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Toejam and Earl is finally back!  We're goin' indie, and old skool like GAME ONE, with a fun retro-comics style, and plenty of funk!
Toejam and Earl is finally back!  We're goin' indie, and old skool like GAME ONE, with a fun retro-comics style, and plenty of funk!
Toejam and Earl is finally back! We're goin' indie, and old skool like GAME ONE, with a fun retro-comics style, and plenty of funk!
8,873 backers pledged $508,637 to help bring this project to life.

Your Funky November Update

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 Hi there cherished backers!!

It’s time for another funky update. Let’s jump right in… 

The Rewards: On Kick Starter we estimated that the physical goods would be received sometime this month, so it’s only natural that people are wondering what’s up. A few hundred of the smaller packages have been mailed out so far, but the bulk of the packages are still getting put together at our fulfillment center (Amplifier) in Texas. I am told that these should be going out to you over the next 2 weeks. As it turns out, it’s actually rather complicated to manage 5,000 orders when every order is different. It seems to be almost done though, and Backerkit has been a huge help. Backerkit will be sending you an automatic email once your order gets marked as “shipped” by Amplifier, and tracking info will also be provided to you. If you want to check your pledge status you can go to the link below, and enter your email to access your survey info and see the current status. https://toejam-and-earl-back-in-the-groove.backerkit.com 

We’re sorry for the wait. I know many of you have been anticipating this for a long time, or wanting these items for gifts etc. It shouldn’t be too much longer! 

I know the rewards are coming cuz we got some in the mail this morning!
I know the rewards are coming cuz we got some in the mail this morning!

The Game: Things are coming along well with the game. We have about a dozen Earthlings in the game so far, and maybe about 20 different presents. We’ve just implemented a dynamic camera that moves in and out based on what’s happening (for example when you use rocket skates the camera backs up, and when you talk to a friendly Earthling it zooms in). We’ve also just added in a new feature for multi-player games, where the ground sparkles to indicate the ‘area of effect’ for presents. This way all players can see if they will be affected by the present that gets opened. Icarus wings, rocket skates, spring shoes, tomatoes, doors, teleporting, and innertube are all working, and Earthling’s now have facings so you can sneak behind them when they are facing the other way. The Hula dancer makes you hula and it also makes Earthlings dance as well. (It’s fun to see the Boogieman get caught by the Hula dancer).  The new tattooed cupid is in and is making you fall in love with his arrows.

Earl Dances for Rhythm Matching
Earl Dances for Rhythm Matching

Currently we are working on multi-player rhythm matching, on buttons and coin meters (ala game 2), searching for hidden presents by shaking bushes, houses, and trees (also ala game 2), and amped and broken presents (a new feature). We’ll be putting in tiles to cover the terrain, upgrading our currently temporary (lame) maps, and we’re also experimenting with positioning the camera for an angled view of the terrain which we think we like better, than the straight-on view. So much to do!!! 

Other Platforms: We don’t have anything to announce here yet, but we’ve got some exciting things brewing. 

Music: We have more music in the works and John Baker will be adding his mojo to Cody’s funky bass sometime in Jan when Cody is coming back to Cali for another big music jam. A company in LA called IAM8BIT has expressed interest in collaborating with us on a record vinyl which is still not for sure, but we’re excited about that.

Release Date:  We are currently aiming to have the game done sometime around Sept or Oct of 2016.  We'll keep you posted as we know more.

Here is some artwork from the game in progress for your viewing pleasure.

A few new Earthling characters on the way
A few new Earthling characters on the way
Geekjam (TJ's cousin) throws tomatoes
Geekjam (TJ's cousin) throws tomatoes
Sushi Chef sells you sushi - he's in the game already
Sushi Chef sells you sushi - he's in the game already
Beware the Evil Elevator!  You better leap out before it takes you on a wild ride that will take you down a level and make you barf.
Beware the Evil Elevator! You better leap out before it takes you on a wild ride that will take you down a level and make you barf.
Who doesn't love a sudden ride on a pair of Rocket Skates.
Who doesn't love a sudden ride on a pair of Rocket Skates.
An updated present screen - notice multiple presents get combined
An updated present screen - notice multiple presents get combined
Lewanda's got a new look, and she rocks the icarus wings.
Lewanda's got a new look, and she rocks the icarus wings.
Would you trust this guy to heal you?
Would you trust this guy to heal you?
One of our strangest new characters - could it be an alien alien?
One of our strangest new characters - could it be an alien alien?

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Check back in a few minutes!

The Express Elevator will shoot you up a few levels!
The Express Elevator will shoot you up a few levels!

We'd like to remind you to drop by the TJ&E forum anytime to check out the latest news and to read all of the wonderful posts and see the great artwork from so many TJ&E fans and backers.

http://www.hyperfunk.club/

And a special virtual hug of appreciation goes out to our hard working partners at BackerKit (no way we could have done this without you), and at  Amplifier (you guys have been wonderfully responsive), and at Shenzhen SRX (the company in China that made the awesome vinyl figures and bronze statues - I highly recommend them!)

And thanks to all of our fans on the forum, for all the great ideas and suggestions.  As many of you will notice, lots of the new presents and characters are from you! (You know who you are!)

We'll have more news for you soon!

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Comments

    1. Leo Lopes on January 18, 2016

      Great update! Physical goods were received! Thanks!

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      Thomas Hobbs on December 30, 2015

      Any updates on where you are at with the production and finalizing of the game for us?
      Haven't heard anything is some time.
      Thank you!

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      Just Jeans on December 19, 2015

      I got the rest of my physical goods about a week ago! Love it all! The posters were a little worse for wear, so to speak, but that was the only little qualm I had. Now the continued, excruciating wait for the game!

    4. Sharkey Show on December 16, 2015

      Managed to receive the goods! ^_^

      All awesome stuff but does anyone know if the early backers of this are getting sneak peak access to the game?

      It was a sad day when I realized the game wasn't in the box shipped, but was shortly overcome with joy of posters and cups galore! :D

      As for the game, I can wait.

      I am a patient man...i'm still waiting on half-life 3 after all.

      Iain.

    5. Aiden Eades on December 6, 2015

      Nevermind my last comment, it was merely a coincidence and it appears a differnet company was sending me something via yodel.

      few

      I knew they couldn't be that sadistic here.

    6. Aiden Eades on December 4, 2015

      I have some bad news for anyone in the UK.

      After double checking the postcards for missed deliveries, and double checking the tracking information that was emailed to me. It appears that DHLGlobal are passing off their packages to Yodel.

      I'm sure this wasn't intentional, as I'm pretty certain Humanature studios don't hate us that much, but if you get one of those annoying yodel delivery cards with zero information, at least you know what it is.

      Meanwhile I have to explain to Yodel why I'm not driving 40 miles to my nearest pick-up location as they ignored me when I told them to delivery tommorow (when I'm in).

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      Just Jeans on December 2, 2015

      @Cody Welch Yes. As a matter of fact, I just got an email tonight stating that the rest of my physical goods (Sans physical game copies, of course) have shipped. The figures were awesome, so I can't wait to see what the hoodie, shirt and everything else looks like in person.

    8. Cody Welch on December 2, 2015

      @greg are physical goods still shipping out. Never gotta update yet.

    9. Joe Freund on November 30, 2015

      I've moved since April (when the backerkit survey was sent), and now my items have shipped, apparently going to the wrong place. What should I do?

    10. Scott Meyer on November 24, 2015

      @Banni...well done Sir

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      Christopher Plumb on November 23, 2015

      My keychain arrived with a broken foot... Would it be possible to get a replacement?

    12. DintheAbary on November 23, 2015

      Hi my backerkit says shipped but I've been trying to get a hold of somebody for an address change. I no longer live at the address given. It's there any way I can a tracking number?

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      Sean Muciek on November 20, 2015

      Great update! I would definitely be excited about potential TJ&E soundtracks on vinyl!

    14. Russell Bradley on November 19, 2015

      Wow super awesome update. Thanks for keeping us in the loop

    15. Ohverture on November 19, 2015

      I love literally everything about this update.

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      Mike Hansford
      Superbacker
      on November 19, 2015

      "Pair" of rocket skates? ;)

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      dempsas on November 19, 2015

      Great update! Game looks like it is coming together well!

    18. Scott Selden on November 19, 2015

      Absolutely LOVE everything about this update! The visuals, the mechanics, the descriptions, EVERYTHING!

    19. Johnny Vila on November 19, 2015

      | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ |
      | Great Update! :D |
      |__________ |
      ∧__∧ ||
      ( ´ω` ) ||
      /    づ”.

    20. Banni Ibrahim on November 19, 2015

      One of the enemies is a Spanish Inquisitor? I did not expect that!

    21. ConraDargo on November 19, 2015

      Wohoo, go vinyl!! Yesterday I received my Journey vinyl from IAM8BIT and it's just gorgeous <3 Would buy one with some funky TJ&E tunes as well if you decide to make one!

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      Andrew Aiken on November 18, 2015

      Thanks for the big update! I can't wait to get the reward items. Everything is looking great. Wish you all the best at Humanature studios, and happy holidays :)

    23. John Dietrich on November 18, 2015

      Cannot wait for this game! Everything is looking so good. Absolutely in love with the art style and of course, the music is going to be epic!

    24. Rafa Martín on November 18, 2015

      Really... caaaaan´t wait!!!

    25. Cody Welch on November 18, 2015

      yessss, i can wait. aanyway to get some sound clips of the characters at all? Toe Jam Says Moneeeyy!!

    26. Kyle Johnstone on November 18, 2015

      So bumbled I missed the figures :'( went to the online store but was late by two weeks! Gah time to keep an eye out on eBay for them...

    27. Shaun Bucknole on November 18, 2015

      Excited* hah damnit.

    28. Shaun Bucknole on November 18, 2015

      Everything looks so good! So SO excted :D