Jay And Silent Bob Want Your Help To Crowdfund Their Next Game

by Mike Futter on Feb 23, 2016 at 05:00 AM

Kevin Smith is hoping to give Jay and Silent Bob, characters that debuted in 1994’s low-budget Clerks, a new lease on life. He and friend Jason Mewes are teaming with Super Comboman developer Interabang for a new crowdfunding project.

Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch is going to be the next game seeking funds on Fig. The platform, whose advisory board includes Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart, and InXile’s Brian Fargo, has seen successful campaigns for Psychonauts 2 and Mobius Digital’s Outer Wilds.

The pair of drug dealers, which have made appearances in a number of Kevin Smith films, find themselves on a hunt for their customers in an oppressive mall. The gameplay is a brawler with something Interabang is calling a “convo combo” mode.

This is said to play out like a battle of words, with “yo mama” jokes and other insults. Cooperative features will allow friend to team-up to adventure together.

The crowdfunding campaign is open today with a goal of $400,000. Interested parties can opt to invest for a return without meeting accredited investor status of $1 million net worth and $200,000 annual income. We’ve detailed the risks and potential rewards extensively in the past. 

If successful, Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


Our Take
As a born-and-bred New Jersey resident, I have a soft spot for Clerks and Mallrats. But humor is a tricky thing in games. Sometimes is hits, but often it just falls flat. “Yo mama” jokes are an artifact of the schoolyard, and the “combo convo” system needs to fit the audience who is going to be of age to play a game with profanity and rampant drug references.