Platform: PC (Steam), PSN, XBLA
Release Date: October 10, 2012
Chances are that if you“re reading this review, you“ve played at least one other Worms game before. The series is incredibly popular and has been ever since the first one launched back in 1995. Multiplayer has always played a big component in the series and new releases practically come out on a yearly basis. As the game is so fun by default, there usually isn“t too much added to the formula. Worms Revolution has attempted to bring a few new additions, but do they constitute a â€œrevolutionâ€?
First off, let“s discuss the basics of the game. As the name should make clear, Worms Revolution is focused around worms. These aren“t typical earthworms, though, but warriors waging battle against each other. Players control their worms in a 2.5D world by arming them with various weaponry and goodies, such as bazookas, ropes, and air strikes. The sheer insanity of ways to arm worms is the main hilarious hallmark of the series. Battles proceed in a turn-based way to give each worm a chance to leave their mark during their timed turn.
In this version of the game, little has changed in regards to the world, but there are still some things worth mentioning. For one, there are new objects in the landscape which can be used to your advantage (or used against you). These are things like water bottles and lighters dotted across various landscapes. Hitting a lighter can cause an explosive reaction, and other objects can be flung around to squash worms. Though these objects might add to strategy, at the start they aren“t placed in ways to make them incredibly useful. Often, you may find yourself simply getting your own worms blocked or blown up by an object.
One larger addition to the world is water usable during battle, as well as odd water physics. Sometimes there will be water contained in sections suspended near worms. By breaking off some of the surrounding land you can of course get some water to rain down on the enemy. When worms stay submerged between turns it causes them trouble and, as you might expect, they will drown if in it for too long. As great as the addition could be, it has a fumbled execution. For some reason, the water doesn“t really flow like you would expect it to. No matter how steep the incline, water will pool up like gel and simply stop sliding down sometimes. It is highly unpredictable and therefore not worth relying on water heavily.
The biggest and best change in Worms Revolution is the addition of new worms. There are four kinds of worms and they include Soldier, Scout, Scientist and Heavy. Along with having their own strategic uses, they also have distinct design to make telling what worms are out a simple process. As you might expect, the Heavy is a sponge for damage with a huge HP bar and stronger, though they take a hit in the speed department. Scouts aren“t as strong, but they make up for it with quick speed and agility. Scientists are the weakest of the bunch but offer up stronger weapons and will even help recuperate some health for the team. Finally, Soldiers are the basic type of worm that has been featured in previous versions.
With the addition of new types of worms, the game allows you to customize teams of the various worm types. If you wish, you can have a team full of basic soldier worms. However, it“s often to your advantage to give other team types a shot to see which works best for you. Having the ability to specialize in certain play-types is a nice, if not revolutionary, addition. With teams, you are also able to dress the worms up with hats, facial hair, and other goodies. Even the voices of worms can be changed to sound classic, robotic, or other ways.
When it comes right down to it, the main fun of Worms has always been multiplayer. However this game isn“t content to fail on offering single player stuff. There is both a main mission mode as well as puzzle mode. Although these modes don“t have an incredible amount of levels, when each match takes 5-30 minutes, you can expect to have a good deal of time spent playing them. Beyond that, they are at least fairly substantial with about 50 levels overall between the modes. If you want more then you can always design your own levels with the included level editor. In the main mode, you are tasked with battles against enemies while the puzzle mode is focused on figuring out solutions to problems.
That“s not to say that these modes are perfect. One strange feature of the game is when the computer-controlled enemies take their turn. It“s doubtful that it takes the computer more than a second to formulate a move to go against yours. However, instead of immediately positioning a worm, attacking, and ending a turn, they instead take a great deal of time â€œthinkingâ€. Perhaps this was done to emulate a human partner, but chances are, if you“re playing in this mode you don't want to deal with waiting. This might seem like a silly complaint at first, but it really makes no sense and the period of waiting is very oddly long at times. Then, the game tends to either lob off a weapon at you with perfect accuracy or miss completely, instead of being somewhere in between.
Many players probably won“t notice though as all their time will be spent in multiplayer. As far as this goes, it works just like fans would expect it to. Beyond the addition of new worm types, environmental effects, and water, it“s your standard experience. As with single player, the matches may last a long time but it“s always fun to match wits against an opponent. Modes that are expected of Worms multiplayer are all present, such as Deathmatch and Fort, and also include a handful of match options to tweak things just right. You may play either locally or online and fight against up to four teams.
When it comes down to it, Worms Revolution is a fine Worms game that adds a few things without destroying what players love. However, is it a necessary upgrade? It all depends on how much of a fan you are. If you“ve gone and had a blast with multiple previous versions, then go ahead! All that has been loved before is still here. For those who are completely new to the Worms world this is also a nice purchase, thanks to the addition of classes and handful of single player modes to get people started. No matter what, Worms Revolution is still a lot of fun and will no doubt gain a massive multiplayer audience soon.
+ Adds new features without breaking the formula of what works
+ New classes add new strategies to try out
+ Good deal of single player modes for the price
- Water physics work in unexpected ways, making it an unreliable weapon
- Enemy AI in single player is too good (or bad) and takes slow turns
Overall Score: 8 (Out of 10)
Despite some daring additions, fans of Worms will be relieved to know that Worms Revolution still remains an entertaining game.