Review Worms 3
So much unrealized potential
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 17 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Fun graphics, interesting premise
Glitchy, bogged down, poor zoom control
Worms 3 for Android is the next installment in this series. Frankly, I had high hopes for this one and expected more polish in the game play itself. Unfortunately, I found the controls and play needlessly belabored and bogged down. The zoom feature is terrible and simply doesn't zoom in anywhere near close enough to enjoy the play. As it is, the tightest zoom point should be where this game starts, and get in even closer from there.
Worms 3 is a lot of fun to look at. Basically, you are in command of a squadron of worms who are looking to secure their little wormy environment. In and of itself, that doesn't sound very deadly or ominous. But trust me, these wiggly worms carry some serous firepower. I love all the different characters. Each one looks comically fun and they all have their own set of abilities. And of course, you can upgrade abilities, strength and weaponry. The problem is, the game generally lacks a plot or point.
The mission of Worms 3 is to blast your way through the game environment and ….well, collect stuff and ….??? Worm your way around the game environment? This game has been around since the 90s, and try as I my, I still fail to see the point of it. I have played previous iterations with the same frustration, and yet, I know this has a serious cult following. But try as I may, I just don’t get it.
I found the controls to be needlessly heavy handed. The game play is very slow moving, which is to be expected, I guess, since we’re talking worms. But if we’re going to pretend worms can form an army, can’t we pretend they move faster too? The poor zoom controls literally assure players are kept away from the action. This game literally keeps you at a distance, rather than drawing you in.
The visuals are great, but there just isn’t enough going on for this to be of interest. And what is happening is just too far away to be appreciated, and far too slow moving to be engaging.
Worms 3 shows a lot of promise, but then, I’ve been saying that about this game since somewhere in the 90s. That promise should have been realized long ago. As it is, we’re at the third iteration and it’s still shooting itself in the foot. Much as I want to love this game, it’s just not ready for prime time. Wake me when Worms 4 comes out and hopefully it will finally make me a true fan of this series.