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ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth

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ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Xbox
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Xbox
US
$49.95[1] 64020
Xbox
UK
£?
Xbox
FR
€?
Xbox
DE
€?
Xbox
ES
€?
Xbox
IT
€? ?
Xbox
AU
$? ?



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.

During development the game was known as ToeJam & Earl III: All Funked Up.

Gameplay

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.

Playable Characters

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.

ToeJam
*Extra shot power
  • Speed & jump powe
  • Mailbox rebate
  • Good Money Luck
Big Earl
*Stronger Funk-Fu
  • Can eat bad food
  • Two-for-one Sushi
  • Increased Life
Latisha
*Double Rhythm Power
  • Double treats
  • Risky present luck
  • Can ride tornadoes
Geekjam portrait.png GeekJam
(downloadable character)
  • Super jump power
  • Super money luck
  • Super Rhythm Power
  • Can ride tornadoes
Earlbot portrait.png Earl Bot
(downloadable character)
  • Speed power
  • Super Funk-Fu
  • Super shot power
  • Three-for-one Sushi
Suteki portrait.png Suteki
(downloadable character)
  • Speed & jump power
  • Can eat bad food
  • Increased life
  • Triple treats

Dwnloadable content

Additional characters and levels were 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.

Release Distribution Date RRP
GeekJam



Xbox: 2002-11-15[2] FREE
Earl Bot



Xbox: 2002-11-15[2] FREE
Suteki



Xbox: 2002-11-15[2] FREE
Hades Maze



Xbox: 2002-11-15[2] FREE
Funkadelic



Xbox: 2002-11-15[2] FREE

History

Development

ToeJam & Earl III was once set to be a Sega Dreamcast game, and was even pencilled in for release in November 2001[3], but the demise of the console led to development being moved to the Xbox.

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 Nintendo 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.[4]

Magazine articles

Main article: ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth/Magazine articles.

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №13, p64-65[5]
Xbox
55
Based on
1 review

Xbox, US
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Disc
Xbox, EU
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Cover
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Disc
Xbox, AU
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Cover
Xbox, FR
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Cover
Xbox, DE
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Xbox, ES
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Cover
Xbox, IT

External links

References

  1. Press release: 2002-11-04: SEGA Delivers Great Games for All Ages and All Consoles This Holiday Season
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Press release: 2002-10-22: SEGA Brings the Funk With ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth Exclusively for Xbox; Out-of-this-World Hip-Hop Adventure Features Exclusive Downloadable Content Via Xbox Live
  3. File:NextGeneration US 78.pdf, page 74
  4. http://segabits.com/blog/2015/03/06/swingin-report-show-77-interview-with-greg-johnson-co-creator-of-toejam-and-earl/
  5. File:XLMO FR 13.pdf, page 64


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