Developed by Johnson Voorsanger Productions for Sega and published on the Megadrive in 1991, Toejam & Earl is a cult collect ’em up starring two alien rappers who have crash-landed on Earth.
Toejam & Earl must collect pieces of their crashed spacecraft to return home, and must avoid various enemies and collect as many presents as they can along the way. Not only that, but they can actually open the presents and gift themselves a number of useful items too.
The game can be played single-player, or simultaneous two-player, and Toejam & Earl has obviously been designed to be played with two human players present.
In two-player mode, when the two characters become separated the game automatically goes into split-screen mode, and returns to a single screen when Toejam & Earl are near each other.
Toejam & Earl‘s gameplay design was apparently heavily influenced by the game Rogue, with its randomly generated levels, although there is an option to play a ‘Fixed World’ game too.
Although I wouldn’t say that Toejam & Earl is anything special in terms of gameplay, it is still much loved because a lot of people played it as a kid and it has a high nostalgia factor as a result. It’s still fun to play now, although don’t expect anything too sophisticated!