• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Mar 11, 2004
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. 70
    Technical shortcomings like an occasionally frustrating camera that impedes the view mixed with 3D-centric hurdles such as not being able to perceive distance seem to compile for a battle experience that is not quite as refined as the 2D outings.
  2. 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.
  3. The 3-D element didn’t change the overall elements of the game that made it great, and in addition it was a smooth changeover in my opinion that went surprisingly well.
  4. Just as addictive as its predecessors, but features more thoughtful challenges and conquests. [Mar 2004, p.97]
  5. 75
    Though the appeal wears thin a lot more quickly, it still has some thanks to the large amount of content and just the overall polish and humor of the game.
  6. 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.
  7. All the wacky weapons and wormitude are present in Worms 3D, but it offers far more frustrating moments than fun ones.
  8. This particular game is essentially a glorified chess match. What sets Worms apart is the plethora of strategic possibilities and its sense of humor. While I don’t expect the series to develop much beyond this point, it’s a pleasant diversion.
  9. It may be the single cutest way possible to empty an Uzi into your friends' heads. If there's ever going to be another 3D installment, though, it'd be nice if you could set the map on a flat plain, rather than on an endless procession of islands.
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. 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]
  14. Is Worms 3D as good as its predecessors such as Worms, and Worms Armageddon? No, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean that Worms 3D should be overlooked.
  15. 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.
  16. The game really shines in multiplayer mode and is a great game to play with friends if you’re tired of the lame mini-games found in most party games.
  17. The weapons are hardly original, the environments good but not graphically amazing, animations are basic and the voices can repeat. But combine all the elements of the game and you get one very addicitive title.
  18. No matter how much you might be enjoying yourself, you realize that Worms 3D lacks the polish it needs to truly evolve the series. For one thing, the camera just plain sucks. [Apr 2004, p.102]
  19. The series' charm is pretty intact, and the random game generator gives it legs (so to speak), but there's no online and the switch to 3D is really ragged. [Apr 2004, p.383]
  20. The sheer amount of weapons helps make the game more interesting as does its sense of humor. Though, I must admit that while the game can be quite charming, a lot of the jokes tend to fall flat.
  21. I’ve heard it’s possible to get up to 16 people on a single game, each controlling a worm. With those kinds of numbers, and this kind of destruction, Worms 3D can be a good evening’s worth of entertainment.
  22. 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.
  23. In spite of a poorly constructed multiplayer scheme and the lack of online play, Worms 3D is a successful transition into three dimensions without sacrificing quality gameplay in the process. With the formula down path, hopefully Team 17 can deliver the perfect Worms console experience next time around.
  24. A schitzophrenic camera, irresponsive controls, and slow gameplay make Worms 3D nothing more than fishbait in this reviewer's eyes.
  25. If you haven't played the series before, I would recommend getting the older titles first.
  26. 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. [Apr 2004, p.93]
  27. A game with endless replay value, a solid single-player campaign and challenge missions, and plenty of random levels with changeable options for both single and multi-player matches.
  28. 72
    If you're getting a few mates around and don't have enough controllers for them, give Worms 3D a rent as you only need one controller to play the multiplayer.
  29. If you are a fan of the Worms series, then by all means pick this one up. You will love it. If you are new to the Worms series, you might want to try one of the 2d ones first.
  30. Although the game features some rough patches from a 3D engine that isn’t entirely seamless, Worms 3D has all the loveable qualities necessary to be worth a purchase.
  31. It’s particularly good as a two-player, casual contest. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better alternative for comic, 3D, turn-based combat on a console.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Jun 10, 2013
    Turning the much loved Worms series into a 3D title certainly made sense at the time but this attempt simply didn't work. The 3D environmentTurning the much loved Worms series into a 3D title certainly made sense at the time but this attempt simply didn't work. The 3D environment made aiming much more difficult than it was previously and without destructible environments much of the strategy, and therefore fun, of the originals was removed. Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2012
    This game is strategic and fun. I played it when I was a kid, and I really enjoyed it. The best in the series. It haves so many weapons toThis game is strategic and fun. I played it when I was a kid, and I really enjoyed it. The best in the series. It haves so many weapons to use, and some destructive bombs... and sheep :D! Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2010
    Worms 3D is a fun and challenging game. The game play is similar to anyone who's played a Worms game before but now the game is played withinWorms 3D is a fun and challenging game. The game play is similar to anyone who's played a Worms game before but now the game is played within a 3D rendered world rather than a 2D platform. This is a neat addiction to the series but it can be tricky to aim your weapons and judge where your shots are going to land. However, this element does add a lot of strategy to the game; you need to be really good and learn to judge where the shots of your weapons are roughly going to land. The weapons from past Worms games make a return like the Bazooka and Sheep which are fun to use and Worms 3D introduces a new utility; Red Bull! Guess what this does to your worm! The graphics are nice and like past Worms games, terrain is fully destructible which are formed from explosions and usage of your weapons. Worms 3D is a neat idea, bringing 3D to the Worms series and every Worms fan should like this. Full Review »