LOS ANGELES – October 4, 2022 – The Garbage Pail Kids are ready to party like it's 1985 again. The gross-out icons are hopping off the trading cards and into your TV thanks to an all-new NES game – yes, you read that correctly – from iam8bit Presents and Retrotainment, in collaboration with and under license from Topps, the brand creator. Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum cartridges are now available for pre-order on iam8bit.com. The 8-bit platformer will also be available digitally on console and PC on October 25, supported by a suite of quality-of-life features and bonus content developed and curated in partnership with the team at Digital Eclipse.
"For years we've wanted to bring the Garbage Pail Kids to life in 8-bit form and we're honored that Topps allowed us to give GPK the game it's deserved for 30+ years," says Tim Hartman, producer at Retrotainment.
Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum, created by lifelong GPK fans Retrotainment, is a rollicking and repulsive good time. Players control four unique Garbage Pail Kids throughout their time-traveling adventure, in a story written by Adam F. Goldberg and Retrotainment. Each Kid has their own nasty arsenal, including Mad Mike's melee attacks; Leaky Lindsay's snot rockets; Patty Putty's diaper slams; and Luke Puke's self-explanatory skillset.
Players can instantly swap between each kid depending on which challenges they're facing at any given moment. Tricky side-scrolling levels including Egypt, Transylvania, and Hell will test the mettle of even the most hardcore old-school gamer. Players can collect and trade 8-bit versions of the official Garbage Pail Kids cards, including some that can be used in battle (Adam Bomb, anyone?). Minigames, including porta-potty fishing, round out Retrotainment's loving tribute to Garbage Pail Kids and classic retro games.
Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum is the second game iam8bit is releasing under its iam8bit Presents publishing imprint, following Coin Crew's acclaimed virtual escape room opus, Escape Academy.
"Looking back with fondness is fun, but our joy for publishing Garbage Pail Kids, as if an NES game resurrected from a bygone era, comes from a forward-looking place," say iam8bit co-owners and co-creative directors Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. "To make a game within the limitations of what's possible while deploying NES development tools requires a lot of imagination. More than 35 years later, it's pretty amazing how much more is possible, given the ingenuity of a dedicated fanbase to break and remake codebases. So that's what the Garbage Pail Kids game is – a relic from the past, seen through the lens of the present and developed by the maestros of old-school themselves, Retrotainment Games. It's a perfect fit for iam8bit Presents."
The Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum NES cartridge ($79.99) comes in two randomly distributed color variants: Mad Mike Blue and the ultra-rare Stale Gum Pink. Both are packaged in a high-quality retro box and sleeve (complete with that new NES game smell!), with a premium full-color instruction booklet and four jumbo 5"x7" trading cards featuring the cast of playable kids. Pre-orders also come with a download code for the digital edition at no additional cost. Cartridges are expected to ship Q1 2023.
The digital edition ($9.99) will be available for download October 25 on PlayStation 4 (PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility), Xbox One (Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility), Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. It includes Retrotainment's complete game and a full suite of extras carefully curated and proprietarily developed by Digital Eclipse, the team behind best-in-class, critically acclaimed retro collections including The Disney Afternoon Collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, and the upcoming Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration.
Digital edition extras include:
Fury Load - Check out an exclusive supercut of Adam F. Goldberg's Garbage Pail Kids – Mad Mike: Fury Load stop-motion animated shorts – which directly inspired Retrotainment's game
The Quest for Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum documentary trailer - This video digs into the mystery behind Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum. Why wasn't it released in the 8-bit era…?
Concept Art - Browse through these behind-the-scenes production images to see how Topps' original card creations made the transformation from cardboard to silicon
Archival Card Scans - Did your parents toss out your trading-card collection? Want a quick refresher? Take a look at some of the most memorable Garbage Pail Kids in their original form through high-res scans
Music Player - Love a particular track? Play it 'til your speakers melt!
Gameplay Extras - Save states and rewinds help players who may be a little rusty; visual filters simulate a variety of old-school displays; and all-new screen borders fill the edges for those who aren't playing on a 4:3 CRT.
For more information, please visit iam8bit.com.