It was the mid 1990s. One of the Christmas gifts that I had received was the Sega Channel. On the Sega Channel in the US, it was the first on demand video game network where you could play any of the 50 games they had selected for you in a month. One of the games series I always played was the Earthworm Jim series, especially Earthworm Jim 2.
Earthworm Jim 2 was the sequel to the popular Earthworm Jim. It was released for Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sony Playstation, and Sega Saturn. There is also an MS-DOS version of it. It was a bit lighter in tone. The graphics were a solid improvement. Overall, it was an absolutely terrific and challenging action platforming game. There is a lot of wacky off the wall humor that made me love this game as a kid, and that I can still appreciate the zaniness as an adult.
What do I mean about zaniness? Well, for some reason after the end of each level you were greeted by two cows that said Well Done.
It took me about 20 years but I think I finally get that joke. This was basically me in the mid 90s.
Here is a sample of the game:
Yes, you are bouncing puppies throughout the game? Why? “Reasons” is usually the explanation for everything in this game. Don’t overthink it. It is a video game and it is only meant to be fun, at the end of the day.
More Earthworm Jim?
Unfortunately, the series died in the next generation of consoles after the failure of Earthworm Jim 3D. I’ve never played Earthworm Jim 3D but it was generally panned by critics.
Since then, we just haven’t seen a new game or even a spiritual successor since then. There was an animated series at one point in which Earthworm Jim was voiced by the legendary Dan Castellaneta. He is most famous for voicing Homer Simpson. Here is the intro to that wild cartoon.
I would kill for a Metroidvania type game featuring Earthworm Jim. I think that would be a very fun game. Anyone else have any ideas of where an Earthworm Jim game could go in the future if it ever were to be revived?
How to Still Play Earthworm Jim 2
Aside from emulation, if you can’t find a copy for any of the vintage systems, you can still find this on Steam in a package of all 3 games. I will warn you, according to reviews, it runs in a low resolution in a DOSBox emulator with much of the content of the SNES and Genesis versions cut out. I would go that route if you refuse to run it via emulator where the legalities are questionable at best. That is, unless you can’t find the cartridge on eBay or your local used electronics store.
If you have the Wii, you can pick it up on Virtual Console as well until they shut that off.
So go out and play it and scream “GROOO-VVYY!”