Fans of the classic Amiga artillery game Worms will be happy to hear that ZodTTD (whose TurboGrafx-16 emulator we covered in a previous post) is working to get Hedgewars ported to the iPhone.  Hedgewars is a free, turn-based strategy game modeled after the aforementioned Worms that features network play and is currently available for Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.

Each player controls a team of several hedgehogs. During the course of the game, players take turns with one of their hedgehogs. They then use whatever tools and weapons are available to attack and kill the opponents' hedgehogs, thereby winning the game. Hedgehogs may move around the terrain in a variety of ways, normally by walking and jumping but also by using particular tools such as the "Rope" or "Parachute", to move to otherwise inaccessible areas. Each turn is time-limited to ensure that players do not hold up the game with excessive thinking or moving.

A large variety of tools and weapons are available for players during the game: Grenade, Cluster Bomb, Bazooka, UFO, Shotgun, Desert Eagle, Fire Punch, Baseball Bat, Dynamite, Mine, Rope, Pneumatic pick, Parachute. Most weapons, when used, cause explosions that deform the terrain, removing circular chunks. The landscape is an island floating on a body of water, or a restricted cave with water at the bottom. A hedgehog dies when it enters the water (either by falling off the island, or through a hole in the bottom of it), it is thrown off either side of the arena or when its health is reduced, typically from contact with explosions, to zero (the damage dealt to the attacked hedgehog or hedgehogs after a player's or CPU turn is shown only when all movement on the battlefield has ceased).

Have a look at the game in action:

Worms was amazing.  Hedgewars with its online gameplay takes the fun to the next level. This is a most welcome addition to the iPhone game library that you won't want to miss.