Earthworm Jim
#38: Earthworm Jim

Released In: 1994
Developer: Shiny Entertainment
Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment

      Once upon a time, there was an evil tyrant, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, who commissioned an ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit that would make her nearly invulnerable and help further her goals of intergalactic conquest. But before the queen could use the suit it was stolen by a rebel spaceship pilot, so she hired the bounty hunter Psy-Crow to track it down. Psy-Crow managed to find the ship, but it exploded in the ensuing fight. The suit, being indestructible, fell safely to Earth where it merged with an ordinary earthworm named Jim and transformed him into a superhero. After overhearing a conversation between Psy-Crow and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt, Jim decided to use his new powers to end the queen's tyranny and rescue her sister, the beautiful Princess What's-Her-Name.

Syd Lexia: Best platformer ever. OK, maybe that's a bit extreme. But Earthworm Jim was a weird, wacky, wonderful platformer which was both brilliant in its design and flawless in its execution. They say that the brightest stars burn out the fastest, and such was definitely the case with Earthworm Jim. After two amazing 16-bit platformers, the rights to the series changed hands and the franchise died a quiet death in 1999 following the release of an unspectacular 3D adventure on the N64 and a terrible Game Boy Color game. Since then, Earthworm Jim has been lost to us, save for some bad GBA ports of the original games. And yet, that asshole Crash Bandicoot keeps coming back every few years. Is there no justice in this world?

Valdronius: What do you get when you put fishing bait in a power suit? Apparently you get a highly acclaimed video game. I'll admit that Earthworm Jim looks nice and is pretty wacky, it just doesn't interest me as a video game. The television show was funny, but there are many platformers I'd take over this one in a heartbeat.

Murdar Machene: This game is great, it has all the earthworms. I hate the scuba level with the glass orbs, but the rest of the game is awesome. Also this is the one good game series that the fucking loser on G4 has to his name that over-inflated his ego. I hate that guy, he's so dumb. I don't even know his name.

Syd Lexia: That would be Tommy Tallarico, and he hasn't worked for G4 since January 2006. You know your network is going down the shitter when even complete douchebags don't want to work for you. And Tommy has a very impressive resume that extends far beyond the Earthworm Jim series. He has worked on a bunch of top game titles, including Color A Dinosaur and Cool Spot.

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