Worms World Party

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Worms World Party
Wwp-win-cover.jpg
European Windows cover
Developer(s) Microsoft Windows & Dreamcast
Team17
PlayStation
The Code Monkeys
Game Boy Advance
Fluid Studios
N-Gage
Paragon 5
Publisher(s) Microsoft Windows & Dreamcast
EU Virgin Interactive

NA Titus Software
PlayStation & Game Boy Advance
Ubisoft
N-Gage
Nokia

Series Worms
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Dreamcast
PlayStation
Game Boy Advance
N-Gage (both 1st[1] & 2nd generation[2])
Windows Mobile
Release date(s) Microsoft Windows
EU 20010406April 6, 2001

NA 20010616June 16, 2001
Dreamcast
EU 20010427April 27, 2001
NA 20010603June 3, 2001
PlayStation
December 14, 2001
Game Boy Advance
EU 20021004October 4, 2002
NA 20021029October 29, 2002
N-Gage
EU 20050415April 15, 2005
NA 20050511May 11, 2005

Genre(s) Artillery, Strategy[3]
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Worms World Party is an artillery strategy game. It was developed by Team17 as the seventh game in the Worms series, and was released in 2001. It was the last 2D Worms game before the series' three year stint in 3D, starting with Worms 3D.

There is a plan to make Worms Armageddon and Worms World Party cross-compatible when Worms Armageddon reaches version 4.0. Since the development of new Armageddon patches is quite slow, it could take quite a long time until that happens.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Worms World Party screenshot illustrating several worms and some landscape deformed by explosions.

Like its predecessors, Worms World Party is a side-scrolling video game involving controlling a team of worms and using a collection of weaponry to eliminate the opposing team(s). The worms can walk and jump around and use tools such as the ninja rope and parachute to move to otherwise unreachable locations.

The worms have an arsenal of dozens of weapons, ranging from longbows to bazookas and from fireball to Holy Hand Grenades. There are also an array of special weapons, such as Armageddon (meteor shower) or the infamous Concrete Donkey. Some of these weapons are present in the worms' initial arsenal while others can be collected from randomly appearing crates during the game. For some weapons, such as grenades, holding the launching key longer shoots them further. The landscape can be deformed with any weapon, forcing the players to adapt to changing environments. Also, in addition to the nature-made obstacles, the maps may contain land mines which explode when a worm comes close to one, and barrels which explode when shot, spreading out some burning napalm. These often lead to very tecnical combinations where, for example, a worm is first hit with a grenade and is then thrown against a mine which sets off another worm, which hits a third worm who slips into the water.

The image illustrates a match between three teams of worms in a pirate-themed map. Over their heads the worms have their names and hit points. The color of the text indicates the team the worm belongs to. Each team can be customized by the player's will, including the language the worms speak and the headstone that is left when a worm dies. The worms can also be drowned, in which case no headstone is left. In the bottom of the screen the remaining time and the wind speed are shown. When the time runs out, the water level starts to raise on each turn, drowning the worms at the lowest points of the map (this is called Sudden Death). The wind speed affects some weapons. Failing to account for it may turn a missile back into the worm who launched it.

The player can play against the computer, or can play against people on the same computer or over the Internet or local area network (TCP/IP and IPX supported).

The player can set up many options and make maps you can play on prior to battle to tailor the experience. There are also single-player and multiplayer missions available to help refine the player's skills with the various weapons and utilities.

Reception[edit]

Metacritic finds that Worms World Party has received generally favorable reviews and gave the game PC version a rating of 75 out of 100. The main complaint in the individual reviews is that Worms World Party could have been just an expansion pack to Worms Armageddon.[5] Another meta-review site, GameRankings, gives the game a virtually identical score, 75.44%.[6] This score is, however, significantly lower than what the predecessor, Worms Armageddon got - 87.83%.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nokia N-Gage Worms World Party". Nokia. Archived from the original on October 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Nokia devices to host Worms World Party". Nokia. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Gamespot Summary for Worms World Party". GameSpot. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ David "Deadcode" Ellsworth (2008-01-28). "Team17 Forum - W:A 4.0 Beta Update". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Worms World Party (pc: 2001): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  6. ^ "Worms World Party for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Worms Armageddon for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 

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