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Earthworm Jim (SNES)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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 SNES Funny copyright screen
Earthworm Jim SNES Another torture begins for Jim...
Earthworm Jim SNES Options screen (Japanese version)
Earthworm Jim SNES Jumping on tires, enjoying the sunset...

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! Adzuken (702) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
¡THE BEST PLATFORM GAME AROUND THIS CRAZY WORLD! Lord of the game (8) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 1 out of 6 100
Game Players Nov, 1994 95 out of 100 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1995 11 out of 12 92
Nintendo Land Sep 13, 2003 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1994 8.4 out of 10 84
VicioJuegos.com Mar 02, 2013 80 out of 100 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Dec, 1994 8 out of 10 80
neXGam 2002 7.8 out of 10 78

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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)
Satoshi Kunsai (1816) added Earthworm Jim (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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