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Earthworm Jim (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Earthworm Jim

Developer: Shiny Entertainment
Publishers: Playmates (US), Virgin Interactive (EU)
Platform: Genesis
Released in US: August 2, 1994
Released in EU: August 5, 1994


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?

A Lumbricus terrestris in a robotic suit faces off against the likes of a mad scientist with a simian fused into his crown, an alien made of snot and a hideous queen with a gigantic gastropod mollusc for buttocks.

It could only be Earthworm Jim, or perhaps one of its sequels...

David Perry's Private Cheat Mode

Hey-shiny-crew-hidden-text.png David-perry-private-cheat-mode.png

A debug mode still exists in Earthworm Jim. It displays information about how much memory is used by the game, as well as its build date. During game play, pause the game and enter the following code: Left + A, B, B, A, Right + A, B, B, A.

A screen showing the Shiny Entertainment staff will appear, followed by the debug menu.

Menu item Operation
CHEAT MODE Enables invincibility.
START ON LEVEL Use A and B to select a level, then press Start to begin.
FREEZEABILITY Prevents the game from dimming the screen when paused.
MAP VIEW MODE Use the control pad to move the camera around the level; press A to move Jim to the current location.
NTSC PAL
David-perry-private-cheat-mode.png Earthworm Jim Gen PalCheat.png

The PAL version of the game was built three days after its NTSC counterpart.

Unused Text

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: What is this? Does it have anything to do with an anti-piracy check?

This string can be found in the ROM:

HA! HA! HA! - FOOLED YOU!!! SIGNED.... YOUR PAL, THE GAMESMASTER!