Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove Review

If you played the original back in the 90s upon loading up Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove you are instantly hit with a flood of nostalgia as you feel like you are picking up right where you left off back on the Mega Drive and whether that is a good thing or a bad thing will largely depend on how much nostalgia you hold for the original and where your gaming sensibilities lie.

Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove is essentially the game you think you remember from back of the day and is probably closer to a remake rather than a full on sequel.

The game plays like a big game of hide and seeks where you have to his objects from the NPCs while searching for items from your spaceship. There are power-ups along the way and a variety of helpful items to help find your spaceship parts and also misdirect the humans. The game is very similar to the original there actually isn't a lot else like it. The slight problem however is that it does feel inherently dated even with a new coat of paint and that might put some people off. The game is mixed up slightly depending on the difficulty setting you play on. The regular game has standard levels but there is also a rogue-like style mode where the levels are randomly generated. The random generation works reasonably well and I did not find too much pattern repetition. There are a few unlockables and some secret characters but I think a bit more fan service here would have been good.

Visually everything is bright and colourful and the music sounds great but sadly the entire game can be finished in a few hours. You may have read everything I have written then be super surprised at the score but the truth is that Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove is a fun flashback that I fully enjoyed playing despite all its faults. I feel that if I did not have fond memories of the original I would give it a lower score but that just isn't the case. I probably wouldn't pay full price for it but on a good sale Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove is worth picking up.