Can you believe that the original Worms is 25 years old as I write this? This is a franchise that is still very popular to this day and actually, we have a new game in the series due out in 2020. Today I am taking a trip back to 1995 and looking at the first game in the series and seeing just how well it holds up.
One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall
The aim of Worms is pretty simple. You have a squad of Worms and you want to kill the other team. There is no deep story or anything like that with this game, you just have to kill the opposing team, and if you can do it in style and with a smile on your face all the better. It is a formula that the series still uses to this day and that is a real testament to how much they nailed it with this first game.
The visuals of the game are very, very basic and they were basic even by 1995 standards. However, that is all part of the charm of what made Worms such a massive hit. While the actual Worms are tiny, they do have big personalities. The way that the game does this is by allowing you to pick what accent you want them to have. This kind of thing would be frowned upon today as they are some pretty hilarious stereotypes here, but they do add to the fun factor of the game.
All Your Worms Shall Die!
One of the things that I and millions of other people love about this series and this first game is how simple it is. You have your team of Worms and you get to take turns trying to kill the other team. Each Worm has its own health and you need to get it down to zero. How do you do this? Well, you get a turn, and each turn you have one minute to pick a worm, select a weapon and then aim and fire that weapon. Worms can die by having all their health taken away, falling into a hazard, or getting blown off the map. I like how the game is very simple, but at the same time, you have to think about what you are doing. One wrong move and you can miss your enemy, you can fall into water or you can walk over a freaking landmine! Playing against the AI is… ok, later games did this far better in all honesty. It is playing against friends where the game really shines and becomes something special.
I will fully admit that the first game in the Worms series is a tad basic in comparison to what the series would become. This is especially true for the single-player aspect of the game. However, the multiplayer mode is just freaking awesome and is just as much fun today as it was back in 1995. Even if you have played the modern games, I feel that it is worth checking this one out to see where it all started. You will be surprised at just how well this game holds up!
- The Worms have lots of personality
- The various backgrounds are cool
- I loved how many different weapons there were
- The different accents are hilarious
- Multiplayer is just as much fun now as it was back in 1995
- The single-player aspect is severely lacking in comparison to modern Worms games
- The landmines can be cheap!
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode