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The world's favorite spineless superhero returns in a 3-D adventure that, at first glance, appears to be a worthy successor to the original 16-bit version of this classic action arcade game. However, there's no squirming past the squeamish truth ofEarthworm Jim 3D--this game suffers from the dreaded bad camera angle syndrome.EWJcould have been a sleeper hit, but unless you have a strong tolerance for frustration, it's recommended that you avoid this one.

A trademark feature of all EWJ games is the title character's ongoing (and highly unfortunate) collision with cows--and this adventure is no different. The wiggly worm gets smacked in the cranium with a certain bovine and ends up in a cow-induced coma. So, the game takes place within Jim's mind, where he must collect his marbles in order to awaken again.

Despite having decently colored (but far from spectacular) graphics and a surprisingly cool soundtrack, EWJ is often unplayable. In a fully 3-D game that features so much running, jumping, and searching for goodies, a good view of the action is most important. But here, you'll spend way too much time attempting to manually adjust the camera. This, of course, is never any fun. And even if you decide to risk your sanity and play, you'll find a game that really doesn't improve on the 3-D gameplay standards of the N64 classic Super Mario World.

With a bit more work, this could've been at least marginally interesting. As it is, EWJ is better off buried underground with the other worms. --Mark Brooks

Pros:

  • Decent graphics that are brightly colored
  • Odd mishmash of music styles that fits the wackiness of the gaming world

Cons:

  • Simply horrendous camera that requires too much manual input to be of any use
  • Uninspired gameplay gives EWJ a rather tired feeling
  • Possibility of a sequel has us terrified
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review by . August 26, 2000
posted in The Gaming Hub
This game was terrable. Bad graphics, bad plot, classic moves and gameplay gone, it was not made by the same comepany who made the first two, and it ended up when it was done to only seem like a good idea! This is another great game that got killed when it was trasfered to 3D (Bubsy 3D anyone?), and just lacks more thought. Now this doesn't mean there's no hope for another Earthworm Jim game, Sonic had a few dissaster's in the 3D world on Saturn until SEGA learned to use the classic moves and feel …
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