Just a couple of days ago we revealed DeceasedPixel's latest project, Super Mega Worm [$2.99], a game based on the original Death Worm concept by JTR, later made famous by the popular Flash game, Effing Worms. Super Mega Worm is a pixel-art take on the giant worm theme, and is now available.

Super Mega Worm opens with an 8-bit retro cutscene explaining how humans have consumed the earth, and how mother nature now has a bone to pick with us. She tasks her favorite pest exterminator, Wojira the Death Worm, with wiping humans from the earth and restoring balance to the force...you get the idea. It's a nice little setup for the mayhem that is the hallmark of the giant worm game, and an introduction to the glorious mario-like pixel art

In our preview we were ultimately left wondering as to whether Super Mega Worm included the levelling system that propelled Effing Worms to stardom, and we're pleased to find that it has in fact done so. In Super Mega Worm you start as a tiny wormlet, tasked with destroying a number of humans (indicated at the top right of the screen) by burrowing through the ground and erupting from under them (or over them, if you get enough height). To begin with, you can't really jump that high, but as you keep reaching your targets you level up and eventually can propel yourself higher and higher.

Wojira is controlled by either a slider or tilting option, but we found the slider option worked best. Additional buttons appear on your screen as you unlock your spitting attack, EMPs, fireballs, slam attacks and other abilities as you work your way through the worm's 24 levels. One problem we had with Super Mega Worm was that the pacing between levels felt a little off. To start with, you don't actually unlock your first ability until well into the game, and by that stage tedium has settled in as you essentially are attacking the same way over and over. When you finally unlock spit, you have another toy to play with, but this pacing trend persists between each new skill unlock. The game feels as though it has as many peaks and troughs as the path of your worm.

What does help this is the myriad of different food sources you encounter. From talking cows and horses, to elephants, birds, balloonists, moms with strollers (and flying babies), army men, police cars, tanks and airplanes to name a few. You can even reach orbit by propelling yourself from vehicles and chew through the earth's many satellites and UFOs hovering about. Many of these fight back too of course, with RPG-toting army men dropping mines and shooting rockets that are best avoided.

Though it is a lot of fun chewing through everything with a giant worm, we can't help but feel there's more that could be done with the game, particularly to address pacing issues and make it more gratifying early on. There are also no online high scores or achievements in Super Mega Worm; something we thought would have been staple in a game like this, considering its flash origins and focus on scores and multipliers. With the official Death Worm game by Playcreek on the horizon too-- toting a number of added game modes, locations and features-- we can't help but feel gamers may want to wait to decide for themselves which version is best.

On the plus side, developers Deceased Pixel have also promised additional levels, enemies and modes in future updates, so it seems the battle for worm king has only just begun. In any case, be sure to play Effing Worms on Flash and check out the trailers to see what you're getting yourselves into and visit our forums for our readers' opinions on just how juicy this worm really is.

TouchArcade Rating

  • Sera

    too expensive.

    • Läggav

      +1

  • Sera

    too expensive.

    • Läggav

      +1

  • Noam

    Feels silly to pay 3$ for a game that was simply ported, and not ported with great improvements - especially in the graphics department

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      Though this game does draw heavy inspirations from Death Worm and Effing Worms, this is by no means a port. It's created from scratch and the pixel art (as indicated in my review) is intentional and looks great (seems we're having a pixel revolution presently!).

      I'm confident my review highlighted both these things, but I apologise if it somehow conveys a contrary message.

  • Noam

    Feels silly to pay 3$ for a game that was simply ported, and not ported with great improvements - especially in the graphics department

    • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

      Though this game does draw heavy inspirations from Death Worm and Effing Worms, this is by no means a port. It's created from scratch and the pixel art (as indicated in my review) is intentional and looks great (seems we're having a pixel revolution presently!).

      I'm confident my review highlighted both these things, but I apologise if it somehow conveys a contrary message.

  • http://www.vipilan.net Forex Reklam

    Yes, this worm who know the game I'm very very very nice you did a great final game, but if you tell him how glad I can download

  • http://www.vipilan.net Forex Reklam

    Yes, this worm who know the game I'm very very very nice you did a great final game, but if you tell him how glad I can download

  • http://twitter.com/thinkinmelodies oké!

    Wow, that was quick, from the first announcement to the releasedate!
    (where the eff is Secret of Mana?!)

    The slider makes this game quite difficult to handle... Arrow buttons would be better!
    Nevertheless, great game! I like this retro touch! Fits to the Tremors movie from the 90ies!

  • http://twitter.com/thinkinmelodies oké!

    Wow, that was quick, from the first announcement to the releasedate!
    (where the eff is Secret of Mana?!)

    The slider makes this game quite difficult to handle... Arrow buttons would be better!
    Nevertheless, great game! I like this retro touch! Fits to the Tremors movie from the 90ies!

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    The spice must flow.

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    The spice must flow.

  • LdC

    argh, it's my pixel art pet hate: there's a mish-mash of different pixel sizes going on, eg, the "ready, aim, fire!" text looks to be full resolution whereas the main graphics are lower. doesn't give a very convincing impression of a pixelated display when some aspects are higher res than others.

    • http://twitter.com/thinkinmelodies oké!

      Nitpicker!

      ....but the price is quite high though...

    • Googlyhead

      Seems more like the text simply isn't using the same square pixels as the rest in the screenshot.
      But vie seen far worse attempts at pixel art on modern devices.

  • LdC

    argh, it's my pixel art pet hate: there's a mish-mash of different pixel sizes going on, eg, the "ready, aim, fire!" text looks to be full resolution whereas the main graphics are lower. doesn't give a very convincing impression of a pixelated display when some aspects are higher res than others.

    • http://twitter.com/thinkinmelodies oké!

      Nitpicker!

      ....but the price is quite high though...

    • Googlyhead

      Seems more like the text simply isn't using the same square pixels as the rest in the screenshot.
      But vie seen far worse attempts at pixel art on modern devices.

  • Cyggie

    The icon is epic!

    • Corey

      reminds me of Treamors

  • Cyggie

    The icon is epic!

    • Corey

      reminds me of Treamors

  • Peripatetic

    Won't buy this on principle.

    The video shows it be filthy anti-Man, environmentalist propaganda. I wouldn't support this game any more than I would a game where the "hero" is a Nazi trying to exterminate Jews. This is much worse: exterminate everyone and all their "terrible" technology.

    Pure poison.

    • j

      lol

    • JCat

      The Nazi thing is a bit over the top don't you think? At least there's reasoning behind the killer worm's intentions. lol

      • Peripatetic

        No, I don't think the Nazi comparison is over the top. Why do you think it is?

        As for the fact that there is some sort of "reasoning" behind the worm's intentions (yes, perhaps, but very poor reasoning), well there was all sorts of "reasoning" behind the Holocaust too. So?

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

        But sadly, absolutely no reasoning behind your posts. Utter nonsense.

      • Peripatetic

        Reasoning (it came directly from your review and the video clip):

        The theme of the game is that humans are evil and ought to be exterminated. The player, as a giant worm, takes on the role of the vehicle for Mother Earth's vengeance. The point of the game is that it is good to destroy humans and all their technology and creations. It's about as anti-Human a theme as one could imagine. As you yourself say in your review: "...humans have consumed the earth, and how mother nature now has a bone to pick with us. She tasks her favorite pest exterminator, Wojira the Death Worm, with wiping humans from the earth and restoring balance to the force..."

        That's viciously anti-Human and disgusting. The Nazis only wiped out around 6-10 millions people. This game advocates the extermination of all 6+ billion. It makes the Nazis look like amateurs.

      • kevin

        Jesus man it's just a fucking game. for fun! ever heard of that?
        c'mon you're acting as if the developers hate humans
        and want to kill them. it's just imagination!

      • Peripatetic

        It's similar to how we can infer Mel Gibson's anti-semitism from The Passion.

        What if someone were to produce a movie where the heroes were Nazis who were heroically killing "filthy" Jews. I guess since it's "all in fun" and "imagination," you'd have no problem with it. Right?

        Oh, yes, there are such films. They are called propaganda. This game is no different in essence. It's just much larger in scope than the Nazi film in terms of the number of humans targeted for extermination (all vs. only Jews). What is your principle: it's bad if it targets only Jews but it's okay if it seeks the murder of all humans? Talk about distorted and creepy.

        Poison.

    • foolishwolf

      wut lol

      • melon

        Holy shit Peripatetic it's entirely different you retarded. You must be a nazi if you think killing jews is okay and the earth cleaning itself are the same thing. Are your parents brother and sister?

        You're poison. Hopefully the worm will kill hillbillies like yourself.

    • LeopardGecko

      Cool story, bro.

    • Rational Thinker

      Dude I think your thinking this over too hard. I mean, environmentalist propaganda? I'm pretty certain that environmentalists didn't hire the guy to port this game to subconsciously make us support their ideals by putting ourself in the control of a man-eating worm. Not everything in the world has to be political!

  • Peripatetic

    Won't buy this on principle.

    The video shows it be filthy anti-Man, environmentalist propaganda. I wouldn't support this game any more than I would a game where the "hero" is a Nazi trying to exterminate Jews. This is much worse: exterminate everyone and all their "terrible" technology.

    Pure poison.

    • metalcasket

      k

    • j

      lol

    • JCat

      The Nazi thing is a bit over the top don't you think? At least there's reasoning behind the killer worm's intentions. lol

      • Peripatetic

        No, I don't think the Nazi comparison is over the top. Why do you think it is?

        As for the fact that there is some sort of "reasoning" behind the worm's intentions (yes, perhaps, but very poor reasoning), well there was all sorts of "reasoning" behind the Holocaust too. So?

      • http://www.twitter.com/thewindburn Peter Lettieri

        But sadly, absolutely no reasoning behind your posts. Utter nonsense.

      • Peripatetic

        Reasoning (it came directly from your review and the video clip):

        The theme of the game is that humans are evil and ought to be exterminated. The player, as a giant worm, takes on the role of the vehicle for Mother Earth's vengeance. The point of the game is that it is good to destroy humans and all their technology and creations. It's about as anti-Human a theme as one could imagine. As you yourself say in your review: "...humans have consumed the earth, and how mother nature now has a bone to pick with us. She tasks her favorite pest exterminator, Wojira the Death Worm, with wiping humans from the earth and restoring balance to the force..."

        That's viciously anti-Human and disgusting. The Nazis only wiped out around 6-10 millions people. This game advocates the extermination of all 6+ billion. It makes the Nazis look like amateurs.

      • kevin

        Jesus man it's just a fucking game. for fun! ever heard of that?
        c'mon you're acting as if the developers hate humans
        and want to kill them. it's just imagination!

      • Peripatetic

        It's similar to how we can infer Mel Gibson's anti-semitism from The Passion.

        What if someone were to produce a movie where the heroes were Nazis who were heroically killing "filthy" Jews. I guess since it's "all in fun" and "imagination," you'd have no problem with it. Right?

        Oh, yes, there are such films. They are called propaganda. This game is no different in essence. It's just much larger in scope than the Nazi film in terms of the number of humans targeted for extermination (all vs. only Jews). What is your principle: it's bad if it targets only Jews but it's okay if it seeks the murder of all humans? Talk about distorted and creepy.

        Poison.

    • foolishwolf

      wut lol

      • melon

        Holy shit Peripatetic it's entirely different you retarded. You must be a nazi if you think killing jews is okay and the earth cleaning itself are the same thing. Are your parents brother and sister?

        You're poison. Hopefully the worm will kill hillbillies like yourself.

    • LeopardGecko

      Cool story, bro.

  • Ben!

    Peripatetic may be the dumbest person alive.

    • Peripatetic

      Name calling is a logical fallacy. Do you have any sort of argument why I'm wrong or not?

      • Ben!

        I've accepted by now that you're trolling so I won't say much, but, yeah, it's a game about a big pixel-art worm killing humans for polluting. It's silly, and given your obvious silliness I'd think you'd really enjoy it.

  • Ben!

    Peripatetic may be the dumbest person alive.

    • Peripatetic

      Name calling is a logical fallacy. Do you have any sort of argument why I'm wrong or not?

      • Ben!

        I've accepted by now that you're trolling so I won't say much, but, yeah, it's a game about a big pixel-art worm killing humans for polluting. It's silly, and given your obvious silliness I'd think you'd really enjoy it.

  • 'Jeep

    Correction: the proper spelling should be "very pathetic".

    • Peripatetic

      Again, that's an ad hominem. Do you have an argument against my position?

      • Brandon

        Yes... the game is just plain "over the top" nonsensical fun. Whereas Nazi's did have a reason (if not a good one) There's no way that anyone will be able to fullfill the desires of mother earth and control a "worm" to destroy all of humanity...

        Thus there is no danger of such a scenario becoming true... thus the game is just silly fun...

        I suppose you don't like the "destroy all humans" alien game either?

      • Peripatetic

        I have no problem per se with a "destroy all humans" alien game, since there aren't any aliens and this is clearly a silly (but perhaps fun) sci-fi fantasy. BUT, if there were aliens trying to do this (or were in fact doing this or had in fact done this), then that would be a different story. In reality, there ARE environmentalists who are working for nothing less than the elimination of the human species and many who, whether it is their intended goal or not, are enacting laws and pushing ideas that lead to the same. So, the Nazi analogy is apt and your response irrelevant.

      • Wwertyu

        "I have no problem per se with a "destroy all humans" alien game, since there aren't any aliens and this is clearly a silly (but perhaps fun) sci-fi fantasy."

        Right. And since there are no GIANT FIRE-SPITTING WORMS UNLEASHED BY A MAGICAL EARTH SPIRIT, this is clearly a silly 8-bit fantasy. So get over it. Twit.

  • 'Jeep

    Correction: the proper spelling should be "very pathetic".

    • Peripatetic

      Again, that's an ad hominem. Do you have an argument against my position?

      • Brandon

        Yes... the game is just plain "over the top" nonsensical fun. Whereas Nazi's did have a reason (if not a good one) There's no way that anyone will be able to fullfill the desires of mother earth and control a "worm" to destroy all of humanity...

        Thus there is no danger of such a scenario becoming true... thus the game is just silly fun...

        I suppose you don't like the "destroy all humans" alien game either?

      • Peripatetic

        I have no problem per se with a "destroy all humans" alien game, since there aren't any aliens and this is clearly a silly (but perhaps fun) sci-fi fantasy. BUT, if there were aliens trying to do this (or were in fact doing this or had in fact done this), then that would be a different story. In reality, there ARE environmentalists who are working for nothing less than the elimination of the human species and many who, whether it is their intended goal or not, are enacting laws and pushing ideas that lead to the same. So, the Nazi analogy is apt and your response irrelevant.

  • Sentientdead

    Though the slider bar is fairly annoying to use, it only took me a couple minutes to get the hang of it. The game is pretty sweet and I dig how it looks blown up on the ipad. Updates with more control options and maybe a bit of expanded game play would not hurt the overall product.

  • Sentientdead

    Though the slider bar is fairly annoying to use, it only took me a couple minutes to get the hang of it. The game is pretty sweet and I dig how it looks blown up on the ipad. Updates with more control options and maybe a bit of expanded game play would not hurt the overall product.

  • Metalbear

    Looks like an interesting concept. I'll put this on my list.

  • Metalbear

    Looks like an interesting concept. I'll put this on my list.

  • foolishwolf

    Needs an unlockable mode that gives you all powerups... takes too long to get them. Still great game tho.

  • foolishwolf

    Needs an unlockable mode that gives you all powerups... takes too long to get them. Still great game tho.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    If I saw it on sale I'd give it a go.

  • http://www.robotplague.com robotplague

    If I saw it on sale I'd give it a go.

  • Bender

    Kill all humans!

  • Bender

    Kill all humans!

  • WilhelmR

    I just ignored all the nazi comments and got the game. And, it's pretty awesome i must say :)

    About the price.. i'm always against any game not being $1, at least at launch.

  • WilhelmR

    I just ignored all the nazi comments and got the game. And, it's pretty awesome i must say :)

    About the price.. i'm always against any game not being $1, at least at launch.

  • kevin

    has any one else noticed a bug where when underneath the ground a load of black lines appear? it started happening today and I've had it since launch.

  • kevin

    has any one else noticed a bug where when underneath the ground a load of black lines appear? it started happening today and I've had it since launch.