ToeJam & Earl have returned and this game is all that and a bag of chips. Aiight so listen up unless you wanna talk to the hand because this game is hella fly.
For Marcia’s sanity I will not continue this review with my 90’s slang.
(From Marcia: Thank you, I was about to angry snap in Z formation)
In a world of video game remakes, reboots, and nostalgia; ToeJam & Earl are among the most “Hey remember this game?”. Unique for its time players played as either ToeJam or Earl in an a rouge-like adventure to try and repair their crashed ship. They explored “Earth” and ran into wacky humans, opened presents, and ate food. Just like any alien would do. So here we are decades later and the funk fresh duo have returned on Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! plays a lot like the original game. Wander randomly generated levels, open presents, eat food, look for the spaceship pieces. What makes this new edition stand out is just how amazing it looks. The animation of each character in the game is smooth and the colors are vibrant. Players can choose between a number of familiar ToeJam & Earl characters and can even select “Old Skool ToeJam & Earl” to be played. Each character has stats that players can look at to determine how they want to play. Some might be better at finding cash, while others might have more health. These choices will make for a different experience on each playthrough.
From the minute you start ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! funky fresh beats will fill your earholes and have you bobbing your head. The music in this game is a great throwback to 90s hip-hop and it will leave you wanting to just stay on the menu to hear the music.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! takes everything that was great about the older games and brings them to a modern audience. While many people will remember playing this game when they were kids, they will now be able to make new memories playing this game with their kids. There are enough new features in the game to not make it feel like a complete reboot. Coupled with the old school charm of the original games, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove! is a must-buy for any fan of the original, or any family.
The author was given a copy of the game for review purposes.