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Worms Armageddon

Developer: Team 17 | Publisher: Atari
Players: 1 to 4 Player Game | Release Date: 05/31/99 | Genre: Strategy

Worms Armageddon is the third and final release of the WORMS games from Team 17. Worms Armageddon is a side view, turn based strategy game that allows up to six players to duke it out over bizarre, randomly generated landscapes or custom levels. You can collect many types of weapons to destroy your enemies and the landscape with. You play the part of up to eight gooey looking worms to blow up and annihilate your enemies. You can play on a single computer, through a LAN, or over the Internet.

The instructions for Worms Armageddon are nicely laid out and very informative. Everything you need to know is clearly stated and it is easy to follow. A little color in the instructions would have been nice but weren't necessary.

The menus are excellent. They are all pictures, and are clearly labeled. The menu system is nicely laid out and easy to use. The options menu is also very good, and allows you to mess around with the in game options and video resolution. Team creation is a lot of fun. It allows you to name your team of worms and name each of them. You can then pick a team flag, gravestone, victory song, and your worms' voices. The game also allows you to use your own sounds to use for your worms. This is a lot of fun.

The Interface is great. It is easy to use and intuitive. Movement, weapon selection, and level navigation are easy. Everything is very colorful and the information you need is readily available. Every once in a while though, while playing the game, it would get a little jerky and slow. Also the levels are not nearly big enough especially if your going to be playing with 3 to 6 teams with 8 worms each! Although it is fun to see lots of worms fly and die it would have been nice to have the option of bigger levels.

The graphics for Worms Armageddon are pretty good. They are fun to look at and goofy, but a little too gooey for my taste. Putting the resolution up to 1024x768 allows you to see almost everything in the game. This is the resolution that I played at because everything below this resolution made it a little hard to plan your turn. Overall the graphics are entertaining as there are several funny landscape types and it adds to the comedy of the game. You can also put in your own pictures or graphics and use them for flags, gravestones, and landscapes.

The sound and music are awesome! The sound is one of the most entertaining aspects of the game. All the worms have funny stuff to say depending on the voices you picked, the weapons and explosions sound good and the ambience is great. I don't think this could have been any better.

The networking is good as well. It is easy to play over LAN and Internet (WORM Net). LAN games make it easier to play the game so that all the hot seating doesn't get outrageous. Setting up a LAN game is easy and doesn't take long to do. Playing on WORM Net allows you to play with people all over the world and chat with them as well.

Worms Armageddon is very addictive. From the custom teams, terrain, sounds, and other miscellaneous goodies it is hard to stay away from this game. It's a great party game and it's funny to play. There are quite a variety of weapons and utilities to keep the game fun for a long time. With the customability and the worms' voices, this game is fun to play and watch. The ease of controls made the attributed to WA's greatness. The only thing holding this game back from a higher score is the fact that the levels can be way to small for bigger games.

Worms Armageddon is quite an advancement from the original 'Gorilla' game back in the QBASIC days. With the great sounds, funny looking graphics, and hours of goofy fun, I highly recommend this game. It's easy to play and defiantly satisfies your need for destruction. It doesn't take a fully 3D, pixel pumping, and high fps game to be good. All it takes is a good idea and overall it needs to be fun. You can't go wrong with Worms Armageddon.

I'm hoping that Team 17 continues the WORMS saga because it is a one of the most unique games around. Oh, by the way, my worm has a bigger gun than yours does!

By Richard Crockett - 02/21/02
ESRB Details: Violence
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