Wednesday 12 April 2023

Earthworm Jim (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Publisher: Tec Toy
Released: 1997

Earthworm Jim is an action game that was also released in 8-bit form on the Sega Game Gear in 1995.

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

+ Pressing or holding the attack button to whip or fire isn't perfect, but it works okay given the lack of SMS face buttons.

- Missing several stages and bosses from the comparable 8-bit handheld version, making for a very incomplete port.

- Entire game feels like it's performing at a snails pace, and trying to accurately line up projectiles is a case of luck over skill.

- Andy Asteroids races scroll very slowly, yet bizarrely run fast and smooth once you manage to obtain a boost item.

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

- 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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