Reviewed by Jeremy Peeples
Earthworm Jim was released for the Sega Game Gear in 1995.
It was developed and published by Shiny Entertainment.
Graphics-10/10- The characters are of a good stature, they
all have an original look and have excellent animation. The
animation must be seen to be believed, it's some of the
smoothest ever seen in a video game in my opinion. Small
graphical touches like mucus coming off of your opponent in
the bunjie jump levels round out the beautiful graphics.
Pros- Super-smooth animation and nice graphical touches help
make the graphics one of the game's best features.
Sound-8/10- The in-game music is great, of fits the stages
perfectly, it's not as good as the original, but it's still
good. The sound effects are excellent, each one is crystal
clear and fits in with the on-screen action perfectly.
Pros- The music is great, as are the sound effects.
Cons- The music does occasionally get repetitious.
Gameplay-8/10- You go through many levels destroying bad
guys in order to get to that level's boss, It's basically the same
goal as in every other side-scrolling game, but the wonderous
level design adds some flavor (What the Heck? is a perfect example.
Pros- Original level design.
Cons- Nothing new has really been added.
Control-9/10- Perfect in almost every way imaginable, the
only problem being that of swinging from one area to the next,
it's a little choppy in that respect, but it's perfect in every other.
Pros- It's very responsive in most areas.
Cons- Except the swinging areas.
Presentation-9/10- Excellent, everything is vibrant and
alive, from the title screen to the death scenes, it's all great.
Pros- Everything fits the setting and characters of the game.
Replay Value-5/10- It's always fun to play this game, It's
just too bad that there's nothing left to accomplish after
you've beaten it, the only thing you really could do is try
to beat your old score. It's the game's fatal flaw.
Pros- It's always fun to play.
Cons- There's not much to do after you beat it.
Overall-8/10- The graphics are superb, as is the sound, the
control is, for the most part, perfect. If you liked the
original Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo versions, pick this
one up, it's basically the same game only the graphics
aren't as good.
Rent or Buy?-Buy- If you can find the game, buy it, it
shouldn?t cost more than $10 and It's a game you'll play for
hours on end. Here are some suggestions on where to buy the
game: Funcoland, flea markets and pawn shops are also good places try.