|System: PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Team17||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Team17||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 26, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Unfortunately, we werent able to test out the online multiplayer, seeing as we played before the game was released, but given that its turn-based, were not anticipating any problems. Multiplayer gamers can compete locally as well, and they too get a full range of customization options.
Speaking of customization options, wow. When you build your team, you can not only name each worm, but also adjust his appearance and even change the dialect in which he speaks. You can spend the currency you earn to unlock new options. When you set up a match, you can customize virtually everything there is about the level youre fighting on, from the basic appearance to the number of mines. Theres a random level generator so that you never have to fight the same battle twice. Theres even a level-design tool that works well, and you can share your creations with friends. Many players will prefer to stick to quick matches, given how overwhelming all these options are, but true Worms fanatics will go crazy over all the different ways there are to play.
The default controls here arent great; for one thing, they rely too much on buttons, instead of the mouse, for aiming. Even the simple act of walking (using the arrow keys) feels awkward, especially to those who are used to the more natural feel of a console controller for basic character movement. Nonetheless, because the game is turn-based and the worms move almost painfully slowly, the clumsy setup rarely costs players anything except a few seconds off the clock, and besides, the game is compatible with a pad if you have one. The only quirk we found truly maddening is if you hold down the jump button, you automatically jump a second time when you hit the ground.
Worms Reloaded wont bowl anyone over for its technical accomplishment, but its simple 2-D graphics are charming, and theyre CPU-friendly enough that most modern computers can handle them. The sound, meanwhile, is terrific, from the countless ways the worms have of speaking to the music and sound effects.
Again, for all but the most obsessed longtime fans, there isnt enough new here to warrant a fresh purchase. However, anyone looking for the best possible Worms experience will find it here, and lapsed fans who havent played since the late 㣾s just might rekindle their interest in the franchise.
CCC Freelance Writers