Wrig­gly way to cel­e­brate a clas­sic

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

FANS of clas­sic com­edy com­puter game Worms are cel­e­brat­ing its 20th birth­day with a pub tour­na­ment.

Play­ers from Mac­cles­field will de­scend on the Park Tav­ern on Park Lane for the first round on Novem­ber 28, aim­ing to reach the fi­nal on De­cem­ber 5.

The game in­volves play­ers controlling teams of worms and tak­ing turns to oblit­er­ate each other with a arse­nal of weapons rang­ing from shot­guns to ex­plod­ing sheep.

Al­though there have been nu­mer­ous ver­sions of the game, the tour­na­ment, which is or­gan­ised by En­tro­phy Events, will use Worms: Ar­maged­don on PC which will be shown on a large HD screen.

Jude D’Souza, at En­tro­phy, said: “Worms is with- out doubt one of the all­time clas­sics – a uniquely in­con­gru­ous blend of car­toon cute­ness and vi­o­lent may­hem in which play­ers con­trol teams of cute worms to an­ni­hi­late one an­other with bizarre weaponry rang­ing from holy hand grenades to ex­plod­ing sheep.

“We’ve teamed up with the com­pany be­hind the game to cel­e­brate that birth­day with a tour­na­ment to find the great­est Worms play­ers in Mac­cles­field.”

It costs £3 to en­ter and in­ter­ested par­ties should hurry as there are only 16 places avail­able.

First heats will take place on Novem­ber 28 from 2pm–6pm and eight suc­cess­ful com­peti­tors will go through to the next round on De­cem­ber 5, where there will be headto-head bat­tles to the fi­nal.

The con­test is com­pletely free to watch, so com­peti­tors can bring their friends for moral sup­port or tac­ti­cal ad­vice.

Park Tav­ern land­lady Re­becca Prunty will be putting on a spread of ‘worm-food’ for the event.

Team17, the Bri­tish video game com­pany be­hind Worms, have pro­vided of­fi­cial mer­chan­dise which will be used as prizes.

Jude added: “Their gen­eros­ity has meant that no com­peti­tor will walk away empty-handed, whether they go out in the first round or last un­til the fi­nal bat­tle.

“Play­ing Worms: Ar­maged­don is a real blast from the past.

“I’ve met so many peo­ple who im­me­di­ately get nos­tal­gic at the mere men­tion of the game.

“Most didn’t re­alise that Team 17 have con­tin­ued to main­tain it over the years, so it still looks great and runs smoothly on mod­ern PCs.”

To en­ter visit www. ent ropy­event s. com/ worms.

●● The Park Tav­ern is cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of Worms (inset) with a tour­na­ment for fans

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