ToeJam & Earl review - Sega Megadrive
What the Mean Machines staff thought
Toe Jam and Earl is a hilarious adventure. From the opening sequence (lasting several minutes) to the in-game banter between the two characters, the emphasis is definitely on comedy. This would mean nothing if the gameplay wasn't up to scratch but fortunately there is little to worry about in that department. The going is a little slow for the first couple of levels, but once you get into the swing of hunting for food and rocketship pieces and experimenting with the mystery items, it's a great game. However, the game does move a tad on the slow side, which does distract from the action. If you're after fun and frolics in a Megadrive cartridge, Toe Jam and Earl is a very worthwhile purchase.
What a bonkers game! Toe Jam and Earl is packed with wonderful things - from the whacked-out belly dancers to the jet-packed Santas, it's trip central all the way! The gameplay is quite laid back, but then it needs to be so that you can appreciate all the completely mental features. There are loads of really funny touches, especially when two players strut out together, and it's these that give the game it's incredible addictive qualities - you just want to keep playing and playing to see what comes next. It's not a difficult game to finish, but it's the compulsion to find and do everything possible that keeps you coming back. Toe Jam and Earl is definitely the strangest game I've ever played. Not everyone will like it - it's not normal enough for mass appeal - but I think it's destined to become a massive cult classic with those who like to hang out on the weird side…
This is a very strange game. It was hugely popular at the time and most Megadrive / Genesis gamers at the time will probably remember this. So how does it fare now? Well it's a bit like marmite. You either love it or you hate it!
Dan - 10 Mar 2009, 15:55 GMT
This game is the junk-food of retro-gaming, full of crap and no good for you but mystifyingly addictive. It was a game developed basically for when you're stoned, and worked a treat in that respect. Boring and repetative after a while, if your having a toke with a mate and want something to play when your fed up with soggy buscuit then id giv it a go.
mitzibishi - 22 Jul 2009, 03:39 GMT
cult game you may want to play if your into oldskool. definitely try it if your an enthusiast
JoseJones - 02 Dec 2009, 14:28 GMT
This has to be one of my all time faves of the megadrive
original funny and funky.
I still play this game now some 18 years after it was released
A true classic
Draco-yoh - 19 Oct 2011, 14:36 GMT
This game was way ahead of it's time, actually really awesome and nothing has come out similar since. The second game was good but the fact is SEGA didn't understand it, they had made a more advanced version of the original and expanded on the idea on the MD (T&E2) with different levels like snow jungle and urban but were made to change it to a platform game(Sonic the needlemouse is to blame) and the XBOX version? again, ruined by corporate heads with no idea of gameplay. This game in my opinion is as freash as the day it came out.