Worms: Open Warfare 2 DS

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 4, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 90
    OW2 still looks and sounds great though, and offers more content than any Worms before it. It might have scored even higher if it had been $10 cheaper (it would have truly been a must-buy for all DS owners at $20), but it's still an excellent value and a wonderful addition to the portable action-strategy lineup.
  2. Overall, Open Warfare 2 is a far superior product to the original Open Warfare game on the DS.
  3. This is truly the Worms game that many fans have been waiting years for. It is easily as good as the earlier Worms titles and since it is portable, it can quench your Worms addiction no matter where you may be.
  4. This is a great game for DS Wi-Fi, and for once it is one that isn't made by Nintendo themselves. There is may not be much more to this game, but for fans that should be more than enough.
  5. Open Warfare 2 combines the franchise’s polished gameplay with several new modes and a robust online component to create the best Worms title in many years.
  6. The Campaign mode offers a little variety with slightly varied missions and even some boss battles, but if you’ve never liked Worms’ brand of zany, artillery-heavy 2D action, well, not much has changed.
  7. What you have here is a solid game and an excellent purchase for anyone owning a portable system.
  8. GamePro
    The bottom line is that Worms has always been a fantastic game so it all comes down to how complete a given installment is, and Worms Open Warfare 2 is easily the defining title in the series. [Oct 2007, p.87]
  9. games(TM)
    With far too much new content to list here, it offers a brilliantly rejuvenated experience to die-hard fans and a reason for the wandering flock to return. [Oct 2007, p.118]
  10. If you're hoping for a core multiplayer experience, however, you'll likely find Nintendo's Wi-Fi network too frustrating to deal with.
  11. 80
    THQ, Team 17 and Two Tribes have not only turned out the best Worms game of all time, but a title that stands on its own as a truly excellent piece of DS software.
  12. Tightly woven gameplay makes this a great addition to the series. If only more touch screen could have been implemented.
  13. Much like almost every iteration of the series, Worms: Open Warfare 2 does not seek to completely revolutionize the series, but merely adds another layer of weapons, modes, and customizations.
  14. 87
    A massive upgrade to the original game, so much so that it really should have been its own brand instead of "Number Two" of the 2005 release.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    It's simple, it's retro, and it's extremely hard to put down once you get started. And excellent package on DS. [Nov 2007, p.58]
  16. Nintendo Power
    Despite some frustratingly expert-level AI in the compute opponents, Open Warfare 2 is one you don't want squirming away from you. [Nov 2007, p.104]
  17. There are no sacrifices, no compromises, and no settling for second best here. Two Tribes has gone above and beyond the call of duty and have created an instant classic. This is truly the best Worms game ever made.
  18. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's the same old Worms at the core, but it's the franchise at its best. [Sept 2007, p.72]
  19. A terrific game. The gameplay is simple, fun and forever addictive, and it's coupled with chunky, colorful graphics and a multiplayer system which has served as the de facto model for many other titles.

Awards & Rankings

#38 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#29 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    Worms: Open Warfare 2: After 2006's disastrous Open Warfare (the PSP version was good), Team17 had Two Tribes handle this instalment. ThereWorms: Open Warfare 2: After 2006's disastrous Open Warfare (the PSP version was good), Team17 had Two Tribes handle this instalment. There are 33 weapons and utilities to use. There is a lot of customisation including the landscape and flag editor. The online is excellent and the laboratory mode is fun. However, you cannot have your own names online. This is because parents don't want a little boy playing against a weirdo because lots of kids have a DS. Verdict: Presentation: 9 - Laboratory mode is fun and online is excellent. Graphics: 8.5 - While the frame rate can nosedive during explosions the textures are high-res and attempt to push the DS. Sound: 9 - Speech banks are really funny. But you'll miss out on Thespian. Gameplay: 9.5 - Perfectly paced and the AI problems from the original Open Warfare are fixed. Lasting Appeal: 9.5 - There is a ton to do here from creating your own landscapes to online play. Overall: 9.5 - Excellent - Two Tribes have done an excellent job with this sequel and every complaint from the original Open Warfare have been addressed. Full Review »
  2. TonyG.
    Oct 17, 2007
    2 thumbs up, for two tribes! Finally a real deal worms game. This team should have been on the original project, which was a nightmare. This 2 thumbs up, for two tribes! Finally a real deal worms game. This team should have been on the original project, which was a nightmare. This game rightfully should be titled "Worms Done right" For any worms fan contimplating on to purchase this game....get it now before you have to spend more time trying to track down this classic gaming title. Full Review »
  3. EricM.
    Sep 23, 2007
    Great game and fun to play u get addicted it is better than the old pc versoin and origanl open warfare except the big donkey is just weird.