Effing Worms

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Rating: 4.62/5 stars (269 ratings)

Effing Worms Instructions

Move forward using 'w' or the up arrow key. Turn using the left and right arrow keys.

Effing Worms Walkthrough

Effing Worms is without a doubt one of the most unusual stick figure games online. Although it is based on another similar game called Death Worm, most fans of stick figure games will find this one undeniably unique. This game definitely isn't like most of the other stick games online which is really what makes it so appealing. Basically, you play as a giant, evolving worm and your only goal is to eat all of the enemies in each level. That can be a fairly difficult goal to accomplish; at least until you get the hang of the controls. Once you get used to moving the worm around, the game gets a lot easier. That's both a benefit and a disadvantage. While in the beginning, it offers an excellent challenge, once you get through the first two or three levels, the game can be pretty easy. For more experienced players looking for a real challenge, that might be a problem. Instead of looking at the end of the game as just the end, try starting over from the beginning and choosing different evolutions when you're offered the chance. Something as simple as choosing a different evolution between each level than you chose the first time around can make the game a lot harder. For example, if you chose 'sleek skin' over 'tough skin' for your first evolution, choose 'tough skin' the second time through. You might not notice a difference with some of the lesser evolutions, but some of the more advanced ones will certainly make things harder.

At the bottom left corner of the screen in Effing Worms you have the 'hunger' bar which doubles as the health bar. If that bar empties, your game is over. The good news is, all you have to do to keep that bar full is keep eating people, cows, planes, helicopters, stickmen and anything else on the screen that isn't you. Be careful though. Bombs and rockets will take health from you. Try to avoid them unless there are lots of enemies to munch on in the immediate area that will help you regain those health points. Sometimes it's worth taking a little damage if it means getting a decent combo - the more enemies in that combo the better. At the bottom right side of the screen, you can see how close you are to reaching your level goal and moving on by checking the 'enemies left' number. For example, if the number beside enemies left is '04' that means you need to kill four more enemies to move on. Those enemies can be on the ground or in the air. Any opponent counts. Above the enemies left number, you see your upgrade counter. This tells you how long you have until your next upgrade takes place. Upgrades are slightly different than the evolutions you choose between levels. Evolutions change the appearance as well as the performance of you worm while upgrades only change the performance. You also don't have a choice of upgrades. The upgrade happens when the upgrade counter reaches zero and it happens automatically in game. There are only two upgrades in the game, but they're the only two upgrades you need - speed and size. Bigger worms are able to eat more enemies and will help you reach your level goal more quickly. Faster worms allow you to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. This is especially beneficial if you're having trouble finding the last few enemies you need to kill to progress to the next level. Faster worms are also a little bit harder to control, but the more you play, the better you'll be able to control a worm going at any speed.

The challenge to get a high score is one of the best things about Effing Worms and ensures more experienced players of this sort of game will have a real challenge to strive for. That is really what gives the game appeal for repeated plays. The more combos you get, the better your score will be in the end. In addition, there is also a health bonus. If you can make it through a level with that hunger bar mostly intact, you'll get a decent bonus for it and get even closer to achieving a high score. That's a great advantage whether you're looking to get your name on the leader board or just trying to beat your own high score. For newcomers, it's going to be hard to get used to the controls so trying for a leader board high score might just not be realistic. While those who are a little more experienced with playing stick figure games will be used to fast paced navigation and the need to make quick decisions, newcomers might have trouble even getting the hang of moving the worm through the ground. As you play though, you will improve which opens the door for you to be able to try for one of the all time high scores. With this stickman game, nothing beats experience - not just with stick games, but with this specific game. Even newcomers can eventually get good enough to get their name on the leader board if they're willing to put in the time to practice. Keep in mind, if you want to get on the leader board, you'll have to beat all six levels in the game and progress fairly far in the 'sandbox mode' which is unlocked after you beat the main levels. Be warned though; you need a lot of patience to get through sandbox mode. It's nearly impossible to die and once your worm reaches a certain size, the game pretty much loses all challenge. To say it gets a bit boring is an understatement, but sticking it out is a sure fire way to get your name among the high scorers.

Overall, Effing Worms may not be the best stickman game online if you're looking for a challenging stick game that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, but it is the perfect game if you're looking to play something a little out of the ordinary. It is challenging in the beginning simply because the controls are fairly different from the controls in just about any other stick figure game online. It is also a great game for someone looking to kill a little time with a game that doesn't require a whole lot of thinking or skill. There definitely is a trick to doing well in this game, but that trick is pretty simple. Master the controls and use the evolutions wisely. Speed is great, but if you can choose an evolution that will help you take out more enemies (bigger jaws and outward spikes are two examples), you'll get to your level goal faster and also get bigger bonuses. You should also choose the evolution that turns off 'hunger pains'. By doing so, you won't die of hunger. Instead, the only way to be killed will be to take too much damage from your enemies. If you are a fan of stick games or just games in which the main goal is to cause as much destruction as possible, this is a game you must play at least once!