ToeJam & Earl

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ToeJam & Earl
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, Steam
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
1992-03-13 ¥6,800 G-4066
Sega Mega Drive
1991-10[1][2] $59.95[3] 1020
Sega Mega Drive
1991-11 £34.99[4][5] 1020
Sega Mega Drive
199x $? 1020
Sega Mega Drive
199x $?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
199x R$?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
199x ₩? GM8027JG

Wii Virtual Console
600 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

$4.99 ?
€3.99 ? ?

Sony PlayStation 3
US (Download)
$4.99[6] ?
Sony PlayStation 3
EU (Download)
€4.49[6] ?
Sony PlayStation 3
UK (Download)
£3.59[6] ?
Sony PlayStation 3
AU (Download)
$6.25[6] ?
Sony PlayStation 3
KR (Download)
₩? ?

ToeJam & Earl (トージャム&アール) is an action game developed by Johnson Voorsanger Productions, and published by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive. It stars two extraterrestrial rappers who, by way of pilot error, end up crash-landing on Earth. While there, they must search for the missing pieces of their spacecraft in hopes of reassembling it. The game frequently parodies and satirizes 1990s urban culture, and includes common 90s slang and a funk soundtrack. Much of this charm is what drew people toward the game. The game was followed by ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron.


The game takes place in a surreal isometric world representing Earth, where land is in the form of a stack of randomly-generated floating islands. In each of the game's 25 island, the player must find the elevator that will bring them to the next level. Occasionally, a rocketship piece will be hidden somewhere on an island, although the player is not required to collect it right away before moving onto the next island. Every island besides the first is surrounded by a void, falling in at any time will cause the player to fall to the previous level.

Presents are scattered around the island that can be collected and used at any time. The effects of each present box are randomized each time the game is played. Some presents have helpful effects, such as restoring health, temporarily bestowing special abilities, or revealing hidden sections of the map. Others, however, can do more harm, and can do things such as summon enemies, cause the character to fall asleep and leave them open to attack, or randomize the effects of all the presents.

While most inhabitants of Earth will attack or otherwise hinder Toejam & Earl when they spot them, some will help them in exchange for money. The man in the carrot suit will identify presents, and the wizard will fully restore a character's health. On occasion, Santa Claus can be found, if the player is successful in sneaking up to him without alerting him, he will drop a few random presents.

The player has a rank shown on the bottom of the screen with their health and number of extra lives, and begins the game at the rank of 'Weiner'. As the player scores points by uncovering squares of the map and opening presents, their rank will increase at certain point values. When the player increases in rank, their maximum health increases, and for every second increase in rank, the player receives an extra life. The player is able to increase in rank eight times.

The game can either be played with one or two players. In two-player mode, if Toejam & Earl wander too far apart, the game will go into a horizontal split-screen so both players can keep track of their characters, with the screen returning to normal once the characters reunite. If Toejam & Earl walk into each other, they will high-five, causing the player with the most health to give a little to the player with less health. If one player loses all of their lives, they can also take a life from the other player to come back into the game.

The game ends when the player finds all 10 pieces of the spacecraft.

A sneaks and causes a character to use a present's special ability, when applicable. B pulls up an item screen. C switches to a map of the current island.

Production credits

  • Game Design: Greg Johnson
  • Game Program: Mark Voorsanger
  • Additional Programming: Robert Leyland
  • Music Direction: Mark Miller
  • Music Composition: John Baker
  • Artwork: Greg Johnson, Avril Harrison
  • Sound Fx: Robert Leyland, Mark Miller
  • Invaluable Aid: Paul Reiche, Fred Ford
  • Producer: Scott Berfield
  • Awesome Support: Hugh Bowen

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: ToeJam & Earl/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

Print advert in

Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

CVG UK 119.pdf

Print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)

Supergame BR 09.pdfSupergame BR 09.pdf

Print advert in

Supergame (BR) #9: "Abril 1992" (1992-04-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
20 №53, p98[5]
80 №3, p8
73 №28, p24
84 №27, p38-40[8]
70 №5
90 №28
89 №3, p24
87 №4, p34/35[9]
94 №1, p65-67[10]
88 №20, p164[11]
72 №5, p95
91 №9, p23
87 №1, p81[12]
87 №14, p106-108[13]
75 №14, p60/61[14]
91 №27, p34/35
93 №1, p62/63[15]
88 №18, p68
94 №1, p30/31[16]
62 №4/91, p32[17]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
TJaE MD US Box.jpg
Tje md us cart.jpg
TJE md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
ToeJam MD EU Box.jpg
TJaE MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
Tje md jp cover.jpg
ToeJamEarL MD JP CartTop.jpg
TJaE MD JP Cart.jpg
Toejam & Earl MD JP Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
TJaE MD BR Box.jpg
TJaE MD BR Cart.jpg
Toejamearl md br manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
ToeJamandEarl MD KR cover.jpg
ToeJamandEarl MD KR carttop.jpg
ToeJamandEarl MD KR cartback.jpgToeJamandEarl MD KR cart.jpg
Mega Drive, CA
ToeJamEarl MD CA cover.jpg

External links


  1. File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 9
  2. File:GamePro US 026.pdf, page 64
  3. File:CGW US 089.pdf, page 83
  4. File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 63
  5. 5.0 5.1 File:ACE UK 53.pdf, page 98
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7
  8. File:GamePro US 027.pdf, page 40
  9. File:HobbyConsolas ES 004.pdf, page 34
  10. File:Joypad FR 001.pdf, page 65
  11. File:Joystick FR 020.pdf, page 164
  12. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 81
  13. File:MeanMachines UK 14.pdf, page 106
  14. File:PlayerOne FR 014.pdf, page 60
  15. File:SegaPro UK 01.pdf, page 62
  16. File:SegaForce UK 01.pdf, page 30
  17. File:VideoGames DE 1991-04.pdf, page 32

Games in the ToeJam & Earl Series
Sega Mega Drive
ToeJam & Earl (1991) | ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1993)
ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth (2002)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl (2012)
ToeJam & Earl related media
ToeJam & Earl Rap (1991) | Sega Tunes: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1996)