It’s hard to believe the Worms series has been going for more than 15 years.
Since its original release on the Amiga (remember those?) the turn-based strategy series has gone through various changes.
It’s been ported to various platforms and been presented in both 2D and 3D, and even had a spell as a traditional RTS.
So it’s apt that the series has returned to its natural home on the PC in its natural presentation, good ol’ flat 2D.
If you are not familiar with the Worms series, then let me indulge you.
As far as plot goes, there isn’t one – it’s just all-out worm warfare.
It’s essentially a turn-based strategy game in which you control a squad of worms equipped with all sorts of high-tech wizardry and the latest the weapons and tools at their disposal to take out the opposing worms.
You can only control one worm on each turn, so it’s essential you place the little fella in the best position possible before attacking.
Let me get this out of the way now, Worms Reloaded is great fun, and this is down to the fact your squad comes equipped with 50-odd weapons.
The traditional ones, such as the grenades and the bazooka, are still all present and correct (if a little tricky to use), however this time the game gives you a whole host of new tricks to use, such as ferrets (who hunt out worms hiding underground), a sentry gun and rather oddly, a totem that reduces your enemies energy.
Featuring plenty of options, the game has a heavy emphasis of customisation – while creating your squad you can change their voices, names and of course give them a quirky team name.
The game also gives you the opportunity to create your own levels, with a fairly easy to use level designer.
Sadly, there is no option to share your creations like you can on LittleBigPlanet.
For Worms Reloaded the graphics have been given a bit of a HD remix, and while the presentation retains the natural retro feel, the foreground is nicely rendered, with crisp animation and colourful backgrounds, giving the proceedings a healthy update.
Audibly the game is pretty solid too, however, the worms’ voices can get a little bit annoying and after a while the quips begin to irritate, instead of entertain.
Overall, Worms Reloaded is a welcome addition to the series, offering both online and local play. The game still ticks all the correct boxes and – priced at £17.99 on Steam – it is definitely worth checking out.
No real annelids were harmed during the writing of this review.
Verdict: 8 out of 10