Here’s the thing about mobile games, whether Android, iPhone or whatever else – they all tend to feel the same. You have logic-based games like Sudoku, physics-based games like Angry Birds, and social games like Words With Friends. But Death Worm is on a whole different level.
In a genre that’s particularly lacking in action-based blockbusters, Death Worm for Android is fast-paced, fun, and incredibly original. I’ve been an avid gamer for nearly two decades and I’ve never seen a game like this, yet it’s executed so flawlessly that I wonder why it’s taken this long for a game like this to come out.
Looking for an action-based time killer that’s addictive and fun? Look no further. Death Worm may be the solution to your stale boredom.
As soon as you load Death Worm for the first time, it’ll ask you to input a name. This is the name that’ll be used for tracking high scores, sort of like an old-school arcade. I think it’s pretty cool how this arcade-style-action-game returns to its roots.
From the menu screen, you definitely get another dose of the old-school arcade game style. The artwork feels very 80’s and the font more so. And as you can see, the scene depicted in the background is preparing you for the chaos and action to come.
The menu screen plays a background track that is somewhat reminiscent of the 007 Bond theme with an infusion of electric guitar. Out of all the Android games I’ve played, the music here is just better than anything I’ve heard.
Death Worm comes with 3 game modes: Campaign, Survival, and Mini Games. Unfortunately, in the Free version, you’ll only be able to play the Campaign mode. Survival and Mini Games require the Paid version. More on that later.
Death Worm has 3 different stages in Campaign mode, though only the first one (Desert Warfare) is available in the Free version. Each stage has 15 levels, so there’s a lot of fun waiting to be had. And even when you’ve beaten a stage, you can play it over to try to beat your high scores.
Now, here’s a screenshot of the actual gameplay. At the bottom left, there’s a circular direction-pad that you can move around like a console controller. If you move it left, your worm moves left. The farther you hold the direction, the faster your worm moves in that direction.
At the bottom right of the screen, you’ll see two buttons (it’s very reminiscent of a Gameboy, isn’t it?). The two buttons are two powerups that you can get during the game: shooting fireballs and speed boosts.
So what’s the point of Death Worm? You’re a massive worm that lives underground and your goal is to eat and destroy anything and everything above ground. As you break the surface, you fly into the air and return to the ground much like a dolphin would, except you’ll eat anything that you touch.
Once you progress far enough, the enemies grow some brains and start shooting at you.
The levels are seamless and the action is constant. I really felt like I was a kid again, holding my Gameboy and being sucked into the gameplay.
Throughout the game, you’ll be able to upgrade your worm in various ways. You’ll be presented with two choices for every level and each choice will impact your worm in a unique way. You can make your worm move faster, or you can make its bite more powerful, or you can increase the thickness of its skin for more health, etc.
Lastly, Death Worm for Android has an Achievements page. There’s nothing special about the achievements – they don’t give you anything in return – but it’s a fun way to challenge yourself if completing them is something you like doing.
The Paid version of Death Worm will set you back $1.99 USD on Google Play. Here’s what you get if you upgrade:
- Access to all 3 stages, as well as a bonus 4th stage.
- Access to the Survival and Mini Games modes.
- More enemy types and more worm upgrades.
- More achievements to unlock.
- Optimized for the XPERIA PLAY.