Inspector Gadget: Mad Time Party Hangs Up Its Trench Coat on PS5, PS4 This Fall 1

As far as unexpected announcements go, where does this one rank? Microids is bringing Inspector Gadget: Mad Time Party to PS5 and PS4 later this year, a one-to-four-player title that promises to immerse you in the “iconic” world of the trench coated detective. “Stroll through the environments of the original series, meet characters such as Chief Quimby, Penny, or the M.A.D. agents, and use the various gadgets of the Inspector to fight the M.A.D. forces,” the press release reads.

The blurb continues: “Play as the iconic Inspector Gadget and join your friends in this new party game. Metro City has fallen under the control of the evil Dr. Claw. In order to save the city, Inspector Gadget must use a time machine to go back in time. Unfortunately, the machine breaks down and the inspector’s ancestors are teleported to the present. You’ll have to solve mini-game quests to unlock the bolts needed to repair it.”

There’s no trailer just yet, but the screenshots do have a nice cel-shaded look to them which somewhat captures the style of the original animated series. Apparently, there’ll be 16 minigames in total, and the soundtrack has been composed by Tanis Chalopin, the daughter of Inspector Gadget’s original creator, Jean Chalopin.

We can’t imagine this will set the world alight, but it could end up being entertaining when played with family and friends – especially if you’re a fan of the franchise!