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access_time April 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM in Culture by Kieran Toovey

ToeJam & Earl Creator’s Outta Our Shells Has Been Successfully Backed On Kickstarter

Success! Another Kickstarter project has reached its goal, and then exceeded it. This time it’s Outta Our Shells, which is described as “(a) new super casual card game from Greg Johnson that helps people relax, laugh, and get to know each other better.” For those who don’t know who Greg Johnson is, he was a designer for the games Starflight, Spore, and most notably, the ToeJam & Earl series. With a penchant for zany things, Outta Our Shells has a gentler style than Greg’s previous works. This is presumably so that it’s more accessible for a wider audience.

Another way that the game is more accessible is the way it is played. It does have instructions and rules like any other game, but the goal is different than most. You’ll start a conversation, enjoy that conversation, and learn more about those around you. You could also look at it like an ice-breaker, but with the ability to participate for as short or as long as you want. This can lead to funny debates over whether you would rather fly or teleport, which Disney princess you prefer, and reading to everyone else your possibly silly fortunes/misfortunes.

By not only hitting their initial target but also two stretch goals, the creators have added additional cards to the batch as well as DIY cards that allow players to add their own creative flair. For those who didn’t back the game, it will be sold online and at retailers at $24.99. They are expecting to ship the full game by September of this year.

For full details on their Kickstarter campaign, check their page here. What do you think? Is a cute, casual game like this up your alley? Let us know in the comments below.

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