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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 Jumping on tires, enjoying the sunset...
Earthworm Jim SNES Falling down, to the pain, to the death...
Earthworm Jim Genesis Andy's Asteroids - recurrent level
Earthworm Jim SNES Andy's Asteroids, a recurrent driving level

Promo Images

Earthworm Jim Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)
Earthworm Jim Screenshot
Earthworm Jim Other
Earthworm Jim Screenshot

Trailer


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 (854)
¡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 (254)

Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Mar 22, 2013 10 out of 10 100
Video Games SNES Oct, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Nintendo Land SNES Sep 13, 2003 92 out of 100 92
GamePro (US) SNES Nov, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Play Time Genesis Nov, 1994 87 out of 100 87
1UP! Genesis Jun 05, 2015 86 out of 100 86
Retro Archives Genesis Nov 17, 2017 17 out of 20 85
SuperGamePower SEGA Master System Jul, 1997 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) Game Boy Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Retro Archives DOS Nov 17, 2017 12 out of 20 60

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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

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Side-Scrolling Game of the Year runner-up (multiplatform) (Readers' Choice)
  • 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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