Toejam and Earl Panic on Funkotron for the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive) - Great Video Games
The Second Toejam and Earl Game
I've played the fist Toejam and Earl game, and I have to say that I've never really liked it all that much. Finding random parts of a spaceship just doesn't seem very exciting. I've always loved the music in these games, though. When I was young, Panic on Funkotron was one of my all-time favorite games on any sytem. It's so great that I still play it every once in a while
The concept of the game is simple. A bunch of tourists have invaded their home planet of Funkotron, and Toejam & Earl have to search for all of them. They capture the tourists in a bunch of magic jars, and throw them into their spaceship. The basic idea is to send these annoying losers back to Earth.
It's a simple concept, but the game is truly epic in scope. The original game felt very open and desolate to me. There never seemed to be a lot going on. It was usually just a bunch of wandering around endless planes of nothingness for me. This game is jam packed with colorful characters and interesting visuals. It feels like the exact opposite of the first game.
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A Game That Shines
This game shines in so many different ways. There are lots of secrets, and tons of extra throw-ins that make playing this just a stellar experience. For instance, you can put a coin into a meter next to this bouncy, slimy stuff, and do a bunch of tricks. You get rated for how awesome your tricks are, and there are rewards. Then there's the Hyper Funk Zone, where you run your ass off and collect time clocks so that you can stay in it. The whole game is just jam packed with secret areas. It's amazing. There are even beat-box jam out dance competitions. It's great.
And heck, who didn't spend like 10 minutes listening to the game's music in the options menu? Yeah, it's that good.
Differences From the Original
The original game had an isometric "3D" perspective. Isometric is really just a clever 2D style of perspective that looks 3 dimensional. Anyway, the second game, Panic on Funkotron, becomes a full on 2D sidescroller. The sprites for the funky duo are nice and big, and everything looks crisp and clear. While the visuals are extremely colorful, there is a slight down point. A lot of the visuals within the levels are just recycled sprites and drawings. The game has epic length, but it begins to seem a bit repetitive due to recycled artwork.
Anyway, this game has been released as a download for lots of different modern consoles. Retro gamers shouldn't miss out on this masterpiece, because it really is a great game. There are a lot of people out there who don't like this game - and I say they are crazy. Some people just can't handle things that are different. The other two Toejam and Earl games are in isometric and 3d perspective, so this game stands out because of its hardcore 2D sidescrolling format. Big deal. It's a great game, check it out.
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