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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Worms is a turn-based strategy game in which teams of heavily armed worms battle across bizarre, randomly generated landscapes for supremacy. Each team takes turns picking off opposing team members using crazy weapons, tools and other utilities along with whatever foul strategies they can devise. The simple and cute appearance belies the deep strategy of a game that is easy to play but difficult to master. A mix of strategy and arcade action that, although simple to understand, contains real depth and massive re-playability. Turn-based multiplayer action for up to four players locally or over Xbox Live. An assortment of game options: Landscape on which to do battle, Turn and round times, Starting weapon arsenal for each team, Three detailed tutorials to introduce the mechanics to first-time players, Twenty increasingly difficult single-player challenges, Three graphical themes for play, A random landscape generator to ensure that no two landscapes are ever the same, Twenty-two weapons and utilities to deploy against your enemies, Many customisable elements, including what worms and teams are named, what worms say, and which gravestone they have when they die, Twelve achievements, Weekly, monthly and overall leaderboards. [Microsoft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A genius concept thanks to exploding sheep, homing missiles, air strikes and Street Fighter special moves. [Issue 19, p.116]
  2. A crisp high definition version of a classic game and, with hardly any faults, can be considered one of the best Live Arcade purchases you'll make. [Issue 24, p.70]
  3. 80
    Even with the limited themes, Worms has a lot of legs, or at least a lengthy slimy belly, and it’s a worthy addition to XBLA, especially as a multiplayer game over Live.
  4. Team 17’s masterpiece is one of the funniest strategic games around. This new HD edition brings to today standards an immortal classic.
  5. At the very least, the 360's first "Worms" game recalls the series' hearty roots--and for that, we're thankful. [Mar 2007, p.79]
  6. Worms feels more dumbed down than watered down, and 800 points is a lot for the novelty of playing an old game in HD. Still, if you buy it, people will most certainly come out to play, and ultimately the gameplay transcends the rather sparse contents.
  7. But for a few missing weapons, then (sorry - a few dozen missing weapons), this is as close to the series' peak as we've been since the days when the novelty hadn't worn off on the PC, and given the right company you'll find it quite approachable, with simple controls and the usual potential for comedy failure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Ek-O
    Mar 10, 2007
    CLASSIC! This game is one of the best. More weaponswould have made it better, but this is well worth the few bucks spent.
  2. NicholasF.
    Mar 12, 2007
    Even if you haven't been a follower of the Worms series since its inception many years ago, you should still give this addictive little game a try. It's like artillery on steroids with a touch of Cartoon Network. If they hadn't scaled down the weapon and map sets, I would have given it a 10. If you've never played Worms in its previous incarnations on the PC, though, you probably won't miss the omisisons. Expand
  3. SamF.
    Jul 26, 2007
    This is a great little arcade version of Worms and don't let the nay-sayers convince you otherwise. If you want a million weapons that get more and more ludicrous with every edition of the game, then go back to the myriad of other Worms games and play on your own. This is like the original Worms with suped up , Armageddon graphics. Yes, the settings are basic, but if you want a full-blown Worms game, wait til Team 17 bring out the next instalment, but this is the Live Arcade version which, by necessity, needs to be simple and it is... and it's a joy to play! As ever though, the main problem is the Xbox Live... not the game itself, but the idiots who play online, lose two of their Worms early on and bail out of the game, leaving the rest of the players with the "Game session is no longer available" message and nothing to do other than restart the game. I do hope Xbox bring out some kind of system that allows for automatic punishment of early leavers. Expand
  4. RickR.
    Apr 15, 2007
    The poorest quality Worms game ever made. Fewer weapons and settings than previous versions, buggy and some of the single player AI is too tough. (leading to overly defensive matches) I would have liked the buttons mapped differently as well, jump is assigned to the X button and fire weapon is A (the key that most programs use for jumping). The franchise should have been represented better than this. Expand
  5. SteveC.
    Sep 25, 2007
    Very disappointed with this game. I expected a port of the brilliant Worms:Armageddon - but this is more like Worms 1.0 beta lite.
  6. MattP
    Feb 26, 2009
    It is sad to see how far backwards this game has gone from the earlier versions (Armageddon, etc.). I purchased Worms from the Xbox Live Arcade hoping for a new, innovative title from Team 17. However, what I got was a disappointing re-run of a game, that simply didn't seem finished. One of the primary features made the previous worms games so great was the customization, with changeable worm voices, victory fanfares, and more than 3 map styles. Perhaps Team 17 is running low-budget, because this seems like a quick cash-grab compared to the previous titles. Call me nostalgic for "The good ole days", but there was so much more they could have done with this. Expand
  7. BoggyB.
    Mar 16, 2007
    This isn't the Worms I was expecting. It's like a cheap knockoff.

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