There must have been a point ten years ago when worms around the world decided they were tired of being the toys of choice for sadistic toddlers. No more satisfied with their lives (split in half does not help relationships), they were looking for a purpose to continue; a reason to continue living. This reason came quite surprising in the form of powerful, high-explosive weapons. How you learned these command skills is a secret, but since then you terrorize yourself and the strange sheep.
Worms 4: Mayhem (the third 3D version) has gone from publisher to publisher over the past decade and has appeared on almost every available gaming platform, and it lands on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC thanks to Codemasters and Team 17. When the series was released in 3D, many Fans felt that the game had lost the simplicity that gave it its Charm. Worms 4 (as you decided it was the fourth game, it’s not clear) seems to correct what went wrong in previous 3D incarnations.
The basic Gameplay hasn’t changed much since the last Worms 3D game, but a few tweaks have been made to make the experience more fun. The levels in which the worms action are a little easier than before, which makes the journey on these maps a little easier. However, this doesn’t make them boring; the themes for the levels are construction sites, the Wild West, and Camelot. Little boys can now move over small bumps without having to jump over them, and although the speed of the screw has been increased, their movement is still quite slow and if you are not used to the rather quiet turn-based gameplay, it will take time to get used to it.
Three camera views (Blimp, First Person and Third Person) give you plenty of options to view the action and all your strikes are tracked, allowing you to see exactly the damage dealt by your chosen weapon. striking weapons is very simple, and once you’ve learned how to use the bag charge offered, it’s fair to say that the controls rarely prevent your fun. The only problem is the jump. Worms were not made to jump and this manifests itself. In large open areas, this is not a problem, but if you try to climb a staircase of crates, things get a little difficult. You often bounce off the box you want to jump on, and then fall awkwardly to the ground – ruining that twist and sending your worm a few strokes from your previous location.
Among the game modes offered for a single player, there is a fairly long single-player campaign that even tries to tell a story on cutscenes. If you have no one to play, this mode gives you a lot of fun, and the objectives of each level are so varied that things do not repeat. However, if you go online or have a few friends to play with locally, you spend most of your time playing competitive games. Worms has always been excellent when playing against real people and Worms 4 is no different. Online play for four players is supported on the Xbox and PC versions of the game, and the turn-based gameplay works great in the online environment. There are a number of different game types from the Standard deathmatch, including games where you have to remove your opponent’s statues or take their base, and the basic rules can be changed to create new game types.
Worms has always been about Weapons and Worms 4 is no different. As old favorites like the Bazooka and the Exploding sheep return, new weapons have been added. As might be expected, these are not really weapons that the army will use. The Inflatable Scouser (Someone from Liverpool, for our readers in the UK) is particularly noteworthy. This big-haired, mustachioed, football-loving guy wanders the map until he finds an enemy worm. Then it grabs the worm and begins to swell, and eventually it ascends into the sky like a helium-filled Balloon. After a while (or if it hits something), it will burst and knock the poor worm to the ground. It doesn’t stop there. Alien abductions and exploding cow booms are among the other new weapons at your disposal. Only the Ratchet and Clank series can boast of as diverse a range of weapons as possible.
However, the big addition to Worms 4 is The weapon factory. Here you can create your own worm destruction weapons. In truth, the range you have is not so large, but you can choose the type of Weapon, choose from a number of ready-made models, how it looks, adjust its strength in certain areas, give it a name and tinker with a number of other parameters. There are a lot of models to choose from, and anyone who wants to make fun weapons will be delighted, don’t expect the kind of customization you’ll find in a game like Forza Motorsport.