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What is Unearthed?

Simply put, Unearthed is a game project being developed using hacking software and the EarthBound Super Nintendo ROM. Despite being constructed within the framework of an existing game, it has an original narrative and features a new cast of characters, game world, and game-play mechanics. The main aim of Unearthed is to produce an entertaining narrative experience within the fabric of a retro video game.

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Unearthed is centered around a fairly simple plot: one that draws influences from Labyrinth, Cave Story, Fraggle Rock, and many other sources. Through a series of unlikely events, Mitchell (our protagonist) is thrust into an underground world in search of his younger brother Chase. There, he encounters strange creatures and exotic locations, and gets caught up in the trials and tribulations of this newly discovered realm.


Why are you making this?

Because I love video games – especially the chunky, 16 bit ones I grew up with – and I want to tell new and engaging stories using this antiquated (but not unappreciated) medium.

I guess a lot of this project is driven by nostalgia. Many of the narrative points and game-play mechanics in Unearthed are derived from existing media or at least inspired by it. When I work on Unearthed, I often feel like I am writing a love letter to an era of games that has long passed. I hope the end result is both familiar and refreshing to those who play it.


When will it be done?

Unearthed has been a labour of love for me, and I have been developing it on-and-off over the past 5-10 years. I’m not entirely sure when it will be done, but you can monitor my progress by checking out the blog posts below. Currently, most of the nuts ‘n’ bolts of the game world are finished, and I am working on dialogue, NPCs, and tangible gameplay stuff.

I am done estimating the game’s completion date. It could be years before the game is fully complete, and I don’t want to create unrealistic expectations for the project. Please enjoy the demo (featuring the first hour or two of gameplay), and let me know if you have any feedback on the game.

 Recent Updates

Unearthed Demo: One Month Retrospective

Last month, I made the decision to release a demo of Unearthed. Although Unearthed may seem like a innocuous little ...
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Unearthed (EarthBound Hack) Demo Release

Unearthed Demo (vCS108) (requires a SNES Emulator) After many years of development, I’m happy to announce the release of a public ...
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Unearthed Update: Shadowy Morg on a Shadowy Planet

Following a short winter hiatus, I have resumed production on Unearthed. I was forced to take some time off during the ...
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Halloween Twitch Stream: Now Online

On Wednesday October 26 at 8:00pm(EST), I was joined by the Starmen.net community on Twitch to play Toby Fox’s Halloween Hack! It was ...
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Unearthed Update: Cows and More

The cow you see above is a cow of destiny. It is the first NPC placed in Glensborough, and the ...
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Unearthed Update: Twitch Stream Online

You may have caught this update already on YouTube or Twitter, but the Twitch stream from back in June is ...
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Unearthed Twitch Stream: July 23 @ 9:00pm

After shying away from it for months, I’m finally putting together a Twitch stream for Unearthed! Tune into my channel ...
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Unearthed Update: Battle Backgrounds Implemented

Just a quick update for all of you peoples who have been asking me about Unearthed. All of the battle ...
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Unearthed Update: New Battle Backgrounds

I have completed another milestone in my never-ending game design quest. Behold! Mother 3 battle backgrounds integrated in the EarthBound ...
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Unearthed Update: Music (Almost) Fully Implemented

I have an exciting update for you all! Over the last year or so I've been collecting musical submissions from ...
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Unearthed Update: Presents and More

I had a bit of free time over the holidays, so I decided to get caught up on some Unearthed ...
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Unearthed Updates: Shops Complete

This update is short, sweet. and animated: All the shops and vendors in the game are now working! This process was ...
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