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Title: Earthbound (2nd Review)
Author:Nintendo
Rom Player: ZSNES
Reviewer: Cory B

Synopsis: Ah, Earthbound. A goofy role-playing game set in the 1990's with all sorts of weird humor and bizarre happenings throughout.

Yeah, that's right, the 90's. No medieval fantasy settings or futuristic sci-fi here, this game is based strictly in modern day (well, about 10 years ago modern day, anyway). This theme remains present throughout, as you wield weapons such as frying pans and yo-yos while doing battle with everything from gang members, to runaway taxis, to flying saucers. Oh, and magic is nowhere to be seen; PSI (Psychic power) takes its place here.

The plot isn't terribly in-depth, but manages to remain interesting throughout. You, as Ness, an average kid who discovers his ability to use psychic power, is sent on a journey to visit the eight "Your Sanctuary" locations in order to gather the strength needed to defeat the evil Giygas, who is supposed to reduced the world to ruins in 10 years. Anyway, Giygas is a really evil dude, and is able to exploit the evil in the hearts of people, animals, and even inanimate objects, and turn them against you every step of the way.

At each of these locations is one of the game's bosses, which are equally weird in themselves. The game's first major boss, for example, is a large ant. Another is a gigantic mushroom that enjoys "mushroomizing" your characters, which basically makes them attack one another rather than the enemy. The "sanctuaries" themselves are even more bizarre, consisting of things like a giant footstep and a large, pink cloud.

Somewhere throughout all the cartoony madness, though, Earthbound found a way to be fun. Maybe it's just the thrill of seeing what type of zany enemy you'll be facing next, or seeing what kind of doomsday item Jeff can create out of a broken object, but in any case, this is one game you'll want to play right through to the end.

Best Cheats: Once you reach Twoson, you can make money pretty quickly by buying Fresh Eggs, waiting for them to hatch into Chickens, and then selling the resulting poultry.

Game Play: 9
Graphics: 7
Music/Sound: 7
Originality: 9
Overall Rating: 10



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