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**Pocket Gamer: 8/10 + Silver Award - "a first-class conversion of one of the all-time great games"
Live or re-live the freaky adventures of Earthworm Jim in a refreshing remake of the classic action/platform game.
Jim was an ordinary earthworm who did very earthworm-like things. One day, during a battle in outer-space, a suit dropped to Earth and landed on Jim, mutating him into a large and intelligent (at least by earthworm standards) superhero. When Jim learns of the evil plans of Psy-Crow and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, he decides to rescue Princess What's-Her-Name.
Play as the grooviest earthworm in the galaxy, and explore a crazy universe that offers huge gameplay possibilities:
- Run, gun, swing from hooks with your head, launch cows, bungee jump, rocket through speed levels and more.
- Face 12 types of enemies and 9 bosses.
- 4 different styles of gameplay: Side-scrolling run & gun, space racing, bungee jumping and underwater levels
- 10 original environments divided into 16 levels
- 4 levels of difficulty – including the challenging mode of the original game
- The re-mastered cult soundtrack
- iPod library access to play your favorite tracks while playing the game.
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Great game, flawed port
Flawed iPhone port of one of the true gems from the 16-bit era of video game history. It's not a Retina display app, but neither was the original in the 90s, so. If you aren't sure whether you'll like the game at all, go download the free version which contains the whole first level.
Now, here's the stuff you won't find out by playing the free version:
- In the Intestinal Distress level (the next-to-last level if you don't count Andy Asteroids, and previously a Sega Genesis exclusive) the Plasma power-up weapons cannot be obtained, making the boss almost impossible to defeat (they can be physically obtained, but they don't give you the mega-ammo that they're supposed to).
- Apparently there's a glitch that makes the final boss impossible to defeat. Haven't gotten there myself yet, though.
- if you're holding out for an update to fix the above issues, well, it was last updated three years ago, so good luck. Hope Gameloft knows that neglecting their older titles like this- especially ports of classics like EWJ- makes them look bad as a developer.
- To end on an "up" note, the Andy Asteroid levels are now tilt-controlled, which feels natural on the iPhone and works much more smoothly than I recall the d-pad working on these levels on my Sega Genesis in the 90s.
All told, if you've got an XBOX360, I'd say track down that port instead.
I don't have any idea how many hours I spent playing the original on SEGA Genesis, but it was a lot. This is a very faithful reproduction of the game that is every bit as enjoyable and fun! The clunky, junky experience is very much identical to the original. The game still has the same crazy, nonsense attitude. Controls are a breeze and I found myself liking the new analog control better than the D-Pad. That's just personal preference, and both are good. Gameloft has made good use of the wide-screen aspect to expand the field of view while keeping the controls far enough to the sides that thumbs aren't constantly over important action. Play was smooth with rare hiccups that can be squashed by putting the phone in airplane mode to reduce background processing. Also, with the phone in airplane mode, texts and calls can be avoided while playing since the game does not save if you bail for a call or message. Definitely recommend for any platformer fan especially if you've never played Earthworm Jim! This is a GREAT way to either get acquainted or reacquainted with a classic :-)
Not as bad as the GBA Port.
Here are my nit picks based on level.
DO NOT PLAY THIS IN A MOVING CAR
New Junk City:
Warning for Special Edition and HD players; this level is cut in half.
What the Heck?:
Evil the Cat will make you scream in frustration (original difficulty only)
EVEN THE GAME BOY PORT HAD GOOFY MUSIC DURING RUSTY THE SNOWMAN.
Down the Tubes and Tube Race:
Submarine health increased. If you die there, you are pathetic.
Snot a Problem:
Major Mucus' health bar is too small.
Green creatures are too difficult to kill. Where's my goofy music against robot chicken?
For Pete's Sake:
No meteor showers :)
Wonky hotbox on the first wheel. Plasma glitch makes Doc Duodenum a difficult battle.
Bad spike hit boxes, wonky weavle hit boxes, bad sliding physics, and a glitch during the final boss that can only be adverted end by whipping her as soon as possible.
Despite these issues, it is preferred over some other ports.
- Category: Games
- Released: Oct 21, 2009
- Version: 1.0.8
- Size: 116 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: Gameloft
- Earthworm Jim is a registered trademark of Interplay Entertainment Corp in the US and/or other countries. © 2009 Gameloft. All Rights Reserved. Gameloft and the Gameloft logo are trademarks of Gameloft in the U.S. and/or other countries.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.