App Review: Worms by Team 17 Software Ltd.
Worms by Team 17 Software Ltd. is a complex turn-based battle game that is akin to iShoot. This game does not involve dueling tanks, though. it features dueling teams of worms. The game can be played by yourself against app generated teams of worms or against up to four other friends on the same device. There is even a practice mode you can use to build your skills. If you have never played the game before, I strongly recommend starting with the “help” section. This section will walk you through the rules of the game and the basics of the controls. Then, you can move on to play a practice Practice Match in Single Player Mode. Here you can design your own landscape and learn how to use all of the weapons and tools at your disposal in a relatively safe envirionment. You see, in a Practice Match, the enemy does not fight back – a distinct advantage to you. Once you get a handle on what all the weapons and tools are capable of and how they work, you can move onto Quick Games, Challenges, and Multiplayer Games.
Worms is a turn-based game, meaning that teams of worms take turns attacking each other. Each turn has a time limit to it. You can do whatever you want during that time. Your turn is over when one of a few things happens. Either you use a weapon or a tool from your weapons arsenal, your worm gets hurt, or time runs out. So, you can use your time to either attack the other worm teams or help your worms retreat to a safer spot. When your turn is over, you usually have a couple of seconds of retreat time to move your worms out of harms way. However, you lose your retreat time, if you injure your worm.
To rid yourself of the enemies, you must either attack the worms until the number over their head that represents their life is zero or somehow force them into the water. If a worm from your team is the last worm standing, you win. The controls for the worms are pretty simple. Tap left or right to make them walk, single tap on them to make them jump, and double tap to make them to a back flip. The real challenge in this game comes in mastering the weapons and their controls.
In the bottom left corner of the screen is a weapons button. When you tap on it, it brings up a whole array of weapons and other tools that you can use to try to destroy the other worms and keep yours safe. Some of them have fuses that you can change the time on, and others have limits on when and how many times they can be used. None of these come with instructions or even labels. So, I had a really hard time trying to figure out what each one was, what it did, and how to use it to my advantage. There are a plethora of options, and if you could master them all, I could see the game being a lot of fun. After you bring up the weapon panel, you tap on a weapon to arm your worm. To aim the weapon, simply touch the cross hairs on the screen and drag it up and down until you get the right trajectory. Then, tap the bullseye in the corner to fire. As with other games like it, the landscape in this game is “fully deformable.”
Worms is based on the computer game of the same name that I understand is a big hit. However, I worry some may find it too complex. It is not a game that you can jump into and quickly start playing. There is an initial investment of time to learn about the game and how to play it. That having been said, it is a well designed game that is sure to be a hit with fans of iShoot.
Developer’s Website: http://www.team17.com/iphonesupport/?Product=WormsiPhone&Language=EN