Online retail outlet Epic Games Store has revealed the next title that it will be offering up to its users gratis, following this week’s current offerings — And it will be none other than the old-school cool release Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove, which will be available to all customers on October 13.
Released to PC and consoles in the spring of 2019, Back in the Groove saw the long-awaited return of early ’90s gaming goofballs Toe Jam & Earl, as the awesome aliens once again returned to their isometric adventure roots. Once again, the funky fresh aliens have crash-landed on Planet Earth, and must recover all of the pieces of their “Rapmaster Rocket” in order to get back out into the great beyond.
Now sporting a roster of both new and familiar playable characters, as well as four-player co-op action, the series’ dopey sense of humor, and the tongue-in-cheek “radical” vibes of the 1990s, all slickly adapted for the modern age. A suitably fresh soundtrack was composed by funk musician Cody Wright, while the entire project was overseen by Toe Jam & Earl co-creator Greg Johnson and, believe it or not, lifelong fan Macaulay Culkin.
On release, Back in the Groove was welcomed by the TJ&E fanbase, while critical reviews ranged wildly from mediocre to excellent. As divisive as the duo has ever been, Back in the Groove is clearly a title that will mean different things to different players. At least, given its upcoming freebie status, you’ll be able to check out where you stand on the animated actioner — no strings attached, dude.
Toe Jam & Earl: Back in the Groove will be free to download from Epic Games Store from October 13. Until then, you still have time to bag current freebies Rising Hell and Slain: Back from Hell from the store.