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Earthworm Jim

DOS - 1995

Also released on: Game Gear - Genesis - SEGA Master System

Alt names アースワームジム, EWJ
Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Comedy, Platform, Shooter
Publisher Activision, Inc.
Developer Shiny Entertainment, Inc.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
4.56 / 5 - 53 votes

Description of Earthworm Jim

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After successfully updating classic Atari cartridge game Pitfall! to the '90s with Pitfall: A Mayan Adventure, the first platform game for Windows 95, Activision next turned their excellent game engine to Earthworm Jim, a cult classic on the SNES and Megadrive console systems.

Earthworm Jim was the brainchild of talented folks who created Aladdin for Disney, and later formed Shiny Entertainment (who would later be much more famous for MDK). The game was so successful that it inspired a whole range of toys, as well as its own TV cartoon series.

What makes Earthworm Jim games a lot of fun is the excellent characterization of the hero. Like The Simpsons, Earthworm Jim (who was a lowly earthworm until he was one day accidentally given superhero powers) deftly walks the line between slapstick humor and social commentary-you could even call it subversive.

Chris McMullen's very thorough review for Games Domain describes what makes it a must-have: "EWJ gives a breath of fresh air to the whole platform genre. Instead of taking its cure from Super Mario, or Sonic, EWJ is suitably original.

For a start, there's none of this monster squishing, or spin attacking in this game. Jim comes equipped with a big red gun, which he can fire in a number of directions, to dispatch any foe that comes his way. Then, there's his body, which can be used to whip monsters out of the way, or can be used to swing across hooks and ravines. Or should the worst come to the worst, he can use his head like a helicopter to guide himself away from a particularly nasty fall.

There are the usual power ups to grab, such as plasma, or power ups. Jim's gun does drain energy, and recharges, given half a chance. But do you really want to be stuck in the middle of a load of baddies, waiting for your gun to work again?

Earthworm Jim 2 adds a little more to the formula. Jim now has a backpack companion, Snott, who can be used either as a parachute, or as a swing to swing himself across mucus encrusted ledges. Yuk! Plus, there's [sic] even more weapons, with a homing gun, a big laser, a completely useless bubble gun, and the awesome barn gun. The latter is unfeasibly large, and when used, clears the screen of baddies, and most of the foliage, too.

The levels themselves are inspired, although EWJ2's levels are just a tad better than 1's. Pretty soon after the first level, things get pretty weird. Jim ends up in Heck, Evil the Cat's domain, and is forced to outrun falling rocks, screaming meenies, and sometimes just plain run on the spot to get anywhere.

Then, after yet more weirdness, Jim has to guide Peter Puppy to safety, across a number of traps. Only Peter is no ordinary puppy. Get him mad, and he'll turn into a snarling monster, and start taking bites out of Jim. You need to keep close behind him, keeping anything vaguely hostile out of his way, whipping him to make him jump, and so on.

EWJ2 gets even better, with a bonus sequence, where you must bounce little puppies to safety, using a big cushion. Only the puppies are thrown faster and faster, and you start diving to try and catch them. I could go on and on for ages about the levels, there's so much to do, and no sign of boredom or repetitiveness creeping in at all."

With extremely original, inventive, and entertaining levels, numerous surprises, excellent graphics, and smooth gameplay, Activision has done justice to Jim with a righteous conversion, with same mastery that ported Pitfall! a cartridge original to the PC. Must-haves!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

J.D. 2024-05-12 0 point DOS version

for PC, don't bother with the DOS version, it's shoddy port and doesn't play very great, however "Earthworm jim: Special Edition" for Windows 95 (also work in 98/Me) is a fantastic version (originally for Sega CD). plays and looks great and has high quality remix redbook audio, exclusive extra sections in some of the levels and a exclusive level (Big Bruty). the downside is the game is very difficult to run on post win 98/me without audio/frame rate issues. the best way to play is by using PCem emulator running win 95/98 os on it or just play the Sega CD version via Kega fusion emulator, it's one of the best looking games on the Sega CD.

Natpol50 2019-04-28 0 point

Hum ....I have the game Ce (I found it in my parent stuff between teir musics )but when I truc tout launcher the executable( After installed the game) didn't found it ans when I try to launch the executable of the Cd (un my CD lector) is the same thing!!!!Can someone help me please(I want to play another version because SNES version (snes9X for emulator) is less beautiful than pc version????????but thé game is vert cool

katie 2017-12-17 1 point DOS version

for sound use D-FEND RELOADED and set in setup SOUNDBLASTER PRO 220/IRQ 5/DMA 1/ NORMAL or HIGH

Bond... James Bond 2016-08-23 3 points

I can sound effects, but no music. Help! I love EWJ and it's not the same without music.

ZurkinWood497 2015-10-10 1 point

I'm A Rocket Man! - Earth Worm Jim

A true masterpiece from the 90's! Only ever played the SEGA CD Version but i know this will be just as awesome!

Andy P 2014-09-23 0 point DOS version

I love this game! It's so funny when he gets flushed down the toilets but the adventure is fun and my whole family loves this!!! I give it an 8.5/10.

skcsj 2014-04-14 0 point DOS version

nice game

Pop 2014-04-13 0 point DOS version

Good game

jhonax 2014-03-16 0 point DOS version

nice game from my childhood

Loemperdo 2014-03-08 0 point DOS version

I used to enjoy playin this game. I want to have it so I can play with my kids

filfdogg 2013-10-05 1 point DOS version

looool great game from my childhood

Noc 2013-09-29 0 point DOS version

Epic platformer game - outstanding still by today's standards.

Hours and hours of fun and laughing out loud in this game - a true timeless masterpiece!

Carlsgro 2013-01-08 0 point DOS version

This game is awesome, available on all platforms, 2 was good, 3 was a bit disappointing

Licurg 2012-03-15 0 point DOS version

Best game ever...

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