Earthworm Jim Hits App Store

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Gameloft has announced that the company has released the old SNES/Sega classic platformer Earthworm Jim to Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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The App Store version of Earthworm Jim boasts similar controls to other platformers that have been ported from older consoles to the Apple’s touch-screen devices. Players move around using an on-screen d-pad and buttons that, rather than the Megadrive’s A, B and C, simply depict what it is they’ll make your character do. Certainly it’s an addition to the App Store that will make train journeys for the iPod Touch and iPhone crowd a touch more enjoyable.

Interestingly enough, Gameloft also has plans to bring the old arcade game to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade, Nintendo’s Virtual Console and Sony’s PlayStation Network, which means that you’ll be able to get a bit of a mid-90s gaming fix almost entirely regardless of your choice of console.

As ever though, one of the most intriguing points to note about this release is that it’s managed to make its way through Apple’s App Store certification and approval process at all. As has already been pointed out, emulated content has been shot down before, if only for the fact that it’s running in an emulator. Of course, the big difference here is that the emulator and the ROM are part of the same app (as is the case with the App Store version of Sega classic Flashback).

We’re kind of curious to see now how many of these older games crop up on the App Store, now that the control scheme has been fairly effectively nailed and they can be played with some degree of accuracy.

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2 Responses to “Earthworm Jim Hits App Store”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    He’s a groovy guy!

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