Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.
Death Worm ($0.99, Universal) is PlayCreek’s iOS rendition of the original independent gaming classic by JTR. Not to be confused with the 8bit Super Mega Worm, Death Worm is a graphically sharp game of eternal carnage that fully supports the iPhone’s Retina display.
In Death Worm, you play as a monstrously large worm eats or destroys just about anything in its path. Gameplay is about as simple as it can get: You control the direction the worm is heading with a virtual d-pad. Speed is manipulated by the same control, and the faster you make the worm go underground, the higher it’ll jump in the air. Speed is also a critical factor when taking on larger enemies. If you’re going too slow, you’ll just bump off of the enemy rather than consume or destroy it.
From Egypt to South America and eventually on to the City Metropolis, 30 different enemies will try to stop the worm on 45 different levels. People, camels, birds, trucks, helicopters and even tanks can’t seem to stop the onslaught that this worm has to offer. It helps matters that you can upgrade your worm to move faster, grow in size and even spit fireballs — three traits that come in handy when taking on larger opponents.
There are three basic modes you can play: Campaign, Survival and two Mini Games. Each level in Campaign Mode offers a different challenge, such as racking up so many kills in a specific amount of time or killing some number of enemies without sustaining any damage. Survival is an endless mode where you can just keep going without any levels challenges to contend with. With an upgrade system that intrudes an RPG-like feel to the game, a decent assortment of enemy types to contend with, and 45 challenging levels that keep unlocking content, Death Worm will certainly keep you entertained this weekend.