If you're a fan of Worms, the classic game, you are probably asking yourself how to play it on a modern system. An easy solution exists, I will summarize the key-points that steered me into the right direction.
Worms Armageddon is the latest version that is still being updated. I thought it was Worms World Party (it was released ~2 years after Armageddon), that's why I kept tinkering with it, to no avail. After some digging, I got in touch with one of the game's maintainers (CyberShadow, who happens to be a guy from Moldova). He confirmed that:
- Armageddon is the latest version.
- It runs properly on 64-bit Windows 7.
- World Party is outdated, no need to bother with it.
- You have to apply the latest updates to actually make it work; here's a changelog.
As a result of these operations, it works on my computers (Win7 x64 and Linux):
- With an on-board Intel graphics card, while online forums are filled with "Intel card - no luck" comments.
- There is no need to kill explorer.exe or employ any other form of voodoo magic.
- It works with resolutions above 1024x768, including exotic ones - such as my laptop's 1400x1050.
- It also works on everything else (Vista, Windows 7 32-bit, XP, etc).
- It also works smoothly on Linux under WINE (verified on Linux Mint 11, x86).
- My only complaint is that it requires admin rights, but I can live with that.
- Buy the game on Amazon.
- A no-cd patch can be found on Gamecopyworld, to increase convenience.
- Worms Wiki - the place to learn about neat tricks that can be applied in the game.
If you know my whereabouts, I happen to have an archive that has all of the above in it, just unzip and run the EXE.
Let the battles begin!