Worms Blast

Moby ID: 6143
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Worms Blast is a puzzle game similar in concept to Puzzle Bobble, with several important distinctions and gameplay features taken from Worms games. Instead of releasing and matching bubbles, the player has to color blocks on a hexagonal grid. Unlike most Bust-A-Move variants, the player character can move right and left, sailing in a boat. Various weapons, such as bazooka, grenades, dynamite, and others, can be used to fire at the blocks, coloring them on impact. Like in the main, artillery-based Worms games, holding down the fire button increases the power of the weapon, affecting the distance it travels.

If the player hits a block that is either the same color as the missile fired, that block and any other same-colored blocks adjacent to it will be destroyed. Differently-colored blocks will not be affected by shooting at them; however, if they are held solely by a group of blocks of the same color, they will fall into the water when that group disappears. Blocks with rainbows on them can count as any color. Unlike Puzzle Bobble, there are no walls in single-player mode. If the player aims the weapon outside of the screen, a heavy object might fall on the player-controlled boat, damaging it.

The game's main mode is called "Puzzle mode": the player completes various stages, the goal being different in each (e.g. shooting down certain forms of blocks, avoiding hostile blocks that move around the screen, etc.). Beside this mode, the game features a single-player tournament mode with high scores, as well as a variety of multiplayer modes. The action component is particularly noticeable in this mode, since the walls between the areas will periodically open, allowing players to use this opportunity to shoot at each other's boats.

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  • Червяки-Подрывники - Russian spelling
  • 百战天虫III之虫虫总动员 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 64% (based on 35 ratings)

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Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 37 ratings with 4 reviews)

An entertaining puzzle game, set in the Worms universe

The Good
Worms Blast is an enjoyable puzzle game in the style of Tetris and Super Puzzle Fighter. It combines the humour, weaponry and characters of the Worms games with the fast-paced addictive nature of puzzle games. It's also nice to see a familiar face from one of Team17's earlier games featuring in the game as an unlockable character. Both 1 and 2 player modes are highly enjoyable.

The Bad
Unfortunately the 1-Player mode is a little too easy and seasoned games-players will find themselves completing it in around one to two weeks. Also, it could have done with a plotline and a better ending in order to flesh out the games characters.

The Bottom Line
For fans of puzzle games and Team17's wacky annelids, this game is a surefire hit. The graphics are bright and appealing and the gameplay is fast-paced and addictive. While not a game that you'll likely be playing for years to come, Worms Blast is nevertheless an amusing and entertaining experience

Windows · by Moby-Mad (3) · 2004

TEAM 17, YOU HAVE RUINED WORMS IN THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!

The Good
It has a funny looking cover.

The Bad
There are no soundbanks, hardly any weapons, the EASIEST single player missions ever and no randomized landscapes. It just is almost a different game all together. It's just bashing blocks to try and sink your opponents boat which is BORING.

The Bottom Line
Buy every single worms game except this.

GameCube · by t hope (5) · 2005

A commercial offshoot that has almost nothing to do with its title.

The Good
The graphical design is overwhelming - bright colours, clear shapes, and all that jazz. It makes the game very appealing to children. The gameplay and animation is smooth, and the sounds are nice. Some of the level designs are pretty original for a Bust-a-Move clone. But...

The Bad
The game looks like it almost wasn't playtested. Every time you launch the single player mode you start at the beginning, which means that you must traverse the map again. You don't have to play the challenges that you have already beaten, but every time you travel from one point to another, a menu pops up, asking if you want to. It means that you have to move on the map battling with a frustrating "GO THERE -> NO, I DON'T WANT TO PLAY IT AGAIN -> GO THERE -> NO, I DON'T WANT TO PLAY IT AGAIN" sequence. This is very annoying. Also, the gameplay quickly gets repetitive, and it seems very weird that a game that is supposedly targeted for children (no classic Worms-style death, violence and hell) can get so difficult. Some of the middle challenges are almost impossible to beat even for a skilled player, so it's a great way to make kids cry. Way to go, Team17.

The Bottom Line
Worms Blast is just another rapid-made money maker, intended to be appealing to children and to get the attention of Worms fans. Sadly, the list of things that Blast shares with Worms is awfully short:

  • Some of the characters (not all of them, I don't remember any superfrogs in Worms for example)
  • Some o the weaponry
  • "Water kills" rule
  • Artillery-style shooting mechanics
  • Title

It seems to me that if you're not a hardcore Bust-a-Move fan and you're not collecting every single Worms title, then you don't have any reason to buy this game.

Windows · by DreamWeaver (34) · 2008

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  • Get a Charge Out of Worms Blast
    An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Worms Blast (April, 2003).
  • Official Webpage (Mac)
    The official product page for the Mac version of Worms Blast on the publisher's website, which provides a profile of the game, an overview of the characters, a demo, and ordering information, among other such things.

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Game added by Cochonou.

Macintosh added by Corn Popper. GameCube added by Kartanym. Browser, Game Boy Advance added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Zeppin, Klaster_1.

Game added April 7, 2002. Last modified January 19, 2024.