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Worms W.M.D. (2016) is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Players take turns choosing an attack for each of their worms to make, although once chosen they have a limited time to target and fire. The worm characters have become embellished with hats and funny voices over the years, so this now looks and sounds like an episode of Monty Python. The lightheartedness works well to diffuse the intense competition with comedy. It's funny but also needs considerable strategy and tactical skill.

A popular recent version is Worms W.M.D. It has updated hand-drawn style visuals and adds the new ability to craft items as well as vehicles and buildings. It includes many of the classic Worms levels.

Our examiner, Oli Hawkins, first checked Worms W.M.D. 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Worms W.M.D. (Series). Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Shooting and Traversal game with Fighting and Strategy elements. You can play with 1 to 6 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game. 6 players can compete against each other in teams of 2-4. Each team has multiple worms to control in their turn. Because you are taking turns you only need one controller.

Worms 3 on iOS and Android offers asynchronous online play where you take turns on your go without having to play at the same time.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete. You can complete Worms W.M.D. in around 12 hours but the real longevity is the multiplayer modes.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Relationships as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence and Language. Violence is very mild and consists of worms using multiple weapons including old ladies and sheep to attack and destroy other worms. Mild language is random including Bloody, Crap, Christ, Damn, Douchebag, God, and Hell.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Crude Humor, Language, Cartoon Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. It's a simple fun game, but because you are often picking moves and attacks with limited time younger players need to act fast and cope with things going wrong.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 16-year-olds play this game:

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Worms W.M.D. usually costs £4.99 to £19.99. 

Worms W.M.D

PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Worms W.M.D.

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
Switch StoreSALE Switch £19.99 £3.99 until 26/07/2024
Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

Android Store Android £4.99
App StoreSALE iOS £4.99 £1.99 at the moment
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
Worms WMD has free additional content. But Worms 3 on iOS offers in-game purchases for "Forts Mode" and other enhancements. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 80% off

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-6 (6 online)

Genres: Battle, Shooting, Traversal (Fighting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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