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Game review: ‘Toejam and Earl’ returns with 90s aesthetic

Marcel Thee

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sat, July 13, 2019  /  11:59 am
Game review: ‘Toejam and Earl’ returns with 90s aesthetic

Cult favorite: Toejam and Earl make a return to the latest console systems for more odd adventures. (courtesy of HumaNature Studios /Limited Run Games)

Originally released in 1991, the original Toejam & Earl video game was a good summation of the era's eclectic tendencies in child entertainment. A newly released remake of the game titled Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove captures all of the franchise’s eager weirdness for a whole new audience, or simply for older gamers wanting to taste that nostalgia. Fans of the original game will likely take some enjoyment to it while newer gamers may feel the game's legacy precedes its playability. Exclusively released on the Sega Genesis, the original game introduced two rap-and-funk-loving alien creatures whose accidental crash-landing on earth takes them on a mission of trying to locate pieces of their spaceship, all in order to get back to their home planet. The co-op nature of the game was one of its strongest features, with a then-rare split-screen display for...