Wormster Dash Review
GAMELAB Zrt. scurries into the runner genre with their hand-drawn beauty Wormster Dash. Featuring a giant worm and a healthy dose of danger, should you set out to set a new record?
Wormster Dash Review
After choosing from a man, a woman, a dog, or a cat, players are thrown into a brief tutorial in a dream world before being thrown to the wolves. Only three buttons are needed to play – a jump button does what it says on the tin and gives you a bit of speed, a punch button can be used to break items like pillars and barrels, and a high jump button allows players to travel a bit higher when they launch off the ground. It’s fairly intuitive, and though differentiating between the jump and high jump can mean the difference between life and death, it works as you think it should.
Once players wake up from their blissful sleep, however, Murphy’s Law goes into effect. A screen-covering giant worm with rows of sharp teeth is on your tail, and it’s up to players to run nonstop to safety. Your character could be a bit out of shape though, as the default speed set up is a bit on the slow side. There are ways to get ahead though – there are multiple shortcuts players can take, oil spills give a bit of a speed boost, and steep hills can put some extra miles between you and this omnipresent threat.
Be warned though – this is a game that prides itself on trial and error. It is next to impossible to beat this game without losing to the wormed beast multiple times – there are a number of cheap shots, traps, buzzsaws, presses, and threats that will put an end to your run. A successful run from start to finish is over in less than five minutes, but memorizing where everything is will take far longer than that.
Is it fair? It depends on your definition of the term. Learning where all of the traps, shortcuts, and pitfalls are will prevent players from falling into them again, but hitting them the first time can be frustrating, even after a few minutes of successful play. There is also some glitchiness with the controls – we were often levitating above objects or clipping onto ledges. These moments are far less forgivable, as it involved things outside of our control.
The less successful among us can see how well they did on their current run, how well they did on their best run, and how their run compared to the rest of the competition. It’s a nice touch, and it certainly provides incentive to try again.
Rounding things off is a fantastic presentation with a number of hand-drawn assets. Despite being a world of black and white, its unique stylings make it stand out from the other games on the Steam marketplace. A lot of work went into its twisted world, and it is a sight to behold.
Wormster Dash prides itself on its trial-and-error gameplay, which is both its greatest strength and biggest weakness. Those that can stomach some of its more frustrating elements will find a world full of charm and character.