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Earthworm Jim 3D

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Earthworm Jim 3D
Earthworm Jim 3D cover
VIS Entertainment
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows May 24, 2000
Monetization One-time game purchase
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Platform
Series Earthworm Jim
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Earthworm Jim
Earthworm Jim: Special Edition 1995
Earthworm Jim 1996
Earthworm Jim 2 1996
Earthworm Jim 3D 2000

Earthworm Jim 3D is a third-person platform game in the Earthworm Jim series.

The game offers high resolution support natively, and runs fine in modern Windows.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
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Lacks all in-game music.[1] Bundled with Earthworm Jim and Earthworm Jim 2.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameSave.SAV[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41600/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native 4:3 ratio is stretched to fill widescreen resolutions. See Widescreen resolution.
Native 4:3 ratio is stretched to fill ultrawide resolutions. See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No FPS cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

Use the Earthworm Jim 3D Trainer
  1. Download the Earthworm Jim 3D Trainer here.
  2. Edit the aRatio value inside Earthworm Trainer.exe.config to set the desired aspect ratio. Default is 16:9 (1.77).


Automatically applies the aspect ratio patch if the game is running.
Tested with the GOG version. Steam version support is unknown.
Vert-. The FOV decreases the higher the aspect ratio.


Input settings.
Input settings.


General settings.
General settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version only.
Available in GOG.COM version.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Game currently crashing after 1 minute with DGVoodoo2.

Issues fixed

The game does not start on certain GPUs

In certain graphics cards, such as the Intel Iris Xe Graphics, the game displays graphical glitches like low lighting in the graphical interface or inability to render 3D elements. While there’s no solution for this issue with integrated GPUs, there is a workaround.
Disable Nvidia Optimus[2]
Use DgVoodoo 2 wrapper[3]
  1. Download and extract DgVoodoo 2 wrapper.
  2. From MS folder copy files D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll and place them in a folder with a game (where EarthwormJim3D.exe file is).
  3. Start dgVoodooSetup.exe and configure General Settings.
  4. Go to DirectX tab and make sure Disable and passthru to real DirectX is unchecked.
  5. Choose dgVoodoo Virtual 3D Accelerated Card in Videocard field.
  6. Click Apply and OK.
  7. Start the game.

The text fonts are unreadable

In certain GPUs, the text fonts have graphical glitches and are not readable.
Use DgVoodoo 2 wrapper
Update drivers for gpu[4]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 MB
Video card (GPU) 3D Accelerator
DirectX 7.0 compatible
Other 8x CD-ROM drive


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/41600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (41600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Works fine but :: Earthworm Jim 3D General Discussions - last accessed on 2023-10-08
  2. Verified by User:Epicgames4 on 2024-01-16
    I was able to run the game without problem with this, Checked on Windows 11 Insider Preview 22635.3061 (ni_release).
  3. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - PCGamingWiki. Instructions taken from the previous page.
  4. Verified by User:Epicgames4 on 2024-02-07
    Verified on Windows 11 Insider Preview 22635.3139 (ni_release) in RTX 3070 Laptop (Bypassing Nvidia Optimus)