Parents' Guide to

Worms: A Space Oddity

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Venerable strategy series gets the Wii treatment

Game Nintendo Wii 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Very fun!!

This is one of the most fun games me and my daughter have played. I introduced her to it when she was 5. Yes, it's kind of a war game (with an army of worms), but there's no gore at all, it's just fun. It's an offline console game, so it's perfectly safe!

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 10+

it is perfect for kids please dwonload it fast

love it

This title has:

Too much sex
Educational value

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Worms: A Space Oddity has an uneasy relationship with Nintendo's slender white controller. Tossing weapons like grenades by first pressing the B-button to control strength and then flicking your wrist in a throwing motion proves both more intuitive and precise than the series' traditional hold-down-a-button-and-let-go-at-just-the-right-time method. But using the same thumb to control both movement (via the d-pad) and jumping (the A-button directly underneath) is a little awkward, especially for those with small hands. Overall, it's an improvement in the way you interact with your worms, but it will take time for franchise fans to grow accustomed to the new controls.

Once players figure out the controls, it's pretty much business as usual. As always, you can customize your worms' names, appearance, and voices (there are several hilarious new personality types, including a mock-grave narrator), construct your own maps, and choose whether to play the single-player campaign or local multi-player matches. We recommend multi-player; four-player Worms games have always been -- and remain -- a terrific social gaming experience. Aside from a few new space-y weapons, like the UFO air strike and the Atom Pack explosive charge, the only legitimately fresh content is found in a handful of mini-games. One of these challenges sees players using the Wii remote's motion-sensitive functionality to pilot a little rocket ship through a rocky cavern, while another involves sorting and placing shapes to create an object. Fairly fun stuff, but, like the rest of the game, not particularly ground-breaking. It's probably not worth $50 if you have any of the more recent console-based Worms titles, but worth a look if you're new to the series and on the prowl for a simple and casual multi-player game.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: March 17, 2008
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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