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Earthworm Jim 2 Review

One of the funniest games ever...

The first Earthworm Jim was an entertaining platformer that was as funny as it was visually impressive. In terms of actual gameplay however, there was a certain something missing. This Mega Drive sequel manages to improve on every aspect of the original, from the fun factor to the animation to - most importantly - the bizarre and hilarious sense of humour.

The story is classic Shakespearian stuff. The beautiful Princess What's-Her-Name has been kidnapped and is due to marry the evil Psycrow, so Jim teams up with his new sidekick Snott (which is just a big green blob of snot) as they set out to rescue her.

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Every level is memorable and packed to the brim with all sorts of weird and wonderful moments. There's the area where Jim has to get to the top of a series of staircases by dodging falling grannies while using a stairlift. Then there's the section where huge flowers spit out time-bomb cows that Jim has to grab and dunk in water to douse the fuse before they explode. Strangest of all though is the level simply titled "Jim's Now A Blind Cave Salamander" in which Jim, dressed as a slimy fetus-like creature, has to swim through some intestines before having to answer nonsensical questions in a gameshow. Our personal favourite is "What colour is Jim's red gun? A) Blue, B) Green, C) Yellow". The answer's green for some reason, by the way.

Every character in Earthworm Jim 2 is a classic, from the main man himself to Psycrow (an evil crow in a spacesuit), Evil The Cat (a sneaky feline who has it in for Jim) and Bob The Goldfish (an evil goldfish who's hilariously defeated in the easiest boss fight of all time).

It's not quite perfect. There's a section where Jim flies around in his pocket rocket that, while adding diversity to the game, is nowhere near as entertaining as the actual platforming stages. The same goes for the three compulsory bonus levels, where you have to bounce puppies on a marshmallow to make sure they don't splat on the ground. Overall however, Earthworm Jim is a funny and compelling platformer that's well worth a download.

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  1. toffeeman30 Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 13:38

    decent game, would have prefered the snes version though, as the musics better

  2. Sir_Bowser Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 13:51

    YES! I remember Earthworm Jim from waaaay back when. Or maybe it wasn't that long ago. Whatever.
    I have both Earthworm Jim and Earthworm Jim 2 on GBA, and when my dad used to take me to the cyber-cafe years ago, I used to play the PC version of it.

    :D

  3. Emperix Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 15:33

    This'll make ploiper happy :D

  4. DragonOnSteroids Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 15:49

    I've always wanted to play this game.

    Is the SNES version better? If so, is it coming out on VC.

    I might just wait for that if it is.

  5. nintendo_guy Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 16:06

    Cool!

  6. ploiper Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 17:08

    This'll make ploiper happy :D

    i was almost jumping up and down on me chair once i relised it was on the vc. 8)

  7. Gavin Rozee Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 17:49

    I'm glad to see a good game on the VC for once, but I'm waiting for Super Mario Kart instead.

    I bought the first EJ and didn't play it much so I'll skip this one.

  8. sciqueen Friday 4th Dec 2009 at 18:22

    I liked the cartoon but didn't like the first game- too hard XD

  9. Matt BOA Saturday 5th Dec 2009 at 11:11

    Excellent, I shall be getting this. Used to love this game

  10. JSupremoJ Sunday 6th Dec 2009 at 10:16

    ONM

    LOVE

    EARTHWORM JIM


    FACT.

  11. GamerKid Sunday 6th Dec 2009 at 15:45

    This'll make ploiper happy :D

    i was almost jumping up and down on me chair once i relised it was on the vc. 8)


    I'm surprised you didn't have a heart attack from joy

  12. Tekkonkinkreet Sunday 6th Dec 2009 at 20:19

    I've only played PC version ...funny little game :) I'm glad it's available on the virtual console now 8)

  13. Jacen Tuesday 8th Dec 2009 at 22:08

    Finally!

  14. redbird980 Sunday 10th Jan 2010 at 18:19

    :) yeah i thought the game was great look at the gameplay trailer for it http://tinyurl.com/2g9mqh

  15. ShinynewJB Sunday 5th Sep 2010 at 23:47

    The first Earthworm Jim (SNES version) is a childhood favourite of mine, but I had never played this sequel until recently when I managed to pick up a boxed copy for the SNES.

    As with most multi-platform 16-bit games, the graphics and sound are superior in the SNES version of the game, but I'm sure that the Megadrive version is still enjoyable if this is your only means of accessing the game.

    I'm not sure what I was expecting really, other than being excited to be playing a sequel to an awesome game that I had loads of fun on as a kid (and still enjoy to this day). I had an absolute blast playing through it! Like the review states there are a couple of MEH-tastic levels such as the isometric shooter level. It's worth picking up if you love 16-bit games (specifically platformers).

    What the review doesn't mention though is how traumatising the levels with the puppies are. Those who've played it must know what I'm talking about! I'm interested to hear whether or not this has been toned down for the virtual console re-release. I was quite suprised what they got away with in what is essentially a kids game! I guess they're more stringent with things like that these days!

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