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The title card for Puppy Love (Sega Genesis version of Earthworm Jim 2)

Puppy Love is a recurring level featured in Earthworm Jim 2. Throughout the course of the game, Jim will encounter this level three different times, with four rounds each time.

Puppy Love can be viewed as a replacement for the Andy Asteroids? bonus-type levels from the first game, since both are recurring, and both effectively act as mini-games. However, whereas Andy Asteroids? took place after every level, Puppy Love occurs less frequently, taking place after every second level.


Puppy Love takes place around the control tower of abandoned space port, at the edge of "Nowhere City". Jim must protect Peter Puppy's relatives from being thrown out of the control tower by Psy-Crow.

To accomplish this, Jim uses what's known as the "marshmallow o' love" to bounce the puppies safely to Peter on the opposite side of the level. Psy-Crow will eventually throw out a bomb, presumably by mistake, and when Jim bounces the bomb over to Peter, he throws it at Psy-Crow to deal damage to him, effectively ending a round.

There are four rounds in total during each appearance of the level, and each level, as well as each round, get progressively more challenging.

The Puppy Love levels are notable for the impressive line scrolling found in the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System versions of the game. It allows the level to appear as if it's taking place on a three-dimensional rendered background, when in reality, it was achieved through the use of innovative scrolling techniques.

The level itself bares a similar mechanic to Nintendo's "Fire" game from the Game and Watch lineup, where you have to rescue falling civilians and bring them to an ambulance.

Manual Description[]

"Puppy Love" (with music by Peter's Pound and Mary)

Psy-Crow has taken the Princess to Peter Puppy's world and now is holding Peter's puppies hostage, all 600 of them! Cornering Psy-Crow in an abandoned spaceport control tower on the edge of Nowhere City, Jim has to stop Psy-Crow from throwing the helpless puppies out the window and thus getting rid of any evidence! Use the giant marshmallow o' love to get the puppies back to Peter. Drop a few and Peter might get angry. And you know that getting Peter angry is like having a 900 pound weasel stuffed down your shorts! Yikes!

ProTip: Always go for the first puppy thrown. Follow the sequence and you'll get them there safely. Watch carefully where the puppies land, knowing where to position yourself is half the battle."[1]




Puppy Love - Earthworm Jim 2 (Arranged) Music Extended

Puppy Love level music

Game music composer Tommy Tallarico based the music of this level on fast-paced Italian folk music.

Tallarico used Tarantella Napoletana (Italian Tarantella folk music) for the main part, and Funiculì, Funiculà as the bridge by Luigi Denza (1846-1922).[2]

The game's manual also credited "Peter's Pound and Mary" on the musical theme.[3]


  1. North American Sega Genesis Earthworm Jim 2 instruction manual
  3. North American Sega Genesis Earthworm Jim 2 instruction manual