In a Kickstarter raised by American developers, Toy Ghost, the 16bit-Adventure, Boogerman is looking at a high definition update if they can reach the lofty goal of $375.000 in funding.
In a recent update to the site, a new tier was added, stating that for a $40 pledge, you can play alongside the snot-flicking superhero in co-op mode with none other than Earthworm Jim. The wriggly hero will be added to the mix in playable form for those who wish to spend some cash, which leaves those of us who just want more Jim, when or if the game is released, a bit left out.
The original developers of Boogerman, Interplay, have been working closely with Toy Ghost on securing the rights to the annelid action hero appearing in the HD update. Since buying Shiny Entertainment shortly after the release of Earthworm Jim 2, Interplay have owned the rights to the character for a number of years.
Toy Ghost have an impressive number of games under their belt including two LoTR games, The Two Towers and Return of the King, Kung Fu Panda, Contra 4 and The Lost Vikings, a very smart platform puzzler that the recent indie hit The Cave looked to take pointers from.
In the mid 90’s, 2D platforming was a staple and titles that added the surreal and comedic elements that EWJ offered rose quickly to the top. Cow launching, psychotic space crows and swinging through some of the weirdest landscapes gave me a very memorable period of gaming in my teenage years. Earthworm Jim was a success with most of the console crowd in the days of Sega and Nintendo, even more so when the Universal produced cartoon appeared on our tiny, standard definition televisions with the same, strange humour we knew and loved. Boogerman followed suit with it’s nose-picking powers and toilet humour.
Were people really so taken with Boogerman to justify a stretch goal so high though? Why not ask Interplay for the rights to a new Earthworm Jim? Or is that the point… Will we see a guh-roovy new game on next gen from the original developers? As a huge fan, I hope so.
Boogerman 20th Anniversary is being developed for PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, PC, Mac, Linux, and Wii U with Toy Ghost aiming for a November 2014 release.