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Worms 2

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Worms 2
Worms 2 cover
Retail, Europe and North America MicroProse
Retail, Russia Russobit-M
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Digital Team17
Release dates
Windows November 21, 1997
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Artillery, Strategy
Series Worms
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Worms 2 guide on StrategyWiki
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Worms 2 on Wikipedia
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Worms 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer side view artillery and strategy game in the Worms series.

Since Windows XP, the game would fail to launch after playing the intro cutscene. The Worms 2 Plus community project fixes the underlying issue, and also restores the multiplayer menu in the version, making it a required installation on modern systems.

General information

Worms Knowledge Base article
Unofficial Worms Wiki
Dream17 Softography Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Multiplayer menu disabled in this release; can be re-enabled by Worms 2 Plus.


A demo is available.

Essential improvements

Official patch

The latest official patch is 1.005, available from GameFront.

Worms 2 Plus

Worms 2 Plus is a bundle of software and assets by various authors in single installer.

Compatible with retail and versions.
Makes the game run on modern computers with extra features and content.
Restores the multiplayer menu entry for the version.
Installing Worms 2 Plus
  1. Download the latest version here.
  2. Launch Worms2_Plus_*.exe installer.
  3. Always launch the game by running <path-to-game>\frontend.exe.
Do not set any compatibility settings on any of the game's files
Make sure only one copy of the game is installed to avoid it launching the wrong application

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Team17SoftwareLTD\Worms2
<path-to-game>\Teams\Internet.dat[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
The team file is stored in <path-to-game>\Teams\W2TEAM.st1.
Last landscape is stored in <path-to-game>\Saves\land.dat.
User levels are stored in <path-to-game>\Levels\*.lev.
User weapons are stored in <path-to-game>\Weapons\*.wep.
User options are stored in <path-to-game>\Options\*.opt.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Launcher video settings.
Launcher video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution
Use the Widescreen resolution and Windowed fixes.
No letterboxing for open islands, letterboxed to 1916x854 in caverns.
4K Ultra HD
No letterboxing for open islands, letterboxed to 1916x854 in caverns.
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Through the Windowed hack with Border set to 0 in the .ini file.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Through the Windowed hack, as VerticalSync in the .ini file.
60 FPS
Capped at 60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

ReSolution plugin
Supports resolutions up to 32767x32767
Letterboxing starts at sizes greater than 6012x2902 for open-island maps, and 1916x854 for closed-cavern maps
Supports multi-monitor setups and zooming with the windowed mode hack (see below) and manually adjusting the total screen resolution in the settings file
Alt+ Enter will optionally switch between borderless fullscreen window fill and a nonfullscreen window.


Windowed mode hack
Supports both regular and borderless windowed mode
Performs an external conversion of the 8-bit palette to 32-bit, resolving the color issues and improving performance on modern systems.
Can be combined with the ReSolution plugin to change the window dimensions, zoom and resize the game
The "VerticalSync" setting, enabled by default, synchronizes the displayed frame rate with the monitor refresh rate.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
As of Worms 2 Plus build 1.5.5, music volume can be changed by setting its value from 0 to 100 in volumeBGM.txt.
Surround sound
Short of worm responses, there is no speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Uses DirectSound defaults. Can be force-disabled using the windowed hack with UseFGCGetForegroundWindow set to 1.
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
Can be replaced by .ogg files via Worms 2 Plus.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Language also available in the European version.[1]


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
6 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
6 See Worms 2 Plus

Issues fixed

Black screen after quitting the game ( version)

Launch the game via the <path-to-game>\frontend.exe[2]
If the previous step still does not work, do this next step.
Install Worms 2 Plus and run it from frontend.exe[3]

Audio/video synchronization issues in intro movies ( version)

Download the 7-Zip archive found here and extract its content in the game root directory, overriding already present files.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 1 8-bit
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. YouTube - last accessed on 2023-08-25
  2. Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2017-12-15
  3. Verified by User:Diegoelcapo1231 on 2021-06-30