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Worms (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, Andy Robertson, first checked Worms 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Worms (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 frequent mild violence and mild 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:

CostsCosts

Worms usually costs £3.99 to £42.24. 

Worms

Steam StoreSALE PC £4.99 £0.99 until 04/03/2024
Android Store Android Free Free

Google Play Pass

Worms Anniversary Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £42.24

Worms Armageddon

PlayStation Store PS5 £7.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Steam Store PC £10.99

Worms Battlegrounds

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99

Worms Battlegrounds + Worms W.M.D

PlayStation Store PS4 £29.99

Worms Blast

Steam Store PC £5.59

Worms Clan Wars

Steam Store PC £18.99
Steam Store Mac £18.99

Worms Crazy Golf

Steam Store PC £6.99
Steam Store Mac £6.99

Worms Pinball

Steam Store PC £5.59

Worms Reloaded

Steam StoreSALE PC £14.99 £2.99 until 04/03/2024
Steam StoreSALE Mac £14.99 £2.99 until 04/03/2024

Worms Revolution

Steam StoreSALE PC £10.99 £2.19 until 04/03/2024

Worms Rumble

Steam Store PC £10.99

Worms Ultimate Mayhem

Steam Store PC £10.99

Worms W.M.D

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.99 Free

EA Play

Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99

Worms World Party

PlayStation Store PS5 £3.99 Free

PS Plus Premium

PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99

Worms World Party Remastered

Steam StoreSALE PC £10.99 £2.19 until 04/03/2024
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.
 
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

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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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