Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim was developed by Shiny Entertainment and released for Sega Genesis in 1994. The game received a sequel Earthworm Jim 2.

It's not just a game. Earthworm Jim is an animated television series based on this video game. The cartoon was broadcast on Kids' WB from September 9, 1995 through to December 13, 1996. The show lasted for two seasons, with a total of 23 episodes produced.

Original description (US box):

The best game ever to hit a screen. This isn't Game of the Year; this is GAME OF THE DECADE!

It's going to take miracle for another game in the 16-bit category to even compete with E.W.J for game of the year. this is a Game

Instructions

Enter - start;    Arrows - move;    X - whip;    C - jump;    Z - fire;
Esc = exit fullscreen;

You can change keyboard settings, save (F5) and load (F8) the game.
Put your mouse over the game and choose your settings, you can also play the game in fullscreen.