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, snake game
Mode(s) Single-player, two-player

Warring Worms is an Atari 2600 homebrew snake game. 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 2600 game.[1]

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]

Gameplay[edit]

Warring Worms is a snake game similar to the Atari 2600 launch title Surround, which itself is based on the 1977 Blockade arcade game.[1][2]

Like Surround, the player wins 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]

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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