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Toejam And Earl - Back In The Groove / Kickstarter Campaign (Until March 25, 2015)

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Hello guys, if you loved the golden era of Sega Mega-Drive Genesis or you like coop and comedy games you should Back this project. ToeJam & Earl fans unite! This time Sega won't be publishing this game, as indies it now depends on us funding the creators and real owners of this game (Greg Johnson and Mark Voorsanger) with Kickstarter.

The game revisits the format of the original game, featuring 2D character models on 3D worlds with overhead perspective, and is planned to support local coop and online multiplayer up to 4 players.

It will feature old and new earthlings (enemies), presents (items) and added gameplay mechanics:
- Some multiplayer only presents like "switch bodies" as it says, switch the players positions so it can be a good or bad thing;
- Cooperative moves like Toejam going over the shoulder of Earl and use a tomatoe machinegun;
- Each character will have it's unique stats so the gameplay from a character to another will be a different experience;
- There will be hats that you can wear to boost your stats;
- You can improve your character, some of the items can be carried between game sessions;
- There will be rhythm gameplay like toejam & earl 2 and if reaches the stretch goal, they will add the Hyperfunk Zone too.
- And much more...


The game will be DRM-Free as promised by the devs.
 

Short animated music video promoting the game


Fan testimonials video about Toejam and Earl


Toejam and Earl was a hit in 1991, an action game that was beyond it's time, was one of the first roguelike games, had random worlds, comedy, jokes, lots of good funk music, fun factor and it had a unique personality. All of that with splitscreen cooperative gameplay.
More info: http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/toejamandearl/toejamandearl.htm

At it's Kickstarter page there is some videos and some screenshots of its very early prototype of this new sequel.
That's why you must understand that it's not the final look, but only a concept of the working gameplay.
It will be released first for PC (Linux, Mac and Windows) and if it reaches stretch goals versions for videogame consoles will be ported sooner than it would be: PS4, XboxONE e WiiU.
 

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Screenshot of early prototype concept

 
At this very moment the campaign reached 76% of it's goal of US$ 400.000. We only have 1 week left! Let's make it happen!

:!:Now, don't forget to BACK and SPREAD THE WORD about this good news. :!:
URL :: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1578116861/toejam-and-earl-back-in-the-groove

They also have many updates on their facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toejam-and-Earl/352129104945409

If you have any questions ask the creators at kickstarter or over their facebook. They are really cool.

Cheers!

PS: I hope it isn't a problem to promote this beloved indie game to Sega fans. Sorry if it was. ;) Edited by Kormann

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I hope it isn't a problem to promote this beloved indie game to Sega fans.

I don't know if this was copy pasted or if you don't know were Behemoth fans not Sega fans. Anyways its pretty cool that Toejam and Earl are coming back, we don't have cool characters like that around anymore. I don't think I'll invest just because I'm not a fan of the gameplay, but all the power to the developers from revivng those guys!

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I hope it isn't a problem to promote this beloved indie game to Sega fans.

I don't know if this was copy pasted or if you don't know were Behemoth fans not Sega fans. Anyways its pretty cool that Toejam and Earl are coming back, we don't have cool characters like that around anymore. I don't think I'll invest just because I'm not a fan of the gameplay, but all the power to the developers from revivng those guys!

 

I wrote Sega fans because two of the best beat'em up franchises came from them, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe. Beat'em ups came from the arcades and Sega Genesis was targeted at arcade lovers.

I bought Castle Crashers because Behemoth was in some way inspired by those games and developed a great game. Usually who loves Castle Crashers loved those old games. This is why I had to share with you guys. :)

 

By the way, guys that like Castle Crashers humor and comedy and like some roguelike aspects of Don't Starve from Klei, will love Toejam & Earl. TJ&E was one of the first games that used comedy back in the

day. I thank it because after it we had lots of funny games like Earthworm Jim, Boogerman, Leisure Larry Suit Adventure, etc, and finally Castle Crashers. ;)

 

Ya it's nice to see a classic reviving.

I heard that Clayfighter and even Battletoads are coming back.

 

Thanks understanding the fan promotion thing ;D

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I'm actually really excited to see how this turns out! I already made the theme my ringtone. Crazy earthlings stressin' out man.

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@MorgLikesGames, I have the original tune as a ringtone too.
But nowadays my ringtone is the first level music from Kid Chameleon, the Woods. :)

I think they are going to hit the goal, they added lot's of addons for those that want to pledge more.
I'm also excited but it will take a long road till it's fully realeased. I don't know if I can wait that much.
Thanks that I have a lot of games to play till it's released. :)

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Just for your information guys, the game got funded :-P and we are close to the third stretch goal ($479,144 of $500,000) with 5 hours left of campaign.

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Just for your information guys, the game got funded :-P and we are close to the third stretch goal ($479,144 of $500,000) with 5 hours left of campaign.

Oh damn, that's pretty great news for Toejam & Earl fans.  :-o

 

I reckon the project will hit $500,000 no problem.

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I totally thought this Kickstarter was over and wanted to check on the progress.  I got to the page six minutes before funding ended haha.  I wasn't going to back it until two things popped up.  One:  I can back for fifteen bucks to get the game.  Good enough for me haha.  And two: I looked at the wiki for the original, saw that it was a Roguelike and figured why the heck not!  Roguelike games are my second favorite genre next to RPG/JRPGs, so I'm up for it.

 

I never got to play the original three games, but have heard of them briefly, but never really knew what they were.  So I guess backing the project literally within minutes of it ending is a sign or something.

 

I should really pick up the original ones, since apparently the first two are on the PSN, which is awesome.  Glad they got their funding, though, money seemed pretty slow when I first saw it.

 

Also, Kormann, you did your part in helping this project.  I wouldn't have even heard about this if not for this thread, so you can give yourself a pat on the back for that one.

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Nice to hear it from you @Dropped your Pocket :)

Since the beginning I wanted not to make a spam, I just wanted to make this "information" available so people that were interested in games related to this one in someway, would not be misinformed. I'm glad I helped and you could be part of it.

 

There were some communities of indie games (tip: of some really famous and recent games) that mods did not tolerated this and removed my threads without even noticing me. Which I think it's very agressive, I just couldn't understand.

In the other hand, Behemoth mod from Steam adviced me to come here and spread the word. I must thanks for your friendly support to other indie fellows. Behemoth forums got my respect.

 

:)

 

Going back to TJ&E:

Finally we got 508K and reached 3 stretch goals! TJ&E classic, Hyperfunkzone, Latisha, TJ cousin and Earl mom. It ended well. :D

Those that want to pledge more or are late for Kickstarter, wait for their Paypal link that they are setting up. It will be open for 2 weeks after their new announcement. That will be your last opportunity to reach other stetch goals, pre-purchase the game, get addons like figures, etc.

Wait for more updates here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toejam-and-Earl/352129104945409

And over their future website that they are still developing:
http://tjebackinthegroove.com/

My best regards,
Kormann

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I figured I'd make an update post on here regarding Toejam and Earl.  I'll be totally honest here, the Genesis was my first console as a child and my first game I remember playing was Streets of Rage 2 at the young age of two years old.  Looking into this game's history finally pushed me to get a Genesis again, and I won an auction for one on eBay that came with a few games.  

 

I also looked into the first TJ&E game, and holy crud, it's expensive these days!  I didn't realize what I was getting into, but I found an auction (again) for the first game that was being sold by a "pay it forward" type charity for far less than anyone else anywhere I saw, and snatched that up as well.  Throw in a second controller (original, not a cheap remake) from Amazon, and voila, I now have a Genesis on the way to my house.  Literally all because of this thread haha.  I am looking forward to playing this game and the original, though.

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I still have my Genesis but I do not own TJ&E games, but I rented them a lot back in those days. I own Streets of Rage 1 btw. If you don't know yet the fan made tribute about SoR, just check their forums, it's an awesome free game (Streets of Rage Remake).

Hey, have a good game! If you ever need some recommendations for your "new" console, let me know. It was my second and most loved one. ;D

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I still have my Genesis but I do not own TJ&E games, but I rented them a lot back in those days. I own Streets of Rage 1 btw. If you don't know yet the fan made tribute about SoR, just check their forums, it's an awesome free game (Streets of Rage Remake).

Hey, have a good game! If you ever need some recommendations for your "new" console, let me know. It was my second and most loved one. ;D

 

In time, I plan on picking up the second TJ&E game, along with basically every other game I owned as a child (All of the Sonic games, Streets of Rage, Earthworm Jim, etc.).  Luckily for me, one of my favorite games was Sonic Spinball, which is actually one of the four games coming with the system, so that's pretty cool.  The only reason I don't have my original Genesis is when my mom and dad split, some of the only things he got to keep were the game systems.  The only one my mom could actually re-buy for me that I begged for was the Playstation, and I still have that to this day along with my N64.  It'll be nice to add the system to my collection of nostalgia haha.

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I still have my Genesis but I do not own TJ&E games, but I rented them a lot back in those days. I own Streets of Rage 1 btw. If you don't know yet the fan made tribute about SoR, just check their forums, it's an awesome free game (Streets of Rage Remake).

Hey, have a good game! If you ever need some recommendations for your "new" console, let me know. It was my second and most loved one. ;D

I've gotta' check out that Streets of Rage Remake. SoR2 was one of my favourite Mega Drive games as a kid.  :-D

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