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Earthworm Jim

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Description

A crow is chasing a worm named Jim while in outer space Psy-Crow is chasing a renegade ship. The ship's captain has stolen an ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt has ordered Psy-Crow to get it, since it can make her more beautiful than Princess-What's-Her-Name. Psy-Crow blasts the captain and the suit falls to Planet Earth.

Back on earth Jim wonders if he is finally safe when an ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit lands on him. Luckily Jim rests in the neck ring of the suit. Then the space particles begin interacting with Jim, causing a light-speed evolution. Jim soon realizes he is in control of the suit.

Jim overhears the Queen's plans for the suit and decides to meet this Princess...

Screenshots

Earthworm Jim Game Boy Advance First scenario screen
Earthworm Jim Game Boy Advance Chased by a strange creature.
Earthworm Jim Game Gear Losing a life
Earthworm Jim SNES Jim is shooting!

Alternate Titles

  • "EWJ" -- Common abbreviation
  • "アースワームジム" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Groovy! Groovy! Groo-gr-gr-gr-groo-gr-gr-groovy! SNES Adzuken (702)
¡THE BEST PLATFORM GAME AROUND THIS CRAZY WORLD! SNES Lord of the game (8)
The original and undoubtedly the best version of Earthworm Jim. Genesis AkibaTechno (228)

The Press Says

Game Players Genesis Nov, 1994 96 out of 100 96
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Oct, 1994 8.8 out of 10 88
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jul, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
Game Vortex Game Boy Advance Dec 12, 2002 80 out of 100 80
VicioJuegos.com SNES Mar 02, 2013 80 out of 100 80
GameZone Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Jul 06, 2001 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Game Boy Advance Oct 10, 2001 68 out of 100 68
The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 20, 2005 B- 67
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Gear Jul, 1995 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Mega Drive version of Earthworm Jim appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Ending

Finishing the game in the easy difficulty setting shows you a different ending that consists of a rather verbose scientific description of earthworms, as well as their habitats, mating customs, etc.

Reception

Earthworm Jim was the first game ever to receive a perfect score of 100% from the European gaming magazine Games Master.

References

The between-level races against Psycrow, called "Andy Asteroids", are most likely a reference to one of the game's programmers, Andy Astor.

TV series

Earthworm Jim inspired an animated TV series by the same name.

Version differences

The PC and Sega CD versions add among other things, a new weapon not included on the original 16-bit console versions: the seeker missile.

Awards

  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #7 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best Overall Action/Platform Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Action/Platform Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Soundtrack
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best New Genesis Character
    • 1994 (Vol.4, Iss.1) - Best New SNES Character
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best SNES Action Game in 1994
  • VideoGames
    • March 1995 - Best Genesis Game
    • March 1995 - Best Sound Effects
Information also contributed by Ben K, Big John WV, CaptainCanuck and Zovni

Related Web Sites

  • Earthworm Jim Fan Page (Game history, cast, pictures, sounds, fonts, and more.)
  • Earthworm Jim : TGSMA (Contains various guides, history and information about Earthworm Jim and team behind the game.)
  • Lemm's Earthworm Jim Fansite (This site is an artistic tribute dedicated to the 1994 and 1996 original Earthworm Jim video games by Shiny Entertainment and the creator of the character, Doug TenNapel.)
  • Robert's EWJ Site (Fansite full of info. Probably the most complete site about the game)
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