Earthworm Jim - Special Edition


"This special edition includes: a password system, a new world & new hidden areas, a new weapon, over 1000 additional frames of animation.  All new CD quality soundtrack, totally new endings in two of the worlds, all the extra cool ideas and special features that Shiny couldn't fit onto the cartridge are on  this special edition."

Game Information
Developer Shiny Entertainment Inc.
Publisher Interplay Productions Ltd.
Copyright Date 1993
Players 1
Age Rating(s) ELSPA 3+
Save Type Password
Cart Version No

Part Numbers
Game T-125045-50
Front Cover None specific
Back Cover None specific
Manual None specific
Spine Card ?
CD 1 None specific
Bar Code 5 026102 047144


The cart original was excellent, and the CD version actually manages to improve on it.  The animation seems a little more fluid and there's almost as much audio humour as visual thanks to the CD soundtrack.  The most welcome addition is a password system, allowing you to jump back in where you left off, though it does use annoying symbols instead of straightforward letters.  The game is almost entirely platform style, but the scenery and enemies are varied enough to keep you interested.  Crazy mid and end of level bosses (such as a snowman in hell) round out the challenge, and though EWJ is not easy going, it never crosses the line into frustrating.  New hidden areas, a whole new level and minimal loading times make this is one very good reason to buy a Mega-CD, and having seen what Shiny achieved with this, it's a shame the sequel was only ever released on cartridge.