October 19, 2011 // 1:23 pm
- Team17 Software Ltd Head of Design John Dennis
has announced that Worms Crazy Golf hits PSN today in Europe and on October 25th in North America.
To quote: With Worms Crazy Golf
launching on the U.S. PlayStation Store on Tuesday, October 25th, for $9.99 (PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a 20% launch discount for the first 2 weeks of release).
We'd like to introduce the game to you all by answering a few key questions:
Q: Can you describe how the intriguing idea of combining Worms and golf came about?
We started with the fact Worms is a pretty crazy and surreal game anyway, so we felt it would be ideally suited for combining with 'crazy golf'. Coupled with the fact that both Worms and golf are both turn-based games, it seemed pretty natural to us that the two games could be mixed together into some sort of highly entertaining cocktail!
And with the fun, competitive nature of both Worms and golf gameplay, we thought it would work very well in a social multi-player setting. Fortunately, I think our instincts were proven right!
Q: Can you tell us about the game. How does the world of Worms combine with golf?
Anyone expecting a straight golf game will be in for a bit of a surprise... it's got a lot of the favourite aspects of Worms, including explosive sheep, grumpy old women, moles, magnets, mines, colourful environments and crazy chain reactions.
It is set across three surreal 18-hole golf courses, (plus a diverse range of skill-based challenge modes), with each hole being more like a puzzle than those found on traditional golf courses. Completing each hole in par or under unlocks the next one, but there's a bunch of things standing in your way, including increasingly challenging hole design and an array of obstacles; from castles that teleport your ball, cannons that shoot it across the landscape and even obstructive comedy bats!
The game is based on the "Worms" gameplay mechanic of choosing shot power and trajectory, although "Worms Crazy Golf" is a completely new entity in itself. It's neither a traditional golf game nor is it a traditional "Worms" game. It's the absolute best of both worlds and we think it's really good fun and very compelling.
When taking a shot each golfer also has a selection of unlockable special utilities they can call on such as the parachute ball, the ability to reverse gravity, or the ability to slow time down to maximise the effects of top-spin or back-spin - they are pretty funny and really encourage replay of the courses in order to get better scores. With four-player social multiplayer support, it has all the hallmarks of the "Worms" brand: the trash-talking, pressure to make the shot, terribly unhelpful 'advice' from your opponents, and often hilarious consequences when that risky shot that could have won the game goes terribly wrong.
Q: Do you have any plans for DLC after launch?
Yes, we have the Carnival Course DLC pack, which includes the surreal and colourful (very pink!) Carnival Course (a new 18 hole golf course), a selection of new challenges, a new utility (the 'bouncy ball') and more customization options too. This is set for release on Tuesday 1st November 2011, and best of all, it will be absolutely free!