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PSP Games – Worms Warfare and Lumines

I was pondering about games and I’ve decided that I’ll try to get ones that lend themselves to playing in short bursts. I’ve been engrossed with Ridge Racer and have played a bit more of Wipeout Pure, but my hands can’t take much punishment from having to hold the PSP in such a way that I need to use the shoulder buttons constantly.

So to that end I got Worms Warfare and Lumines. I love the previous Worms games and unlike the recent Worms games its not in 3D, but in (pseudo) 2D. By that I mean it is flat sideways scrolling but the background and various other objects are in animated in 3D. I noticed a slight bit of slow down when playing, which I think is down to those detailed backgrounds. 

The idea is pretty simple, you have a team of worms and you take it in turns to blow the crap out of each other. Last one standing wins. The controls are just like the classic Worms games with a cut down selection of weapons, which is good since it had gotten a bit daft in newer games.

What’s really neat though is that the randomly generated landscape options are back. I remember when I was at school we’d pop round to a mates house in between lessons and play a few rounds of the original Worms. We’d be sat there munching on our pack lunches playing it… funny but not much has changed in 10 years. I was sat at my desk at work yesterday eating my buttys and playing it in my lunch hour!

On the downside there aren’t a great deal of modes or options in the single player game. There’s quick game and a series of challenges on predefined levels and thats about it. But for me, the quick game was always the most fun.

Lumines is like Tetris on steroids. I haven’t had chance to play it much since Kate has commandeered it off me. Being a former Tetris addict on the Gameboy she is well and truly hooked, I can see me not playing this much. The idea is pretty simple, you have to match up coloured blocks as the game gets faster. Jay has got this so it’ll be interesting to see what the multiplayer game is like.

Bal said,

April 15, 2006 @ 11:15 am

Is there online play for either of these? Actually, is there much online play on psp games at all?

Paul said,

April 19, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

Well both games have multiplayer which I think is just via wifi using an adhoc connection (i.e. with other PSP’s). Jay mentioned something about being able to connect to the net to play, but I haven’t tried that yet.

I’ll have a go at some point, see what happens!

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