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Worms Blast

Score: 80%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment
Developer: Team 17
Media: CD/1
Players: 1 - 2
Genre: Puzzle

Graphics & Sound:

Taking a step out of their 2D shoes, the developers of Worms Blast have upgraded this title's graphics to those of cel shading, giving a pseudo 3-Dimensional look. The game is still played in 2D, but it does look much more current now. The visuals also retain the cartoon feel that practically made the other games, and they are more than welcome in this rendition of the series.

Equally as cartoony are the sounds. Listening to this game will make you think you just woke up on Saturday morning. Plenty of cutesy bells and whistles help out greatly with the audio experience.


Gameplay:

Worms Blast takes a step away from its predecessors and attempts to move into the puzzle genre. Gone are the turn based Deathmatch games that bought the franchise its fame. Instead, this title relies on a deeper one-player puzzle experience.

In this version, you choose a recognizable character (like the worm, flying sheep, old woman, etc.) and take them on a tour of an imaginary world via different puzzle-based levels. They will challenge your skills from the previous games, but this time around there is a sort of Bust-A-Move feel towards it all.

A few of the weapons have made a comeback, including the all-important bazooka, which fires a multitude of colored missiles. These missiles, depending on their color, will react with already stationary blocks in the levels, and if you match a missile with its likewise colored block, they will all disappear, leading to some various gameplay implementations. The shotgun has also made its way into this version, and is included in levels that test your marksmanship.

It can be seen that puzzles are the mainstay of Worms Blast, but a Versus mode is also present, rounding out the gameplay a bit. In Versus, you utilize the colored blocks and missiles as two players try to wear down their respective set of blocks before they are crushed or lose all of their life. Familiar power-ups will be seen here, adding a competitive edge to the Multiplayer mode.


Difficulty:

Quick reflexes and an eye for colors are needed to play this game. The overall concept isn't hard to grasp, and having played the original games isn't necessary at all. Newcomers may feel slightly alienated by all of the inside jokes and snide humor that is present, but this is a puzzle game that's concept is highly assessable by anyone.

Game Mechanics:

Still taking place in a 2D world, Worms Blast now gives you the control of a single player instead of a team of hell-bent worms. With this one character, you ride a boat (or banana, or Spanish galleon) in the 2D playing area, placing yourself in the right position to inflict the maximum amount of damage upon unsuspecting blocks or your opponent. Aiming is still done by angling your weapon and pulling the trigger, with some firearms (mainly the bazooka) allowing you to build up power.

Though it is under the Worms titles, don't let this game fool you. This is hardly anything like its counterparts, and is heavy on the puzzle elements. While it's nice to see the developers take this franchise in another direction, the original titles still seem to inch their way ahead of this title in ways of fun. But if you're into puzzle games like this, you'll definitely want to check out Worms Blast.


-Snow Chainz, GameVortex Communications
AKA Andrew Horwitz

Minimum System Requirements:



350 MHz Processor, Microsoft(r) Windows 98/Windows Me/Windows 2000/Windows XP, 64 MB RAM, 110 MB Hard Drive Space, 300Mb free post-install, 4X CD-ROM, Microsoft DirectX 8.1 compatible 16Mb video card, Microsoft DirectX 8.1 compatible soundcard
 

Test System:



Windows 98, 1.4GHz AMD Athlon, GeForce 2 mx 32MB video card, 40 gig hard drive, 56x CD-ROM, 256MB DDR Ram, Sound Blaster Live! sound card, T1 Internet connection

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