It’s the middle of the week. We all know what that means, right? Ready those alt+tab fingers, keep an eye over your shoulder, and prepare yourself for some major distractions… It’s Work Avoidance Wednesday time! Are you a big fan of Worms? Sorry to disappoint, but today’s game does not contain those cute, albeit murderous, slimy, critters. No, I have chosen Scorched Earth – another of my fond childhood gems that likely inspired the entire Worms franchise. It was first released in 1991, so mind the graphics, won’t you?
Scorched Earth plays out pretty much like your typical game of Worms. The goal is simple; eliminate all enemies, using any of the wacky weapons at your fingertips. There are no bazookas or holy hand grenades though. No, you’ll have to make do with the likes of LeapFrogs, Funky Bombs, or more traditional gear like napalm or a nukes. All are equally devastating to the enemy.
But that’s the thing that made Scorched Earth so addictive and fun. Much like Worms, there are wind conditions to take into account, angles to calculate, and velocity to determine. How exactly are you going to shoot that enemy on the other side of the hill with the wind blowing in the wrong direction?
No problem, you can either parachute down to a better location, or better yet, make use of a digger and tunnel your way through. The problem is, the enemy has the same tools at their fingertips, so you need to take that into account. What if you tunnel into each other? Whoever gets the next opening shot wins!
One nice aspect of Scorched Earth is its customisability. You can tweak just about everything before a game to suit your play style or mood. For Work Avoidance Wednesday, I’d recommend turning infinite money on; buy yourself all the toys, and have fun seeing exactly what they all do. Be warned though, you may end up killing yourself a couple of times
Another nice feature is that due to the nature of this game, you can partake in turn-based multiplayer. Send your boss out to a fake meeting, gather all your office folk, and prepare to embark on 10-player multiplayer mayhem. Alternately, if you work alone in a desolate office cubicle and everybody hates you, you can try your luck against the CPU.
I spent far too much time in this game as a kid. Did you? If not, try it out! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
P.S. Spacebar is the button you use to fire. You can also use your mouse to adjust velocity and angle if you wish.
Last Updated: May 27, 2015