Wanna see a worm flex his muscles before dropping his drawers? If so, then Earthworm Jim is the game for you! Once upon a time, a lowly invertebrate named Jim overheard a lot of ruckus above. He peeked his head up and out of the safety of his underground hole, only to have an intergalactic supersuit land directly atop him, changing everything in his, up-to-that-moment, meaningless life!

At the beginning of the premiere level, the newly transformed Earthworm Jim whips a refrigerator with his body, which falls onto a fallen tree branch that was carefully balanced on a cliff’s edge, that acts as a fulcrum, which launches an unsuspecting cow grazing nearby high into the sky! Almost instantly, the words “Cow Launched” are proudly displayed on the television screen. The results of using this Rube Goldberg type device will come to haunt our hero in the end.

Jim, nestled safely within his new digs, can use his own elastic and string-like body as a weapon or tool. His new-found abilities allow him to crack himself like a whip, sling himself vertically as a living bungee cord, use his own body as a lasso, attach himself to the environment (similar to a grappling hook) and even spin his upper extremities like a helicopter propeller to gently glide to safety. Earthworm Jim is also armed and dangerous, sporting such weapons as the Plasma Blaster, the Bubble Gun, the Three-Finger Gun and the ultimate in hand gun joy with a brutal recoil… The Barn Blaster!

Check out more of these in Michael Thomasson’s Book Downright Bizarre Games book available at Good Deal Games and make sure to sign up to get Old School Gamer Magazine for free by clicking here!

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Michael Thomasson is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He currently teaches college level videogame history, design, and graphics courses. For television, Michael conducted research for MTV’s videogame related program Video MODS. In print, he authored Downright Bizarre Games, and has contributed to nearly a dozen gaming texts. Michael’s historical columns have been distributed in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has written business plans for several vendors and managed a dozen game-related retail stores spanning three decades. Michael consults for multiple video game and computer museums and has worked on nearly a hundred game titles on Atari, Coleco, Sega and other console platforms. In 2014, The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Thomasson had “The Largest Videogame Collection” in the world. His businesses sponsor gaming tradeshows and expos across the US and Canada.  Visit www.GoodDealGames.com.


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