Someone left these worms in the sun.
Since it's a huge hit on other platforms, it was only a matter of time before Team 17 brought its tactical action series, Worms, to the iPhone. Now it's here, so you can blow up teams of rival worms with bazookas, grenades and other weapons.
The goal of the game is survival. You have a team of five worms that you need to keep alive until the end of each match. Since rival worm teams are gunning against you, it won't be easy. Fortunately, you've got a whole armory of weapons and tools at your disposal, from ninja rope and air strikes to up-close-and-personal tricks of the trade like sticks of dynamite and Street Fighter-esque dragon punches. There are other traditional Worms favorites as well, including the exploding sheep (always hilarious) and the Holy Hand Grenade.
It's just too bad the game doesn't perform better, starting with inaccurate controls. Zooming in and out to see your worms is easy enough, by squeezing or separating your finger and thumb on-screen. However, these worms don't respond well to commands. You need to put your finger in front of your worms to move them, while tapping on the screen to make them jump. Unfortunately, they don't respond half the time. Sometimes they do a back flip by mistake, costing you precious seconds or, in some instances, leaping inadvertently to their doom.
Aiming weapons is another issue. You'll struggle as you try to aim your on-screen icon at your enemies, missing them half the time.
In addition, Worms has trouble running smoothly. While the graphics feature a variety of backdrops to choose from (including London, Hell and outer space), the game constantly chugs along, even when nothing happens on screen.
If you can tolerate the control and frame rate issues, Worms has plenty of single-player content. You can hop into a quick match or take on one of the game's 50+ challenges, pitted against superior teams of Worms in a fight for survival.
On the other hand, this game was built for multiplayer, and that leads to another issue. For whatever reason, Worms doesn't have online play. You can compete against others by passing the phone around, but it's not the same as hooking up with other Worms players across the globe.
Worms has some terrific audio, however. All of the high-pitched voice work from previous games returns, so if you ever wanted to hear a Worm talk Texan, this is your game. We also dig the background music, especially the altered London Bridge theme and the outer space tunes.
That, sadly, isn't enough to save Worms. If Team 17 fixes the game's problems with a downloadable patch, we'll give it a second look. Otherwise, these Worms have already lost the war.
What's Hot: Features a variety of weapons and single-player challenges, cute visuals, top-notch voice work and music.
What's Not: Inaccurate controls, frame rate problems, no online multiplayer.