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Eurogamer Retrospective: Toonstruck

Wouldn't work in 3D now, would it?

Eurogamer currently sports my retrospective of Toonstruck, the 1996 point and click adventure starring Christopher Lloyd and some cartoons. I went back to it having forgotten if I even liked it 14 years ago, and was absolutely delighted to discover that it’s fantastic. I say things like:

“In looking back at some of the best (and worst) adventure games of the eighties and nineties, it’s too easy to remain within the archives of LucasArts and Sierra. Perhaps Westwood’s Bladerunner gets quickly remembered, Cecil’s Broken Sword games, and someone will recall Adventure Soft’s Simon The Sorcerer games. But what about The Legend of Kyrania series, also from Westwood? Access’s Tex Murphy games? Microids’ Syberia? And what about Burst Studio’s Toonstruck? Why isn’t everyone talking about it? It’s absolutely bloody brilliant..”

And it continues here. Also, I can’t resist doing a gallery for this one either, so that’s coming up.

Oh, and the EG comments seem to have inspired a few to start voting at GoG for them to attempt to get the rights for this one. You can do that here. Search for Toonstruck, then click to vote.

Of course, this might not work – Toonstruck was published by the now defunct Virgin Games, and a number of their games are now in rights-hell, meaning no one knows who owns them. And therefore no one can give permission for them to be re-released. Although Planescape seems to have emerged from the ashes, albeit somewhat peculiarly, so perhaps there’s hope.

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