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Just about every major property in pop-culture seems to have had a game based on it at some point in time... except for the The Garbage Pail Kids. Well, Jago Studios is putting an end to that sacrilege, as the company will be releasing a collectible card game based on the popular kids property.
If the name doesn't make any sense to you and the imagery seems somewhat off-putting, it's because the collectible trading card game originally came out during a very different time. In fact, the current day iteration of the property and its popularity is probably entirely and completely lost on today's youth.
Originally Topps made the trading card series as a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids, which was hugely popular back during the 1980s and 1990s, when Coleco, Hasbro and Mattel were in charge of the property. A lot of people loved the hand-stitched designs that were mixed with hard plastic for the faces. At the time, there was really nothing like the dolls, and it even spawned Cabbage Patch Kids television shows and board games, and plenty of other collectible paraphernalia that helped increase the worth of the brand.
During the height of the Cabbage Patch Kids pop-culture phenomenon, Topps decided to launch the Garbage Pail Kids as a parody of the Coleco property. However, instead of having cutesy little kids themed around cabbage patches, the imagery was crude and designed to be humorously disturbing. The trading cards usually feature a collection of kids suffering from grotesque deformities, or using bodily fluids as weapons or accessories, such as one kid who uses his boogers like Spider-Man's web shooters, or another who has teeth so jagged that they stretch and pierce through his face in a rather unpleasant fashion.
Jago Studios is planning on bringing the CCG to modern audiences with some upgraded visuals and all-new cards for the mobile gaming audience.
According to the report, the Garbage Pail Kids game is currently in beta testing with a select number of gamers, but there are plans to release the title for iOS and Android users once the testing is complete.
What's also interesting is that Topps mentions that there will be a social experience attached to the game, so that players will be able to interact and socialize with one another within the Garbage Pail Kids app. There were no details shared on how it would work, but I imagine it might be similar to Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh games.