There’s a second story operating beneath’s Eastward’s important narrative. Developer Pixpil’s video game holds a second, also-playable video game known as Earth Born. Presumably a reference to EarthSure, one in all Eastward’s clear influences, Earth Born is an 8-bit role-playing game with a narrative that mimics Eastward’s own, a story so beloved throughout Potcrock Isle, Whitewhale Bay, and New Dam City that just about everybody you meet in Eastward performs it.

Playing it with locals in several areas is one in all Eastward’s sheer delights, assembly rambunctious college children to take activates the sticks. Like I wrote in my evaluation, Earth Born is surprisingly deep — a full, but small game that simply is sensible in Eastward’s world. For loads of the characters I’ve met in my train-riding journey, Earth Born is described as a salve for the ever-crumbling world. I accepted it equally: the in-game game was a refreshing little break from what’s in any other case a generally darkish story.

the starting screen for earth born

The beginning display for Eastward’s Earth Born
Image: Pixpil/Chucklefish

Earth Born is easy: A knight on a quest to save lots of a princess from a demon king, choosing up celebration members alongside the way in which. Around the world, you’ll must combat small battles within the lead as much as the demon king, every of which performs out in a turn-based system. There’s a little bit of technique and depth concerned, too, with a sequence of collectible collectible figurines — a la amiibo — that combine into the game and add power-up choices. The figures are collectible by Eastward’s characters within the precise game world, packed into gacha-style machines activated by tokens. These power-ups are gadgets that can be utilized throughout battles to get an edge, and important in making your means towards the demon king.

Even earlier than I dove into Earth Born, I loved pulling collectible figurines from the gacha machines, to observe my digital assortment fill proper up.

Pixpil’s even arrange an in-game handbook for Earth Born. The colourful screens are harking back to the guides I learn in my childhood, and so they’ll stroll you thru Earth Born with tricks to getting by means of the game — which you’ll wish to do, in case you’d prefer to make the highschool leaderboard that’s additionally hidden contained in the arcade machine.