The Worms games have always been a cheap way to enjoy mindless fun. The titles made by Team 17 make for great party games, and are fun ten years after their initial release. As time has gone on, Team 17 has tried a wide variety of new things. Everything from golf to 3D combat has been thrown at these little buggers, yet nothing has stuck quite as well as the original design. We now see the release of Worms Revolution, a new spin on a classic title. Deciding to advance upon what has worked in the past, Team 17 has upped the arsenal, the worms, and the levels.
EVERYBODY DO THE WORM
Stay Classy - The defining feature in Revolution is the fact that worms now come in a delicious variety. The heavy worm can take and deliver a higher level of pain at the cost of his speed. The soldier pays homage to the worms of old. The scout who is faster and smaller yet weaker than any other worm. And finally, the scientist who provides every worm an additional 5 health at the beginning of every turn.
Drown, You Wormy Swine - It's stupid and silly, but I can't get over the water based weapons. The ability to watch the new physics engine drown, or send worms down waterfalls that promise nothing but death is just fun to watch. This is only a small addition, but it's one of the most fun things about Revolution.
Let's Play Dress-up - No, not that kind of dress-up, you Formicophiliac. The customization provided to players does nothing beyond change some of the visuals and sounds, but it's definitely appreciated. Everything from how they talk to the clothes they wear are customizable. It's a cute touch that makes it a bit easier to track my worms in the frantic 4 player battlefield.
2Fort, is that you? - A Game mode found in Worms Revolution allows players to combat each other artillery style from 2 different bases. The bases are separated by water, allowing the worms to fire at each other from afar. Any worm risking close-up-n-personal combat must somehow make it to the other base and pray their opponents don't rip them to pieces.
You Won't Want to Play It Alone - Admittedly, Worms Revolution has a pretty decent single player mode, but that's not why I play Worms. Playing Worms Revolution for its single player mode is like never playing Counter Strike online. Get 3 friends and set up a randomly generated map. Then watch as the mindless carnage begins.
Pretty Explosions - Even though the water visuals are hilariously bad, the rest of the aesthetics are quite enjoyable. Worms now show damage over time and all the explosions are just so fun to watch. It's the kind of game that realized that sometimes realistic visuals can take the back seat to a funny art style.
YOU'RE NOT WORMING YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS ONE
Slimy Controls - Dear God why. I've always hated the controls in the Worms titles because I feel like I have to relearn how to use a controller every time I pick one up. The first 2 or 3 times you'll play (if you don't use the tutorial, and let's face it, no one does that) you'll send your worms plummeting to their death if you don't blow them up first. I mean, really. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to make the jump button X and the attack button A? A HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE JUMP BUTTON. Note: This title was played on an Xbox 360.
Party Games Are Meant for Parties - I get a game wanting to have a single player campaign. What I don't get is the single player campaign having more to offer than the party mode. The narrator, who never shut the hell up in the single player campaign, is nonexistent in the multiplayer aspect, and the only real personality I found were my worms screaming off bad movie quotes as they blew themselves up. Think about this Team 17. It's a party game. Put some personality into the multiplayer, too.
Why is the Tutorial Unskippable? - It's a minor complaint, but the first campaign (one of four) is completely unnecessary for veterans of the series. I know how to play Worms, I've been playing these games since I was little. Why do I have to sit through 8 levels of insanely slow gameplay just to relearn what I learned ten years ago?
Even though Team 17 has overlooked some common sense issues, Worms Revolution is the first Worms game I would recommend since Armageddon. It's the perfect update to a beloved series that makes for a great party game. It may not be perfect, but I'll be damned if this isn't the kind of game I love to force 3 friends to play. It's enjoyable for both hardcore and casual gamers, and sits as something that any age group can participate in. Most of all, it's fun. And really, that's the one thing most gamers look for in a game.
*This review was based on the Xbox 360 version of the game with a review code provided by the publisher.*