Worms Reloaded: Puzzle Pack Review

Over the years, Worms’ brand of humorous, cartoon warfare has seen it become a videogaming institution. Here, we take a look at the four most recent add-on packs that have been released as downloadable content for Worms: Reloaded.

The blurb for this collection of puzzles claims that they are both mind-boggling and a challenge for even the most hardcore Wormers out there.  There are 20 missions, and far from being a taxing assignment, they range from the blindly simplistic to the mildly interesting.  The entire pack will easily be completed within a couple of hours, if that.

Occasionally, innovative use of Worms features makes you think about things in a slightly different way.  For instance, the use of the relatively new Worms addition, the magnet, which propels objects away from it.  Some of the puzzles are less of a puzzle, and more of an agility test, requiring button-tweaking adroitness, or incisive timing.  These really do little to add to the game’s claim as a puzzle title.

Despite these gripes, you will have some fun, and may even scratch your head for a few moments.  Unless of course you have lice, in which case you may end up scratching quite a bit more.  Out of all the Worms DLC, this is one of the better add-ons, so certainly consider it.

The overall quality of these add-on packs is not good.  They are, in general, substandard both in content and concept.  Each one has their own additional features such as voices, graves, hats and environments, but these are inessential little superfluities which attempt to bolster the weak main campaigns.

If you are hankering after more Worms content, then you can get some excellent free downloadable missions from the community, some of them being made to a very high standard.  In fact, one or two of the community offerings had more imagination and effort in a single mission than can be found in an entire campaign of the official DLC.  So ultimately, steer clear, unless your desire for our squishy pink garden superheroes is on a par with your tolerance for the bland.

REVIEW CODE: A complimentary PC code was provided to Brash Games for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to editor@brashgames.co.uk.

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