Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Utterly brilliant and everything that we could have hoped for. Team 17 have performed an excellent job of retaining the look and feel of 'Worms' whilst changing the scope of the game enough to make it feel fresh and new for everybody.
  2. 85
    Flourishes offline but falls apart when trying to take it Live.
  3. You'll want to spend a lot of time immersed in these worms. [Apr 2005, p.81]
  4. 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.
  5. The only factor that might put some players off is the camera movement, something that is crucial in a 3D environment. After a few hours of play you will get used to it, but every so often the camera can still be awkward - not what you want when the clock is running down on a tense decider.
  6. Just as addictive as its predecessors, but features more thoughtful challenges and conquests. [Mar 2004, p.97]
  7. 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.
  8. 80
    The gameplay is as entertaining as ever, and the fun, 3-D graphics give it an extra charge of humor and strategy.
  9. The suspect cameras and lack of solid or customizable controls will undoubtedly make some gamers mad they picked this one up. The rest of you who are used to mediocre controls (read: PC gamers) and are fans of taking turns will dig Worms 3D: Special Edition in a big way.
  10. While the 3D engine is fun and looks really good, unfortunately, in the end, it takes a lot away from the classic Worm formula leaving a bad taste in your mouth and basically just makes you want to play the 2D games instead.
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. Despite its slightly aged appearance, the accessible strategy and comical violence retain most of their appeal.
  14. 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]
  15. 70
    All of the irreverent charm and style from before are still packed solidly into this title. The multiplayer is phenomenal, and Xbox Live is probably the best online play that the series has ever seen.
  16. 68
    An easy going, fun game that suffers from some control issues. If aiming and movement felt a bit tighter it would be easy to recommend this game to fans of the series.
  17. The bizarre weapons are a lot of fun, but with the woeful A.I. and lack of Xbox Live support, it's hardly worth it unless you are a serious fan.
  18. A bit of an acquired taste. 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.
  19. All the wacky weapons and wormitude are present in Worms 3D, but it offers far more frustrating moments than fun ones.
  20. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. DustinM.
    Mar 18, 2005
    This game is so much fun. I also found it easy to just pick up and play. When I bought it I put it in and couldnt stop playing the Live was just too much fun. It only loses one point because I found the in game music to be very annoying :) Full Review »
  2. PhilipP.
    Jun 17, 2004
    The 3D world elements adds in a new challange for aiming... but once used to that everything is classic worms. And thankfuly for us in North America, Xbox Live will be included! Rest of the world will either have to play on PC or wait for Worms: Forts Under Seige. Full Review »
  3. Uter
    May 6, 2004
    Worms has always been a good series. The move to 3d went fairly smooth, but there are a bunch of minor annoyances. Being forced to use just 1 controller for multiplayer sux. The interface is confusing and tough to navigate. The camera control is counter-intuitive. The worm voices are way too quiet to hear. It's too bad the team names aren't changeable. With all that said, I still quite like the game. Full Review »