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Just when you think you have had it with Activision's love affair with slide and shoot games and you swear you will not be tempted by another one, they come up with something like Worm Whomper and you decide to give them one more chance. The miserable little ground buggers in this cartridge are so comically repulsive you can't ignore them and Felton is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy— the kind of guy you just can't turn your back on.
There aren't many rapid-fire shooters for the Intellivision, but Worm Whomper fits the bill. Somewhat inspired by Centipede, you defend yourself against an army of insects who approach from the right side of the screen. Your free-roaming farmer is armed with a spray gun, and it's cool how you can hold down the fire button for rapid-fire. A second button lets you throw "plough balls" to clear out obstacles. At first I was intrigued by the fast action of Worm Whomper. There tends to be a lot of moving objects on the screen, and the worms look appropriately slimey as they slink around. Unfortunately, the challenge just isn't there. You have to play through endless, lengthy waves before the game starts to get interesting, and by then my thumb was killing me. That's too bad, because Worm Whomper could have been the intense arcade shooter the Intellivision really needed.