Nostalgia Overload: Toejam And Earl’s Creator Is Kickstarting A Sequel
Keep in mind Toejam and Earl? It’s the sport that taught the Sega Genesis-proudly owning youngsters of the early 90s the worth of a cool recent bass monitor.
Now it’s again — that’s, assuming sufficient individuals throw cash at it on Kickstarter.
For many who by no means performed it, Toejam and Earl was a prime-down motion recreation whereby the sport’s namesake characters ran round randomly generated ranges and tried to gather items of their wrecked spaceship. It wasn’t the hugest business success, however the recreation’s absurd humor, killer soundtrack, and loopy enjoyable multiplayer helped to show it into one thing of a cult hit through the years.
Greg Johnson, one of many two guys behind the unique Toejam and Earl, has simply launched a $four hundred,000 Kickstarter marketing campaign for a sequel he’s dubbed Toejam and Earl: Again In The Groove.
The search: to make a Toejam and Earl recreation in the identical vein as the primary one, versus the not-so-nice sequels that adopted.
You see, this isn’t the primary time Greg has tried to deliver extra Toejam and Earl to the world. It’s not even the second.
Each occasions, although, selections from above (learn: the publishers) pressured the video games to stray from the roots that made the unique a cult basic.
The proposed answer? Ditch the publishers, increase cash on Kickstarter and construct a recreation modeled after the primary one.
Randomly generated ranges? Examine. Absurd humor? Clearly. Multiplayer co-op? Yep! And this time, it’s 4-participant as an alternative of two. (“Toejam and Earl and two different dudes” isn’t an excellent identify, although, in order that they stored it brief.)
Will it work? Maybe! Two hours after the launch of the marketing campaign, it’s raised about $15k of the $four hundred,000 it wants with subsequent to no fanfare. It’s not precisely Pebble Time’s $500,000 in 17 minutes” absurdity, however it’s a begin!
In fact, that is not at all the primary time a well known recreation maker of the 90s has turned to Kickstarter to gasoline their newest efforts. Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune used it for Mighty No. 9. Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel used it for Armikrog. Monkey Island’s creators raised over half one million for Thimbleweed Park. Tim Schafer’s DoubleFine raised a staggering $three.three million there. The listing goes on and on.
In contrast to most of the aforementioned, although, Toejam and Earl’s creators apparently nonetheless maintain the rights to their unique creations — and thus could make a direct sequel, moderately than a “religious successor.”
Greg and Co. are specializing in constructing for simply Mac, Home windows and Linux at first — presumably as a result of constructing for the consoles can complicate issues and be costly. “We hope to ultimately put this onto all platforms however this can, in fact, rely upon funding and on getting preparations arrange with the platform distributors,” the staff writes.
The primary Kickstarter tier that features a copy of the sport begins at $15, with the 4-individual workforce hoping to ship the sport by November 2015. You’ll find their Kickstarter marketing campaign proper over right here.