Worms World Party
The Worms series has been very popular on every platform that it has graced. Worms World Party is the definitive version of the turn based classic and now, finally it has arrived on the Playstation.
Much like the Dreamcast version of WWP, the Playstation version sees you controlling a team of four worms (the PC version had larger teams) and to be honest this version is so similar as to the point where graphically it looks pretty much identical. Of course there isn't any online capability in this version because the console doesn't support that feature but everything else is, to Team 17's credit on a par with the Dreamcast version.
WWP's game options consist of a quick game, single player missions, training sections, time attack (which gives you set objectives to carry out within a time limit) and death match modes (which faces you off with opponents of increasing difficulty). The training sections are only meant for newbies to the Worms series as they introduce the gameplay essentials.
There have been some new inclusions. The skunk for one is an incredibly useful weapon. If fired close to a rival worm his putrid pong alone will take 5 points per turn off the rival who the skunk is in close proximity to.
The Wormpot and Wormopedia will please fans with their usefulness. The Wormpot allows you to randomly generate maps to play on. This in effect gives the game endless replayability. The Wormopedia on the other hand gives you both information and hints. Take the skunk for instance. The Wormopedia will tell you what the skunk does and give you advice on how to use it. Think of it as a built in strategy guide.
Just like the other Worms games WWP is great for deaf gamers. Again just like the other formats we have reviewed, the only thing you will miss out on are the taunts from the worms during the combat. Every other piece of information is given in text.
Overall Game Rating: 9.0/10 Worms World Party comes highly recommended. At under £10 it is an absolute steal at the price and if you don't own a copy of any game in the series then this is the one to buy. As the Playstation reaches the final stages of its existence this is one game to definitely make sure it goes out with a bang.
Deaf Gamers comment: Pure and simple gaming fun. Only the worm taunts are not subtitled but they add very little to the gameplay compared to the exciting and occasionally tense battles that can occur.