Putting the ‘Earth’ in ‘Earthworm’.
Everyone’s first experience of worms is the same: between the ages of 3-6 years old, we head out into the garden with our friends and proceed to dig up the mud to find the slimy little blighters, so we can cut them in half and watch in glee and disgust as they grow back, or simply eat them.
Sluggo: The Planet Eating Space Worm is what I’ve grown up imagining would happen if worms suddenly got smart and decided to exact revenge on the human race by joining together to make a planet eating space…woah, what a coincidence.
You take control of Sluggo, a planet eating…you probably get the point by now. It’s an arcade puzzler reminiscent of the classic Worm game on your old Nokia where you guide Sluggo across the Solar System devouring planets while avoiding larger inedible planets and dangerous comets.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it. It’s an extremely simple game to pick up and play, which makes me worry that it could be equally as easy for worms to actually carry this out someday. You guide Sluggo around space with your finger feasting on those planets through 45 levels. Once all the planets are chomped, you can fly into the Sun and cause an explosion that will take you into the next level. Some of the comets grant you power-ups such as being able to fly through the Sun without being harmed and invulnerability to some of the bigger planets.
The first level is probably the easiest I’ve played in any game – it’s you, and the Sun, and you fly into the Sun. Straight onto level two. But don’t let that fool you, by the time you’re halfway through you’ll be wanting to tear your beard out with frustration at the fiendish difficulty. Just the way it should be.
It’s visually straightforward, with all elements showing up as colourful blobs. At the same time animation is impressively fluid. The screen shake effect when you collide with the unfriendly planets, and the transition animation between levels are both very cool. I can understand if you’re a little underwhelmed looking at the screenshots however. You have to see it action, take my word for it.
The sound effects are also smart, and in tandem with the great quasi-reggae-dubstep-something-or-other-young people’s music soundtrack, lends a funky proceeding to things.
Sluggo is an uncomplicated game, with no in-game currency, achievements or IAP. It’s easy as heck to jump in and play, and provides a heck of a challenge in true iOS puzzler fashion.
Now let’s all pray worms don’t catch wind of it and start getting ideas.
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Sluggo: The Planet Eating Space Worm is available now for £0.69 as a universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Get it now on the