#365Games31: Earthworm Jim – SNES

Yeah, yeah I know I forgot about this. I play games all the time but forget about writing it up and talking about it, maybe I’ll be more consistent in 2012. Maybe …

I dug this one up out of the basement and forgot how cool this game is. This was during that weird 80’s – 90’s phase when you could create some outlandish stuff and it becomes wildly (mildly?) successful, I think it matched everyone’s mental state during that time. I mean you had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gremlins, Alf and this guy, Earthworm Jim.

Weird or not, this was the perfect game for teenagers in the 90’s. It was packed with a weird sense of humor, snot, boogers, strange characters, toilet jokes and the Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-for-a-Butt. The premise itself would have set it apart if not for the crazy amount of detail Shiny put into this game. Easily one of the best looking games that dropped on the SNES, you really need to go back through and just look at the work done on the backgrounds and elements within the levels.

The gameplay is fairly simple, you shoot a gun, you use your head as a head to swing from hooks and jump around from platform to platform, it’s linear but has enough hidden areas and secrets to bump up the replay value, oh and it’s hard as hell. Notorious for it’s level of difficulty, it takes a lot of patience to make it through this one.

The Tommy Tallarico soundtrack on this one is also worth mentioning, it’s some of his best work and easily the most diverse game soundtrack on the SNES, switching from moody, electronic soundscapes to bluegrass or something, it’s crazy, it’s jarring, it fits the game. I believe it was released outside of the game so track it down sometime just to listen to it on it’s own.

It turned into a nice little franchise with a few more releases, actually only peep EWJ 2, the rest suck and a cartoon series with Dan “Homer Simpson” Castellaneta providing the voice of Jim. The game has also been re-released a bunch of times most recently on XBox Live and PSN so it’s easy to revisit this classic. Download it, dust off a cartridge or load up an emulator, it’s whatever man just play it.