aka: Total Wormage
Moby ID: 340
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Worms is a turn-based strategy game. It features up to 4 teams of 4 worms, aiming to destroy the others on a generated terrain. Each worm has 100 hitpoints and dies when his hit points fall to 0. Upon death, a worm explodes, causing damage to everyone around.

Gameplay is turn-based. Each turn, the player can control one specific worm from his team. The worm can crawl left and right or jump. However, there is a time limit to make a move; also, if the worm falls from a great height, it loses health and the turn ends immediately; and if a worm falls into water or offscreen, it dies. Each turn, a worm can also make a single attack: the player can aim up and down, choose a weapon and then fire it. After attacking, the turn ends.

There are a lot of weapons available - the standard ones as bazookas (which are affected by the (random) wind settings and gravity) and grenades. The others include a Fire Punch, dynamite, airstrikes, and utilities such as ropes and girders.

There are 10 styles of terrain, ranging from forests and deserts to Candy land and the moon (complete with affected gravity). Shots leave craters in the ground, and complex tunnels can be formed.


  • ワームス - Japanese spelling

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Credits (DOS version)

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Design / Original Concept
Worm Graphics
Amiga Programming
PC Programming
CPU Logic Design
Additional Programming
FMV Playback System
PC Installation Software
Production Assistance, Ocean Software
Additional Amiga Programming & Assistance
Background Graphics
Cartoon Animation and Modelling
Additional Modelling
Additional Graphics
Worms Illustration
Logo & Storyboards
Box Packaging & Manual Design
All Music and Sound Effects
Vocal Narration, Worm-Song
Guitar Solo, Worm-Song
Team 17 Quality Assurance
  • Phil
[ full credits ]



Average score: 80% (based on 47 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 173 ratings with 4 reviews)

One of the cutest games ever.

The Good
This game should definitely be in the same immortality league as Lemmings - it's just so cute! Kind of like the good old Scorched Earth only newer, smoother and definitely cuter, you simply never get tired of this game.

Despite the annoying music, this game's sound effects are awesome (there are many voice packs you can choose from, Monty Python for example).

A definite landmark in computer gaming.

The Bad
What's not to like? A classic!

The Bottom Line
A terribly cute game most people find incredibly addictive.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4538) · 1999

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 :


Amiga · by pottyboy (68) · 2004

Take THAT Ringo Starr!

The Good
Whats not to like? I guess you will find out next. Hehe, this game is excellent. I remember playing against the PC and it had all the weird names for its teams and members.

I always ran out of the big bombs, as I proceeded to try and blow everyone off the screen with what I had left. I also tended to be a bit suicidal and end up in the water.

I must mention the great scenes. Totally groovy backgrounds and settings.

The Bad
I guess waiting so long for my turn, and the fact that I was a bit useless at it. Overall its a generally great game!

The Bottom Line
A whole heap of fun. Definately check this one out, then check out Worms 2 and Worms Armageddon. Multiplayer Worms is so much fun!

DOS · by Michelle (176) · 2003

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1001 Video Games

Worms appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The first prototype of Worms, called "Total Wormage", was developed by Andy Davidson in 1994 as part of a Blitz Basic programming competition in the magazine Amiga Format. The entry did not win the competition, and after sending the game to several publishers he finally struck a deal at the European Computer Trade Show to develop and publish the game with Team 17.


Replacement sounds were made available shortly after the release of Worms that include dialects like Scottish, Finnish, British, etc.


Andy Davidson was a huge fan of Hired Guns game by DMA Design. Banana gun used in Worms is a tribute and was inspired by Banana Bomb from Hired Guns.


While the game is in demonstration mode, an original song known as the "Wormsong" is played. It quickly became famous among the fans of the game, and has been declined in all the Worms games to date. Here are the Wormsong lyrics:

This is a story of courage, honour and worms.

War had cast a shadow over their once peaceful land,

gunfire filled the air, as worm turned against worm.

Where so many had fallen, others knew they must follow.

For one such worm, this day had alredy come,

when he was two, his father had left, never to return.

Three years he had waited for his chance to fight,

three years of training, both day and night.

And though he was scared as he set off for battle,

he knew in his heart that it was something he must do.

Three inches tall, and armed to the teeth,

a fine soldier he made, and his name was Boggy B.


We are worms, we're the best, and we've come to win the war

We'll stand, we'll never run, stay until it's done

Though our friends may fall, and our world be blown apart

We'll strike with all our might, We'll fight for what is right

till the end.

Scrambling up a hill and hiding behind a tree,

he looked at the battle that raged below.

It was there he saw his friend Spadge, stood upon a bridge

but another worm had also seen him, and aimed to have him dead

Boggy called to Spadge, but Spadge didn't hear,

he never knew what hit him, as he flew into the air.

It was all to much for Boggy, as he watched his best friend die.

Charging down the hill he had to have revenge,

What had Spadge done to come to such an end?

Reaching the bottom of the hill, Boggy suddenly heard a click

he realised to is terror there was a mine under his tail!


We are worms, we're the best, and we've come to win the war

We'll stand, we'll never run, stay until it's done

Though our friends may fall, and our world be blown apart

We'll strike with all our might, We'll fight for what is right

till the end.

Hitting several cliffs and landing in a tree,

Boggy pulled himself together, there was much he had to do.

Spotting the enemy down below, he knew this was his chance.

Boggy grabbed a stick of dynamite and dropped it on his head.

The enemy, he tried to run, but all he could really do was squirm.

As the fuse ran out there was a mighty *BANG*!, and everywhere were bits of worm.

With their leader blown to kingdom come, the enemy, they turned and ran!

Boggy bungeed from the tree and landed safely on the ground.

As he watched the enemy squirm away, the cry went up: "WE'VE WON THE WAR!"



  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
  • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Strategy Game of the Year runner-up (PlayStation / Saturn version)

  • GameStar (Germany)

    • Issue 12/1999 - #55 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #60 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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Game added by robotriot.

SNES added by J. Michael Bottorff. Genesis added by B.L. Stryker. Macintosh added by Charly2.0. Amiga added by Famine3h. PlayStation added by nullnullnull. SEGA Saturn added by Kartanym. Amiga CD32 added by Martin Smith. Antstream added by lights out party. Game Boy added by SupSuper. Jaguar added by Jeanne.

Additional contributors: Trixter, -Chris, Alaka, Martin Smith, BdR, ケヴィン, Patrick Bregger, mailmanppa, FatherJack, joicrawu.

Game added October 31, 1999. Last modified April 11, 2024.