ISO 9000, also called The Planet of Paperwork in some manuals, is the seventh level of Earthworm Jim 2.
In Earthworm Jim's quest to save Princess What's-Her-Name from the clutches of Psy-Crow, the nefarious villain has trapped Jim in the bureaucratic black hole at the center of the Galaxy, from which Psy-Crow hopes Jim will never emerge.
ISO 9000 is a planet comprised almost entirely of legal paperwork, supervised by the malicious Masked Lawyers, turned insane by all the paperwork, and sorted endlessly by the killer Filing Cabinets. Jim must navigate through the mountains of lost memos and paper jams to find the world's only exit, a Door which seems to grow farther away with every step, just like the end of the work day...
Along the way Jim must deal with the nefarious flaming furnaces, spiky shredding belts and rotating bars that "dispose" of unwanted paperwork and help reclaim the planet's roving pet Mice in their large, circular rolling cages.
Nintendo SNES port
Sony PlayStation port
- ISO 9000 does not have its own music. Game music composer Tommy Tallarico reused music from earlier levels for ISO 9000.
- In earlier ports of Earthworm Jim 2, Tallarico reused the guitar-track "Subterranean", which was the music for the earlier level Lorenzen's Soil.
- In later ports of Earthworm Jim 2, the music used is the same as that of the Granny/Granny chair Scottish-sounding theme from the first level, A.B.T.
- The music and background artwork of this level have differed greatly among the various ports and regional releases of Earthworm Jim 2.
- In the real world, "ISO" is an acronym for the "International Organization for Standardization". Within the context of the game, the "I" presumably instead refers to "Interplanetary", "Interstellar", or "Intergalactic".
- The name of this level is a joke on the complex bureaucratic and corporate "quality management strategy", also named ISO 9000, which has been in place since the late 1980s. ISO 9000 is now used as a global standard in big business, with millions of companies ISO-certified, although the strategy is not without criticism. This is not least due to the massive amount of paperwork involved with ISO 9000, and also since many critics have questioned the general effectiveness of the strategy.