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|ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth|
|Developer: ToeJam & Earl Productions, Visual Concepts|
|Number of players: 1-2|
ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth is the sequel to ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. It was originally released for the Xbox in 2002, and is currently the first and only entry in the series to be presented in 3D. The duo are also joined by a new female friend, Latisha.
ToeJam & Earl III plays as a cross between the original ToeJam & Earl and ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron, with an emphasis on the former's roguelike elements, being built around the concept of exploration. Up to two players can traverse a world uncovering new environments with the aid of specified or random items in the form of "presents", which in turn can either help or hinder your experience. Collecting money also helps in making progress, special ordering presents, making deals with Earthlings and more. Keys also serve as a way to unlock new levels and environments.
The main objective is to spread the word of funk to the people of Earth, as decreed by the Funkopotimus himself, Lamont. To do this, all characters have the ability to perform Funk-Fu, which also acts as a means of self defense. Funk-Fu serves as basic attacks that look like physical attacks, but instead will funkify earthlings causing them to become friendly with you. Funkified earthlings can also give helpful items or aid in level quests.
Each action in the game rewards points, which then gives the ability to level up your character which also increases your belt-color ranking. Attempting to funkify an earthling with a rank higher than yours causes them to be invulnerable until your belt level matches theirs.
After the game has been completed, the "Random Mode" will be unlocked. Environments will be randomly generated as opposed to fixed that re-arranges the location of presents, keys, earthlings and more.
Just like previous entries, up to two players are able to play simultaneously. However with the addition of Latisha as well as three secret characters, both players have the option to hotswap between the characters at the beginning or by finding a location in the overworld(s) that allow you to change characters. Each character also has specific abilities or perks that give them an upper hand over the other characters in certain situations.
The additional three characters must be downloaded to the Xbox hard drive.
|*Extra shot power
|*Double Rhythm Power
Additional characters and levels are available as additional downloadable content for the game. They could be obtained either through the Xbox Live service (which was decommissioned on May 11, 2010) or from the Xbox Exhibition Disk Volume 2.
Once development moved onto the new platform, there was consideration in bringing the game to other platforms after the Xbox version was completed. Namely the PlayStation 2 and the Gamecube. It was noted that the same experience could not be brought to other platforms in the same way as the Xbox version. As a result, only came out on one system.
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| Based on|
|ToeJam & Earl series of games|
|ToeJam & Earl (1991) | ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1993)|
|ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth (2002)|
|Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl (2012)|
|ToeJam & Earl related media|
|ToeJam & Earl Rap (1991) | Sega Tunes: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1996)|