Earthworm Jim: Special Edition

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Earthworm Jim: Special Edition
System(s): Sega Mega-CD
Publisher: Interplay
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
US
T-125045
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Mega-CD
EU
T-125045-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£39.9939.99[2] T-125045-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega-CD
AU
OFLC: G8
Sega Mega-CD
BR
063546
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

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Earthworm Jim: Special Edition (often simply known as Earthworm Jim) is an enhanced version of Earthworm Jim for the Sega Mega-CD.

Gameplay

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition features all the content from the Mega Drive version of Earthworm Jim, but includes an extra level, "Big Bruty". Other levels have been expanded, and there are now three different (fully voiced) endings depending on the difficulty chosen. Other additions include a new homing missile weapon, a password system, new cheat codes and some new animations in the introduction and endings of the game.

Being a Mega-CD game, Special Edition features an enhanced CD audio soundtrack, and features more voice clips (all of which are clearer then their Mega Drive counterparts). On the other hand, CD loading times are introduced between stages.

Items

Plasma Power
Adds 250 rounds of plasma power to the pistol.
Mega Plasma
Adds 1 extremely powerful shot to the pistol (up to 9 at once) that will instantly wipe out any regular enemy in one shot.
Homing Shells
Tracks down the nearest enemy and destroys it with the power of a Mega Plasma shot. Each Homing Shell collected increases Jim's stock by 3.
Suit Power
Recharges a small percentage of the suit's energy.
Super Suit Power
Recharges a huge percentage of the suit's energy.
Extra Life
Awards an extra life.
Asteroid Shield
Appears only in Andy Asteroids. These can be activated with B to temporarily protect Jim from asteroids.
Atomic Accelerator
Appears only in Andy Asteroids. Instantaneously gives Jim's rocket a burst of speed.
Fuel Pod
Appears only in Andy Asteroids. Collect 50 of these to earn a continue.

Extra level

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Big Bruty
Named after Nick Bruty, one of the artists, Big Bruty is a level exclusive to the Mega-CD version of the game, and is played immediately after What the Heck. In this level, the player needs to avoid giant bees while luring the planet's mascot around - they need to get close enough to him for him to pick up Jim's scent and chase him, knocking away obstacles impeding Jim's progress. Getting too close to him (or trying to jump over him) will make him quickly snap his jaws around Jim, eating him whole.

Production credits

  • Program: Andy Astor
  • Additional Programming: David Perry, Nicholas Jones
  • Original Concept: Douglas Tennapel
  • Directing Animator: Mike Dietz
  • Animators: Douglas Tennapel, Edward Schofield
  • Art Director: Nick Bruty
  • Lead Artist: Steve Crow
  • Level Designer: Tom Tanaka
  • Ink and Paint: Eric Ciccone, Mike Pilotti
  • Clean Up: Clark Sorenson, Ryan Silva, Nicky Wilson
  • Assistant Artist: Lin Shen
  • Designed by: Many, Many Shiny Meetings
  • Produced by: Justin Siller
  • Music & Sound FX: Tommy Tallarico Studios, Inc.
  • Development Tools by: Andy Astor, Dan Chang, Psy-Q
  • Director of QA: Jeremy S. Barnes, 'Morpheus Blackstaff'
  • Console Technician: Brian 'Mac' McInerny
  • Lead Testers: Yuki Furumi, Dave 'The Pinky' Simon
  • Testers: Steve Rizor, Larry Smith, Chris Parker, Shane Cleavelin, Jeff Barnhart, Darren Monahan
  • Special Thanks: Brian Fargo, Becky Tran, Michael Koelsch, Rick Thrasher, Tex Avery, Shiny Spouses
Source:
In-game credits
Earthworm Jim MCD credits.pdf
[4]

Magazine articles

Main article: Earthworm Jim: Special Edition/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in GamePro (US) #69: "April 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №28, p36/37
Sega Mega-CD
93
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
92
[5]
Electronic Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
63
[6]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US)
89
[7]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
98
[8]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
98
[9]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
89
[10]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
90
[11]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
87
[12]
Mega (UK) PAL
94
[13]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
97
[14]
Mega Fun (DE)
89
[15]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[2]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
75
[16]
Player One (FR)
90
[17]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
96
[18]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
94
[19]
Todo Sega (ES)
95
[20]
VideoGames (US)
100
[21]
Sega Mega-CD
90
Based on
18 reviews

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition

Mega-CD, US
EWJ MCD US Box Back.jpgEWJ MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Earthwormjim mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
EWJ MCD EU Box Back.jpgEWJ MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
EWJ MCD EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Earthworm Jim SE (EURO) INS.jpg
Manual
Mega-CD, AU
EWJ MCD AU front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, BR
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
394,590,336 1995-01 CD-ROM (US) T-125045
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
378,587,328 1995-04 CD-ROM (EU) T-125045-50

External links

References


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