You might have missed the information a short while again that hip-hop aliens Toejam and Earl, beloved heroes from the Sega Genesis period, have been priming for a comeback with Back In the Groove, full with a gameplay system just like their very first journey. Well, prepare, funkonauts, as a result of they’ve formally received a launch date!
HumaNature Studios has introduced this morning that the motion roguelike sequence that includes the funky contemporary duo will probably be making its debut on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC beginning March 1. And to get you in a “jammin’” way of thinking, a brand new trailer has additionally been launched, which you’ll see above.
Here are the sport’s options, offered by way of the press launch:
The iconic ‘90s alien duo is again. ToeJam and Earl, hoping to impress Latisha and Lewanda, have…”borrowed” the Rapmaster Rocket. One black hole-related accident later, they’re again on the floating remnants of Earth, scrambling to choose up the items of their ship earlier than their residence planet of Funkotron notices something lacking.
Hidden all through the procedurally-generated ranges are presents with random results that assist the duo discover their ship components. Rocket skates, Icarus Wings, Boomboxes and greater than 60 different presents make every run really feel contemporary. Characters and unlockable hats that supply superior hidden powers persist throughout playthroughs so there’s extra to attempt for past getting again residence.
You would suppose a three-legged alien in dope threads could be the weirdest factor on the planet, however Earthlings give ToeJam and Earl a run for his or her cash. Sneak round people just like the Hula-Girl so that you don’t get hypnotized into shaking your hips, leaving you susceptible to assaults. Over 50 Earthlings starting from King Tut, armies of chickens and Internet Trolls roam round every stage, so get to know that are buddies and that are foe.
Back within the Groove’s received all of the traditional moments which made the sequence a staple of ‘90s gaming with trendy enhancements like on-line play, all in a nostalgic underground comedian fashion.
Up to 4 buddies can play collectively by on-line multiplayer and select from 9 characters — some blasts-from-the-past, some new and funky contemporary. Each character has their very own stats and particular talents. Console gamers can take pleasure in sofa co-op with two gamers complete, whereas PC will allow native co-op accommodating 4 gamers.
Minigames preserve ToeJam and Earl on their toes. The side-scrolling HyperFunk Zone from Panic on Funkotron is again so gamers can earn further presents and money. Feeling the beat? Jump right into a rhythm-based dance-off. Get able to jam out together with your homies to greater than 30 groovy tunes, together with traditional remixes from the unique video games.
“ToeJam & Earl: Back within the Groove! is what I’ve been eager to do for the sequence for over 20 years,” mentioned Greg Johnson, founding father of HumaNature Studios. “We’ve included just about the entire unique ‘oldschool’ characters and presents, and we’ve got a TRUCKLOAD of recent surprises, a lot of them fan-inspired. I believe we’ve captured the spirit of the unique sport, in addition to a number of what individuals cherished about sport two. I believe that is what our followers have been ready for. I can’t wait to see what they suppose!”
The sport will promote for $19.99 upon launch, making it fairly the cut price for followers.
In the meantime, in order for you your repair of traditional Toejam and Earl adventures, you possibly can play the primary two video games within the Sega Genesis Classics compilation, accessible now for Xbox One, PlayStation Four and PC, and releasing later this week for Nintendo Switch.