Worms 3

New to hit all iOS devices is the classic turn-based strategy game Worms 3. Packed with snazzy new features, Worms 3 brings you 27 single player missions, new weapons, and game enhancements set to make the game more challenging.

So what’s new for Worms 3? The two main additions would be the use of Playing Cards and Worm Classes. The playing cards are used to either enhance your turn or hinder your opponent. During the game each turn is divided into three sections: pre-turn, turn, and post turn. With these turns you can use one of your cards, but be warned, whilst being able to have a pack of ten cards per battle, you can only use three of these cards during the match and they only have a single usage; plus, certain cards can only be used during certain turns. Each of these cards fit into four categories: tactics, attack, rules, and joker, and are divided into three different flavours: gold, silver, and bronze. Gold cards cost more but do more damage, but that’s not to say the right combination of bronze cards wouldn’t pack a punch. Coins earned for winning games can be used to purchase cards which come in packs of that you can stock up to create yourself the best hand.

Worm classes allows your team to be made up of four types of worms, each with different abilities, which will effect the types of weapons used and their mobility. The different types of Worms are the good all-round classic Solider; the weaker, but most mobile, Scout; Scientist, a support class, that benefits the whole team, and Heavy, the biggest, most powerful target, and the least mobile.

Other additions to the game are the new weapons such as Nora’s Virus and Canned Heat, and the choice of how to control your army, be it using either the D-pad or classic buttons. An interesting addition is that if you own an Apple TV you can utilise the Airplay feature. Basically while the active player plots their next move on the device chosen to play the game, the rest of you can watch the play unfold on the big screen.

Worms 3 has two playing options: Local Game and Online. Local Game gives you the following four modes to play through: Campaign where you complete the tutorial and other objectives, Quick Game, Pass ‘n’ Play, and my favourite, Body Count. This mode is literally you against a never-ending army of enemy worms. At the end of the game you get judged on the score achieved, turns survived, and enemies killed. With Online mode you have the option to play asynchronously, which means once you made your move you have the option to work on your score in the campaign, instead of sitting there twiddling your thumbs.

The Worms franchise has been one I’ve sat and watched others play but never tried for myself. So for me, reviewing Worms 3 meant I was able to do it with a fresh perspective and vigour, and all of that. For what the game is – a turned-based strategy game with worms you can dress up in Canadian ranger hats – it was fun to play. As a newbie I felt the HUD and controls were easy to pick up and after a couple of matches I got the hang of which of the playing cards worked best and the weapons I found most effective. What also appealed to me was that I didn’t feel bad when I closed my iPad cover in the middle of a game. Worms 3 feels casual and it was because I could put it down that spurred me on to come back and finish the match. It was simple yet seamless and ideal for anyone who’s dabbled with the idea of playing turn-based and wants something gentle.


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