Worms: Open Warfare DS

Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
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  1. If you’re looking for a great multiplayer experience for your DS in the here and now, you need look no further than Worms: Open Warfare.
  2. NGC Magazine UK
    76
    It's not going to offer you the strategic wonder of "Advance Wars," but with its refreshing silliness (we like the scouse worms best) and turn-based carnage, it remains an oddball tactical treat, and a reminder that, in these days of incredible technical advances, sometimes good game design is all you need. [Apr 2006, p.30]
  3. It’s a great game, no question, but it’s not that different from the others in the series.
  4. Nintendo Power
    70
    Though Open Warfare marks a welcome return to 2-D for the turn-based action-strategy franchise, these annelids, are starting to show their age. [Apr 2006, p.83]
  5. 70
    The DS game supports the touch screen for mini-map movement as well as weapon selection, but suffers from a lower resolution and a restricted display area. The PSP game looks much prettier, but requires more button presses to navigate.
  6. 70
    Challenges are also oversimplified. Where single-player challenges in previous Worms games had cool objectives such as shotgunning targets and parachuting to grab mid-air items, Challenge Mode in Open Warfare is merely team combat.
  7. 70
    Though its simplified setup and reduced options may not please some of the more battle-hardened soldiers of days past, the game's more streamlined approach is an excellent way to bring the Worms experience to a new generation of gamers.
  8. Game Informer
    70
    Firmly back in the second dimension where it belongs, this portable entry in the "Worms" franchise will take you back to the glory days of "Armageddon" and "World Party". [May 2006, p.113]
  9. The fun is still alive, but it's the same fun you've had before. If you're a diehard Worms fan, you've probably got this. If you aren't, you'd do just as well buying an older (and cheaper) Worms game.
  10. It's a great debut on the PSP and even if you're not a strategy buff, it's easy enough to learn and highly recommended for a rental. Unfortunately the DS version doesn't fare nearly as well.
  11. If you have several friends with DSes, you should add at least [10 points] to its score, since you won't be spending much time in its single-player mode, except perhaps to practice. It's an excellent party game.
  12. While Worms: Open Warfare maintains the humor and addictive gameplay of the series, it really is only worthwhile for multiplayer on the road.
  13. 60
    The PSP group - internal Team 17 developers - clearly had a lot more interest and fun working on its rendition of Worms, because this DS game, while holding some of the original's charm, looks like it was handled by a weekend port crew.
  14. 60
    A good but still flawed affair in which you find yourself rooting on your tactics but wish you could do more with them, and in a smoother presentation.
  15. It just feels sloppier than the PSP game, which, incidentally, will run you ten more bucks and doesn't support game sharing.
  16. AceGamez
    60
    The graphics at times look under-developed, which considering the 2D look the developers were aiming for gives you an idea of how far short they fell.
  17. One lazy attempt to bring the Worms franchise to the DS. If only they had put some time and effort in it.
  18. Unfortunately this game is better suited for the PSP with its widescreen more so than the DS, where it feels crunched.
  19. Clumsy controls, rocky presentation, and a dearth of gameplay options hinder Worms' return to 2D on the DS.
  20. In the end it left me a bit hungry. It is really different than the PC version, and it seemed like it was just thrown together.
  21. My best memories of playing Worms with my friends were all about things backfiring hilariously, victory through blind luck, and big explosions, and the DS can't seem to show enough or process enough to deliver these things.
  22. 40
    It's just that both DS owners and Worms fans deserve so much more than a bog standard port. Open Warfare lacks the developer effort and imagination that could have made it a Worms game to remember. Instead it offers the bare minimum that you would expect.
  23. A port of a decade old PC game which really does not impress. There are many titles on the DS better than this, and also a lot more original.
  24. 40
    Ultimately, Worms: Open Warfare feels really undercooked. Everybody knows that there’s potential for a good Worms game on the DS – you’ve got the Wi-Fi online play, stylus allowing for mouse-like precision and all of that jazz, but Open Warfare doesn’t exactly make good use of any of these features. Regardless of that, the biggest insult is that the title can’t even hold up against its ageing predecessors – it really feels like the product was slapped together and shipped out as cheaply as possible.

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. SimonY.
    Jan 15, 2007
    6
    I don't care about the visuals, it is too easy, the AI are either impossibly accurate or impossibly stupid. They fire bazookas into fuel I don't care about the visuals, it is too easy, the AI are either impossibly accurate or impossibly stupid. They fire bazookas into fuel CANS IN FRONT OF THEM or at you perfectly from the other side of the map. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2016
    8
    By all means this is not a perfect game. The graphics are subpar and the AI is very inconsistent. This game gets an 8 due to the fact that itBy all means this is not a perfect game. The graphics are subpar and the AI is very inconsistent. This game gets an 8 due to the fact that it is a blast to play and never gets old. The weapons are limited, but a blast to master. Pick this game up. It is cheap and worth your time. Full Review »
  3. PhilW.
    Apr 19, 2006
    0
    Bought it yesterday. Took it back today. Need I say more? The graphix are unbelievably poor. Half of the tiny, so called, worm consists of a Bought it yesterday. Took it back today. Need I say more? The graphix are unbelievably poor. Half of the tiny, so called, worm consists of a single eyeball. The other half, a tiny tail. Very dissappointing. Full Review »