One of the best things about Kickstarter is how it services certain genres that have been long ignored by major publishers. Just ask any adventure game fan, who once upon a time felt like a neglected step child, how happy he or she is these days.
Still, there are certain fans that are not being catered towards. Like those who dig “Earthbound”. Sure, Nintendo finally released the thing on the Wii U Virtual Console, but other than an unofficially fan translated sequel, there’s not much else for said folk to chew on.
And that’s where “Citizens of Earth” comes in.
Up on Kickstarter right this second comes yet another project to hail from the Great White North:
It’s the brainchild of Eden Industries, which is made up of various members of Next Level Games, which worked on “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon”, as well as “Punch Out” for the Wii as well. Which certainly helps when trying to channel the spirit of one of Nintendo’s most esoteric (and misunderstood) classics, “Earthbound”.
And much like that same RPG that turned conventions upside down, “Citizens of Earth” is all about regular folks being extraordinary heroes. Like school teachers, used car salesmen, yoga instructors, homeless dudes, the lady who makes your coffee, and even your mom.
So the charm and overall spirit of “Earthbound” is plain to see. Though hopefully, “Citizens of Earth” fixes some of it’s problems as well, by virtue of being a modern RPG. As great as the SNES game was, it still plays like a SNES game, meaning some of its mechanics have not aged at all.