Published on May 23rd, 2015 | by Fifties
Vintage Video Games #5 – Earthworm Jim
With incredible graphics and game-play, Earthworm Jim is a classic that really sticks out for me from the nineties. With cartoon-like animation and ‘off-the-wall’ humor this run and gun platformer was developed by Shiny Entertainment and published by Playmates Interactive Entertainment in 1994 on many systems including the Mega Drive and SNES
Plot: Jim is just your average, everyday earthworm until one day a special robotic suit falls from the sky allowing him to operate it’s arms and legs with his worm face as a head. Jim’s task is two-fold: he must escape the many baddies who want their suit back (these include Psy-Crow, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Evil the Cat, Bob the Killer Goldfish, Major Mucus, and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head) and also rescue the beautiful Princess What’s-Her-Name from their evil clutches!
Highlights: It’s got to be Jim launching a cow into orbit using a fridge and catapult at the start of the game. With a big moo the the hapless bovine flies off the screen at immense speed! You may spot it zooming past the background throughout the game with a grand finale at the end.