Earthworm Jim Articles RSS Feed | Earthworm Jim RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Intellivision Amico To Debut Behind Closed Doors at E3 2019 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:17:25 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Intellivision Entertainment's upcoming micro-console, the Intellivision Amico, is set to be revealed to the public for the first time behind closed doors at this year's E3.

This will likely reveal a much more finalized design for the system than has been seen up until now, and according to a recent Intellivision Subscriber Newsletter, the company intends to show off 22 different games at the event to showcase the anticipated variety of the console's library.

The newsletter statement made by company CEO Tommy Tallarico explains in some detail what the plan for the console is for the future, and how the company intends to showcase this road-map at E3, describing a "4-pronged approach" to the console's launch library. Supposedly the launch library will be composed of:

  • 25% Classic/Retro: Re-imagined and upgraded favorites (including graphics, audio, modes and of course local Co-Op & Versus modes!)
  • 25% Original IP's: Brand new games that no one has ever experienced and that shows off the fact that Amico has both a touch screen and tactile controls in a multiplayer environment.
  • 25% Sports/Recreation: Not only the sports everyone would expect, but also a lot of casual and recreational sports like bowling, shuffleboard, pool, darts, fishing, etc.
  • 25% Board/Dice/Card/Word/Puzzle Games: Something that most non-hardcore gamers will feel comfortable with and can play with their family & friends.

Perhaps we'll hear more details about the previously announced Earthworm Jim sequel, which promises to bring back the original design team.

It's unclear whether the company's recently announced exclusive Eartworm Jim sequel will be part of this anticipated launch library, though it is possible that these details will be revealed to the press at the actual event next week.

Whatever the case, perhaps some clarity and a clear demonstration of what the Amico can do and what Intellivision's plan is for the system will create more excitement for the system's upcoming release in 2020.

Go Back to Oldschool: 8 Best Retro Games Currently on Steam Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:04:49 -0400 Allison M Reilly


When I first played Myst, I didn't get very far and didn't fully understand what I was supposed to do. But that didn't mean I didn't understand that Myst is a beloved point-and-click adventure game and is an experience every player should try to have at least once.


Don't expect a lot of hand-holding with this game; the mystery of Myst runs deep, and it's puzzles are some of the best in any game, old or new. 


Buy Myst on Steam of $5.99.




This slideshow is clearly not exhaustive, but there's certainly something for everyone, whether you're looking for a little nostalgia or want to play a title you didn't a chance to as a kid.


Which retro game do you want to play the most? Let us know in the comments!

Disney's Aladdin

In the movie, Aladdin just wanted to stroll around the block with Abu and his stolen bread. Disney's Aladdin, however, is no stroll. That lava wave can stay underneath the desert where it belongs.


Video games based off movies usually don't do well, but Aladdin is an excellent game. It's a good 'ole 2D side-scrolling platformer with strong attention-to-detail. It's difficult, but not too difficult.


The game sticks to the plot of the movie but fills in what's missing without twisting the story.


Buy Disney's Aladdin on Steam for $9.99.


Insaniquarium may not be the most top-of-mind retro title, but it's a fun, casual title with tons of fish. The game is a combination of puzzles and resource management. Players must manage money and food resources to keep the guppies alive.


Bosses come periodically to eat the guppies, so players must fend off the boss and protect as many fish as possible. If you're looking for a retro title you can play in short bursts, Insaniquarium is it.


Buy Insaniquarium on Steam for $4.99.

Bubsy Two-Fur

Bubsy Two-Fur is actually the first two games of the Bubsy series: Bubsy in Claws Encounters with the Furred Kind and Bubsy 2. The games got a lot of hype in the '90s, but the series lay dormant for decades until a new release in 2017.


Many people aren't aware of the bobcat hero, even with the new release, unless you played the games as a child. But there's no better time than today to start familiarizing yourself.


Buy Bubsy Two-Fur on Steam for $4.99.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 doesn't look like much today, but the game was incredibly fun back in 2002. Sure, it's not the first title in the franchise, but Tycoon 2 isn't too much different from the original RollerCoaster Tycoon.


Yet, considering management and construction simulators are all the rage lately, playing through Tycoon 2 can make it easy to appreciate how far the genre has come in the past 15 years.


And if playing the game on Steam isn't your fancy, know there is an open-source re-implementation of the game called OpenRCT2, which includes multiplayer support, auto-saving, and bug fixes.


Buy RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 on Steam for $9.99.

Earthworm Jim

This SNES classic is only available on Steam as a bundle with two of its sequels: Earthworm Jim 2 and Earthworm Jim 3D. The original game, Earthworm Jimis a '90s run-and-gun platformer with slapstick humor and creative characters. It's too bad the franchise hasn't seen much attention since, well, the '90s.


Fortunately, three of the four games are live on Steam for new fans and nostalgic gamers alike.


Buy the Earthworm Jim Bundle on Steam for $19.99.

Rise of Nations

The historical real-time strategy game that's not Age of Empires IIRise of Nations is the superior title, in my opinion. Why? Because Rise of Nations has more variety with air battles, seven ages of progression, and more types of resources to scout and use.


I also appreciate that I can be a nation like the Nubians and rewrite history as I conquer the world in modern tanks. For me, Rise of Nations is much easier to learn than AoE and is a great game for any RTS-noob.


Buy Rise of Nations on Steam for $19.99.

Tomb Raider 

Yes, the original Tomb Raider (and the entire rest of the franchise) is available on Steam right now. There in all its resplendent glory, Tomb Raider comes complete with clunky controls and clunky landscapes.


All of that aside, the original Tomb Raider shines because it's mentally stimulating without being overwhelming. There's space to take the environment in and think about your next steps without having to speed through levels or an ambush of enemies.


The version on Steam is the original MS-DOS version that did not have save crystals, so do not make the same mistakes I made.


Buy Tomb Raider on Steam for $6.99.


With brand-new games launching every day, there's no better way to spend your time than to play a game that's 25 years old, am I right?.


Fortunately, you don't have to use an emulator or search eBay for the original cartridge to go "old school" if that's something you're looking for. Plenty of retro games are available on Steam, both in their original form and their slightly-updated versions.


Here are eight retro titles you can get on Steam right now.

Classic SNES Titles That Should Make a Comeback On The Switch Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:00:01 -0500 Azreen_Azmi


Given the vast library of the SNES, there’s bound to be plenty more titles that deserve a comeback. But for now, if Nintendo can remake these five SNES classics on the Switch, it’ll make plenty of Nintendo fans happy. But which SNES titles would you like to see remade? Let me know in the comments below!


Another cult classic that was underappreciated when it was released, Earthbound is a SNES title that truly deserves a comeback on the Nintendo Switch. Known for its quirky take on RPG tropes, nods to pop culture, and unique setting, Earthbound oozes with a certain charm that’s unlike any other -- even to this day.


It’s no surprise then that it manages to amass a rabid and vocal fan base that still hopes for a sequel to this day. And we can’t think of a better place for Ness and friends to make their return, than on the Nintendo Switch.

Secret of Mana

For RPG fans, the SNES was considered the golden age for RPGs, with masterpieces such as Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger being released. Secret of Mana was one of those masterpieces but was sadly overlooked despite sharing the same publisher as the aforementioned RPGs.


Secret of Mana manages to hold its own with its addictive real-time combat system, fun co-op gameplay, and a haunting soundtrack that’s iconic in its own right.


A full-fledged Mana title would definitely work on the Switch as it can take advantage of the console’s ability to play multiplayer locally with the Joy-Con controllers.


Whenever someone mentions Battletoads, two things come to mind; that infectious pause menu music and the hilariously difficult bike level. Despite having a reputation for being the hardest platformer ever made, Battletoads had quite a following when it was released on the SNES back in 1991.


While Battletoads went on to have several sequels and tie-ins, with the recent being a playable character on Killer Instinct, a new release that brings back the insane difficulty and cheeky humor on the Nintendo Switch is what we're clamoring for.

Earthworm Jim

Another cult classic that was much beloved on the SNES, Earthworm Jim boasted some of the most impressive animations, many of which still hold up to this day. Combine that with a zany art style, and surprisingly tight platforming gameplay, Earthworm Jim is a SNES classic that deserves a modern remake.


Given that we haven’t had a new Earthworm Jim release since the 90s, we think it’s about time that the grooviest earthworm makes his return on Nintendo’s newest console.


A cult classic among Nintendo gamers, ActRaiser is a classic SNES title that was criminally overlooked when it was released back in 1991. Mashing up two entirely different genres -- city-building and action platforming -- ActRaiser is one of those games that fans have always been clamoring for a remake.


Sure, the thought of an ActRaiser that you can play anywhere is definitely tantalizing, but unfortunately, the original developer (Quintet) has long since become defunct. So alas, it doesn’t seem like there are any plans to remake it for the Switch, but there should be.


March 3rd is just around the corner and gamers are plenty excited for the release of the Nintendo Switch.


However, what gamers should be more excited for is the prospect of Nintendo bringing back classic Nintendo titles and remaking them for the current generation. Which classic titles you may ask?


Well, here are a few that Nintendo should consider.

Interplay to Sell Various Gaming IPs and Assets Thu, 08 Sep 2016 03:36:05 -0400 Brawler1993

Some of you may not have heard of Interplay, but chances are you've heard of some of their games. Earthworm Jim, Baldur's Gate, Lost Vikings, Boogerman, Clay Fighters; that's a small sample of what Interplay had to offer back in the 'good old days'. Today, though, they've become more of a licensor of gaming software instead of a developer and are now planning to sell pretty much their entire library of game IPs, assets, and characters.

Eric Caen, president of Interplay, explained the reasoning behind the decision:

"Interplay has entertained millions of players with its well-recognized games, including Earthworm Jim, Freespace, Giants, Kingpin, Messiah, MDK, Run Like Hell, Sacrifice, Battlechess, Clayfighter, Dark Alliance, and Descent. As game creators, we are proud of the entertainment these properties have provided over the years. With the proliferation of mobile, augmented reality, virtual reality and other new forms of consumption, we believe that consumers are ready to experience and interact with Interplay's characters, stories and game play in ways never possible before. We look forward to seeing how this unique portfolio of interactive entertainment icons will evolve for the worldwide audience."

Theoretically, there's nothing stopping you from purchasing these IPs yourself... assuming you've got the money for it. Though it's most likely that actual game developers or publishers and the like will snap these up first.

And while it's unlikely that there's anybody clamoring for another Clayfighter, the likes of Earthworm Jim and Baldur's Gate would make some gamers happy if they received new installments.

Earthworm Jim creators bringing Kickstarted Armikrog to Steam on Sept. 8 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:18:01 -0400 PencilPusha

Armikrog is a stop-motion claymation adventure game starring Tommynaut and Beak-Beak, who land on a strange alien planet while exploring space. Created by the same folks who brought Earthworm Jim into the world years ago, Pencil Test Studios introduced Armikrog to the world via Kickstarter and 18,126 generous gamers donated $974,578 to bring it to life.

According to the official site, Tommynaut is the main character who is a space explorer and alongside him is his blind alien dog, Beak-Beak. They crash on a strange planet while surfing through space and suddenly get captured by scary alien creatures and are thrown in a mysterious fortress. It is then that they learn the name of the planet: Armikrog.

The gameplay trailer on YouTube looks like a cartoon with an art scheme that resembles that of Earthworm Jim. Players click on items for Tommynaut to interact with, like picking up items on the ground or looking out of windows to see what's on the other side. Players can also click on levers to open doors so Tommynaut and Beak-Beak can continue to the next area. There are strange obstacles, monsters that look like evil dust bunnies with tongues like ropes that have eyes, characters that look like a strange cross between a square piece of cheese and a chip, and some weird guy with a green aura who resembles a wannabe Jedi and seeks to help Tommynaut and Beak-Beak on their quest to escape Armikrog. 

The character design is simple like the voice overs, which admittedly sound like they're still in-studio, recording.

However, the game has an inviting alien world waiting to be explored. The levels are all different, wacky in design, extremely detailed and very colorful.

Armikrog is coming to PC and Mac via Steam on September 8.

10 Classic Video Games You Can Share with Your Kids Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:51:41 -0400 K.W. Colyard


Do you and your kids enjoy the same kinds of video games? What classic games have you already introduced them to? Let us know in the comments!


The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has been ported to many platforms since it debuted on the Sega Genesis back in 1990. You can play it on the 3DS Virtual Console for $4.99.


Also available: Sonic Labyrinth


The Sly Cooper franchise may not be getting a prequel on the PlayStation 4, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the trilogy with your kids. Pick up The Sly Collection on PlayStation 3 for about $20.


The Punch-Out!! franchise got a much-needed reboot on the Wii in 2009, but you can also find the original on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Consoles for $4.99.


Also available: Super Punch-Out!!


If there was one game that defined our childhoods, it was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. At $40, it's by far the most expensive game on this list, but we think you'll agree that the experience is worth it.


Also available: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past


Xbox 360's Konami Classics Vol. 1 features FroggerCastlevania, and Contra for around $15, or you can jump on the Crossy Road bandwagon and dodge traffic to infinity for free.


Not much has surfaced regarding the fourth installment in the Earthworm Jim franchise since 2008, but you can play the original on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for under $20.


The classic NES title, DuckTales, was remastered in 2013 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC. You can find a copy for around $15 (prices vary).


I guarantee, your kids will hate that laughing dog as much as you did. Snag Duck Hunt on the Wii U Virtual Console for $4.99.


Whether you're playing on a home console or handheld system, Donkey Kong is ready and waiting for you and your child. Find it on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Consoles for just $4.99.


Also available: Donkey Kong Country.


If you've gotten rid of your Nintendo 64, or just don't feel like searching for it in the attic, you can download Banjo-Kazooie from the Xbox Live Arcade for $14.99.


Also available: Banjo-Tooie.


Aging is hard. No matter how hard you try to stay on top of your game, the younger generations eventually overtake you, because they’ve grown up with technologies you’ve had to adapt to use. Sharing your childhood pastimes and passions with your children can often be difficult. You’re offering them a form of entertainment that’s decades older than the ones they’re used to enjoying, so it’s no small wonder they can see the flaws you were able to ignore: visible wires, boom mics, zippers, and cracks.


Their children’s rejection of the things they loved can be particularly difficult for gamers, especially those who were forced to give up their hobby in favor of work, education, or familial obligations. These people are now out of touch with the same video game technologies in which their children are fluent. The hurdle, therefore, isn’t just a generation gap; they’re speaking entirely different languages.


But gamer parents needn’t worry. Manufacturers have been organizing game ports since Pong became Home Pong, and that tradition is showing no signs of stopping. Here are ten classic video games you can share with your kids.

10 Most Memorable Songs In Video Games Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:21:08 -0500 Death Metal Hero


10.) Hotline Miami - Miami


Some of you might say that Hotline Miami seems a bit out of place on this list, and to a degree you're right. But to be completely honest, I feel that Hotline Miami has one of the best and most memorable soundtracks of any game in the past ten years. The simple yet constant repetition of the main riff, followed by the thumping bass and drums makes this song one of the most instantly recognizable video game themes in recent times.


9.) Earthworm Jim - New Junk City Theme


Composed by the legendary Tommy Tallarico, it should come as no surprise that one of his games made it on the list. With its atmospheric synth keyboards, gallop-like bass riff, and progressive song elements. New Junk City is an instant classic among gamers young and old alike.


9.) Sonic 2 - Chemical Plant Zone Theme


Many would suggest the “Green Hill Zone” Theme from the original Sonic, but there is something extremely catchy about the Chemical Plant Zone theme. From the upbeat feel of the song, to the tidal wave of keyboard riffs. Although both themes are highly memorable, I feel this one is just a bit better.


7.) Killer Instinct - Main Theme


Very few fighting games have a strong and memorable soundtrack like Killer Instinct does. There is a lot of really good songs in Killer Instinct but the main theme has the most raw power to it. The heavily distorted guitars with the atmospheric synth keyboards bring a unique sound that is easily recognized by any fan of the fighting genre.


6.) The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time - Hyrule Field Theme


For some gamers this is the theme song of their childhood. Not only is Ocarina of Time one of the best Legend Of Zelda games of all time, it also has the best soundtrack in the franchise. The sweeping string section, the steady march of the snare drum, and the blasting horns makes this one of the most recognizable themes in video games.


5.) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - Bloody Tears


Although bloody tears first appeared in Castlevania II for the NES, the remake of the song for Dawn Of Sorrow is by far the best iteration. The gothic and symphonic elements that were in the original song shine through in this version. This upbeat track has one of the most memorable piano riff’s in the history of video games.


4.) Super Metroid - Brinstar Depths


Very few themes in video games are as atmospheric and memorable as Super Metroid’s “Brinstar Depths” Exploring through the depths with this theme playing truly brings the alien world to life. Everything about this theme song is near perfection from the piano riff to the synth “Ah’s” Every instrument brings a new level of depth to this masterpiece. 


3.) Megaman 2 - Dr Wily Stage 1


The Megaman franchise is loaded with amazing theme songs and memorable enemies. But when you finally reach the first stage of Dr. Wily’s fortress, Capcom decided to bring their best. Very few themes have the inspirational impact as this theme does, it’s like an E-Tank for your will power.


2.) Final Fantasy IX - You’re Not Alone


A truly heart-wrenching moment in the Final Fantasy franchise. After Zidane learns that he is only made to destroy, he falls into a major depression. Questioning himself and the friendships he has made, he is determined to finish the story alone. The choir that comes in halfway through the song is the powerhouse effect, which is guaranteed to send chills down your spine.


1.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island - Baby Bowser’s Theme


The second phase of the Baby Bowser fight in Yoshi’s Island is by far one of the most epic moments in the Super Mario franchise. The shrieking synth guitar sets the mood perfectly for this boss battle; eerie and evil. Then the song explodes into a thrashing heavy metal jam. There’s nothing quite as epic as heavy metal jam during a gigantic boss battle.


Over the years we all have experienced a lot of epic and memorable songs in the realm of video games. Without music, our most cherished moments would only be a sliver of their full potential. The music in video games is a puppeteer pulling on the strings of our emotions, making the hatred we feel for the villain all the stronger, and the lover for the hero more personal. I have chosen to leave out some of the more obvious 'famous' songs for more personal choices.