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Lightheartedly poking fun, 16-bit style prymusferal (25) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
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Good game, if you don't mind the kinks Idkbutlike2 (23) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
This game is pretty fun; try it out! Quincy Phaeoile (3) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Greatly passes up Mother by far! Dason Rise (20) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Sweeeeet! Vance (101) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A classic.... Andrew Douglas (10) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A game different even in this era SlapHappy (19) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Earthbound Review Blake Smith (6) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
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Overall User Score (101 votes) 4.2

Critic Reviews

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Legendra (Nov 09, 2008)
Earthbound ouvre des portes jusqu'alors jamais explorées et prend petit à petit une dimension surréaliste. Tel Alice au pays des merveilles, Earthbound nous embarque dans un autre monde en s'enfonçant dans un large terrier de lapin, sans se demander une seule fois comment diable il pourrait bien en sortir. Aujourd'hui encore, Earthbound est une pièce maîtresse du RPG, essentielle et totalement maîtrisée, sans le moindre équivalent (où alors il faudra aller voir du côté de chez Lovedelic et tâter Moon Remix et Endonesia) ; Mother 3 ayant pris une direction différente. Earthbound est tout simplement fascinant !
Gaming since 198x (Mar 09, 2010)
Earthbound n'est certes pas plus beau jeu de la Super Nintendo, certes certes certes, mais reste un RPG original, vraiment drôle et émouvant.
92 (May 08, 2010)
Earthbound puede ser considerado todo un clásico de culto que no deja a nadie indiferente. Mientras que a muchos les resulta simple además de carente de seriedad y profundidad jugable, muchos otros encontrarán en el juego una de las propuestas más originales de Super Nintendo. Las innovaciones bien integradas, la historia fuera de lo común pero llena de grandes momentos y la cuidad música lo convierten en una aventura casi única y difícil de compararla con otros títulos del mismo género. Pese a que su estilo sea infantil, el título no está destinado únicamente a ese público. Un jugador con bastante experiencia puede disfrutar del mismo modo de Earthbound y descubrir las grandes aventuras y sensaciones que ofrece la vida vista desde el punto de vista de los más pequeños de la casa.
AllRPG (2001)
It's tough to review a game like EarthBound. The graphics are horrid, the sound is an absolute fright night, and the plot isn't what someone would call spectacular. But, inexplicably, many of us see past that and it ranks high with us. For many of us, it was the game that brought us into the Role Playing Game world (and boy are we thankful!). I won't even begin to try and decipher why this game is liked so much, but it just works out that way.
HonestGamers (Dec 30, 2012)
The good thing about EarthBound is that the negatives never really progress beyond being mild annoyances. There is so much to like that I almost feel petty for mentioning flaws. This is the sort of game where the little rewards are the ones that count most, where you find yourself seeking out the humorously weak New Age Retro Hippie early in the game just because that encounter has its own personal music… or getting besieged by the artwork of Salvatore Dali in a bizarre alternate version of the game's largest city. Regardless of any minor issues it may have, EarthBound is a game that is difficult to forget once you have experienced it.
90 (Nov 25, 2011)
Après un premier épisode génial mais encore imparfait, EarthBound parvient à corriger presque toutes les maladresses de son aîné. L'aventure proposée est d'une richesse prodigieuse et les personnages sont tous très attachants, même les PNJ les plus insignifiants. Aucun autre jeu ne possède une telle atmosphère, savant mélange de S.F. et d'humour décalé avec un zeste de cyanure. Préparez-vous à tomber amoureux d'EarthBound.
Lens of Truth (May 02, 2011)
EarthBound was an underrated gem that wasn’t fully appreciated in 1995. When it was released, it received mixed reviews, came in a giant goofy box, and sold poorly (in America). Despite all that, and like anything truly brilliant, the undeniable genius of EarthBound has more then flourished as the years have passed – and rightfully so. EarthBound is top notch in almost every important RPG category: we get likable characters, unique enemies, a great Sci-Fi story with perfectly matching graphics and sound, and a diverse variety of areas to explore. However, the most important thing about EarthBound its’ hilarious dialog and non-stop humor, something that’s missing in 95% of today’s games. Earthbound is one of the best in the fantastic SNES RPG library and a must play.
Nintendo Life (Dec 20, 2009)
Earthbound succeeds at not only being one of the most unique and refreshing RPG experiences ever created, but also one of the most epic and entertaining as well. Combining classic RPG gameplay elements with a much more modern day spin, the game somehow feels familiar, yet wildly original all at the same time. Toss in a visual presentation unlike anything you've likely seen before, with a soundtrack and storyline both equally unique, and what you have is one of the wildest RPG thrill rides you're ever likely to experience. If for some reason you've never gotten the chance to play this one over the years, you really owe it to yourself to at least give it a try. And for those of you who have played it before, you certainly don't need us to tell you how great it is!
On the whole, this is a pretty good game. Sure, its rather lax in the character department, and has nothing special in it, and is an almost complete rip-off of Dragon Warrior, but come on! Who cares? It's fun! And for those who are stuck, it even comes with a Nintendo Power Player's Guide (which isn't really that good, as it skips over some things)! This game is living proof that you don't need to throw in good graphics, great music, complicated battle systems, or any other innovations (other than the atmosphere, which sets this game apart from just about any medievil or sci-fi style RPG you could think of) just to be a good game.
Nintendojo (Feb 28, 2004)
Earthbound is a game filled up to the brim with personality, atmosphere, and entertainment. It’s easy to see why this game has developed such a cult following --myself included. There are simply no words that can adequately describe this game; it’s just so weird and quirky that words fail me. If you own this game, you owe it to yourself to at least go mess around in Onett for just a little bit. If you have never played this game before but are a fan of RPG, adventure, or games filled with great storylines, this is the perfect match for you. And finally, from one Earthbound fan to another, do your mom a favor and get out of your jammies before you play this game!
RPGFan (Aug 09, 2000)
Any RPGer who wants something new would be well advised to purchase this game, because it's too long to rent. The amusing graphics, audio, and storyline all force you to keep playing, and the secret items and bonus areas will bring you back around at least once.
Jaded Gamer, The (Aug 17, 2005)
Overall, anyone who has a SNES needs to have this game in their collection. This review contains quite a few words, but these eight bear repeating: They need to make more games like Earthbound.
Total! (Germany) (Jul, 1995)
Alles in allem ist dieses Spiel eine extreme Geschmackssache: Wer darauf besteht, daß seine Helden, wie es sich gehört, im mittelalterlichen Kampfdreß mit dem Breitschwert Monster plätten, der wird wohl leicht enttäuscht sein. Hat man diesbezüglich keine Berührungsängste, so hat man hier die ideale Gelegenheit, ein zwar völlig anderes, aber dennoch typisches Rollenspiel zu genießen und dabei auch ein recht interessantes Kampfsystem mit netten Features kennenzulernen: So bekommt man, wenn man auf übermäßig schwache Gegner trifft, automatisch den Sieg und die Experience zugesprochen. Schwankende Naturen sollten ein Probespiel in Erwägung ziehen, allerdings ein ausgiebiges: Der wahre Reiz offenbart sich oft erst nach mehreren Stunden – aber dann ist es der Beginn einer langen, wundervollen Freundschaft ...
Nintendo Land (Sep 13, 2003)
Take a gander at this game, you'll really enjoy its unique angle. RPG fans especially, will appreciate the parody of other games in the genre and the new ideas it puts forth. I give it four stars.
Mega Fun (Jul, 1995)
Zuerst schreckt einen die Grafik und der schräge Sound ab, das Game auch nur fünf Minuten spielen zu wollen. Später kann man sich aber nicht mehr vom Bildschirm lösen, da die Geschichte um Ness und seine Freunde immer fesselnder wird. Die Designer bei Ape haben eine gute Mischung aus Kampf und Adventure-Elementen gefunden, so daß Ihr nicht die überwiegenden Zeit mit Monstermetzeleien beschäftigt seid. Die fast schon unüberschaubare Flut von Gegenständen fordert taktisches Planen, da Ihr nur eine sehr begrenzte Anzahl mit Euch herumschleppen könnt. Das Kampfsystem ist leicht zu bedienen und Ihr bleibt eigentlich immer Herr der Lage. Für Hektiker und solche, die immer irgendwo hängen bleiben, hat Nintendo sogar einen Players Guide mit dazu gepackt, der (fast) keine Fragen offen läßt. Einen Vergleich mit Final Fantasy 3 halt Earthbound zwar nicht stand, für RolIenspielfreunde ist es aber allemal ein gefundenes Fressen.
RPGFan (Feb 02, 1999)
All in all, I'm an Earthbound fan, as you've probably figured by now. The cast really steals the show, even if nearly every female NPC reminds me of 'The Drew Carey Show' character Mimi.. agh, the nightmares.. the horror.. the bloodloss..
GamersMark (Aug 03, 2001)
After reading this, you either can’t wait to get your hands on this game, or you’d like to find and destroy every copy of it. Either way, good luck getting a copy, as they’re hard to find. The ROM may be floating about somewhere, and that’s probably your best bet. Last time I checked, a copy in the box was $50, and $75 for the limited edition with the action figures. Happy gaming.
In case you haven't been able to deduce this for your self, Earthbound is easily one of the most original role-playing games of the 1990s. And it's an extraordinary game to say the least. It's good because it tries to be different by creating an Earth based world and because it has an immersing storyline, witty, humorous and just plain good character development and interactions, stylish weapons and detailed battles. Any RPG fan looking for a totally refreshing and inspiring experience should check this game out.
Det är helt enkelt ett RPG med coca-cola istället för helande drycker, arkadhallar istället för läbbiga slott och helt vanliga grannar istället för exotiska superhjältar. Är Coca Cola istället för Elixir kul? Bedöm själv.
72 (May, 2003)
The game itself is very comical and entertaining. It is a nice break from the seriousness of some other role-playing games, and fits well into the SNES era. For the time, it had average graphics and average tunes. Nothing in there blew me away, and it certainly doesn't now, but what really matters is the content of the game. That's where Earthbound shines.
Video Games (Jul, 1995)
Der erste Teil hatte in Japan einen Kult-Status erlangt. Die Story war überaus brillant aufgebaut. Das ist ja das Wesentliche bei einem Rollenspiel. Daß die Entwickler beim Nachfolger mit der gleichen Methodik an die Sache herangingen, verwundert jedoch um so mehr. Man hätte wenigstens die Hintergrundgrafik an den heutigen SNES-Standard anpassen können. So hinterläßt dieses Spiel den Eindruck eines „Kinder-Spiels“, das der Zeit hinterherhinkt. Man kann nicht leugnen, daß die Story nach wie vor packend und hervorragend durchdacht ist. Aber irgendwie stört mich persönlich die Kindergarten-Grafik. In Zeiten, in denen sogar Erstkläßler mit Final Fantasy 3 herumtrollen, sollte man doch ein wenig mehr erwarten können. Für Einsteiger bietet Earthbound allemal eine gute Basis, sich mit dem Genre vertraut zu machen.
GamePro (US) (Jul, 1995)
Earthbound can be amusing if you know where to look for the funny parts. Otherwise, the humor is too mature for little kids and the gameplay is too immature for older gamers. This one is bound to fail to Earth sometime soon.
Game Players (Jul, 1995)
Under it's original title, this was a pretty big hit in Japan. RPG addicts looking for a quick fix (like me, for instance) could do worse, but without a doubt, the younger you are, the more you're gonna like it.
Earthbound is not a bad game if you like "cuteness". In fact, with a little violence and some more menacing weapons and creatures, this would have been an excellent RPG. Sadly, all Earthbound has to offer is a Barney-esque romp in a McDonald's playground.