14 Games Like EarthBound

Games Like EarthBound Explore our list of role playing games like EarthBound with unique titles that use classic overworlds, turn based and inject humour into the story.

EarthBound (or Mother 2 within Japan) is a 1994 role playing game for the SNES game console that pioneered a genre of role playing games. The popularity of the game eventually led to a Wii U release in 2015 under the title of EarthBound Beginnings. In the game players control Ness and his party of adventurers as they attempt to combat the evil alien forces that have a grip over the Earth.

Using what are now considered to be traditional role playing elements and design players move their party of adventurers around the 2D overworld which includes various non player characters and settings. Upon physical contact with an enemy the game enters into a separate combat screen where players battle it out in turn based combat in order to reduce enemy hit points to zero. In order to improve players can level up characters and equip items to combat the ever increasing strength of enemies.

The games like EarthBound that you’ll discover below all have a similar RPG style to the popular 1994 release. These games use turn based combat, overworlds, party mechanics and often provide a humorous or fourth wall breaking experience.
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Nepenthe

Step into the strange and hand drawn world of Nepenthe, a game that pushes the fourth wall aside with inspiration from the likes of Earthbound and Undertale. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly simple graphics though as Nepenthe is anything but a straightforward game, hiding multiple layers of choice and endings. One of ...[Read More]

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OFF

OFF is a free French title that was created with RPG Maker, the game has since been translated into multiple languages (including English). Focused on store, setting, atmosphere, music and character design. Players start there adventure in Zone 0 in control of a mysterious being known only as The Batter. Soon after entering...[Read More]

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Why Am I Dead At Sea

Imagine waking up to find yourself on a boat out at sea and subsequently discovering that you’re also dead? This is the scenario that Why Am I Dead At Sea explores with an intriguing murder mystery title that has you solving your own murder. As a ghost players abilities are limited to possessing other people on the bo...[Read More]

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Princess Remedy 2: In A Heap of Trouble

Returning for a second adventure Princess Remedy 2: In A Heap of Trouble serves as a prequel to the original popular (and free to play) Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt. Not finished with her learning at the Saturnian healing school players will need to rely on their healing abilities once again to defeat the large Boss T...[Read More]

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LISA

Set in a post apocalyptic world LISA is a quirky adventure that follows a depressing journey of one man and his search for his adopted daughter. For telling this story in a unique way (specifically dark humour) the title has received positive reviews. Your protagonist for this adventure is Brad Armstrong, a middle age drug ...[Read More]

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Super Paper Mario

Super Paper Mario is the third title in the Paper Mario series, available for the Nintendo Wii this Mario themed action adventure lets players switch between 2D and 3D perspectives at a moments notice. Your main objective in this Maria world is to find and collect eight Pure Hearts in the eight game chapters. Each chapter s...[Read More]

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Contact

Contact is a role playing title for the Nintendo DS handheld console. With an interesting story, good level mechanics and an enjoyable soundtrack it has the foundations of a quality adventure. The story of Contact starts with the Professor fleeing through space as he tries to lose a strange enemy known as the CosmoNOTs. Cra...[Read More]

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Shin Megami Tensei IV

Why fight demons when you can talk them down to joining your quest? This idea is one of the driving forces behind combat in Shin Megami Tensei IV with a number of refinements over the previous titles. Developed for Nintendo’s 3DS platform, Shin Megami Tensei IV (translated to True Goddess Reincarnation IV) is the fift...[Read More]

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Pocket Mortys

Mix Pokemon gameplay with the hilarious Adult Swim adventures of Rick & Morty and you’ll get Pocket Mortys a simple collect them all RPG that has you collecting and battling your own various Mortys. The game kicks off in the popular TV show garage with Rick working on a unique MortyPad device that is able to track...[Read More]

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To the Moon

To the Moon is an adventure game released in 2011 by Freebird Games who have developed a number of games in this niche (To the Moon being one of the most well received). Made with RPG Maker XP the game spans half a dozen hours. To the Moon uses a unique story premise that revolves around a technology that can create artific...[Read More]

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Space Funeral

Space Funeral sets a whole new standard in weird gaming with a surreal RPG that mixes horror and the strange into one. Mixing ghouls, ghosts, dark caves, freakish monsters, lions and even Dracula himself the mixture of content in Space Funeral is as vast as it is crazy. The game is free to play and made with RPG Maker. Spac...[Read More]

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Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt

Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt sees players stepping into the shoes of Remedy, a recent graduate from the healing school who now possesses the knowledge and powers of healing. With the appropriately named setting for the story of Hurtland your studied powers will be vital in saving those that call Hurtland home. With do...[Read More]

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Citizens of Earth

Citizens of Earth will definitely turn a few heads with its Earthbound like design, does it match up to the classic SNES title though? Available for a large range of platforms many gamers can get access to this humour orientated RPG adventure. Filled with pop culture references and many elements lifted right from the origin...[Read More]

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Paper Mario: Sticker Star

With the release of Paper Mario: Sticker Star the Paper Mario franchise has reached its fourth game instalment and also marks the first on a handheld console. This classic fourth wall breaking franchise follows a similar formula to previous titles with a few small tweaks. Like the games that precede it Paper Mario: Sticker ...[Read More]

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