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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove Review

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Available On: PC (Win, Mac, Linux), PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One

The honeymoon for nostalgia-fueled Kickstarter video game projects has long since passed. Older games and genres from the 80s and 90s inspired a treasure trove of multi-million dollar projects, to varying degrees of success. Despite the digital gold rush, I never expected one of these Kickstarter fruits to bear a new ToeJam & Earl game, let alone it be quite good.

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is the fourth game in the bizarre but strangely memorable 90s series. But it’s also a triumphant recreation of the 1991 original, which has all the early trappings of a solid roguelike dungeon crawler, that happens to star a pair of funky aliens. While some gameplay elements are quite frustrating, Back in the Groove is dripping with 90s charm, lots of replayability, and fantastic co-op.

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Dreams Hitting PlayStation Creator Early Access this Spring

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Media Molecule’s genre-defying creation game Dreams will launch on Sony’s Creator Early Access program this Spring, on PlayStation 4. Dreams Early Access will be available through the PlayStation Store for $29.99.

“As you may know, our small team has been working on Dreams for a long time,” writes Siobhan Reddy, studio director, Media Molecule. “We have so many ambitions for Dreams and the beta reminded us that Dreams only truly comes to life in the hands of you all – the community. […] We have decided to go live and release Dreams into Early Access on PlayStation 4 this spring!”

The Early Access version will include all of the features and tools that Media Molecule have used to make content in Dreams. It will also feature “fun, deep interactive tutorials catering for all skill sets and levels, and Media Molecule-crafted arcade games ready to play and remix,” writes Reddy.

Early Access will allow the developers to get feedback from the community, as well as being their live service of supporting the ongoing creation game.

Although it’s being sold for a price, the Dreams Early Access will be limited to those who register at the website. Though registration is not a guarantee. Media Molecule encourages creators to register and start populating the game with new content. The Early Access will be completely open to streaming and video capture.

Dreams has been in development for a number of years, by the makers of Little Big Planet. It was first announced during the Sony E3 2015 press conference. Dreams promises a robust creation system that allows players to create multiple genres and art styles. It also supports cooperative multiplayer.

Dreams will hit Early Access exclusively on PlayStation 4 this Spring. The game is not yet rated.