Toon Jam! (found Cartoon Network PC game; 1995)
Date found: 20 Feb 2021
Found by: KillaFloyd67
Toon Jam! is a PC game published by Turner Interactive in partnership with Cartoon Network in 1995. The software also came with a bonus Jammin' Video VHS tape featuring excerpts from the network's vast library of cartoons. Both the game and the video were notably hosted by The Moxy Show (partially found episodes of CGI anthology series; 1993-2000) Moxy of ''The Moxy Show'' fame. Music videos created within the software could be seen during commercials on Cartoon Network around the time the game came out. Because of its rarity, the game and the tape have not been dumped and thus are considered lost.
The game is itself a multimedia video creator, similar to games like Microsoft 3D Movie Maker and Nickelodeon Director's Lab. Players can create music videos with music, backgrounds, and characters from iconic Cartoon Network shows like The Jetsons and Yogi Bear. Once done, the music video could be saved to a floppy disk. The CD-ROM also doubles as an audio CD, with 25 tracks based on Hanna Barbera cartoon theme songs.
The game came packaged with a tape entitled Jammin' Video featuring musical and dance excerpts from cartoons like The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and Droopy.
While the game and the tape were sold in retail stores for $35 back when it came out, copies are hard to come across in the present day, especially if it's complete in box. A known retailer that sold the game and the tape was CompUSA. It's also possible that the game's rarity comes from negative reviews, especially from CNET.
So far, the only other in-game footage outside of the CNET review is a commercial for the game uploaded back in 2013 on YouTube by Retro CCN.
On February 20th, 2021 YouTuber KillaFloyd67 redescovered and uploaded the rom of the game to the Internet Archive.
- Cartoon Network Wiki article on the game. Retrieved 01 Oct '20
- Archive.org download link of the game's rom. Retrieved 20 Feb '21
- Archived CNET review for the game. Retrieved 01 Oct '20