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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Shiny Entertainment
Earthworm Jim (Genesis – Mega Drive)
Earthworm Jim is a 2D run and gun platform 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 (and other systems) in 1994.
In a time when the gaming world is saturated with overpowered animal heroes like Sonic the Hedgehog and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another lowly creature was called upon to save the world. His name is Jim. An earthworm with a gun.
Earthworm Jim for Sega Genesis is a side scrolling platformer just like most games during that era. But everything about this commonplace creature has been well thought of. Aesthetically, the game looked very, very good. Unfortunately, this too much focus on the graphics also broke the gameplay and the control.
Jumping in the game is imprecise and floaty. Jim’s main attack, whipping his body to crack at enemies, is a hit and miss affair and the animation is struggling at best. His other weapon, the gun, is a chore to use as well. There’s not even an indication if the enemy has been hit as there are no visible projectiles or beams. Each level of Earthworm Jim was like an office worker just trying to get through Monday.
Getting Jim safely to a level’s end was tedious. There are special stages that can be a bit entertaining and breaks the monotony, but if those are enough to redeem this game, is entirely up to the player’s attention span.
As discussed, Earthworm Jim for Genesis was one of the well-designed games of that era. Everything, from the main character to the gorgeous and out-of-this-world backgrounds were drawn beautifully. Character animation is fluid. If looks were the only factor that separates a great game from a mediocre one, Earthworm Jim will be up there with the best.
Earthworm Jim’s soundtrack is another feature of the game that is worth noting. It was inventive and matches the overall design. It was off-the-wall and very catchy.
This is a game that dreamt of being the best but fell short. It might be good for nostalgia, but those looking for a great gaming experience with this character better look at the sequel where all the kinks have supposedly been fixed.
Earthworm Jim has been ported to Sega Genesis (this version), SNES, Sega CD, Game Boy, Game Gear, DOS, Master System, Game Boy Advance, iOS, Windows, Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Windows Phone.