Earthworm Jim

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Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim cover
Shiny Entertainment
DOS Rainbow Arts
Playmates Interactive Entertainment
Digital Interplay Entertainment
Digital Sega
Release dates
DOS April 30, 1996
Windows (DOSBox) October 7, 2008[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 26, 2012[2]
Linux (DOSBox) November 22, 2017[3]
Perspectives Side view
Genres Platform
Series Earthworm Jim
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Earthworm Jim on Wikipedia
Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim: Special Edition 1995
Earthworm Jim 1996
Earthworm Jim 2 1996
Earthworm Jim 3D 2000

Key points

For this port of the original game, redbook CD music was used, as would be the case on the Sega CD/Mega-CD & Windows "Special Edition" version.
Enhanced graphics compared to the original console versions.
Missing the level "Intestinal Distress", as was the case in the SNES version.
Generally runs at a sluggish speed compared to other versions, and is full of graphical glitches, particularly at the edges of the screen.
Controller support is notoriously poor.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Bundled with Earthworm Jim 2. Only available in The Whole Can 'O Worms bundle.
Bundled with Earthworm Jim 2. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
macOS (OS X)
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Bundled with Earthworm Jim 2 and Earthworm Jim 3D. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/38480/pfx/[Note 2]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

The game uses a system of "passwords" for the user to access each level they reach, therefore save files are non-existent.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Red Book CD audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 690 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.
  2. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/38480/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (38480) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.