Warring Worms

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Warring Worms
Developer(s) Billy Eno
Publisher(s) Baroque Gaming
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release date(s) 2002
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, two-player
Distribution Cartridge

Warring Worms is an action game developed for the Atari 2600 video game console.

Background[edit]

Warring Worms was created by software developer Billy Eno and released in 2002 under the Baroque Gaming label. The game was Eno's first released Atari 2600 homebrew game.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

Warring Worms is an action game similar to the Atari 2600 launch title Surround, released in 1977.[1][2]

Like Surround, the player can win a round by forcing the opponent to crash into a wall. The opponent is controlled by either a second player or the game's AI, depending on the game selection. Unlike Surround, players in Warring Worms are armed: each worm can control a cannon that fires shots. The shots can be used to kill the opponent, or take out a block of the "trail" left by either player. The game is played using joysticks, and features 80 game variations.[1]

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Warring Worms was named one of the five "Best 2600 Homebrew Games" in the book Gaming Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools by Simon Carless, who described the game as "super-addictive" and praised the ability to fire shots as a "neat twist".[3]

Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)Turns[edit]

An updated version of the game was released in 2005, featuring addition game-playing modes such as random mode, in which the game options are randomized between each round. The update, also written by Eno, was titled Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)Turns and at 8 KB was double the game's original size of 4 KB.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Yarusso, Albert. "Warring Worms (Baroque Gaming)". AtariAge. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Atari 2600 Reviews S-S: Surround". The Video Game Critic. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Carless, Simon (2005). Gaming Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. O'Reilly Media. p. 22. ISBN 0-596-00917-8. 

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