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Earthworm Jim (SEGA GENESIS) Platform 1994


Earthworm Jim is a series of side-scrolling platform games starring Jim, an earthworm who wears a robotic outfit and confronts evil powers. The platforming and shooting gameplay, weird comedy, and edgy graphic style distinguish the series. The series consisted of four games: Earthworm Jim, Earthworm Jim 2, Earthworm Jim 3D, and Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy, with the first game being published in 1994. Before Gameloft rebuilt the original game in HD for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in 2010, the franchise had been inactive for over a decade. Earthworm Jim 4 was announced by Interplay in 2008, but little to no information has leaked until May 2019 and August 2020.

Playmates Toys intended to launch their own series after finding success with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license. Inspired by the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog series with Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, they chose to launch the franchise as a video game, which was a novel strategy at the time. The game's idea began with developer Doug TenNapel's basic picture of an earthworm, which he gave to Shiny Entertainment. David Perry and the rest of Shiny were so impressed that they purchased the rights to Earthworm Jim from TenNapel and began creating the game. TenNapel would next concentrate on game design, level concepts, and dubbing Jim's character, while Perry and the other programmers worked on additional characters and game elements.
The game's bizarre mood, scenario, and characters were the result of the company's past restriction to making licensed games, such as 7up's Cool Spot, where they had to adapt to the other company's predetermined constraints. In that regard, the game was designed as a spoof of platform video games at the time; for example, "Princess What's-Her-Name" was a parody of how many video games included throw-away female characters that exist solely to be saved from peril.

The end outcome would be the original Earthworm Jim. The game would be a 2D sidescrolling platformer with characteristics of a run and shoot. Jim is controlled by the player, who must guide him through the level while avoiding obstacles and opponents. The user may use Jim's rifle to fire foes or his head as a whip to lash adversaries. The whip action also enables the player to grip and swing from specific hooks in the game. Some levels have extra criteria in addition to simply completing the level. For example, in the level "For Pete's Sake," you must ensure that the computer-controlled Peter Puppy character gets through the level unscathed by whipping him to make him leap over pits and destroying opponents before they can injure him. Failure to do so ends in Peter striking out at Jim, causing him to lose his health.

Psy-Crow, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Evil the Cat, Bob the Killer Goldfish, Major Mucus, and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head are among the colorful villains devised by the game's developers.

The game was a big hit on both the Genesis and the Super NES. It was named the Best Genesis Game of 1994 by Electronic Gaming Monthly and ranked 114th on Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. The game was notable for its flowing animation, which featured a hand-drawn aesthetic uncommon for 16-bit releases. The Sega Channel aired a special version of the game, The Great Earthworm Jim Race, in 1995. The game included an increase in complexity and a hidden chamber where the first 200 players may find a password and a toll-free phone number. Those who dialed the number received special gifts such as a book and action figurines as part of Jim's short-lived Playmates Toys toyline. Soon later, the same development team began work on a sequel.

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