Worms is a series of computer games, consisting of the original Worms game, Worms DC, Worms 2, Worms Armageddon, and Worms World Party. These games have been released regularly since the mid-1990s, and are available for Windows-based computers, Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and probably others. The game was invented by Andy Davidson of Team 17 originally for the Commodore Amiga computer. It was written in Blitz BASIC. The game is based on a game called "Scorched Earth, the mother of all games", or just "scorch" for short.
A game of Worms (regardless of version) involves teams of worms trying to kill one another, until all members of opposing teams are dead. To do this, a variety of weapons are available.
The strategy enters the game when a player must decide which course of action best advances his team's interests. Choices may include which enemy worm to attack, which weapon to use, whether to use one's turn improving one's position or one's arsenal, rather than attacking, how much damage one can inflict upon one's own worms in attacking the enemy, etc.
Games take place on a cartoonish, two-dimensional landscape. Much of the landscape can be destroyed with exploding weapons.
A worm is killed when its energy level is reduced to zero, or when it drowns in the water that surrounds each landscape.
Air Strike Aqua Sheep Armageddon Banana Bomb Baseball Bat Battle Axe Bazooka Carpet Bomb Cluster Bomb Concrete Donkey Dragon Ball Dynamite Earthquake Fire Punch Grenade Handgun Holy Hand Grenade Homing Missile Homing Pigeon Kamikaze Land Mine Longbow Mad Cows Magic Bullet Mail Strike MB Bomb Mine Strike Ming Vase (priceless) Minigun Mole Bomb Mole Strike Mortar Nuclear Test Old Woman Parachute Prod Sally Army Scales of Justice Sheep Sheep Launcher Sheep Strike Shotgun Skunk Suicide Bomb Super Banana Bomb Super Sheep Uzi
On Worms Armaggedon and Worms World Party, there is a special feature called Wormnet, which allows players to compete over the Internet, using a Metaserver. There are several specially developed games for internet play, which include:
Battle Race Bazookas and Grenades Capture the Flag Fort Full Wormage Golf Guns and Roses Rope Race Roper Shopper Warmer
Most of these game types require maps that are specially developed for each game type.
In addition, there is a huge array of Acryonyms that are in popular use.
The controls for Worms Armageddon are as follows:
Move your worm around
Aim current weapon up and down
Fire currently selected weapon or utility
Activate Skip Go, Surrender, or Worm Select
Select a different worm for use (not enabled in all game schemes)
Jump straight up a short distance
Backkflip a good distance up, and a little bit backwards
Send a chat message (only if chat window open)
Backspace, followed quickly by Enter
Activate or deactive the in-game chat window
Keep up the score screen, useful to avoid abl or leader cowing in several game schemes (see Wormnet Acronyms for definition of these terms)