Do you remember the point-and-click adventure game Toonstruck? Unless you were a PC gamer in the 90’s, then at best, you might have seen a few articles and ads in some video game magazines. Even then, it may have simply flown under your radar.
Despite receiving favorable scores from critics, the rise of 3D gaming combined with poor marketing saw the title fall by the wayside. However, some hopeful plans for a resurrection are underway.
Toonstruck, for those who don’t know, was a starstruck game from Virgin Interactive which featured the talents of Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons, Aladdin), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and many others. It stars Lloyd as Drew Blanc (likely named for famed Looney Tunes voice actor Mel Blanc), an animator who finds himself sucked into his television and the world which he created. In order to return to his own world, he must thwart the evil which is threatening the land, turning its cute and fluffy denizens into darker, twisted versions of their former selves.
Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the day’s media (DVD? What’s that?), Blanc’s adventure had to be cut down to size, with the unused material planned for a sequel. However, all that talent doesn’t come cheap, and when the game didn’t prove profitable enough, the rest of the story was more or less scrapped.
Now, one of the original creators of the game, Keith Arem, has the rights to the game and is interested in creating a new release of Toonstruck, one with both parts intact. He notes:
“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.”
And that is where we come in, more or less. A group of fans have begun to rally and drum up support to show that yes, there is room in the market for a re-release of Toonstruck. To that end, they’ve organized a petition, forum, Facebook group, and Twitter, all dedicated to the goal of making “Toonstruck 2” a reality.
The petition has 1,610 signatures, which is still quite a ways from their lofty goal of 50,000. Whether it manages to succeed or not, only time will tell. But with point-and-click adventures such as the Ace Attorney series and Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People gaining popularity on consoles and handhelds alike, maybe now is a good time for Blanc’s adventure to attract some attention.