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Flashback Friday: Earthworm Jim

March 26, 2010

By Joe Arico

This guy rules. We promise.

All right, my first ever post on the WarpZone and I’ve been given the task to write this week’s “Flashback Friday.” Being a big fan of games with quirky characters that can make me laugh during gameplay, I couldn’t think of a better example than Earthworm Jim on the SNES and Sega Genesis.

Jim was just a regular earthworm until one day, a power suit fell from the sky. Jim realizes he is able to slip it on and control. I Thank God everyday that suit landed on Jim otherwise we never would have been treated to this amazing game. The game’s plot is a lot like Super Mario, except on crack. The main antagonist of the game is Psy-crow, who is after Jim’s newfound power suit. With his new found powers, Jim also sets out to rescue the object of his affection, Princess What’s Her Name, from her evil sister Queen Slug-for-a-Butt. Helping you along throughout the game is Jim’s faithful dog, Peter Puppy, who has the ability to transform into a hulk-like figure when you piss him off.

If you couldn’t tell just from reading those names, this game is incredibly awesome. The game play is like other 2-D sides scrollers, but with attacks you’ll only find in a game with this type of eccentric personality. Jim can attack by using his giant red gun (which he has at all times), or by taking his earthworm body out of its suit and whipping his opponents. Tell me that doesn’t sound like fun. If you’ve ever dreamt of a world where you could remove your own body parts and whip people with them, you really have to play Earthworm Jim. Then go see a shrink, because you’re weird.

There’s so much about Earthworm Jim that I could talk about. So many more characters that’ll make you crack up, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Go check it out for yourself. They’ve released an emulated version on the iPhone recently, but honestly, you have to play this game with a D-pad or you just won’t get the full effect. If the game doesn’t capture you right away, just hang in there until you go up against Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed, Slug-For-A-Butt, then get back to me.

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