Earthworm Jim is a 1994 run and gun platforming video game developed by Shiny Entertainment, featuring an earthworm named Jim in a robotic suit who battles evil. The game was released for the Sega Genesis in 1994, and subsequently ported to a number of other video game consoles.
Why It Rocks
- The game is quite funny and it has plenty of humor & definitely tons of satire with platforming tropes when done by making best out of absurd and some black, tongue-in-cheek humor that was done perfectly, along with Earthworm Jim himself providing tons of charm and hilarity.
- Great graphics that capture the cartoony and dark art style of the game.
- Many different gameplay styles, such as an underwater maze, the normal run and gun platformer gameplay, and even competitive bungee jumping.
- The Andy Asteroids levels appear after each level, and you must win it to advance to the next level, and if you lose, you fight Psycrow. This is a unique system, since it shys away from the automatically going to the next level thing most games do.
- Enjoyably weird and wacky bosses.
- This game and some adaptions like the Sega CD would always have the consistent tone with the appeal of the over-the-top insanity of the aforementioned level design, crazy characters & silly game mechanics.
- An amazing soundtrack, with the Genesis and Sega CD versions having the best soundtracks.
- The Sega CD version includes an extra level, and an altered version of the ending with hilarious dialouge based on congratulating you in a way that resembles .
- The SNES version of this game has the music start from the title card of levels and it gets you really pumped and get into the action of the game itself.
- Jim was the real first video game character to have a voice-over in the 16-bit era with great voicing unlike Bubsy and Awesome Possum having horrible one-liners.
- Speaking of which, every time you beat all the levels, it's always fun to hear Jim saying groovy; but you can make him repeat it as a way with interacting with the completion screen
- The sequel is even better with adding more variety and content into to the series.
- Some of the levels are extremely frustrating. For example, the infamous Down The Tubes, For Pete's Sake (which, by the way is an escort mission) and Buttville; But at least they're all playable.
- Some of the game's ports are either mediocre or awful, such as the GBA, SNES and Master System versions.
- Sometimes Andy Asteroids controls can be a little slippery.
- This game is based on the original comics. Doug basically transitioned his comic counterparts into an cartoony video game & formed it into a actual cartoon.
- This was one of the many games that were imported to the Sega Genesis Mini.