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Earthbound

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Reviewed by Rahshu Az-Mansur In the days when games were beginning to get more graphics oriented and less plot-based such as the Donkey Kong Country series, comes a game that even advertisers said stinks! This is a game called EarthBound, which is something you just have to see to believe! Built on the same reason that people like to watch dumb movies, this little gem goes all out in giving you the most bizarre ride of your life!

Graphics 3 out of 10

The only thing that saves this from getting a 2 out of 10 is the fact that the psychadellic backgrounds in the fighting scenes rival that of 32-bit games. Using seemingly 8-bit graphics to produce a clearly 16-bit game, EarthBound screams that it doesn't need good graphics to make the game. But it's sometimes the cheesy stuff that sells!

Music and Sound 8 out of 10

If you liked Hanson, you'll love the town theme to Onett! But that's not the half of it! Each town has it's own theme... from the hanson sounding Onett, to the calm tunes of Twoson, over to the scarry Threed music, going over to the professional-sounding music of Fourside, there's everything in here! The last guy plays a cool song that blows even the 64-bit tunes away with it's incredible re-creation of the NES sound-system and it's heavy-metal backbeat that rivals music from the N64!

Game Challenge 7 out of 10

The hardest part of the game is getting used to it. After about the first place you go to, things should come quite naturally. But even then, you have to be out on the lookout for all kinda of stuff ranging from the "Slimy l'il pile," the "Aracknid", the "Even Slimier L'il pile," the "Cranky Lady," the "ARACKNID!!!!!", the "Violent Roach," and the infamous "New-Age Retro Hippie" among others who get into your way. Not the hardest game in the world, but still not as easy as it sounds. It'll keep ya busy for quite a long while!

Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10

The bizarre off-beat humor's going to make you stick around for the entire thing. Besides, it's the only game ever created that I've seen that you can literally beat with one hand behind your back! All of the major-needed controls are put over to the left side of the control padusing the Left, select, and directional buttons as well as the others on the right side. If that's not enough for you, you're always going to a new place in the game, and not really ever having to back-track, so It'll always be a new experience. It loses points for getting tedious going through the final stage at the end of the game...

Frustration

Game lovers that favor polygon characters (such as Final Fantasy 7), and nothing else, beware! You'll instantly reject this game due to it's total lack of even 16-bit style graphics! Sure, it's notably 16-bit, but it's strong effort to mimic the old 8-bit Nintendo will drive 32 and 64-bit gamers up the wall.

Replayability 7 out of 10

You play this game once, and you've seen it all... It's not an "addicting" game, but it still has a lot of replayability after letting it sit for a while. It's almost as fun playing the second time because you can mess with all of the names and stuff to do really cheesy things as you play (example: favorite food: poison... "You look tired. Eat some poison and scoot up to bed!"

Game Value 9 out of 10

This is a must-get for all RPG-buffs. It's the game that dares to be different! It's a rebel against the system! It defines the word "bizarre." Whatever you see this game for, it's worth the money, if you're prepared to be amazed at it's uniqueness!

Overall 10 out of 10

A game that is a true art-form Featuring everything that is weird and then give you something else entirely to make things even more weird. The storyline is extremely hillarious bordering in the slightly sadistic at times. Example: One of the members of the resident Onett gang the Sharks says "Spit Spit Spit, Saliva Spit Spit, You want some gum? Get your own, twit." while another says "Don't get lippy or I'll kick your butt!" and then yet another will go off at you and say "I actually enjoy lemonade and eating fresh vegetables, but I guess that doesn't fit into my super-cool image." Where else can you get to know Lier X. Agerate and a mysterious statue, or have the neighborhood bully pull out all of the stops to just be a jerk? You can even buy a house with a full ocean-view, and read-up on a story (complimentary of buying the house I'm sure) about a man caught speeding and his excuse for speeding. Do all this and more while beating that all-evil foe Giygas! And the real mystery of the game: What does Giygas even look like?! You'll have a great time finding out!

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