Independent video game developer Team 17 recently celebrated the birthday of one of the silliest yet brilliant games ever to grace our screens. November 17th saw the 19th anniversary of the launch of the original Worms game on PC and the rest is history, pink – squishy – history. Multiple versions later and the franchise is still going stronger than a concrete donkey and having many fond memories of this game I went to see what the app store had to offer.
Browsing through “My Apps” in the Google Play store I came across this hidden gem buried away deep in my purchases, quite possibly from earlier this year when I was spending weeks away working in Belgium with nothing particularly better to do. As I clicked install many childhood memories came rushing back like a rising water level once the endgame timer had ticked over. I use to spend literally days (and nights) with my friends passing around a controller and getting through a couple of crates of Coke Cola, it got to a point that certain setting combinations were banned because I got too good with them (Indoor maps, low gravity, crates crates and more crate and unlimited ninja ropes spring to mind…)
Worms 2: Armageddon takes all the best parts of the original game and condenses it into the android platform. The crazy randomly generated landscapes are there, the ridiculous weapon arsenal is there, the wise cracking comments are there. But don’t let the inclusion of all the old guard fool you into thinking this is just a basic copy-paste job, oh no. Team 17 went to town with new features in this android adaption.
- New to series? Head down to the Practice mode, where you can try out weapons against A.I. dummy worms
- Out of Wi-Fi range and your friends being lame? There are 30 Single Player missions to tackle.
- Out of Wi-Fi range but your friends are being cool? Check out the pass-and-play local multi-player mode which supports up to 4 people
- Got Wi-Fi sign? head to the online battleground to take on opposition from around the globe.
- 12 different Game Styles including new modes Fort Mode and Crazy Crates along with all the old game styles such as Dark Side and Sudden Death.
- Body Count Mode, take on endless waves of increasingly tough enemy worms – Think Call of Duty Zombies… but with worms… and better…
- Proficient with the weapons of old and looking to try something new? Well rejoice! New weapons and utilities are available, including the Sentry Gun, Electromagnet, Napalm Strike and Petrol Bomb!
- Looking to reminisce about days gone by? Fear not as Classic Worms weaponry has also made a return including the Sheep, Holy Hand Grenade, Concrete Donkey, Dragon Punch and Ninja Rope.
- Don’t want your worms to look like (metaphorical) sheep? Personalize the way your team of killers looks by changing your names, hat, skin, audio, gravestone, fort and victory dance!
The controls can be a little fiddly to begin and you will miss judge a jump or 2 leading to a (hilarious) death but once you’ve mastered them you’ll be gliding around the screen like greased lightning (which, incidentally would make a fantastic special weapon *take note Team 17!*). Graphically its as sharp, clean and crisp and any console version and contains all the charm of the older versions- the backgrounds are often intriguing without taking focus away from the foreground, which is a good thing as due to the random generation nature of the maps you’ll often find random items dotted across the landscape. The sound of the weapons is always guaranteed to put a smile on your face – hearing the bleats of a unaware sheep before it goes kaboom will make you chuckle.
So, if your looking for a blast down memory lane then you can’t go far wrong with Worms 2: Armageddon and for around the cost of a McDonalds value meal burger, it certainly offers up much better value for money than a soggy burger…