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My gaming ABCs : W is for Worms World Party

12/5/13 12:20pm
War, war never changes. The cries of agony, the casualties, the ravaged lands, hundreds and hundreds of overpowered sheeps sacrificed. That’s right, it’s Worms time! Nothing brings the family together like genocidal primitive species with funny accents, I think we can all agree to that, or at least I thought. It seems some of you had your own (far inferior) suggestions for “W” and here they are.
Noble Team 1’s guess: Wipeout HD
Wipeout HD, eh? No experience with that game or knowledge about it, unless it’s really one of the sequels of a gamer I tried in the old arcade days. I’m really not much of a racing game fan, even if you were to mix Star Wars Episode 1 Racer with F-Zero. Better luck next time Mr. Noble Team!
Megasilver X1’s guess: Wiz ‘n’ Liz
This looks like such a crazy game… I had never heard of it before, but it looks… special? I didn’t have the time to try it and I feel like I can’t do it justice unless I do. Seems like a fast-paced puzzle platformer… It looks to have pretty good controls for such a fast gameplay. I do trust MegaSilverX1’s taste in gaming though. If I find it cheap, I’ll definitely get it.
FreDDaN1’s guess: Wizards and Warriors
FreDDaN1 and I actually chatted about Wizards and Warriors before. Like many other people, the first thing mentioned is the soundtrack. I have to admit, it’s pretty awesome, especially for an NES game. As far as the gameplay goes, I haven’t tried it for cause of lack of time (and actual cartridge). It looks like your typical NES action platformer, but, having heard so many good things about it, I’m sure it’s great. I will definitely try it out.
LightningandIce’s guess : Wario Land
Wario Land, again? No, I’m not picking this game. Not only did I complete a whole review of it, but I can’t really talk about it franchise-wide, having only played/owned the first game. I would put in a few lines to recommend it, but, like I said, I wrote a full review. Are you guys even listening?
vinicius fatality’s guess : WCW vs NWO: Revenge
I don’t know why I forgot about wrestling games for letter W. I can’t say I’m a fan of wrestling, but I can say I do enjoy wrestling games. There’s just something awesome about turning a fake battle into a real virtual one. However, I don’t have many experience with this one. I started enjoying them more when you could create a wrestler. Can’t deny its popularity, though.
Queldroma’s guess : Wii Sports
How could we not mention Wii Sports? I was begging for someone to mention it after deciding to go with something else. Wii Sports probably has the highest ratio of people who played vs play time. You probably know of my opinion. The Wii and Wii Sports brought gaming to the very large masses and built the expectations that gaming companies have today. That might be a good or bad thing, but for now, let’s just say that it took a while before we had a good simple motion detection game after Wii Sports. I was a big fan of Baseball for a long time, until I got Guitar Hero actually. 
I probably mentioned before that I never really had a good PC multiple times. Fortunately, one of my sister’s ex always managed to lend me some old PC games to play. One of these games was Worms World Party and boy was I happy to see it. It’s hard to describe what kind of game the Worms series is. It’s a cross between real-time strategy games and chess? It’s a non-tile based strategy RPG? It’s the spiritual successor to Gorillas? That might not be too far from the truth since research has led me to the artillery genre of strategy games.

Practically the same!

On a single terrain, usually surrounded by water, you take turns against your opponents trying to eliminate members of their worm armies. You control your own team of worms and must use multiple weapons to either throw them in water to deplete their HP. The actual artillery is where the fun really begins. Not only do you have access to heavy weaponry such as bazookas, homing missiles, air strikes, grenades and flamethrowers, but you also pack a bag of zany items with devastating power. There’s a Holy Grenade and another overpowered grenade in the form of a banana. Sheeps, skunks, pigeons, old ladies and cows also provide some impressive explosive powers. If you need some mobility, the homing super sheep or the exploding letters delivery might be your weapons of choice.

It's on like Donkey Bomb!

Another interesting feature of the game is the various soundbites your soldiers can have. While making a team, you can customize a lot of details including weaponry, grave symbol, flag, victory fanfare, but most importantly, voices. Whether you want to give your little worms sultry voices or hilariously cliched Scottish accents is up to you, but they will most certainly make you chuckle once in a while. In fact, this reminds me of an assignment for school where we had to film an add some effects throughout. Since we didn’t want anything to do with voice acting, we used Worms’ sound effects for the whole thing. Needless to say, it was a hit.

By the GODS!

Worms isn’t a complicated concept. It follows the eternal philosophy of easy to learn and hard to master. Each basic weapon is easy to use, but only an experienced player will ninja rope his way to the other end of the stage to shove a wind-controlled bazooka missile down your throat. The intricate mechanics will keep you playing, but the sheer craziness of the game will draw you in at first. In a world where Angry Birds is king, we don’t have to look too far for other examples of this approach. In fact, Worms World Party emanated such charm that it might be the only game my elder sister spent time playing with me and, yes, alone. She was a puzzle game fan, old point and click Sherlock Holmes style investigation games. The tutorials, in the form of skill-induced puzzles probably resonated with her. Don’t get me wrong, she was far from obsessed, but, to me, this shows the potential of a game like Worms and how great it would be on an iOS or Android platform.

Wait... it does exist!

I, however, was obsessed with it. After all, it was one of my only PC game. I would dare say that, safe from Super Mario Kart, Worms World Party was probably the game I practiced the most. As I mentioned before, the mission based tutorial really convinced me to hone my skills. The single player mode and its perfectly curved difficulty couldn’t have hurt either. However skilled I had become at hide and seek and wind propelled projectiles, I couldn’t have really tested my skills until much much later…

It all went downhill from there.

The time was 8 o’clock. The year was 2010. Everything else is a little hazy, it was my college (university) years after all… We were in the process of judiciously using school computers when the Worms installation completed… It was time, after three years, I had the chance to test my skills against an equally procrastinating opponent. Starting first, I had the upper hand, swiftly setting the tone with a Zero Gravity enhanced baseball bat to the face, but I quickly realized that would only scratch the surface of his army… One after one, my wormy soldiers fell victim to the ninja-like movements of their opponents and their infinite ropes… It was a bloodshed. And that’s when I stopped trying to be good at games. 

Stupid portable ninja equipment!

I’d blame the fact that it was Worms Armageddon instead of Worms World Party, but I couldn’t differentiate the two even if my life depended on it. I’d probably have an easier time trying to identify Call of Duty games. HA! Call of Duty joke, these never get old…
So, how about you guys, any experience with Worms? If not, do you have any guess for letter “X”? Only three more to go!

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