Wednesday 12 April 2023

Earthworm Jim (Sega Game Gear review)

Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment
Released: 1995

Earthworm Jim is an action game that was also released in 8-bit form on the Sega Master System in 1997.

+ Levels do a respectable job of mirroring the Sega Genesis (1994) version from the stage settings, set-pieces and music.

+ Includes several stages and bosses that were omitted from the SMS port, each being fundamental to the experience. 

+ Although the frame-rate is variable, it's still miles ahead of its 8-bit big brother and features smoother gameplay.

- Even though your shots will land, enemies can walk straight through them to attack you, resulting in many cheap hits.

- Simple tasks like grabbing a ledge, or whipping a hook can often be infuriatingly tough due to the sloppy collision detection.

- The three Snots a Problem levels are butchered due to your opponent being able to take a ridiculous amount of hits.

- The drastically cut-down animation and lack of voice clips mean that a lot of Jim's charm and personality is lost.

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