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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...


Earthworm Jim SEGA Master System Title screen
Earthworm Jim Game Gear Pestered by bird
Earthworm Jim SNES Now I can ride this animal!
Earthworm Jim Genesis Choked by the evil bouncer

Promo Images

Earthworm Jim Screenshot
Earthworm Jim Screenshot
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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 (818)
The original and undoubtedly the best version of Earthworm Jim. Genesis AkibaTechno (248)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Nov, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Video Games Genesis Oct, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Dec, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun SNES Oct, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Game Boy Advance Dec 01, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamerDad Game Boy Advance Jun 26, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 SNES Mar 02, 2013 80 out of 100 80
neXGam SNES 2002 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamekult Game Boy Advance Jul 31, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Advance Aug, 2001 5 out of 10 50


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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.


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.


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


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.


  • 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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