Review: Worms W.M.D (Steam)

The worms are back in their most destructive game yet. With a gorgeous, hand-drawn 2D look, brand new weapons, the introduction of crafting, vehicles and buildings plus the return of some much-loved classic weapons and gameplay, Worms W.M.D is the best worms experience ever.

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Pros:

  • Beautiful hand drawn graphics. The level of detail in the level and the worms are the best yet.
  • Really well done animations, You can see your worm change hats mid game depending on weapon choice.
  • Classic worms game play. Take on a team or many teams of worms and wipe them out any way possible.
  • Training section is a collection of small tutorial style missions where you can pick up the basics or learn the more advanced options available to you in combat.
  • How to play guide if you just prefer a quick text base manual.
  • Single player options: Tutorial, Campaign, Challenge and bonus missions. Bonus missions unlock once you find hidden wanted posters in particular levels.
  • Campaign has one main objective with three bonus optional side missions. Get all four for a gold star and earn unlocks faster.
  • Multiplayer options: Local (can add AI), Ranked 1V1, Unranked, Quick game and browse games. For all options you can choose to join a room or host your own and set the game options.
  • Controls have been tightened up and updated, Double jump for example is a lot easier to pull off now. You can choose from the two preset layouts for both keyboard and controller or choose to setup your own.
  • Full controller support.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Steam trading cards.
  • Steam workshop support.
  • Full team customization: You can name your team, Individual worms and then set dances, Hats and tombstones. You unlock new ones by leveling up your account.
  • Earn exp as it were by playing the game. You have a small bar bottom left that every time you max it you get a new item for your team. Some are tied to normal p[lay and some are earned just from online play.
  • Huge selection of preset worm options for voice including old favorites. I mean they have a farmer one that fits us Bristolians perfectly so Kudos there. You also have music to have playing when you win.
  • The voice work again is top notch and hilarious.
  • New weapons including returning classics are in the game but the big thing is you have vehicles! I mean there is a tank, Helicopter and even a mech! All control and work perfectly in the game. Notable additions also include mounted sniper rifle and automatic rifle spots.
  • You can go into buildings.
  • Action replays of particularly great kills.
  • Fast loading times.
  • AI has improved a lot and yes they are still cheap at times but when you play a low level team of AI they will be crap.
  • Challenging but rewarding game play.
  • Time between turns is a lot faster and AI actions are also a lot faster.
  • Easy to learn game thanks to simple controls and welcoming game play.
  • Full level destruction is still there. You also get a cool thing where the picture of the level is in the background so you can see what has been blown up.
  • Crafting is now in the game. Collect items in the level and use them to craft new weapons. Its a nice addition that makes the game a lot more strategic as it takes a turn or so to craft the weapon.
  • You have full control of the camera and can zoom in and out at will.
  • 30 Levels in the lengthy campaign.
  • Multiplayer and quick match offline allow you to use the level generator where you can type anything into it and get a level. But you can also choose the them, If buildings will be in it and size.
  • Graphic options: Resolution,AA, V-Sync and Post processing.

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Cons:

  • Few menu options still require the use of the keyboard.
  • AI can still be a little cheap.
  • Worm placement can be a bit unfair at times.
  • Crafting is good but sometimes you feel its not needed and you want to turn it off and just go straight old school.
  • You don’t like worms.
  • The thought of a worm operating a tank scare the absolute bejeebus out of you.

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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