Game manual description
In "What the Heck?", Jim must navigate his way through the strange planet of Heck, and find his way to Evil the Cat. This level is a hell-type place, with various fire traps, pulley-activated gates, green teleportation crystals, lawyers and bankers, Shadow Demons, Rusty the Snowman and elevator music.
When Jim makes it to Evil the Cat, Evil actually manages to take away the Super Suit. Jim must reclaim the Super Suit to fight Evil head-on, and then take Evil's nine lives.
- The Special Edition of the game on the Sega Mega CD has an expanded section of the level, just before the mini-boss half way through.
- Before you encounter him, Evil the Cat can be seen in the background perched on high ledges, dancing over the flames and screams, and watching you. In Earthworm Jim HD, Heck was significantly reworked to appear even more bright and fiery, and as though Evil the Cat is perched atop a live volcano mid-eruption.
Tommy Tallarico's soundtrack for "What the Heck?" includes some of his own compositions, along with classical music.
The first part of the song that plays in this level is a rendition of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's song, Night on Bald Mountain (1867).
It repeatedly transitions to Tallarico's cheesy elevator music, with the many bloodcurdling screams of Evil the Cat's victims added, as well as a few menacing cackles.