Wuuh? Earthbound is nothing like Toejam and Earl! The only other game with a similar formula is Zombies Ate My Neighbors, but that's not even as deep. Both TJ&E games were absolutely brimming with original, creative features that we didn't see then or now. It's a shame they had a fucking sports game developer take on and subsequently ruin the Xbox game. But there is hope for another attempt once they finish the project they are working on. TJ&E could be brilliant especially on 3DS or Wii U, considering the dual screen nature of the devices.
I've never played Limbo, though I've heard great things of course. Is it similar to Out of this World? I'll check it out next time it is on sale on Steam.
Yeah, I really like them both in their own way. There's nothing quite like the original, but then to follow up with a 2D platformer that's full of all kinds of new ideas? I thought it was great. It's clear that none of that inventive spirit made it into TJ&E3... a clumsy attempt to recreate the original, ruining the characters with immature, stupid humor and stereotypes. I only hope that the series creators aren't responsible for all of the poor decisions that went into that game and that they can get one more chance on a smaller budget followup that can both bring back the good from the first two games and freshen things up with some new concepts as well.
When their current project releases, I guess we'll see what is possible. It looks interesting... Toejam and Earl are at least set to make a cameo in it.
Haha, gameplay-wise, sure, I'm just messing with ya. But when I think of "awesome game from the 90's that spoofs American culture and also has aliens in it," Earthbound is 100x better than ToeJam and Earl.
Limbo gets compared to Out of This World a lot. It's the same sort of formula; encounter a puzzle, attempt it, die, retry with new knowledge. The difference is that Limbo is waaay less punishing than Out of This World. Limbo drops you right back in front of the obstacle you died at. In terms of atmosphere, Limbo does its own thing though.
I... can barely see where you're coming from there. Earthbound is a totally different sort of game and a totally different sort of parody of American culture. And I can't imagine dismissing Toe Jam and Earl because you've played Earthbound.
Totally with Hinph that the closest thing is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It has the same exploration/weirdness factor. Zombies probably gets the nod for being superior in the gameplay department, but I like the whole "wacky hip-hop moseying" vibe of TJ&E better. And it's even funnier. It's basically a Flava Flav game. With two Flavs.
... only to backers who pledge $40 or more. Ridiculous, a fine example of what not to do in a Kickstarter campaign. Rewarding higher backers with some special digital content is fine and dandy, but withholding an entire game mode from the people who only want to back at the "just the game, please" level? Awful. Those people are the core of every campaign!
If Inafune had dared to try this with his Mighty No 9 campaign, I would have pulled out support immediately... but of course he didn't, because it's shady as fuck.
It upsets me because I'm really into this crowd funding thing, developers making games directly for their supporters, but I know that a lot of gamers are still really uncomfortable with it... practices like this won't help change that.
I guess we're still in the early days where developers are trying to experiment and see what they can and can't get away with, of course, but I think some general unspoken rules set by the successful campaigns have already started to solidify.