XBLA Review: Worms: Ultimate Mayhem

The worms are back!

Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is a combination of Worms 3D and Worms 4, all thrown together for the complete experience and for a nice price. But has the gameplay aged too much or is there still a place in the industry for killer worms?

The campaigns from both games are also included in this bundle pack and they are highly enjoyable. You don’t just have to defeat the other team, but you have to complete objectives such as blowing up certain buildings or collecting objects. You can as usual create and customise your own team of worms with a number of options such as clothes, voices and the tombstones that pop up once they die.

The Worms games have always been about the weapons and classic weapons like the Banana Bomb, the Super Sheep and the Holy Hand Grenade of Monty Python fame still make an appearance. There are some new weapons like the Inflatable Scouser and the ability to make your own weapons is included. Lifespan is a decent size due to the achievement list which requires you to win 40 online matches, completing the campaign, killing 200 worms and finding hidden Easter eggs. One of which requires you to blow up a DeLorean to create the fire trail effect from Back to the Future.

There’s also a mode that unlocks after you do a number of things like in the achievement list, but even more like beating challenge times. The controls will take a while to get used to and if you’ve never played a Worms game in 3D before, prepare to feel a bit overwhelmed by the change in the gameplay style. Visuals in Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is average, but they worms themselves have personality and the stages are nicely designed. Voice-acting is cheesy but funny at the same time.

The Verdict

Worms: Ultimate Mayhem is great fun for Worms fans. The gameplay is addictive once more and you can’t deny the charm of the anti-social worms. 2 good games combined results in one great package that anyone should at least try once…