Worms 3D GameCube
Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. There are some technical bugs, specifically the camera angles and perspectives, that spoil some of the fun but overall Worms 3D is in the ballpark - even if it's just standing in line to use the washroom.
  2. 80
    Worms 3D may not succeed completely when it boils down to the measure of its technical parts, but the entire experience proves to be an immeasurably amusing and incredibly entertaining (as well as humorous) way to kill some time.
  3. Singleplayer is weak - despite well-worked tutorial and mission modes it always feels like target practice for combat with friends - and the lack of online support disappoints. But despite a potentially hazardous dimensional switch, it remains as appealing a way of antagonising your friends as ever. [Dec 2003, p.108]
  4. While the fantastic Worms formula stays intact here, it becomes infinitely more difficult to gauge distances, wind, and all that in 3D. For that reason alone, I can't recommend this one over its 2D predecessors. [Apr 2004, p.116]
  5. Despite the criticisms, Team 17 has still managed to pull off an impressive evolution of a much-loved series. The core game has remained barely unchanged, but the 3D engine introduces a lot of unexpected elements to get used to, both good and bad.
  6. Just as addictive as its predecessors, but features more thoughtful challenges and conquests. [Mar 2004, p.97]
  7. It may be the single cutest way possible to empty an Uzi into your friends' heads.
  8. A great pick up and play game, and the Quick Start mode means you can have a fast twenty minute game if you want, or get stuck into Campaign or multiplayer instead.
  9. It's not so much a major 3D advancement or a 3D reinvention of the series as it is a nice 3D sequel, with some little technical qualms that may occasionally prove to be frustrating.
  10. While Worms 3D essentially delivers what it says on the tin, in surrendering its intuitive interface the concept has evolved into a far less attractive proposition. A shame. [Dec 2003, p.126]
  11. The old-timers out there may find that though the transition to 3D is novel, it doesn't really have much impact on the overall experience.
  12. All the wacky weapons and wormitude are present in Worms 3D, but it offers far more frustrating moments than fun ones.
  13. Team 17 has taken almost all of what made the original games fun and plopped it into 3D. It isn’t quite as much fun as the two-dimensional games, but Worms 3D is certainly the best strategy title on the GameCube.
  14. If you dig its goofy sense of humor, or if you're a fan of previous Worms games, you might find something to like once you get past the 3D-induced flaws.
  15. 70
    I think I prefer the 2D battlefield to the 3D one just because it seems to be all around more intuitive.
  16. It's literally hours of fun, and I am as serious as I can be about that. Worms 3D takes a classic game that I have always enjoyed, added the 3D part yet completely kept the gameplay intact perfectly.
  17. The game is every bit as charming and addictive as its predecessors. [May 2004, p.120]
  18. Worms 3D’s major problem is that it is in 3D. The uninspired camera and technical oversights, such as the inability to use multiple controllers, prevent the game from receiving an especially high score. However, the game does offer loads of fun if you can get past the flaws.
  19. The hit or miss of long-range weapons is a back breaker, especially in the single player against a computer opponent that knows how to judge everything perfectly.
  20. 30
    The use of the third dimension with a few of the special weapons is a bright point in what is mostly an uninspired, placid and, in the main, perplexing experience.
  21. Use of certain weapons and locomotion across the map can be cumbersome, and the game just doesn't have that same pendulum energy of before in the fights. [Apr 2004, p.64]
  22. Whether it's better than the old 2D games will come more down to personal preference, but it's a welcome twist on the old formula that opens up far more tactical options than ever before.
  23. Worms 3D's new engine isn't a necessary improvement on the classic and enduring 2D game, but the upgrade works, even if it makes the controls a little more cumbersome. It still has the tone, humour and playability that is synonymous with Worms.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    6
    The game had so much potential, with a variety of crazy weapons and lots of customizable parts. However they can't make up for the fact that this game is just frustrating. The controls just don't work, its very much about trial and error, which while that can be expected it should not be as large a part of the game as it is. Full Review »