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Retro Thursday: Action Platformer Games

Dec 10, 2015

This week on Retro Thursday, Kidzworld is visiting The Game Room to show off some great action platformer games!

Not only did the 90's produce some of the best video game commercials, they also gave us some timeless classics. Watch the video below!


The Game Room #3: Action Platformer Games


Earthworm Jim (1994)

Released for both the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo at launch. Earthworm Jim was jaw dropping the first time you saw it. Silky smooth and wonderfully ridiculous animations made Earthworm Jim Stand out among the crowd. There is a great amount of variety in the levels and gameplay. One moment your jumping through a junkyard, the next you're racing through space and after that, you might be fighting a giant booger while bungee jumping! And what other game let's you launch cows into the air and ride guinea pigs?

Earthworm Jim was also available on the Super Nintendo at launch.Earthworm Jim was also available on the Super Nintendo at launch.Courtesy of Shiny Entertainment

Dynamite Headdy (1994)

Dynamite Headdy was a pleasant surprise back in the day. The games I wanted to rent weren't in stock, so instead of leaving empty handed. I grabbed a copy of Dynamite Headdy not knowing what I was in store for.

What I found was one of the most imaginative and technically impressive games available on the Genesis. Developed by famed studio, Treasure, the creators of Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy puts you in the role of a puppet out to stop the an evil cat. All the levels are made up to look like theater stages and the world is very well realized. The best part? Dynamite Headdy has so many boss fights! You'll fight 6 bosses in the first 20 minutes alone!

Treasure were one of the best developers of the 90's.Treasure were one of the best developers of the 90's.Courtesy of Treasure

Kid Chameleon (1992)

One of the earlier releases on the Sega Genesis, Kid Chameleon hooked me with it's crazy challenges. There's a new virtual reality machine in town that is a little "too real". The boss of the game has gone rogue and is capturing all the children he defeats. Luckily, there's one kid that can't be beat. They call him, Kid Chameleon!

It's cheesy stuff but the gameplay is great. You find and wear different masks and helmets that imbue you with great powers. Put the Samurai helmet on and have deadly sword attacks. Or put the old school goalie mask on and now you can throw axes like the iconic film bad guy, Jason.

He was unbeatable. He was Kid Chameleon!He was unbeatable. He was Kid Chameleon!Courtesy of Sega

More Retro Goodness!

  1. The Game Room: Contra, Sonic 2 & Star Wars: Rogue Leader
  2. The Game Room: Die Hard, Crash Bandicoot & Mario Bros.
Have Your Say!

Which of this week's 3 games did you like the best? Sound off in the comments below!