A few weeks back I replayed Toonstruck for a retrospective, which led me to reading about it. And I discovered, having not heard before, that there was an unreleased sequel. The first game, already very long, had a lot of content cut, which was then to be reused in the follow-up. A lot of it already made, it was apparently reasonably close to completion. But Toonstruck, despite being a splendid point and click adventure, did not sell well, and any plans for a sequel were abandoned. Well, apparently if we still want it, we just have to ask.
The rights to Toonstruck are held by its music director, Keith Arem, who has recently expressed an interest in recovering the project, re-releasing the game for modern systems with the second half put back in. That’s a second half of FMV footage of stars Christopher Lloyd and Ben Stein, along with Dan Castellaneta and Tim Curry providing voices. It’s something I want. Me. Now. Please.
However, he has said he wants to see fan interest before considering the project. In fact, he said this, as posted to the AdventureGamers.com forum.
“While the game was internationally critically acclaimed, the game did
not receive the sales we hoped, and the second half was never released.
Now that my career has developed, I would like to re-release an updated
version of Toonstruck to include the 2nd half of the game (iPad, online,
etc), but I would need tremendous fan support to justify its release.”
This is a result of the Toonstruck 2 group – a collection of gamers who have been attempting to stitch together the unreleased content into a playable game themselves. Approaching Arem, they’ve clearly sparked his interest, and the possibility of something official could occur.
But “tremendous fan support” means action. Which is what you should do now. So there’s the Facebook group, and there’s the an online petition. Go on. (If you can get the petition software to work – it’s not the easiest to use.)
And if you need convincing, check out our screenshot gallery from the original.
Big thanks to deanlove for pointing me in the direction of this.