Are you worm enough to look a bazooka in the face? The classic Worms
combat franchise makes its debut on Nintendo DS.
Classic turn-based gameplay
Tons of unconventional weapons
Battle via wireless LAN
Randomly generated landscapes and tough AI
Retaining the same award-winning gameplay, unique sense of humor and
clever mix of action and strategy that has epitomized the brand for
almost a decade, Worms: Open Warfare brings the big guns and comes to
life on the dual-screen Nintendo DS.
The second screen makes weapon selection the easiest it's ever been for
the franchise. The top screen displays the basic gameplay: the
battlefield and all its spoils and obstacles, the worms and the health
of each worm. On the bottom screen, you'll notice a radar of the entire
map, a timer indicating the seconds left to make your move and icons of
weapons you have at your disposal. To arm yourself, just tap the icon.
There's two screens of weapons and equipment for your Worms to use to
destroy the enemy unit.
The game features four modes of play from the pick-up-and-go Quick Game
to Challenges. If you want to dictate the scenario, select the Create
Game mode. When you're with a friend who also has a DS, battle him in
Up to four players can engage in wireless warfare with just one game
card. The multiplayer game closely resembles the Quick Start mode where
a map is randomly generated. You get to choose the difficulty level,
setting for your battle (from jungle to space) and the type of Worms
that will battle. This mostly affects the name and witty banter your
Worms dish out to each other.
No two maps are the same as the game randomly generates a near infinite
number of landscapes in Quick Start, Create Game and Multiplayer modes.
If you're up for a good challenge, see if you can take what the computer
AI can dish out in Challenge mode.
The destructible landscapes and physics of the game are such that you're
often your own worst enemy. If you're not exact with your calculations
and take wind speed into account, you may end up doing more damage to
yourself than your opponent.
Like other Worms titles, the presentation of the game is simple with
solid gameplay, especially when it comes weapon selection. The replay
value of the game will depend on your competitive nature and if you have
human rivals you like to square off against. There are not an
overwhelming number of options, so the game feels pretty straightforward.
Like the others in the Worms series, Worms: Open
Warfare delivers a quality turn-based combat experience. It doesn't have
a ton of options, but with the randomly generated landscapes and simple
gameplay, it makes for a fun pastime on Nintendo DS.