Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Classic funk-infused game 'ToeJam & Earl' revived on Kickstarter

Jessica Conditt, @JessConditt
February 26, 2015
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

It's odd to feel excited about the return of something that sounds as awful as "toejam," but here we are. The co-creator of ToeJam & Earl, a cult-hit dungeon crawler that launched on the Sega Genesis in 1991, is developing a brand new entry in the series, subtitled Back in the Groove. That's fairly adorable, considering the franchise involves a bunch of hip hop and funk. Creator Greg Johnson and his new team at Humanature Studios have gone full-on indie, currently seeking $400,000 by March 27 on Kickstarter. As of publication, they're more than a quarter of the way there, so things are looking groovy.

Back in the Groove features an old-school, 90s-comics art style and resurrects a few fan-favorite aspects from past ToeJam & Earl games. This includes co-op play -- split-screen and online -- funky music, hidden presents and 2D sprites. It's a roguelike, meaning once you die, you lose basically everything, and it has randomly generated levels, with worlds stacked on top of each other on a 3D terrain.

"TJ&E has always been a game of the heart for me," Johnson says. "It holds a special place that no other game does. This particular game is sort of a love letter to the fans.... What does that mean? It means that I'm going to be giving it my all, and so is my team. Here's hoping we get the chance to make something awesome."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

Presenting the Best of CES 2021 winners!

View
ICYMI: More gadget highlights from CES 2021

ICYMI: More gadget highlights from CES 2021

View
Canon made a site that lets you 'take photos' from a real satellite

Canon made a site that lets you 'take photos' from a real satellite

View
YouTube mobile app now lets you search with your voice while casting

YouTube mobile app now lets you search with your voice while casting

View
Pokémon games are available to play on Facebook

Pokémon games are available to play on Facebook

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr