HedgeWars: A Multiplayer Worms-Like Game With Hedgehogs [MUO Gaming]

Joel Lee 20-07-2012

worms gameGames are so prevalent nowadays. There are games for the hardcore and competitive types, and then there are games for the casual crowd. But more recently, I’ve seen a trend where developers have been incorporating both competitive and casual elements into their games – the best of both worlds.


As an avid gamer, it’s always nice to see something that comes out of nowhere and blasts you into the past with a large dose of nostalgia. Worms is one of those games that has been loved for many years – so much so that it’s been cloned a bunch of times. Today, I’ll be showing you HedgeWars, a comedic remake of Worms that keeps the strategy intact but injects a nice touch of fun and playfulness.

System Requirements

HedgeWars is rather impressive with the number of platforms that it supports. Usually, games are confined to Windows with Linux and Mac support being a luxury. HedgeWars natively supports Windows, Mac, Fedora, ArchLinux, Debian/Ubuntu, and FreeBSD. But on top of that, it also has mobile support for the iPhone and Android.

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The game is not resource heavy at all so the actual specifications of your device won’t really matter much. Plus, the gameplay is turn-based and the graphics are 2D, so even if your device is terribly outdated, you’ll still be able to enjoy the game.


Have you ever played GunBound? Or Fortress 2? Or Worms Armageddon? Then you’ll feel right at home playing Hedgewars.


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The gameplay revolves around tiny little hedgehogs on a sidescrolling map. Each hedgehog is equipped with an arsenal of different weapons that can be aimed in a number of ways: some require using a targeting reticule, others require a point-and-click with the mouse.

In Hedgewars, aiming is everything. You launch your bazooka rocket into the air and it will be affected by gravity and wind. The goal is to use physics to your advantage so that you hit your enemies. Some weapons will explode, which will remove chunks of land from the game. If you walk where there’s no land, you’ll fall into an endless void and die.

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One thing that impresses me an awful lot with Hedgewars is the sheer number of available weapons. The developers didn’t end with the traditional bazooka, grenades, and grappling hook. They’ve added lots of goodies: Molotov cocktails, digging tools, airstrikes, homing bombs, teleports, and more!

And there is one more unique point to Hedgewars that separates it from all the other Worms clones (at least to my knowledge). Instead of controlling a single character, you control a team of hedgehogs. Depending on the game settings, you can play with 8 other players all controlling teams of 1 OR you can play with 1 other friend using teams of 8 hedgehogs. This means that no matter how many people are playing, the fun and chaos will always be present.


Though the game is immensely fun to play and a blast for all types of gamers, the interface is sorely lacking. To be sure, there are a lot of customization options available for you so that you can tailor your gaming experience according to your preferences–but aesthetically, the Hedgewars yellow interface is just plain ugly.

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The poor interface might be a result of playing on a resolution of 800×600. It might not look so bad if I were using a bigger screen. However, I have a feeling it wouldn’t be too much better.


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For a freeware game, Hedgewars is definitely worth its value. There are some free games out there that aren’t even worth their price tag, but the developers of Hedgewars have outdone themselves in terms of fun.

Here are some other features you can expect from this game:

  • Supports up to 8 players in a game.
  • Supports local and networked multiplayers.
  • Play on predesigned or randomly generated maps with over 22 environments.
  • Have fun with over 18 different game modes, including Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Basketball, and more!
  • Contribute to the community by creating your own custom maps, costumes, and artwork.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of it.

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  1. Mihovil Pletikos
    July 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    nice but not even a shadow of worms......

  2. jamesbirtwistle
    July 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    HedgeWars2: HedgeFundWars!

  3. J. Random
    July 23, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Still no better than Sega more than 20 years before.

    "Sonic said knock 'em out. Knuckles gonna knock 'em out..."

  4. leon chan
    July 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I'm always a fan of Worm, and it looks interesting,

  5. nemo
    July 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Oh. Also.

    The complete weapon set - at least in the current stable release.

    My personal favourite is the portal gun.

    • Joel Lee
      July 24, 2012 at 5:01 am

      That looks useful. Is it just me or are some of those links broken/missing? It seems only the most basic weapons have pages. Thanks for sharing!

      • nemo
        July 25, 2012 at 12:54 am

        Well, here we differentiate between community content and developer content. The wiki is maintained by the community. Anyone who is on the site and asks for wiki access is given it. That unfortunately means, well, not much love.

        Compare that to the development wiki pages :)

        • Joel Lee
          July 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

          I fully understand that it's community driven. I've tried running a wiki of my own for a particular game in the past--it's hard work. Hopefully it sees more volunteers in the future. :)

      • nemo
        July 25, 2012 at 1:42 am

        Oh, and some of the more advanced ones have been filled out.

        For example.
        But your input is welcome :)

  6. nemo
    July 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    The interface is definitely squished due to playing at 800x600.

    Try using the Frontend fullscreen option to free up a few more pixels of vertical space.

    The config screen and the room screens suffer the most. Even 1024x768 is a big help.

    • Joel Lee
      July 24, 2012 at 5:01 am

      You're right! The interface does look better on a larger resolution, but I still have to say that the interface is quite ugly. Maybe it's a stylistic choice on the part of the developers. I personally just don't like it. It is a shame that it's so scrunched on 800x600, though.

      Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to use a larger resolution next time I play. :)

  7. Shane La Horie
    July 22, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Really looks like a Worms knock off just finished downloading will give my review soon..

  8. The 24
    July 21, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I've played this game for a year now. I play everyday for about 20-30 minutes (I may be addicted). I don't like playing with a low resolution, it makes everything look crowded like in your screenshots.

    As for the number of hogs, well that varies by level. The largest can take up to 48 but the more modest levels might only take 12. Medium to large are the most commonly played.

    I've always thought of Hedgewars as the best game that nobody knows about. It would be great to see some new players on the server.

    • Joel Lee
      July 21, 2012 at 6:11 am

      There are so many games out there that deserve more attention, and I agree--Hedgewars is one of those games. It could definitely use a lot of polish in terms of interface, but the gameplay is fantastic. It's a shame that most people will be scared away by the primitive interface.

      Thanks for the comment. It's good to know that there are regular players!