For iPhone, iPad & Android Devices
Grab your grenades and prepare for battle, as the worms are back, bigger and better than ever in Worms™2: Armageddon! The best-selling turn-based-strategy blast-a-thon is back on the App Store for iPhone and iPad with new weapons, brand new customization options and of course, more explosions! Get ready for the ultimate installment! With many games modes available, there is something for everyone. Battle against 3 other friends in high-octane multi-player action or take on the solo campaign in a bid to become the ultimate mercenary worm!
A Closer Look at Worms 2 Armageddon for iOS & Android.
Still Played Better with Friends: Worms 2 Armageddon
Worms 2: Armageddon brings back everything that is great about Worms HD, then provides players with one of the most important features: more multiplayer options. Sadly, better movement controls is not one of the things that has been improved upon. With the new multiplayer functions, Armageddon is promising to deliver a well-rounded gameplay (more so than the first). So, is this version worth getting even if you already have the first HD edition, or are you better off going for another app? Read our review to find out.
Worms 2: Armageddon has the potential to bring plenty of great explosive and competitive fun for its' players -and it certainly delivers. The graphics are as smooth and crisp as ever. The worm animations are impressively well detailed, and of course, the outrageous variety of weapons and tools at your disposal makes for one of the highest replay-value games ever. No two matches are ever alike, and that is just the way we like it. The inclusion on online connectivity is certainly something that makes one curious as to how the sequel fares in comparison to the very single-device-centric original.
Multiplayer Brings Changes
Well that's true, provided that you have friends who also enjoy playing worms. But if you are going to hope that the new random lobby system to hook you up with strangers in matches will be a good thing, it is not. Sure, you might get a few active players every now and then. But most of the time, you will be playing with competitors who like to take their time making turns -and that wait will take time (like several days). As opposed to the PC version where the other players are certainly in front of their computers waiting for their turn, the new turn-based, anytime-you-want tablet mode is something of a big gamble.
Sure, one could say that the new gaming audience is used to the concept (there are plenty of other turn based games with the same wait system), but with worms, it is easy to lose track of so many details -like ammunition count, environment factors, and of course, which step of the strategy you are in.
Much like other turn based games, complex strategies in Worms are composed of multiple turns, and nothing is more boring than waiting a whole day for a turn, placing a girder, then waiting another day to lay a mine. Worms may be turn based, but it is also very busy and action packed. The whole reason why the game (by default) has timers is so that players would be on their toes formulating strategies and counter attacks on the fly. Take out that element and one of Worm's core elements is dead.
Of course, it is all different when you are playing with friends -basically, people you can bug, taunt, coerce, and stay in contact with as you wait for them to make their turn. It makes more sense to wait on someone you know for a game like this, it keeps the game alive and more importantly, it helps keep it from being boring.
The thing about Team 17's release of Worms: Armageddon in the iOS that surprised us was the fact that it had only a few elements of the other Worms games in it (like World Party). Still, the vast array of weapons and stages will be more than enough to keep fans buys -regardless if that are old fans or fresh recruits.
Speaking of new players, those who have never played worms before will be in for a treat -the voice clips and attack animations are among the most impressive for an app game (and on the PC versions it is still one of the best). Not only is there a wide range of animations and audio samples, the quality is where the value truly is. The worms are just outright hilarious -no matter which voice pack you choose, they all sound so funny it is hard to get tired of hearing them.
Solving the Shots
For the most part, every attack you make in the game is a mathematical ballistics puzzle -often with hilariously explosive results. Solve it properly and that explosion deals major damage to the enemy forces. Screw up, and you'll still get something to grin about, but with less productive results (and hopefully, the explosions don't backfire on your own troops).
While you will not be whipping out a calculator for this game, expect to put your visual skills to the test as you make use of shot strength, angle, along with wind strength and direction in order to ensure that your attacks hit their mark. Various weapons will also behave differently depending on the situation, so try to get to know as many of them as you can. Being familiar with how each of the different weapons work and their knowing their unique behavior will allow you to formulate strategies and techniques more efficiently.
The touch screens' aiming mode takes a bit of getting used to, but once you are familiar with the system, you will be able to pull off some impressive shots (like making a grenade ricochet off several surfaces before it lands right next to a target). Of course it will take practice.
What cannot be solved with practice, however, is the movement system. While aiming and shot control is doable on the touch screen, making your worm jump around is a completely different story. Basic forward jumps are one thing, but those high jumps and somersaults are a completely different story. Best thing to do is to not include those in your movement plans (which is a shame since they help a lot when it comes to getting out of tight spots).
Worth a Purchase
Regardless if you have bought Worms HD or not, Armageddon is certainly a worthy addition to your gaming list; single player challenges are still fun to play and all, but the real fun of worms is when you engage in multiplayer combat. The option for several players using their own devices is a whole lot more convenient and satisfying as opposed to passing around a single iPad (that way, everyone gets to see all the action as well). Naturally, if you never got a chance to get the first HD game, skip it and just play this one instead. Sure, the bodycount mode is fun, but the single-player challenges in Armageddon are also fun to play in their own way. You also get more weapons too.
It comes as to no surprise that Worms: Armageddon gets a sterling must-have recommendation from us. It does not matter if you have played the PC version or not, the iOS provides the game with an accessibility and portability that it never had before. Naturally, Armageddon is as visually pleasing as its desktop counterpart (same goes for smoothness of animation, speed of load times, quality of voice clips), so there is no "downgrading" from the original version. Sure, advanced players will have to make do without the advanced jump mechanics, but that hardly hinders the overall fun that the Worms: Armageddon delivers. We give this game a definitive 87/100.