ToeJam & Earl is an early 1990s dungeon crawler for the Sega Genesis/MegaDrive. The game features two alien rappers, who have crash-landed on Earth and parodies 1980s urban culture. The game’s design was heavily influenced by the role-playing video game Rogue, and took from it such features as the random generation of levels and items. Played from a 2D-top-down perspective the game contains both single-player and two-player cooperative modes. The latter displays a single screen when both characters are near each other, but splits it apart when they are not. Playing the game with two players reveals dialogue and jokes between the characters not heard in the single player game.
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When i was a kid i was angry that I never got a say in what video games my family purchased for the Wii. so i saw that we had points saved on the wii shop channel so I impulsively bought this game because it looked cool and had fun colors. My family all got super pissed at me it was worth it tho
It's pretty wild that a roguelike (that, unlike many games to which that term is applied, IS actually quite a bit like ROGUE) with this original of an aesthetic came out on Genesis in 1991. The fact that it's good, that it's especially good with two players(!), and that it actually found an audience is even crazier. What a weird gem of a game. It's not perfect, but it is fun, and I'm glad that it exists.