Worms 3

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Classic turn-based combat game has challenging interface.

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Ease of Play

Challenging touch controls and difficult navigation could be frustrating for some players. Many of the visuals are small and hard to see. 

Violence

The game is all about weaponry and destroying the enemy, but the quirky cartoon worms make it pretty light-hearted. There are fires and explosions, but nothing bloody, gory, or otherwise graphic.

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Consumerism

This paid game offers several in-app purchases, some of which are quite pricey.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Worms 3 is a strategy game for iOS and Android devices. It’s based on a classic game series that was originally created for PCs and gaming consoles. Players control a team of worms as they battle against another team for survival. Although fights are mainly fueled by explosions, there’s no graphic violence depicted on the screen. Kids can join online games to play with others, but this is an optional decision, and users must enter an email address to begin playing. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

To get started with WORMS 3, kids enter an email address and choose a team of four worms. There are some team customization options such as worm names and costumes, and players can select different classes of worms with varying skills. The main options for gameplay are local and online, with additional options to practice, compete against friends in Bodycount mode, play a quick game against the computer, and more. During the battles, all players take turns using weapons to destroy the opposing team of worms. One particularly unique feature of the game is the card mode, where players get a set of cards with temporary powers that they can use at the start or end of a game.

Is it any good?

This strategy game has plenty of player options that make it appealing to fans of turn-based artillery battle, as long as they can get the hang of the user controls. There are many opportunities in Worms 3 to use strategic moves, such as carefully selecting worm classes with different skills and using different weapons to attack opponents. Battling against another team of quirky worms is, by itself, a unique gaming experience. The card options that allow players to change the start or end of the game adds a fun twist.

On the downside, using the touch controls on a mobile device can be quite difficult and distracting, especially for newer gamers. There’s an arrow pad on the screen to control worm movement, but it can be tough to maintain control while doing so many other things, like keeping an eye on the enemies and selecting, aiming, and firing weapons. The turn-based format helps by giving players some time to act, but this has the potential to become cumbersome. Perhaps the best way around this challenge is to use a D-pad control system with a mobile device, but not all players have this option. But if you can get over the control scheme issues, Worms 3 can be an amusing strategy game to play by yourself or with friends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of the turn-based format of Worms 3. Do kids like taking turns with other players and leaving games if they wish, or do they prefer a more fast-paced live action? How does the turn-based format lend itself to more strategic game play?

  • Why do you think the developers decided to charge for worm costumes and game boosts? Is that necessary, or is it just a way for them to make even more money from an app that you already have to pay for?

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