ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

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ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console, PlayStation 3, Steam
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action[3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $49.9949.99[4] 1043
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    1043
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £49.9949.99[5][6] 1043
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $129.95129.95[7] FTOE01SMC
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    Sega Mega Drive
    KR
    GM93048JG
    Sega Mega Drive
    AS
    1043
    Wii Virtual Console
    US
    800pts800[8]
    ESRB: Everyone
    Wii Virtual Console
    EU
    800pts800[9]
    PEGI: 3+
    Wii Virtual Console
    AU
    800pts800[11]
    OFLC: G
    Steam
    US
    $4.994.99[13] 71167
    ESRB: Everyone
    Steam
    EU
    €4.494.49[13] 71167
    Steam
    UK
    £3.993.99[13] 71167
    Steam
    AU
    $6.996.99[13] 71167
    OFLC: G
    Steam Linux
    US
    $0.990.99[15] 71167
    ESRB: Everyone
    Steam Linux
    EU
    €0.990.99[15] 71167
    Steam Linux
    UK
    £0.790.79[15] 71167
    Steam Linux
    AU
    $1.351.35[15] 71167
    OFLC: G
    Steam OS X
    US
    $0.990.99[15] 71167
    ESRB: Everyone
    Steam OS X
    EU
    €0.990.99[15] 71167
    Steam OS X
    UK
    £0.790.79[15] 71167
    Steam OS X
    AU
    $1.351.35[15] 71167
    OFLC: G
    Sony PlayStation 3
    US
    $4.994.99[16] NPUB-30797
    ESRB: Everyone
    Sony PlayStation 3
    EU
    €4.494.49[16] NPEB-01008
    PEGI: 7+
    Sony PlayStation 3
    DE
    €4.494.49[16] NPEB-01008
    USK: 0
    Sony PlayStation 3
    UK
    £3.593.59[16] NPEB-01008
    PEGI: 7+
    Sony PlayStation 3
    AU
    $6.256.25[16] NPEB-01008
    OFLC: G
    Sony PlayStation 3
    KR
    ₩6,2006,200[18] NPHB-00501
    GRB: All
    Sony PlayStation 3
    TW
    NT$156156[19] NPHB-00501
    GSRR: 6+

    ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by Johnson Voorsanger Productions and published by Sega. Released in 1993, it is the sequel to ToeJam & Earl, and the only game in the series to feature side-scrolling gameplay.

    Story

    The story takes place immediately after the first ToeJam & Earl game. After ToeJam and Earl had repaired their Righteous Rapmaster Rocketship and escaped Earth, some Earthlings have clung to the outside of the ship on the way home and are now running amok on Funkotron, being a nuisance to the local Funkotronians. Now in deep trouble, ToeJam and Earl must capture the rampant Earthlings in jars and send them back to Earth. In addition, they must also seek out the Funkapotamus, who has retreated to the Funk Dimension because of the Earthlings, to restore Funk to Funkotron.

    Gameplay

    ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron is vastly different from other games in the series in that it is a platformer instead of a roguelike. The main objective of the game is to find and capture the Earthlings to send back to Earth and get through each level. The arrow on the HUD will guide the player to the nearest Earthling. To capture Earthlings, the player(s) must throw jars at them - pressing B on its own will throw the jar directly forward, while Up+B will throw a jar upwards in an arc, Down+B on the ground will set a jar on the ground for an Earthling to run into and Down+B in mid-air will throw jars downward. Pressing A will perform a teleport maneuver known as a Funk Move, which can be used to avoid Earthling attacks or to pass through narrow walls, though this requires Funkitude.

    By pressing  START , ToeJam and Earl have access to three additional moves by pressing A, B or C before "game paused" appears. Pressing A will activate the Funk Scan, which will view the surroundings through the Funk Dimension and reveal hidden items, Earthlings, traps, Secret Doorways and Funktivate Spots at the cost of some Funkitude. Pressing B will activate the Panic Button if ToeJam and Earl have one, which will make them run around in a panic, making them invincible and making jars fly off in all directions. Pressing C will activate the Funk Vac if ToeJam and Earl have one, which is a powerful vacuum machine that sucks in all nearby Earthlings even if they are hiding. If a player is using a Six Button Control Pad, then they can access these moves without having to pause by pressing X, Y or Z respectively.

    ToeJam and Earl can interact with the environment in many ways, which will often be necessary in searching for Earthlings. Pressing Up in front of an object will make ToeJam or Earl interact with it, such as checking bushes, shaking trees, pressing buttons or inserting coins into coin meters. Manholes can be checked by pressing Down when above one. Bubbles can be used as platforms, with the player(s) needing to press Left or Right to maintain their balance while standing on one.

    A Bouncy Fungus can be used like a trampoline. Pressing directions on the D-Pad while in the middle of a bounce will make ToeJam and Earl rotate their bodies, and pressing C when landing on their feet will make them bounce higher. To move off a Bouncy Fungus, HOLD CLeft or Right must be used. If a Bouncy Fungus has a coin meter next to it, then it is a Judging Fungus, which will summon judges if a player puts a coin in. By skillfully perfoming tricks while bouncing on a Judging Fungus, the player will earn bonus points and items, though falling off the Fungus or landing on ToeJam/Earl's head will make the judges leave.

    Some levels have bodies of water which ToeJam and Earl can swim in. To swim, a player must repeatedly press C to swim in the direction of the D-Pad. When underwater, a timer appears in the corner of the screen to indicate how much air ToeJam or Earl has - to refill it, the player must swim back up to the surface or swim into a purple puffer fish to give it a kiss and take its air. Going for too long without air will result in drowning.

    In addition to Earthlings, ToeJam and Earl will also encounter various Funkotronian locals. They can talk to a Funkotronian by standing in front of them if they are out in the open, or by ringing doorbells with Up and waiting if they are inside a house. Peabo, Sharla or Lewanda will have a coin meter next to them, and will invite ToeJam or Earl to Jam Out with them to earn Funk, which involves copying their moves exactly (B for "Boom", A for "Shaka", C for "Clap"). Finding and talking to Trixie, the mermaid Funkotronian, in hidden spots will grant ToeJam and Earl a special power that will last for the remainder of the level.

    By talking to the Funkotronians will ToeJam and Earl learn of an optional secondary objective in the game: to lure Lamont, also known as the Funkapotamus, out of the Funk Dimension by looking for his favourite things hidden throughout levels 6 through 15. Depending on how many of Lamont's items are found, the player(s) will get different endings.

    The player starts with three lives, and extra lives are awarded for every 10,000 points scored. If ToeJam or Earl run out of health, they die and will use a life to continue the game. If there are no lives left, then they can use up to three Continues to continue the game. If Lil' Kid Mode is turned on in the main menu, then ToeJam and Earl will never die, however the game will end after level 5.

    Just like its predecessor, the game can either be played with one or two players. In two-player mode, if ToeJam & Earl wander too far apart, one of them will end up going off the screen, but can teleport to the other player by pressing  START . If ToeJam & Earl face each other and duck with Down, they will high-five, causing the player with the most health to give a little to the player with less health. Extra lives are shared between players, and if one player dies, they can use an extra life to rejoin the game if they have at least one.

    HyperFunk Zone

    The HyperFunk Zone is a special area that can be accessed via certain coin meters. Upon entering the HyperFunk Zone, ToeJam or Earl will automatically run forward, and must go as far as possible and collect as many presents as possible. When A, B or C are pressed, ToeJam/Earl will turn into a scribble which will allow him to phase through obstacles that would slow him down. Collecting lightning bolts will make him go faster, and collecting clocks will add to the timer. If ToeJam/Earl runs out of time or touches a Vortex, they will leave the HyperFunk Zone.

    The HyperFunk Zone is always the same each time the player enters, and any presents previously picked up in a previous visit will only award 100 points. By getting all the way through the HyperFunk Zone twice will the player unlock two more HyperFunk Zones to run through, with greater rewards to be earned for getting through those twice. In a two-player game, only one player can enter the HyperFunk Zone at a time.

    Items

    Present
    Contains items, extra Funk or points. They can be found on balloons, hidden inside objects or in the HyperFunk Zone.
    Pesky Present
    A present with legs that will run away from the player(s). The player(s) have to jump on them to catch them, or work together to cut them off in a two-player game.
    Coin
    Currency that can be inserted into coin meters.
    Super Jar
    Larger jars that can capture any Earthling in a single hit.
    Food
    Restores health.
    Panic Button
    Can be used with  START  then B (or Y on a Six Button Control Pad) to panic. Up to 5 can be carried at any time.
    Funk Vac
    Can be used with  START  then C (or Z on a Six Button Control Pad) to suck up Earthlings. Up to 5 can be carried at any time.
    Fountain
    Gives out gameplay tips. Stand in front of one and press Up to get a tip. Can be turned off in the game options.
    Lamont's Favorite Things
    Items which are necessary for Lamont. There is one of these items hidden throughout levels 6 through 15. The player(s) can ask Funkotronians for hints on where to find them.

    Earthlings

    The Little Girl
    Jars required:
    The easiest Earthling to capture. The player(s) just need to find her.
    The Baseball Kid
    Jars required:
    This Earthling can duck to avoid the player's jars.
    The Cow Ghost
    Jars required:
    The player(s) need to use their Funk Scan to see where it is when it's invisible.
    The Construction Worker
    Jars required:
    Nasty William
    Jars required:
    Poodles and the Rich Lady
    Jars required: 5 (Rich Lady), 2 (Poodles) 
    If the Rich Lady is captured, the poodles will go berserk and become much more dangerous, so it is a good idea to capture them first.
    Tourists
    Jars required: 4 (Woman), 6 (Man) 
    Tourists will attempt to blind the player(s) with their cameras. The flashes can be guarded against by pressing Down while on the ground, however it will not be possible to avoid them while in mid-air. The Woman takes fewer jars to capture, but will use her flash more often.
    Naked Man in Box
    Jars required:
    This Earthling cannot be hit with jars when he is hiding in his box, so the player(s) must place jars by his feet or hit him when he stands up out of the box.
    The Insane Fairy
    Jars required:
    Attacks by sprinkling powder that won't hurt ToeJam or Earl, but will make them throw a laughing fit. She can dodge jars by doing a loop-de-loop, but won't dodge jars that are thrown straight up.
    The Duck
    Jars required:
    Rides about on a flying carpet and attacks by diving down, which can be avoided by ducking. The best strategy is to continually throw jars in the air or use a Super Jar.
    Boogie Man
    Jars required:
    Attacks by sneaking up on ToeJam and Earl. Using the Funk Scan can reveal their location.

    Levels

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    Funky Forest

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    Homey Street

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    Lower Funkytown

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    Snowy Street

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    El Choice-o Grande

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    Outerspace Place

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    Slammin' Slopes

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    Danger Alley

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    Pesky Place

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    Squidly's Pad

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    Mount Funkerhorn

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    The Funky Foliage

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    The Funkotronian Moon

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    Mayhem Mountain

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    The Bottomless Pit

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    The Crazy Chasm

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    Home Stretch Meadow

    Achievements

    Main article: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron/Achievements.

    History

    Development

    Johnson Voorsanger Productions had originally begun development on a sequel to ToeJam & Earl that greatly resembled its predecessor, i.e. a top-down action exploration game with proceduraly-generated levels. Sega of America, however, felt a more traditional platformer would better sell the game, and the majority of development work up to that point was scrapped entirely.

    Production credits

    Source:
    US manual
    Toejam And Earl Panic Funkotron MD US Manual.pdf
    [20]

    Digital manuals

    Magazine articles

    Main article: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

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    Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #20: "Diciembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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    Print advert in GamePro (US) #54: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #21: "Enero 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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    Print advert in Todo Sega (ES) #14: "Mayo 1994" (1994-0x-xx)
    also published in:
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    Print advert in Hacker (HR) #5: "03-04/1995" (1995-xx-xx)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    81
    Sega Mega Drive
    81
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    70
    [23]
    Consoles + (FR)
    89
    [24]
    Cool Gamer (RU)
    70
    [25]
    Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
    89
    [26]
    Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
    96
    [27]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    70
    [28]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    70
    [29]
    GameFan (US) NTSC-U
    90
    [30]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    95
    [4]
    GamesMaster (UK)
    90
    [31]
    GamesMaster (UK)
    90
    [32]
    Hyper (AU)
    92
    [33]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    84
    [34]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    76
    [35]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    92
    [36]
    Mega Action (UK) PAL
    87
    [37]
    Mega Force (FR)
    88
    [38]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    85
    [39]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    91
    [40]
    Megazin (SI)
    86
    [41]
    Magazina Igrushek (RU)
    95
    [42]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    91
    [43]
    Player One (FR)
    91
    [44]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    88
    [5]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    90
    [6]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    93
    [45]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    92
    [46]
    Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
    85
    [47]
    Todo Sega (ES)
    91
    [48]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    84
    [49]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    82
    [50]
    Sega Mega Drive
    87
    Based on
    31 reviews

    ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

    Mega Drive, US
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Toejam And Earl Panic Funkotron MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, EU
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual
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    PCB
    Mega Drive, DE
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    Cover
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    Cart
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    Manual
    Mega Drive, PT
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    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU

    Mega Drive, BR
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, KR
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    Cover
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    Cart
    Mega Drive, Asia
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    Cover

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 aa021bdd
    MD5 7ee9f6a3d28a94d7298bb9813478e504
    SHA-1 0ea0da09183eb01d030515beeb40c1427c6e1f07
    2MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 47b0a871
    MD5 4a8ed7605e644b5bf19603ae0e376ed2
    SHA-1 ac05701d86ba8957adb8fe0b67d8b4bb51328d98
    2MB 1993-09 Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 4081b9f2
    MD5 cd1d837e8532f3a6be292db9f2a4dfce
    SHA-1 9d4e4b358147ab913c3fcff2811558eac7b8b466
    2MB 1993-09 Cartridge (DE)
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 e1b36850
    MD5 07195d7d9d9ec075581599b0674a49bb
    SHA-1 141af8fd1e5b4ba5118a384771b0d75f40af312f
    2MB 1993-12 Cartridge (Asia)
    Sega Mega Drive
     ?
    CRC32 c6a1a8dc
    MD5 049084737b7bdcbc1b11d3b3ed5a5468
    SHA-1 a9f7a493e3470a2843c632c221e238080eed2de2
    2MB 1993-08 EPROM cartridge[51] Page

    External links

    References

    1. https://www.mtwo.co.jp/development/retrogame-2/#tab-1
    2. https://www.mtwo.co.jp/development/retrogame-1/#tab-5
    3. File:TJEPoF MD KR cover.jpg
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 89
    5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Magazine, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-10), page 104
    6. 6.0 6.1 Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 60
    7. Megazone, "January 1994" (AU; 1993-12-29), page 45
    8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/V93XWeje8rhOuuzHznMdzgWTE0XYdmlU (Wayback Machine: 2010-11-23 00:54)
    9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.nintendolife.com/games/megadrive/toejam_and_earl_in_panic_on_funkotron (Wayback Machine: 2017-06-28 10:04)
    10. https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Virtual-Console-Wii-/ToeJam-Earl-in-Panic-on-Funkotron--279965.html (archive.today)
    11. http://www.nintendo.com.au/index.php?action=catalogue&prodcat_id=41&prod_id=19785&pageID=4 (Wayback Machine: 2012-04-03 02:44)
    12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 https://steamdb.info/app/71167/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-20 01:32)
    13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 http://steamdb.info/app/71167/ (Wayback Machine: 2013-05-22 20:19)
    14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 https://steamdb.info/app/71167/history/?changeid=5755270
    15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 http://steamdb.info/app/71167/ (Wayback Machine: 2019-11-20 01:32)
    16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 http://blogs.sega.com/2012/11/06/funk-is-brought-toejam-earl-games-out-now-on-xbla-and-psn/ (Wayback Machine: 2016-06-08 09:00)
    17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 File:TJ E Release Announcement vFINAL.pdf
    18. 18.0 18.1 PlayStation Store (ko-kr; HP0177-NPHB00501_00-SVC314TOEJAMERL2) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:30)
    19. 19.0 19.1 PlayStation Store (en-tw; HP0177-NPHB00501_00-SVC314TOEJAMERL2) (Wayback Machine: 2018-04-05 01:30)
    20. File:Toejam And Earl Panic Funkotron MD US Manual.pdf, page 26
    21. Sega Visions, "February/March 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 20
    22. Hobby Consolas, "Mayo 1994" (ES; 1994-xx-xx), page 22
    23. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 247
    24. Consoles +, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 98
    25. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 152
    26. Computer & Video Games, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-15), page 89
    27. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "January 1994" (US; 1993-12-21), page 80
    28. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
    29. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 364
    30. GameFan, "Volume 2, Issue 1: December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
    31. GamesMaster, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 68
    32. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 3, episode 18" (1994-01-04, 24:00) (+6:26)
    33. Hyper, "January 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 48
    34. Joypad, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 110
    35. MAN!AC, "04/94" (DE; 1994-03-09), page 40
    36. Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 58
    37. Mega Action, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 18
    38. Mega Force, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 1994-01-08), page 94
    39. Mega Fun, "02/94" (DE; 1994-01-19), page 78
    40. MegaTech, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-21), page 48
    41. Megazin, "Letnik 2, Številka 13, September 1994" (SI; 1994-xx-xx), page 30
    42. Magazina Igrushek, "4/1995" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 72
    43. Mean Machines Sega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-11-30), page 28
    44. Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 84
    45. Sega Pro, "February 1994" (UK; 1993-12-30), page 58
    46. Sega Zone, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-23), page 42
    47. Sonic the Comic, "December 25th 1993" (UK; 1993-12-25), page 11
    48. Todo Sega, "Enero 1994" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
    49. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 203
    50. Video Games, "2/94" (DE; 1994-01-26), page 48
    51. Hidden Palace: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Aug 1993 prototype)


    ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

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    Music: Sega Tunes: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1996)

    Prereleases:
    Sega Mega Drive
    Prototypes: 1993-08



    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 and Earl Rap (1991) | Sega Tunes: ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (1996)