Software Review:
Worms Blast

Feral Interactive $30

Worms Blast is an engaging computer game fresh from the UK. This new Mac version of the popular classic is a puzzle-arcade game for people of all ages. Worms Blast basically involves a group of characters (a pair of worms, a skunk, a sheep, a pigeon and a granny) in dinghies, racing the clock or one another in a series of mind-bending puzzles.

There are three modes of play. In Puzzle mode, you are set to a difficult task, such as collecting water - lowering stars, shooting at targets, or evading a quick - moving stone snake. In Deathmatch, you and another character battle for supremacy with sea monsters, grenades, weather control, etc. while attempting to keep the rapidly lowering ceiling at bay. My favorite, Tide Trial, involves you and an opponent trying to keep the ceiling at bay while lowering the water level by collecting stars.

The graphics are nothing exceptional and the keyboard commands are a tad confusing, but you can master it if you try hard. This game is rather interesting if you like arcade games. I would reccomend it for children, teens and adults who enjoy a bit of nonviolent fun. A 31 MB demo of Worms Blast can be downloaded from the Feral Interactive website.

- Emily Travisano

System Requirements: Macintosh PowerPC 333 MHz, Mac OS 9.1/10.1.3 or higher, 64 MB free RAM, 500 MB free hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive, hardware accelerated graphics card (OpenGL compatible) with 8 MB VRAM.

Copyright ©2003 by Emily Travisano. This article appeared in the May 2003 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.