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Death Worm Review for iPhone

On: iPhone

Control the mind-boggling underground monster with your finger! Eat people, animals and birds, blow up cars and tanks, bring down planes and helicopters, defeat the army and even the aliens!

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8Out of 10
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That feeling of déjà vu is thanks to the heap of games throughout 2010 that are identical to Death Worm. It’s bad timing for the poor guy. Back in August a similar iOS title, Super Mega Worm, was released based on the Newgrounds flash game Effing Worms that came out in July, which itself was based on an online mini-games. Every one of these games puts you in a Dune-like setting and gives you the starring role as a sandworm bent on destruction. However Death Worm for iOS manages to heave itself to the top of the pile by adding a thin veil of originality to a worn but immensely fun concept.

Graphically it’s impressively crisp. You’re given three pseudo-realistic environments, two of which you unlock after finishing off the prerequisite 15 levels of the last area. You’ll start the game in Gaza, Egypt then move over to South America and a generic city metropolis. Each environment is broken up between the underground, the land and the air, with the two latter areas filled with people, animals, explosives, military, cars, planes, helicopters, jets and the odd UFO, all of which can be attacked by you when you explode out from the ground.

You control the direction of the worm with a virtual stick, simple enough but really your only task is to take out as many things you can above ground and cause havoc. The difficulty jumps slightly when the military inevitably come into the game, by which point you’ll want to play a bit more defensively and avoid blindly jumping through the air which is quickly littered with gunfire and bursts of smoke from the ground-based explosives.

Enemies get progressively more difficult, which means you’ll have to continuously upgrade your worm each level. Upgrades make you bigger, tougher and a hell of a lot faster, which means you'll end up diving out of the ground at a higher speed and be able to reach higher objects. The game’s objectives progress vertically as time goes on, with flying saucers being one of the more difficult enemies to beat. You also have slightly shorter-term objectives, specifically to pick up the icons that fall from enemies which can be used either for temporary speed boosts or offensively to breathe fire.

Occasionally you’ll be tasked with eating or blowing up a specific number of things above-ground either within a time limit or without being damaged, but typically your only job is to take out 20, 30, 60 objects before the next level unlocks. That kind of repetition can feel meditative on an iPhone title, but here you’re sometimes left wishing for more from each level considering it’s already competing with an onslaught of similar titles. Regardless of that, it’s still the most well produced variation on the Deadly Giant Worm genre.

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SexyJams@ IndoorHeroes

Haha,
despite enjoying their podcast so much, I believe I've only ever been on Shack News once.
Posted 08:12 on 07 January 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Super Mega Worm. You Eat people. Blow up planes and spaceships n' *****.

http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_5522980
Posted 12:25 on 06 January 2011
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chelskiboy247@ IndoorHeroes

Phew! Got there in time, I was worried it had gone back to full price.
Posted 17:43 on 05 January 2011
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SexyJams@ Roland_D11

Yeah;
Del Rio who does most of their music and all of their remixes definitely has some serious talent :)
Posted 14:48 on 05 January 2011
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Roland_D11@ SexyJams

Yes, I loved that '...it's sort of fun to say...' . The remixes on that show are usually quite good.
Posted 14:42 on 05 January 2011
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SexyJams@ p0rtalthinker

Super Mega Worm - Take My Wife Instead :p
Posted 14:32 on 05 January 2011
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p0rtalthinker@ SexyJams

"Super Mega Worm doesn't care about your car!"

:D
Posted 00:49 on 05 January 2011
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IamBugged@ SexyJams

Don't have a clue what you're talking about :p.
Posted 19:20 on 04 January 2011
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SexyJams

Anyone heard the Super Mega Worm Weekend Confirmed remix thing? Bloody brilliant :p
Posted 18:02 on 04 January 2011
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IamBugged@ IndoorHeroes

Thanks for the heads up man!
Posted 17:03 on 04 January 2011
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IndoorHeroes

This game is actually free today ^_^
Posted 16:32 on 04 January 2011
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Clockpunk

Ah, I was hoping this might be like Super Mega Worm - cheers Emily, going to check it out immediately!
Posted 14:58 on 04 January 2011
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GeNeCyDe1993

Mmmmm first review of 2011 ;)
Posted 14:51 on 04 January 2011
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IamBugged

Good to have something new to read! Sounds like a good game aswell.
Posted 14:38 on 04 January 2011

Game Stats

Death Worm
8
Out of 10
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  • RPG-like with upgrades
  • Satisfying gameplay
  • Crisp graphics
  • Needs more variety
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Release Date: 25/11/2010
Platform: iPhone
Developer: PlayCreek
Genre: Action
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