Monday, February 10, 2014
The Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Toe Jam and Earl
First of all, the game is not at all what I expected. I mean it's a cartridge era mascot type game, so I assumed it would be a side scrolling platformer. Well it's not, it's a top down perspective dungeon crawler. "Crawler" being an apt word because unless you're using one of your power ups you walk around at an aggravatingly slow pace.
And then there's the power ups. You can get present boxes that you can go into your inventory to open that either give you a power up, or somehow blow up in your face. No way to tell. Like you could open it up and bees would come out and kill you. Even the "good" power ups are terrible, like when you get rocket skates and inevitably run right off the cliff.
On the plus side the graphics were good for an early Genesis game and the sprites and character designs are pretty cool. And the music is simply amazing. But beyond that I really don't see the appeal. I've heard this described as brilliant and subversive social commentary, and I really don't see it. There are no real gags here, just a bunch of random shit thrown together. I know I'm in the minority opinion on this one, but I give this game a measly one and a half red alien Flava Flav analogues out of five.