Humble Weekly: Team17 Worms, Frogs, and Aliens (Oh My!)by Jarred Walton on October 31, 2013 3:52 PM EST
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The Humble Android 7 sale has come to a close, with over 200,000 people joining up to the tune of more than $1.2 million. I missed the last couple of Humble Weekly sales (Hothead Games and Cipher Prime), but this one is a bit more interesting, sporting a collection of games from Team17 Digital Limited. Team17 is best known for their Worms franchise, but they also have some other games. The weekly bundle follows the familiar pattern: pay $1 or more to unlock the basic package of games, and $6 or more for additional games. Let’s start with the six core games.
Mostly, it’s about the Worms franchise. You get Worms Armageddon, Worms Blast, Worms Ultimate Mayhem, Worms Pinball, Worms Crazy Golf…and Superfrog HD. The PC release date for several of these games goes way back, even reaching pre-2000 for Worms Armageddon. User reviews are mostly in the 7-8 range on Metacritic, which is typical of the Humble Bundle/Humble Weekly promotions. Worms Ultimate Mayhem deserves at least a bit more mention, as it includes slightly tweaked versions of Worms 3D and Worms 4: Mayhem, so if you don’t already have those it probably warrants a higher score than what you’ll see from most reviews. Basically, the Worms games are silly artillery duel titles where you can jump in for a few quick rounds and then get on with life. As for Superfrog HD, it’s a remake of one of Team17’s earliest titles (Superfrog), a platformer that first appeared in 1993. It experienced a bit of a comeback with the advent of tablet gaming, and it’s potentially worth checking out.
Donating $6 or more unlocks one more Worms game, Worms Revolution Gold (Worms Revolution with all three of the DLC packs – Medieval Tales, Funfair, and Mars Pack), as well as Team17’s Alien Breed series. The three games in the trilogy (Alien Breed: Impact, Alien Breed 2: Assault, and Alien Breed 3: Descent) are all moderately enjoyable third person action shooters, and the three titles were released in rapid fashion back in the summer and fall of 2010.
Bottom line is that if you haven’t experienced the Worms games yet, this is a great opportunity to snag most of the latest offerings – and potentially get Alien Breed as part of the package. Soundtracks for most of the games in the bundle are available. Also note that this bundle is for Steam keys only, and I believe the games are for Windows PCs.
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Sunrise089 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkYou mentioned Worms Reloaded was the 'definitive' Worms edition in your last Humble review Jarred. But Reloaded isn't included here?
JarredWalton - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkIt probably wasn't included because it was given away with the last bundle, but yeah -- Reloaded was possibly the best overall release of Worms (depending on whom you ask). It's a 2D version whereas later releases moved to 3D I think? Anyway, Revolution has received some good reviews as well, and it sports a new engine. I haven't given it a try yet as I've got too much else going on.
marc1000 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkafter buying the last bundle and playing a little of Worms Reloaded, I came to the conclusion that the definitive experience was the 1995 game... because at that time it was completely new and I was a teenager.
today the same feeling can not be re-created. so sad.... let me go play something else with nice GFX now. :D
Murloc - Friday, November 1, 2013 - linklol yeah it's so sad.
crashtestdummy - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - linkWorms Armageddon, despite being the oldest game on the list, is the definitive Worms experience. It's really good, and graphically still looks ok (it's been updated to support modern resolutions). Everything else that has come after has tried to "reinvent" the same game, with varying levels of success. (Reloaded and Revolution are both decent, but ultimately don't add much over Armageddon.) If you've never played it, just get it now and ask questions later.
Flunk - Friday, November 1, 2013 - linkI agree, I bought the last bundle and have been playing it on Android and I can't tell the difference between reloaded and Armageddon (which I have played a lot in the past). That's not really a bad thing, it seems to be just as good.
althaz - Saturday, November 2, 2013 - linkWorms World Party is the definitive version...although it is nearly identical to Armageddon.
Navvie - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - linkFor me the bundle is worth it for the Alien Breed titles.