By Jakob Ronimous
“Earthbound,” released all the way back in 1994, is a western RPG unlike anything of its time. The game is set in Eagleland, a comedic depiction of 1970’s America. The main characters are commonly referred to as Ness, Paula, Jeff and Poo, although they can be named whatever the player desires.
Along the journey of Ness and his friends, they will encounter extremely quirky encounters, such as suddenly entering a battle against a cup of coffee and a guitar in a haunted department store.
The most unique thing about “EarthBound” is the HP-scrolling mechanic. If a character were to take more damage than their current health points, instead of instantly dying, their health scrolls down, allowing for another party member to heal them.
Overall, this quirky game has nothing quite like it, and is definitely worth the old school jank.