The Bottom Line
A tough-edged platform game, Earthworm Jim just doesn’t translate well to the mobile.
- Same visuals as the ‘90s classic
- Tough challenge
- Too hard
- Frustrating, repetitive gameplay
- Sloppy controls
- Weird story without context
- Run through an unusual cartoon environment
- Leap over bottomless pits
- Use weapons to dispatch quirky enemies
- Face inventive bosses throughout the level
Guide Review - Game Review: 'Earthworm Jim'
is one of many ‘90s character-driven platformers, but even the strange, quirky hero can’t save this aged old-school game. A worm using a spacesuit that gives human-like powers, Earthworm Jim must stop an evil force using his pea shooter and whiptastic sidearm. It’s a run-and-jump platformer, but it’s all about characters here: random crows attacking from above, animated garbage cans with vendettas and, perhaps the most strange, cows used as checkpoints. It’s a carbon copy of the old-school game, which is actually the problem here. First, the difficulty is extremely high – it starts with ridiculously frustrating jumps and gets even more difficulty. Second, the Sega Genesis-based controls don’t translate well to the touchscreen, making the already had game a waste. Finally, the wonderful characters aren’t even explained – no storyline here – so the funny, absorbing enemies are wasted and feel, well, random. Hate to say it, but Earthworm Jim
can’t be recommended in its current state, even to die-hard fans.
Release Date: October 2009
Reviewed On: iPhone/iPod Touch
Available For: iPhone/iPod Touch
Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars