When you think of cute and cuddly characters to star in videogames, the humble worm might not be the first creature to wiggle into your imagination. In spite of this, the squirmy invertebrates have shown up in several games, from the Earthworm Jim series to the cerebral Bookworm Adventures. As you might imagine, they also star in the hugely successful Worms series of videogames. Worms World Party is one of the most fondly remembered games in the series. Considered by many to be the ultimate 2D Worms experience, your squad of wiggly warriors will battle it out in turn-based encounters across various landscapes. Using all kinds of wacky weapons from rocket launchers to exploding sheep, Worms World Party is sure to entertain and amuse players of all ages.
Worms World Party should install easily on modern PCs. By default the game will install to C:\Team 17\Worms World Party. You can change this directory if you need to (for instance to install on a different hard drive if you have filled your C: drive). If you do change the default installation directory, make a note of the path you choose since you will need to enter it into the patching program on the next step.
We do not recommend installing the game into your program files or program files (x86) folders. If you do, you will need to manually reconfigure the read/write permissions on the folder.
Before we start to play the game, there are a couple of patches we first need to install. For starters, download and install the official Worms World Party ‘Service Pack 1’ from Team 17 here. Make sure to download the correct patch for your region of the game, you can check which copy you have by comparing the disc label with the ones shown on the website.
Once you have downloaded the patch, simply run it and click on “Start” to apply it. If you changed the games default installation directory when you installed, don’t forget to point the patching program to the correct folder.
With the official patch applied, there’s one more fix that we need before we can start playing. Visit this page and download the Worms World Party compatibility fix for Vista, 7, 8.1 and XP. The download link should be on the first post on that page. To install the patch, simply copy all the files from the zip folder over into your Worms World Party directory.
You’re now all set to start playing the game. There are a few options you may wish to tweak before you dive into a game however.
By starting the game and going to the title screen, you can access the options menu by clicking the icon in the bottom right. There is only one option for changing visual quality and that’s under “Audio/Graphics Options”. Here you can change screen resolution. Change this to “1024×768” for best results.
If you want to run the game in a window, rather than full screen, then first quit the game, then open the games installation directory and edit the file “wndmode.ini”. In this file, you will find these two lines at the top of the file:-
Change the value of each of these numbers from 0 to 1 and save the file. If you need help with editing configuration files, see this tutorial.
Worms is a game that’s best served with a healthy dose of multiplayer. The game can be played in “hot seat” mode, that is two or more people sharing the same PC. The game can also be played on a home network if you have more than one PC in the house, or even over the internet. The games original online infrastructure still exists, though it’s rare to encounter players online any more. We did not extensively test the internet multiplayer in the game but everything seemed to function without any need for additional tweaking.