Worms World Party

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Worms World Party
Wwp-win-cover.jpg
European Windows cover
Developer(s) Windows, Dreamcast, Gizmondo
Team17
PlayStation
The Code Monkeys
Game Boy Advance
Fluid Studios
N-Gage
Paragon 5
Publisher(s) Windows & Dreamcast
PlayStation & Game Boy Advance
Ubisoft Entertainment
N-Gage
Nokia
Gizmondo
Team17
Series Worms
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Dreamcast
PlayStation
Game Boy Advance
Windows Mobile
N-Gage (both 1st[1] & 2nd generation[2])
Gizmondo
Release
Genre(s) Artillery, Strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

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 was a plan to make Worms Armageddon and Worms World Party cross-compatible when Worms Armageddon reached version 4.0. Since the development of new Armageddon patches was quite slow, it would take quite a long time until that could happen.[5]

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 technical 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.

Worms World Party Remastered[edit]

On June 10, 2015, Team17 officially uploaded Worms World Party Remastered announcement trailer on their own YouTube channel.[6] The game was released to Steam on July 16, 2015. The game is "remastered in 1080p and at 60fps," and with new sound effects. However, it has only a 6/10 rating;[7] reviews are mainly to criticize not the game itself, but the fact that the game is not "remastered" and with many bugs still present from the original. Team17 has released only one update since its release.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Dreamcast GBA N-Gage PC
AllGame N/A 3.5/5 stars[8] N/A N/A
CGW N/A N/A N/A 4/5 stars[9]
Edge 6/10[10] N/A N/A N/A
EGM 8.17/10[11] N/A N/A N/A
Eurogamer 8/10[12] N/A N/A N/A
Game Informer 8/10[13] N/A N/A N/A
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[14] N/A N/A N/A
Game Revolution B+[15] N/A N/A N/A
GameSpot 8.4/10[16] 6.8/10[17] 7.7/10[18] 7.4/10[19]
GameSpy 9/10[20] N/A 3.5/5 stars[21] N/A
GameZone 8.1/10[22] N/A 8.5/10[23] N/A
IGN 8.2/10[24] N/A N/A 8/10[25]
Nintendo Power N/A 3.4/5[26] N/A N/A
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A N/A 75%[27]
Maxim N/A N/A N/A 7/10[28]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 79/100[29] 75/100[30] 77/100[31] 75/100[32]

The Dreamcast, PC, Game Boy Advance and N-Gage versions received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[29][30][31][32] The main complaint in the individual reviews is that Worms World Party could have been just an expansion pack to Worms Armageddon.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Ellsworth, David (January 28, 2004). "W:A 4.0 Beta Update". Team17. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Team17 (June 10, 2015). "Worms World Party Remastered". YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2005. 
  7. ^ "Worms World Party Remastered". Steam. 
  8. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Worms World Party (GBA) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
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  10. ^ Edge staff (January 2001). "Worms World Party (DC)". Edge (93). 
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  22. ^ Simply Laura (July 2, 2001). "Worms World Party - DC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  23. ^ Bedigian, Louis (May 30, 2005). "Worms World Party - NG - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 18, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
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  26. ^ "Worms World Party". Nintendo Power. 158: 149. July 2002. 
  27. ^ Cohen, Corey (June 2001). "Worms World Party". PC Gamer: 74. Archived from the original on March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  28. ^ Alt, Eric (May 21, 2001). "Worms World Party (PC)". Maxim. Archived from the original on June 15, 2001. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
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  30. ^ a b "Worms World Party for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
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