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Worms (Amiga)

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Written by  :  pottyboy (67)
Written on  :  Nov 08, 2004
Platform  :  Amiga
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Summary

The original version...the original game... and it's the best!

The Good

This is it! The game that spawned a massive franchise, and took a spin on the warfare/strategy game by taking out all military humans with tiny, stupid worms with BIG guns!

The Amiga version was actually the first version released. Amiga Format magazine held a competition to create a game. The prize was a job at Team 17, and the game to be published. Programmer Andy Davidson created Worms in a language called Blitz Basic and sent it. It won by miles, and was published first as an Amiga-exclusive game. It sold by the truckload, and was therefore ported over to the PC, playstation and many other machines for more success.

The reason why it sold so well was because of the strategy required by the players. It was perfectly balanced to suite the taste of beginners and experts alike. Beginners will try and shoot other worms spot on, whilst experts will hide away from the action and control their air strikes etc. from there. One feature that will keep the experts interested is that the wind can affect your shots of the bazooka, meaning that the speed and angle of the shot have to be taken into consideration.

The controls are very simple. Movement is done by using the arrow keys and the enter key to jump. The spacebar is used to fire your weapons, and the right-mouse button brings up your inventory.

There are an unlimited amount of levels, which are all randomly generated with six different themes. These are Hell, Mars, Junkyard, Forest, Desert and Polar.

The sound effects are mostly comments from the worms themselves. These are very funny, and well worth coming back for. Apart from that there's not much else in terms of SFX, and there's no music at all.

The Bad

The only downside is that the worms themselves are very small, so you need some pretty good eyesight.

The Bottom Line

The original and best. Better than any of it's countless sequels. You should consider grabbing a copy of this. The amiga version can be played through this great emulator :

http://www.winuae.net/