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Worms Forts: Under Siege is a turn-based strategy game where 2 – 4 people battle it out with a team of 4 worms with the help of weapons and forts. Each player takes timed turns bombing, shooting, causing natural and unnatural disasters, punching and blowing up the other opponent’s worms. Each worm has a set amount of health and once that health is depleted or the worm drowns that worm is dead.

New to the series is the ability to construct buildings to aid in the fight. Build hospitals to resurrect dead worms, science labs to increase your firepower, strongholds to base your operations in and protect your worms, towers, keeps, castles and citadels to deploy weapons from there tops and weapon factories to produce multiple weapons around it at the start of each turn you take. Along with these typical building you can create Wonders in which your opponent has two turns to knock it down and if they don’t succeed you win. If they in turn build there own you must destroy it to win the game.

Along with the typical Worms-style weapons like the mini gun, bazooka, rocket launcher, earthquake and homing pigeon (a homing missile in the form of a pigeon) you will also have weapons to destroy buildings like the trebuchet, fridge launcher, nuclear strike and the Trojan Donkey in which you get to place a Trojan Donkey where you like where it remains until it explodes, how long it takes to explode is not known. Some weapons like the Old Women and Rhino can be steered to your desired location upon which they explode on contact or exploded early by pressing a button.

Throughout the game different crates will fall from the sky or teleport onto the playing field. There are four different types of crates: weapon crates (more powerful weapons); health crates (increase the health of a wounded or sick worm); utility crates, which carry instant utilities such as spy (see contents of all crates on the field), double time (doubling the time for your turn) and double damage (for one turn inflict double the damage); and collectible utilities like freeze (freeze your worms or building to protect them from damage for one turn), parachute (so your worm can safely jump from heights), jet pack (to reach distant locations and heights) and repair (to fix damaged buildings).

Single play allows for a quick game, tutorial, campaign, the trials (death match against the CPU) and the viewing gallery, which allows to view movies you have unlocked in the game by winning matches, how much of the game you have completed, check out the credits and look through the Fortapedia (a list of buildings available in the game and their descriptions).

As with the other Worms games, in multiplayer you have a plethora of options to choose from to set up a match against other people including allowing the CPU to play. Choose schemes (selection of pre-set weapons and game options), landscapes (the type of playing field – Roman, Egyptian, Samurai and Old World), Fortpot (a slot machine that randomly selects three game options from the many available), game settings (wins required, turn time, etc.), worm health and sudden death settings.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Worms Forts: В Осаде" -- Russian spelling
  • "Worms Forts: V obležení" -- Czech title
  • "Worms Forts: Unter Belagerung" -- German title
  • "Worms Forts: Oblężenie" -- Polish title
  • "Worms Forts : État De Siège" -- French title

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Critic Reviews Windows Dec 20, 2004 86 out of 100 86
AceGamez Windows Dec 14, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Cheat Code Central Windows Aug 06, 2005 4 out of 5 80
Jolt (UK) PlayStation 2 Nov 25, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73
TeamXbox Xbox Mar 16, 2005 6.8 out of 10 68
GameSpot Xbox Apr 14, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
TGSN (The Gaming Shack Network) Windows Jan 14, 2005 6.4 out of 10 64
PC Powerplay Windows Dec, 2004 62 out of 100 62
Games TM Xbox Nov 04, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Joystick (French) Windows Dec, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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