Worms 3D

Format: PS2
Age Restrictions: 3+

It's Wormageddon. Time to go underground once again to plot and scheme with the rest of your worm-army and ensure that your opponents become bird fodder before you do...

If, like me, you were a fan of the original series of Worms games on the Playstation, then you will love what the developers have done with the latest in the franchise. They've taken the flat 2D playing field of the original games and given them an extra dimension. And what a difference depth makes. The only other game that springs to mind as a comparison is the excellent Hogs of War.

I don't care how experienced you are with the previous games, you'll need to start on the tutorial level in order to get to grips with the controls - and especially the art of aiming and firing projectiles. And once you've got the hang of the controls it's time to start with some easy missions.

There are some great touches to this game. The character's expressions alter depending on the team's situation. If you walk up to one of your enemies to hit him or place dynamite under him, he starts to look scared. If they are winning, they look smug and start to taunt you. And it's great to see some of the old familiar weapons from a new perspective - especially "Old Lady" and "Sheep". You can also change the voices of your characters from a long list of comical characters including "London cabbies" and "nagging housewife".

However, there are a few bugs lurking in the system. Our review copy was prone to crashing for no reason, the mode that allows you to view the whole battle arena wasn't very easy to control and it took us ages to work out how to change the gaming options - whenever we changed them and tried to go back to the main menu to start a game it would reset our changes.

But, if you ignore these problems, you'll soon be playing this like a pro - sending cluster bombs raining down on your opponents, or simply prodding them into the water.

The original game, and Worms Armageddon, are two games that I still get out from time to time and play with my family. They are cute, easy to play and a great way to take your frustration out on your nearest and dearest. Worms 3D is a little harder to master, but once you've got the hang of it you won't be able to put it down. It's fun, it's frantic and it's as cute and addictive as the previous instalments.

We would have given this game 9/10 if it wasn't for the fact that there seemed to be a few too many bugs that should have been ironed out and at £40 that is inexcusable.

Darren Rea

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