Super Mega Worm: Retro Gory Awesomeness

We all have that one app on our iPhone that we thought we would hate and ended up loving it. When I was asked to review Super Mega Worm, I must admit that I was a bit reluctant at first. Still, I accepted the assignment and went on my way. And I’m damn glad that I did.

Read on to find out what is so special about Super Mega Worm and why I love it so much.

What is Super Mega Worm?

The plot of Super Mega Worm is *very* nerdy to say the least. It is your job as Wojira the Death Worm to save Mother Nature from destruction. Ironically, you do this by ridding the Earth of its human “parasites.”

Wreak havoc to humans in order to save the world

Wreak havoc to humans in order to save the world

As if this wasn’t enough to win you over, the gameplay is absolutely insane. Throughout the 24-level campaign (plus the extra 15-level Christmas themed campaign) you will pummel through not only humans but horses, buffalo, pickup trucks, tanks, and much more. The farther you move along, the bigger and more menacing you will get.

The Blood & Guts

Now is the time that we are going to flesh out the game itself: what about it just makes it so darn fun? I have found that one of the core things that makes this game so freaking awesome is that it doesn’t have a real “point” while still maintaining a storyline. This allows the player to deviate from their games without having to worry about losing lots of hard-earned progress.

Super Mega Worm features many objects and enemies that you need to destroy

Super Mega Worm features many objects and enemies that you need to destroy

This game is a retro arcade game more than anything else. The idea is simple enough that anyone can understand how to play just by picking up the game: eat everything in your path to stay fueled and try to avoid being hit by guns, tanks, bombs, or whatever else that may possibly hurt you. The worst that can happen is you die, in which case you can pick up right from the level you leave off.

Super Mega Worm features two different game modes: Adventure and Time Attack. Time Attack is the classic example of a free for all as the goal is to amass as many points as possible within a constrained timeframe. The levels are loaded with things to destroy and insane combos are achievable through this level.

Super Mega Worm includes the Super Mega Worm vs. Santa pack for some snowy fun

Super Mega Worm includes the Super Mega Worm vs. Santa pack for some snowy fun

Adventure is the 24-level — or 15-level if you are playing the North Pole pack — campaign mode. In this game mode, you will progress by killing the target amount of humans displayed on the top right of the screen. The further you get in the game, the more humans you will have to kill to move on. Wojira the Worm will also grow and earn power-ups like “spit” or “emp” as you go on, making the challenge not so hard

Ultimately, the campaign mode is super short and relatively easy — nothing that can’t be beat in a span of 20 minutes or so. While this is disappointing, it isn’t too bad because the nature of the game is more of a quick-fix and offers loads of replay value. Plus, each level is randomly spawned and you will never have the exact same experience twice.

Keeping Control

Deceased Pixel has really went out of their way to accommodate everyone when it comes down to controls. Super Mega Worm doesn’t have one, not two, but three different control configurations to choose from — D-pad, Slider, or Tilt.

Three different control configurations are available to use (From top to bottom: D-pad, Tilt, and Slider)

Three different control configurations are available to use (From top to bottom: D-pad, Tilt, and Slider)

Personally, I find playing with the D-pad, the default controller, is the easiest as it allows you to control all directions of the worm’s movement. The tilt and slider options really only allow you to control two directions of the worm’s movements at once and are quite hard to get used to. Nevertheless, each option can be quite finicky at times, and the controllers can be kind of sticky.

16-Bit Epicness

If you have read any of my past reviews, you would already know that I love the retro 16-bit style in iOS apps. Super Mega Worm boasts this really classic arcade-style look. The fact that it looks like it came right out of an arcade helps soften the immense amount of blood and gore in the game.

What can be better than a gory 16-bit game with a comedic edge?

What can be better than a gory 16-bit game with a comedic edge?

Which brings us to our next point: this game is extremely gory. As you ravage the earth, you will see limbs and heads flying, blood squirting everywhere, and, of course, explosions. The fun graphics give a much needed “this-isn’t-real” nuance to what could be an extremely disgusting game. Plus, some of the things that the terrified humans say as their running away add an extra comical edge which the game definitely benefitted from.

The Verdict

Super Mega Worm is by far one of the best games I have ever played on the iPhone. Fast-paced and addicting gameplay make it a go-to application for any time you need a gaming fix. Additionally, the awesome retro graphics make this game seem as if it had came straight out of an ’80s arcade.

Despite how amazing the game is, it does have its flaws. The campaign is too short and very easy; if levels weren’t randomly spawned it would not have any replay value whatsoever. Controls also seem to be quite finicky, and I have only found one of the three different configurations to be truly usable. Because of these flaws, I am unable to rate Super Mega Worm higher than a 9/10. Still, Super Mega Worm is perhaps the best $1.99 I have ever spent on an iOS app.


Summary

An awesome 16-bit gory game for the iPhone

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