Worms™ 3 Review
- The UI has been optimised to the touch screen.
- All weapons and utilities are relatively easy to use.
- The card system adds another layer of gameplay.
- Easy to have multiple mutliplayer games running at once.
- Limited customisation options, especially when it comes to the voice banks.
- Camera is always a little too far from the action.
Finally, a Worms title that bring the classic multiplayer mayhem to iOS with a decent interface.
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Though the Worms series has been a staple of joy-filled multiplayer gaming since the mid '90s, the franchise's previous forays into the mobile space have been plagued with control issues. We are happy to report, then, that Worms 3 addresses many on the concerns of previous iOS titles, and delivers an experience worthy of the Worms name.
You begin by building your team. As always, you are provided with a quartet of invertebrates to name and accessorise. This time, however, you are given the option to build a squad from different classes of worm. Choices include large worms which move slowly but have more health, and scientists that heal their comrades each round. We're sad to announce that the sound bank options are severely limited, with a personal favourite since the first game, the Angry Scots, being absent.
As usual you can customise your game type and weapon load outs. But the big addition instalment bring with it is the ability to play power cards. These perks, which can be played before and after each round, can alter environmental variables (gravity, surface friction, and so on), or add or remove health, weapon, and utility benefits. These are all purchased with in-game currency, rewarding players with more options the longer they play.
The touch controls have come a long way since the first iOS Worms game, and offer a precision that's quite remarkable (this is coming from an avid Ninja Rope user). The only real downside is that the camera is often situated a little far out from the action, which can make it tough to locate your teammates.
A lot of old favourite weapons make their return, too, such as the homing pigeon, the old woman, and the concrete donkey. Plus, you get some brand new additions like the black hole gun.
The ability to have multiple multiplayer matches on the go via the game's 'play-and-leave' system is a great step forward too (as asynchronous multiplayer becomes the standard for a lot of mobile gaming). The pass-and-play local multiplayer option, meanwhile, brings back heady memories of crowding around the Amiga 500 to prod your best mate's team captain off a precipice and into the waters beneath.
It's fair to say that little has changed with the Worms series over the year. However, Worms 3 is the closest Team 17 has come to a convincing touchscreen adaptation. The card system feels a little tacked on, but does provide some entertaining and unpredictable situations. All-in-all, Worms 3 is the premier invertebrate blasting experience on iOS - until the next episode arrives, that is.
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90% - "Gold Award" - "Worms 3 is, quite frankly, one of the most accomplished multiplayer experiences on mobiles", Games Master
8/10 – “Silver Award” – “An entertaining single-player mode and some excellent multiplayer modes make Worms 3 a decent addition to the long-running series”, Pocket Gamer
4/5 - "everything you could really ever want in a mobile Worms release", Gamezebo
4/5 - "A fun twist on the established Worms gameplay, but familiar enough to keep long-time fans happy", Modojo
4/5 - "The classic gameplay still rocks", 148Apps
4/5 - "the complete Worms experience on the go", Digital Spy
The follow up to the award-winning, best-selling Worms 2: Armageddon is here! Worms™ 3 has been designed and developed exclusively for iOS.
DEAL yourself the advantage with a new, game-changing enhancement. Turn on the card mode and alter the start and end of each turn by the playing of strategic cards.
COLLECT in-game rewards that allow you to purchase bronze, silver and gold cards. Build your deck from 41 fiendishly designed cards!
ENLIST your perfect battle combination as you choose your worms from a new ‘Class’ system - Heavy, Scientist, Scout and classic Soldier. Each has their own unique skill and ability. Which will fit in with your style of play?
Show off your skills by earning Achievements! A delightful blend of both the simple and complex, these goals have been deliberately engineered to push you and your wormy skills to the limits!
PLAY online with asynchronous multiplayer warfare. Enroll in ranked or friendly matches and show off your prowess. Remember, with asynchronous multiplayer you don’t have to commit to a full session at a time. Take your turn then go beat your friends score in the single-player Bodycount mode!
BATTLE in multiplayer Forts or Deathmatch modes and challenge yourself with the increasingly difficult Bodycount single-player game.
CONQUER 30 single-player missions across 4 new themes (Beach, spooky, farmyard and sewer).
CUSTOMIZE your squad and make them unique with a huge amount of customizable elements new to iOS!
INCOMING! All your old favourite weapons plus six new ones on iOS, including a couple of returning classics such as the Old Lady and the Homing Pigeon!
BE THE BEST and worm your way to the top of the Leaderboards across all major game modes including single player as well as asynchronous online ranked matches.
GREATER CONTROL for players who can now choose between an all-new D-Pad control system and the original touch controls.
MARVEL at the glorious streamlined menu system. Gamers can now enjoy a much more pleasant and navigable menu system with a quick access player HUB for all updates and information!
GO LARGE with the fabulous AirPlay feature. Link up to Apple TV and play on one device with up to four players on the big screen. The active player can plot their move secretly on the iOS device while the waiting gamers can witness the move on the TV screen!
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** Note ** Worms™ 3 is not recommended for iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 or lesser hardware.