opponent has fallen into your cunningly constructed trap (you build those right?) you can laugh maniacally as they watch on helplessly as said trap swings shut and their worms become nothing more than little cartoon headstones on the screen. That’s Worms, pure and simple, destroy or be destroyed, but do it with a smile on your face and a banana bomb in your hand.
So back to the collection…
All three titles have online multiplayer, so if your buddies can’t make it round there’s no shortage of online folk to challenge to a match and, due to the turn based nature, lag is not a problem. So the only thing that’s going to cause you to lose is a poor choice of weapon or bad worm positioning.
With the exception of Ultimate Mayhem they’re all 2D affairs too, as Worms was back at the start. So it’s all about the vertical and horizontal and judging those arcs for the delivery of explosive fun. Ultimate Mayhem however is a revamped version of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, meaning you’re effectively getting a four game package here, rather than three! The introduction of a 3rd dimension doesn’t diminish for the fun to be had at all.
And to be honest, this is my one criticism of a bundle like this. Over the series they’ve introduced a variety of new weapons and landscapes, but other than that the core of the game hasn’t really changed and a pack like this proves it. Yes, it’s a bargain, but you don’t get a vast amount of variety. Also this has always been a game that’s been more fun as a multiplayer than a single player game. Yes, you can face up against the computer but there’s still nothing more satisfying than blowing up a buddies last worm with choice application of a sheep (play the game and this will make sense).
What you do get is a slice of gaming history that is rich in multiplayer goodness and should be part of any gaming fans collection. If you own one or more of these titles already, then you might not get as much out of these as someone who doesn’t have any… You will however get a hefty chunk of fun!