EarthBound Scratch n Sniff Lives On
March 14th, 2013 | EarthBound
I’ve slowly been on a quest to find newspaper and non-gaming magazine reviews of EarthBound from 1995. Here’s one that I’ve known about for a long time, from a publication called the Youngstown Vindicator:
Earth Bound is child’s play in the best sense
*Light-hearted graphics present the adventure and the enemies faced in a non-threatening manner.
By Joel Easley
Scripps Howard News Service
Bizarre aliens are roaming earth under the control of the intergalactic mastermind, Giygas. Only a young boy from the town of Onett, armed with a cracked baseball bat and an ATM card, can form a band of exceptional children and save Earth from destruction in Nintendo’d Earth Bound for the Super Nintendo.
Using real world settings and everyday objects, Nintendo was able to create a role playig(sic) adventure designed for younger or novice players. Light – hearted graphics present the adventure and the enemies faced in a non-threatening manner. The mellow tunes fit the bill in the music category.
Enjoyable : Easy player interface melds together with the rest of the aspects of Earth Bound for a truly enjoyable experience. Another positive thing about Earth Bound is that fact it’s nonviolent. Crazy looking enemies (no demos here) who are defeated don’t die, they just become tame.
Challenge wise, Earth Bound is also tailored for younger players. Also, if the player in the game should become stuck in the game, consult the included player’s guide.
Nintendo’s Earth bound is a wise choice for parents looking for a game that will keep children busy for a while and won’t expose them to any offensive material.
*Joel Easley writes this column weekly at the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
It’s interesting to note that this review (and I suspect other non-gaming publication reviews) touched on the simple, lighthearted graphics and lack of violence just as game magazine reviewers did. Except in this case, it’s saying that these are GOOD points. Compare that to reviews like this that say the game is terrible because of its lack of violence, blood, and more detailed graphics.
So this is an interesting look at how the game was viewed from within the industry and from outside it. Although I can’t shake the feeling that most reviewers (including this one) never really played very far into the game at all back then.
Anyway, if anyone knows where I can find other old reviews like this, let me know!
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