released on Sep 16, 2021

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released on Sep 16, 2021

Eastward is a beautifully detailed and charming adventure RPG, from Shanghai-based indie developers, Pixpil and published by Chucklefish.

Escape the tyrannical clutches of a subterranean society and join Eastward’s unlikely duo on an exciting adventure to the land above! Discover beautiful yet bizarre settlements and make new friends as you travel across the world by rail.

Inspired by 90s Japanese animation, the visual style of Eastward has been brought to life using a combination of a modern, innovative 3D lighting system and a rich retro-pixel artwork.

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Incredible rpg here. It wears its Mother 3 influence on its sleeve while also doing its own thing. The dungeon segments worked really well and felt fresher than other Zelda-likes. Of course the plot/atmosphere/characters/music/vibe are the real stars.

It’s a slow game for sure, It took me ~32hrs, this is a full length rpg. The town segments have a lot of running back and forth. There’s so much charm and magic in the world that I didn’t really mind it, it’s just rare for a Zelda-like to be this length.

I got the true ending of Earthborn, the interesting and cool randomized arcade-style 8bit rpg in the game. It took me a while to figure out all the mechanics to it, for so long it felt like it wouldn’t happen, but once it clicked I beat the true dark lord on the first try. Really cool extra-rpg experience. For people who played it the one time and the story and weren’t into it, you can skip it, the only awards are two achievements.

Overall I enjoyed my time with this game a lot. It didn’t rip out my heart and leave me emotionally wrecked the way Mother 3 did, but there’s a lot of tears and laughs and love in there, with fun gameplay, beautiful graphics and music and charming writing and just a whole lot of good stuff going for it. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re a fan of long rpgs and 2d Zelda games, this is one for you.

This game would be hard to say that I was disappointed. It looks nice.

the artwork is stunning. New Dam City and it's citizens feel very alive.

iba a jugar esto para un video de youtube y tras 5 horas me di cuenta que obs solo grabava una esquina del juego, de la rabia que me dió deje de jugarlo y no he hecho nada en youtube desde entonces. One Day....

It looks so cool, but I was having so little if any fun :(

At times I was enthralled with Eastward, but it's just too slow, too overwritten, and overall lacks enough compelling gameplay ideas to keep my attention after nearly 25 hours in with what seems like many more to go. I want to finish it but the game simply isn't giving me enough motivation to do so.