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The Bitereon Collection: 14 – Earthworm Jim (Genesis, 1994)

Earthworm Jim

The Bitereon Collection is a series on Default Prime that seeks to catalog the most important, interesting, and entertaining video games out there.  These are the games you should be playing, whether you know it or not.  These are the games that define the people who make them.  These are the games that define the people who play them.  These are the games that define video games as an art form.  Once a week, a new game will be inducted into the collection.

The new video edition of the Bitereon Collection makes its debut this week, by taking a look at the now defunct Shiny Entertainment’s flagship series, Earthworm Jim.  The game was a wacky and satirical spin on many action games out at the time.  Many of the game’s original concepts came from the twisted mind of Doug TenNaple, creator of the comic book Monster Zoo and the animated cartoon series, CatscratchEarthworm Jim saw the player taking control of the titular annelid across an array of zany and unbelievable stages in order to rescue the stunning bee-babe, Princess Whats-Her-Name, held prisoner by her sister, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt.  The humor was a bit overt, but it definitely got the job done.

TenNaple would truly become unhinged in the game’s sequel, which derived its humor more from gameplay rather than odd situations.  But in the mean time, the original game is still worth a look, with all the cows, boogers, and elevator music intact.


Past Entries

13: We Love Katamari
12: Katamari Damacy

11: Threads of Fate

10: Mario Paint

09: Sam & Max Season Two
08: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
07: Parappa the Rapper
06: Gunstar Heroes
05: ActRaiser
04: World of Goo
03: Rhythm Tengoku
02: Bionic Commando (1988)
01: LSD 

John-Charles is an avid video game enthusiast who loves games with strong story, smart design, and a lick of fun. He's very hopeful for the future where others are doubtful and looks back on retro games with fond memories. With a long history with games, both old and new, he tends to Defaullt Prime's veritable museum of games, The Bitereon Collection, with a new entry every week. He's also a studying engineer turned communications with an eye for design. He also thinks cartoons are neat.
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