Tuesday 11 April 2023

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (Mega CD / Sega CD review)

Developer: Shiny Entertainment
Publisher: Interplay
Released: 1995

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is an action game that was first released on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo in 1994.

+ Level design is refreshingly unconventional, with plenty of entertaining set-pieces and many secret areas to explore.

+ Exclusive Big Bruty stage is a worthy addition, as it throws in some mild puzzle elements to break up the action.

+ Combat features some awesome weaponry, and learning how to use each one effectively while conserving ammo is fun.

+ Enhanced sprite animation and clearer audio clips are fantastic, and the password system is a welcome inclusion.

- Relies heavily on trial-and-error and infrequent, yet obtuse game design which can artificially inflate overall play time.

- Later stages put too much onus on screwing the player with instant death traps and unwaveringly difficult bosses.

- Music is mostly ill-fitting and the tunes generally don't mirror or compliment the stage setting that they're wrapped around.

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