Worms has been around since 1995 and its quirky take on military strategy is super-fun so grab a rocket launcher and get ready to fight.
Although Worms debuted for Amiga back in '95, the Evercade can only emulate certain consoles so we're stuck with the Sega Genesis version. To my surprise, it's actually quite fun and playable although there is much clunkiness involved from navigating the unintuitive menus to remembering which series of buttons to press to equip weapons and such. You can play it against AI opponents after setting them up within the complex menus but it isn't all that fun so thankfully, there is multiplayer where you simply pass the Evercade to a friend when it's their turn. Anyway, the collection of wacky weapons and environment-destroying gameplay make it a joy to play.
Worms Armageddon PlayStation
Whereas Worms acts as a solid introduction to the series as well as an enjoyable piece of nostalgia, Worms Armageddon is by far the highlight of this collection. In fact, it's one of the best games in the Worms franchise. For starters, it features plenty of match options so you can create all sorts of interesting concoctions which adds a ton of replay value to its multiplayer component. From altering generated terrain to thinking up clever rule sets; there's a lot to experiment with. Of course, the graphics are a huge step up, too, and there's even a funny FMV cutscene when you boot it up. On the downside, considering Evercade lacks L2 and R2 shoulder buttons, you can't select worms or toggle names. Of course, this will be remedied if you play it on the Evercade VS but it's still worth mentioning.
Worms Blast Game Boy Advance
I remember playing Worms Blast on GameCube back in the day and having quite a bit of fun with it. Being a huge fan of the puzzle series Bust-A-Move, I found its unique take on the formula where you paddle around the water while firing rockets at the playfield to be a hoot. Unfortunately, this Game Boy Advance version is a significant step down from its console iteration and its visuals are quite blurry, too.
That's not to say that Worms Blast for GBA isn't fun. It actually is once you learn how to play it via the comprehensive tutorial. Basically, you aim and charge coloured shots which either destroy similarly-coloured orbs or colour-in different-coloured ones. Being able to move left and right as well as aim adds an interesting dimension to gameplay and there are a good amount of modes to enjoy including a rewarding puzzle campaign that's full of a variety of challenging stages to master. Besides that, you can take on CPU players in multiplayer matches and challenge a handful of mini-games that are listed in the tournament menu for some reason. However, there isn't any local multiplayer mode even if you play on Evercade VS because I guess emulating 2 connected GBAs would have been far too tricky. 🤔
Worms Collection 1 contains 3 gems from the long-running franchise that are sure to delight fans as well as retro game enthusiasts who are new to the series. With plenty of multiplayer and puzzle fun to be had, I definitely recommend this cartridge.
- + Worms Armageddon is an excellent entry in the series with plenty of nifty options
- + Enjoyable pass-the-console multiplayer
- + Worms Blast is a pretty clever puzzler
- - Worms Armageddon has compromised controls if you play it on the portable console
- - The original Genesis Worms is a bit clunky
- - There are better versions of Worms Blast