Worms: Reloaded Review

Time to reload them worms!

Review by Darren Cartledge
Published 15th September 2010

Worms: Reloaded

  • Developer: Team17
  • Publisher: Team17
  • Release Date: 26th August 2010

Even when Worms was first released many years ago, it was never the most advanced game. Instead relying on providing gamers with a fun experience as teams of worms battled it out with crazy weapons in 2D worlds. Not all subsequent releases quite captured the same magic, often trying things that didn't quite work. However, with Worms: Reloaded the old school Worms magic most definitely returns.

The first thing you’ll likely notice about Worms: Reloaded is the amount of content it features. For a start there’s a thirty-five mission campaign that mixes things up a bit. The campaign features classic Worms battles, obstacle courses and puzzles in which you have to eliminate all the worms on screen with restrictions placed on you! Such has not being able to move, or only have one stick of dynamite to do it with, which requires you to come up with some imaginative solutions.

For those who fancy more of a challenge, the Warzone campaign features tougher teams of worms for you to do battle with. Worms: Reloaded also introduces a new mode into the world of Worms. The Bodycount mode, feels as if it would be much more at home in the latest shooter, pitting a single worm against waves and waves of worms that get tougher and tougher as you progress. Whilst it sounds interesting, for me it didn’t really work mainly due to the fact that Team 17 have kept the pace of this mode the same as the others, meaning that this worm survival mode lacks the edge of those that feature in shooters and you never really feel you’re fighting for survival against the odds.

Going along with what’s new in Reloaded the game introduces fourteen new crazy weapons for you to do battle with along with the usual worm stalemates. The most notable of these is the Buffalo of Lies which you can unleash and send on an unstoppable rampage, if you get it’s deployment right, there’s really no end to the amount of carnage it can cause a rival team and can often change the course of a match. However get it wrong and just like with any of the weapons in Worms you could find your team on the end of a devastating friendly fire incident.

Playing through the various single player modes you earn credits which you can spend in the in-game store and unlock more content in order to customise your Worms and go into battle with. New weapons and missions are also unlockable in the store further prolonging the life of the game.

Like most Worms games Reloaded is as accessible as ever, and even new players can be playing like seasoned pro’s within a few minutes. For the most part most players will be comfortable with the default difficulty level, however, once you become familiar with the physics of the various weapons it can all start to feel a little easy and altogether lacklustre but thankfully Team 17 has included several options to increase the difficulty so its not hard to find one that will match your skill level and provide you with a good challenge.

Despite the fact the game is brimming with single player content, for many Worms fans the games are at their best when playing the multiplayer element and for me Reloaded is no different. Matchmaking is handled by Steam so its always easy to find players to pit your battle skills against in both ranked and unranked matches. Multiplayer match-ups are often played at a higher tempo then when playing against A.I controlled Worms which really gives them an edge over the single player experience. Playing multiplayer obviously also gives you insights into how other players use the games various weapons and utilities which can really add to the level of fun the game offers, especially when you combine them in your own tactics.

Visually the game retains the charming classic looks of the original games, but has been brought into the modern gaming era with its new HD graphics. It’s still a very simple looking game, but there are a lot of little touches and animation such as your worms shrugging when you completely miss with your shots, or laughing and dancing when they inflict damage on your opponents. In typical Worms fashion each of your actions are all accompanied with crazy phrases, which all contributes to the charm of Reloaded.

Worms: Reloaded is something of a hark back to the original games and recreates the fun and addictive play we experienced when the games first came on the scene. Reloaded features plenty of single player content to hone your skills but the game like its predecessors is at its best in its multiplayer modes and for any fan of the original Reloaded is a must have.

Review Score: 8/10

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