ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove is a reboot of the classic game that was successfully Kickstarted back in March 2016 when it reached $508,637 of its $400,000 goal.
Yo! Check it out… ToeJam and Earl are back on Earth once again, getting funky and running from those crazy Earthlings. Deja vu! (deja vu!) Here’s the basics… TJ decides it’s a good idea to “borrow” the Rapmaster Rocketship from Lamont (no point waking him up, right?), so he and Big E. can take Latisha and Lewanda out for a joyride. While they’re in orbit around Earth, maybe showing off just a little, TJ tells Earl to crank the bass on the speakers and “Press the RED button!” Unfortunately, that’s the button that says: “Black Hole – Do Not Press!!” (Doh!) You can pretty much guess the rest, TJ and Earl once again find themselves searching for the pieces of their Rocketship, collecting power-up presents left lying around by Santa, and dealing with the less-than-rational human beings.
Back in the Groove is a mash-up of the very best features from the classic console games (that’s one and two, y’all), with a pile of new features thrown in. The goal is to give old skool TJ & E fans a pure blast of funky nostalgia, and give new players a taste of the light-hearted, co-op play that is TJ & E.
Being developed by Humanature Studios and published by Adult Swim Games, a new teaser has been released showing what the Kickstarter money went towards:
ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove was initially planned for release on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. A console version was discussed in the Kickstarter but no firm plans were announced. However, now Adult Swim Games is involved it seems the plans have changed with PC and consoles planned for a 2017 release.