Worms: Open Warfare

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Worms: Open Warfare
Platform(s)Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable[2]
ReleaseNintendo DS
  • NA: March 22, 2006
  • EU: March 17, 2006
PlayStation Portable
  • NA: March 22, 2006
Genre(s)Artillery, strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Worms: Open Warfare is a 2D artillery tactical game.[2] It was developed by Team17 and published by THQ for the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS.[1] It is part of the Worms series. The game marked Team17's return to its 2D roots.[2] The game spawned a sequel, Worms: Open Warfare 2, which is available on Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable.


In Worms: Open Warfare, the player takes control of an army of worms. The goal of the game is to defeat the opposing army through reducing the health points of enemy worms using various types of weaponry while avoiding friendly fire and other obstacles. The weapons and gadgets you use in battle include grenades, homing missiles, bazookas, cluster bombs, banana bombs (a Worms staple), dynamite, air strikes, shotguns, and many more. You can also choose from a variety of settings to battle in and make your own schemes and teams.

The game is played in rounds with each worm starting with 100 hit points. Each team takes turns controlling one of their worms. The player is usually allocated 60 seconds per turn to move their worm around the battlefield and attack the opponent worms, though this time limit is customisable when playing non-career games. Only one attack is allowed per turn.

In addition to timing individual player turns, each round has a 20-minute time limit. If the round timer runs down to 0:00 before a team claims victory, every worm's HP drops to 1, creating a sudden death scenario. During the course of a round, crates containing health or weapons will occasionally drop and the water level will rise.


Aggregate scores
GameRankings(PSP) 71.29%[3]
(DS) 63.60%[4]
Metacritic(PSP) 70/100[5]
(DS) 64/100[6]
Review scores
GamesRadar+3.5/5 stars[7]

Worms: Open Warfare received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. Aggregate review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PSP version 71.29% based on 21 reviews and 70/100 based on 22 reviews[3][5] and the DS version 63.60% based on 25 reviews and 64/100 based on 24 reviews.[4][6]

GamesRadar praised the graphics and the local multiplayer mode, but criticised the omission of online multiplayer and the artificial intelligence.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Worms: Open Warfare". MobyGames. Blue Flame Labs. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  2. ^ a b c d Davis, Ryan (2006-04-05). "Worms: Open Warfare Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  3. ^ a b "Worms: Open Warfare for PlayStation Portable". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  4. ^ a b "Worms: Open Warfare for Nintendo DS". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^ a b "Worms: Open Warfare for PlayStation Portable Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  6. ^ a b "Worms: Open Warfare for Nintendo DS Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  7. ^ a b Elston, Brett (2006-03-30). "Worms: Open Warfare Review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  8. ^ Castro, Juan (2006-03-27). "Worms: Open Warfare". IGN. Retrieved 2014-11-07.