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Published on October 13th, 2010 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

Worms Reloaded Review

Reviewer’s Note: This Game was Reviewed on the PC.

It isn’t often you get to use a fiery uppercut to knock a work into a mine, causing an explosion and eventual toasted worm from the ensuing fire.

In Worms Reloaded for PC, that’s just another typical day on the 2D battlegrounds of war for the little invertebrates, and is it ever fun.

Worms Reloaded, a PC version of Worms 2: Armageddon that adds new modes along with slicker visuals, is the best and most content rich game from the 15-year-old series.

As a turned-based strategy game one would suspect the game to be slow and inaccessible. That isn’t the case at all.

While the worms in you and your enemies’ party take turns obliterating each other, rounds are played out by actually controlling your worms movements, jumps, weapon selection and aiming in real time.

Games are timed, and each round you are given a limited amount of time (usually under 60 seconds) for your worm to perform an action.

There are a variety of weapons and tools to vanquish foes and move your worms around the arenas. They range from the normal (bazooka, and shotgun) to the downright oddball (exploding sheep and ninja ropes).

The vast amount of weapons and tools — over 60 — is really the draw for Reloaded. Figuring out what to use and how to use it is only part of the strategy and fun, with destructible environments as well as water-filled areas (instant death for worms) adding to the depth.

Learning to use the weapons correctly is important. Luckily a 35-mission single campaign is available and serves as a sort of advanced tutorial. An advanced campaign — Warzone — also gives solo players another 30 missions to fight through.

Things to keep in mind aside from how each weapon works is how it works in correlation to the wind. Wind speeds change each round, and affect everything from tossed grenades to air strikes. Learning how to use each weapon in these situations will result in less suicides or gaffed attacks.

Another chance to improve your skills exists in the Body Count mode. It pits your one worm against a never-ending slew of enemy waves as you aim for a high score.

The entire single player really just prepares you for the meat of the game, the two to four player local and online multiplayer. It’s quick and easy to find a match to jump in online, and just as easy to set up your own match of Forts, Deathmatch or Race.

Players will find themselves sticking around online to find just one more match late into the night, it’s quite addicting.

As an added bonus, Reloaded features a plethora of ways to customize your little warriors from what type of hats they don, skin color, voices and even style of tombstone.

I trekked across battlefields with worms wearing sombreros and named after my best friends, which made the experience all the more fun.

There is also a shop to buy more of these customizable bits as well as new weapons and challenging campaign missions.

The amount of strategic fun and content in Reloaded is staggering for its $20 price tag. It’s a fun game for those playing solo as well as online. Plus, who doesn’t want to play a game featuring exploding sheep?

[xrr label=”Rating: 9/10″ rating=9/10]

+Fun, and funny.

+Easy to pick up, hard to master.

+Robust single player mode.

+Online support for up to four players.

+Largest amount of weapons and tools in any Worms game, ever.

-PC is not the ideal set up for local multiplayer.

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