More Reviews
REVIEWS Hatoful Boyfriend Review
Before this review, there seemed to be an absence of a certain ornithological piece; a headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety...

Murasaki Baby Review
When a little girl with an upside-down face finds a balloon, you better protect it from monsters!
More Previews
PREVIEWS Halo: The Master Chief Collectio Preview
Microsoft and 343 Industries want to bring the entire Halo saga to Xbox One and this collection does exactly that with new graphics for Halo 2.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Assassin's Creed Unity Interview: Ubisoft Talks Multplayer, Next-Gen Development, More
Ubisoft's first "truly" next-gen entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise takes the fight to France. Here's what you can expect.

PlayStation Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
Sony's platforms always get plenty of new digital software and we'll bring you the list each week with the rest.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
A Letter to the Big “N"
By shandog137
Posted on 09/12/14
I have and will continue to have a place in my heart for Nintendo. In fact, my first console was a Super Nintendo. The video game market has changed drastically since the early '90s and it seems like what once was platinum is more so along the lines of silver now. Nintendo has always been...

Earthworm Jim HD Review

Eduardo_Reboucas By:
Eduardo_Reboucas
06/18/10
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Microsoft 
DEVELOPER Gameloft 
RELEASE DATE  
E10+ Contains Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

What do these ratings mean?

A much prettier but mostly same can of worms.


Earthworm Jim
is one of those classic cases of the so-called "mascot wars" of the 1990s videogame industry. At the time, everyone wanted to have their own like anthropomorphic hero; we got bats, possums. and in Interplay's case, a worm.

click to enlargeHow, you say ask, can a worm be "anthropomorphic-ized" if it doesn't even have limbs? Don't ask me! (You're thinking way too hard.) But now, more than fifteen years later, Gameloft has their mind set on reviving the franchise, that was proverbially left to the worms, as an HD remake of the first game in the series.

If you are one of the nostalgic folks who still has fond memories of the original Earthworm Jim games from the Genesis days, this remake is obviously for you. All the 2D artwork has been redrawn and looks great. Earthworm Jim was known for its hilarious animations, and the high definition art only makes them better. This is one of the best-looking 2D sprite-based games available for download, clear and simple.

Sadly, the same can`t be said for the gameplay. If they were aiming for a realistic portrayal of controlling an earthworm, they nailed it. As a side-scroller, Earthworm Jim plays well, but everything else is a mess. As soon as you have to traverse any obstacle, everything falls apart due to the painfully unresponsive controls.

click to enlargeClimbing a simple horizontal chain turns into an ordeal if you happen to wish to jump up a platform. You simply won't. As much as you push up on the analog stick and jump, Jim only jumps down, often leading to frustrating deaths. His trademark "worm whip", a sort of Indiana Jones swinging mechanic, is also extremely finicky with an ultra-sensitive analog stick movement that becomes a huge pain in certain spots in the game.

This remake does have an exclusive feature that is surprisingly strong - online and local multiplayer. Up to four worms can join a limbless crusade in 16 original levels based on the single-player campaign. The whole run can take up to two hours, depending on whom you have the luck of pairing with. These levels are challenging and fun, though also torturous if your friends aren't keeping up with the pace.

The two-dimensional side-scrolling section of Xbox Live Arcade has been quickly filling up with very cool games, and it has become harder to say "pick up this game without blinking". Though Earthworm Jim HD has wonderful graphics and is fairly inexpensive, it suffers from a lot of control problems that will make you want it to borrow back into the ground it came from.
C+ Revolution report card
  • Upgraded visuals look sharp
  • Multiplayer is very fun...
  • ...if you are not playing with idiots
  • Horrible controls make tricky sections a nightmare
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Earthworm Jim HD


More On GameRevolution