Worms has been around forever it seems, with countless versions of the turn based, non-arthropod invertebrate destroy-em-up. This time Sony’s PS Vita gets a chance to host the slimy little creatures.
The same formula remains as introduced in the very original 1995 release. Players are given control of a team of worms and tasked with basically ending the lives of the opposing team. To do this there are all manner of weapons, tools, objects and sheep (always sheep) in which to take out the opposing team.
This is a game that is designed for multiplayer action, it always has been, that is part of the charm, but as usual there is a single player campaign that is designed mainly to allow you time to practice and hone your skills. Here is start with various tutorial levels, that take away the turn based aspect and start to introduce you to the various weapon types and the types of strategy you can use.
There are also a few other modes that offer up a fair amount of ‘offline’ play to keep you going when you can’t find an online game to play. These all take the form of various puzzles or scenarios scenarios to be completed, some must be finished in a set way, others set against time limits, or completing missions. Again this is a great way to learn he various tactics on offer, before taking him online.
There core of the game is playing online and thanks to the turn-based mechanic, there is no issues with lag and that sort of usual hiccup. The Vita makes an ideal place for this sort of game also, as it is one that is best played alongside something else, maybe whilst listening to music, watching a bit of TV, that sort of game where you don’t need to give 100% of concentration, you can still have a conversation with others in the room whilst playing.
It’s not just online that you can play either, as the game includes pass and play options, where up to four players can take part on the same machine. What works here is the fun that can be had, playing with four human players, watching their reactions as they take their turn and not knowing quite what they have done until you get the Vita back. That feeling of wanting revenge when you see someone laughing at you and happily informing you they have just destroyed one of your team. Great stuff!
One game that has nailed how to do online turn based gaming on the Vita is Everybody’s Golf, allowing you to have many games on the go. Setting your own rules, including the time limit someone has to take their turn on a hole. It is the ideal way to play Worms Revolution on the go, which is a shame then, that you can only seemingly have one game on the go at a time and this has to be played in real time. It is still great fun to play, you can still get enjoyment from it and it does play very well, it just feels like somewhat of a missed opportunity and we can only hope this is patched in at a later date.
Worms Revolution Extreme is of course a port of Worms Revolution and comes to the Vita as a supposed definitive version, with all the content from the console release, plus DLC included. It suffers a bit of a graphical downgrade and is clearly not running at native res, which for the most part is fine, as it also means there is no slowdown and allows the game to run smoothly. However at time it can be a little difficult to see exactly what situation a worm is in, whether it is about to drown in water, or only partly submerged. It isn’t a deal breaker and you can quickly zoom in and out using the right and left triggers.
The game also makes good use of the Vita’s unique controls, allowing you to mix up physical and touch controls as you see fit. Menus can be accessed using the screen, or by more traditional means, as can weapon selections. Aiming can be done using the touch pad, or the sticks. We found that we were switching between methods multiple times, just doing what felt right at the time and credit as always is given to a developer for not forcing a particular method on us, when it isn’t needed.
At a shade over 400MB and £11.99, Worms Revolution Extreme is a great title to have just sat on the console, ready to play at your convenience. It isn’t a perfect port, but it is competent. It does Worms as it should be done and despite the online not being ideal, there is plenty of fun to found, with plenty of single player content to accompany the multiplayer.