WORMS BAT­TLE­GROUNDS ★★★ 12 cert, Team 17, Xbox One (also PS 4)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

A sim­ple con­cept, made with wit and in­ven­tion, Worms was a de­servedly adored strat­egy game in 1995 that un­leashed an army of im­i­ta­tors and sequels. Small pla­toons of heav­ily armed worms, dot­ted through­out a map viewed from the side, take turns us­ing their weapons. The re­cent Worms: Ul­ti­mate Mayhem was very poor. So it’s a huge re­lief that Worms Bat­tle­grounds has gone back to its old ap­pear­ance and game­play with a sim­ple, twodi­men­sional play­ing field. As al­ways, the weapons in­clude ev­ery­thing from wa­ter pis­tols to bazookas to airstrikes. The con­trols are gen­er­ally user­friendly and the graph­ics clear and ap­peal­ing. But there are some un­wel­come glitches and cu­ri­ous de­sign de­ci­sions. Why bother with a nar­ra­tive? And why have white in­struc­tional text over yel­low back­drop? Worms Bat­tle­grounds is an en­ter­tain­ing, if im­per­fect, mil­i­tary strat­egy game. team17.com

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