Earnest Evans

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U
  • Sega Mega-CD
    NTSC-J

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Earnest Evans
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Renovation Products
Sega Mega-CD
Wolf Team
Developer:
Sound driver: Wolf Team sound driver
Genre: Action[1]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
JP
¥7,3007,300 T-32014
Sega Mega Drive
US
$61.9961.99[3] 49176

Earnest Evans (アーネストエバンス) is a 1991 platforming action game developed by Wolf Team for the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega-CD released in the US and Japan as exclusives for the respective consoles. The Mega-CD version features animated cutscenes made by Madhouse.

It is the second game to be released in a trilogy following El Viento and followed by Anetto Futatabi. Its plot, however, comes first in the original Japanese chronology (but second in the US localization).

A European Mega Drive release was planned by Ubisoft[4] but it did not materialise.

Story

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Earnest Evans

In the 1930s, a man known as Earnest Evans had learned of three ancient idols which hold enough power to destroy the Earth. Evans had decided to search the world to find the scattered idols, but was injured before he could find all three. Now, many years later, his grandson, Earnest Evans III, continues his grandfather's quest to save humanity from total annihilation. However, a rival treasure hunter named Brady Tresidder also seeks the idols to bring the world's destruction. Earnest must find the treasures before Tresidder does. During his journey, Earnest stumbles upon the beautiful young green-haired girl Annet Myer lying in some ruins in Peru who decides to accompany him for the rest of his adventures. The two encounter a mysterious figure by the name of Sigfried, who has unknown motives, but seems to know a lot about Hastur and his cult.

Gameplay

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Earnest and Annet

The game is an action platformer played as the adventurer Earnest Evans. The character Earnest Evans is composed of multiple sprites to give him a fluid, ragdoll-like movement, a technique typically only used for large bosses in other games. Each level has a boss at the end. In some stages, including the first, Earnest must collect pieces of treasure to make the boss appear.

He runs with Left and Right and jumps with B. He crouches with Down; he can walk and jump while crouching. If he is already crouching, he lies down by pressing Down again. He can crawl in this position; he can roll along the ground with B. He stands back up with Up. He attacks with A and can attack while crouching, crawling, or jumping. He starts with a long-range whip but obtains other weapons later. These weapons can be used a limited number of times and do not carry over to the next stage. He can switch his weapon with C. He can climb ropes and walls with Up and Down. He swims with BBBBB

Earnest has multiple health gauges. He loses health on a subgauge when he takes damage from an enemy or hazard; when a subgauge is empty, he starts over a full subgauge if he has one remaining. The number of subgauges remaining is indicated by red rectangles under the subgauge. He starts each stage with one extra subgauge but can obtain more by finding items. If he loses all of his health with no subgauges remaining, the game ends. It can be continued as long as the player has continues remaining, with Earnest reviving in place. Unlike most platformers, Earnest does not have a brief period of invulnerability when he takes damage, so he can lose a large amount of health from a single enemy or obstacle if the player does not move him out of them quickly.

Weapons

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Whip
The default weapon. Earnest swings it at enemies. He can also attach his whip to hooks, ceilings, and tree branches to swing from them.
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Exploding Rocks
Earnest can throw these at enemies for greater damage than the whip. The only projectile weapon. Found in the third stage.
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Morning Star
Earnest can swing this weapon a long distance and then retract it. Found in the fourth stage.
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Club
A strong weapon that Earnest can use to bludgeon enemies by swinging it in an arc.

Items

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Apple
Gives Earnest another health subgauge.
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Roast
Gives Earnest two extra health subgauges.
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Elixir
Puts Earnest to sleep for a duration.

Stages

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Cave of Coaterique, Mexico

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Ukayari Valley, Peru

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Stage 3

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Stage 4

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Trans-Europe Express

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Brussels, Belgium

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Gobi Desert, Mongolia

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Stage 8

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Grand Canyon, Arizona, U.S.A.

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Final Boss

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Produced by: Masaaki Uno
  • Directed by: Bugtarou
  • Programmed by: Bugtarou
  • Graphics by: Tosio Yamamoto, Masayuki Kaneda, Kazuhiro Nagata, Jun Hoyano
  • Music Composed by: Motoi Sakuraba
  • Executive Producer: Masahiro Akishino
  • Cooperation by: Ryota Furuya, Jun Hoyano
  • Thanks to: Chikaaki Tokuhiro, Fumiaki Fukaya, Hiroshi Ogawa, Jo Asanuma
  • Special Thanks to: Kazuyuki Fukushima
  • All Produced by: Wolf Team
Source:
In-game credits
Earnest Evans MD credits.pdf
[5]

Mega-CD version

Staff
Visual Staff
  • Cast
    • アーネスト: Kazuki Yao
    • アネット: Yuko Minaguchi
    • ジーク・フリート: Ryo Hoirikawa
    • シャルロット: Hiromi Tsuru
    • アル・カポネ: Hideyuki Tanaka
    • ウルリッヒ: Masaharu Satou
  • Production and Picture continuity: Katsuhisa Yamada
  • Visual Director: Tetsurou Aoki
  • Visual Establishment: Hisaya Takabayashi
  • Animation Works: MAD HOUSE
  • CD-Sound Editor: Video Company Mitomo
  • Thanks: Jo Asanuma, Fumiaki Fukaya, Z.Ando, Tadashi Hamada, Kimito Iijima, Junichiro Shibata, Uchida, Nakamura, Hisao Kunimatsu, Black kamakura
  • Special thanks: Kazuyuki Fukushima
  • This game is created by: Wolf Team
Source:
In-game credits (JP)
EarnestEvans MCD JP SSEnding.pdf
[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Earnest Evans/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #34: "May 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-11: "November 1991" (1991-10-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-12: "December 1991" (1991-11-08)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-01: "January 1992" (1991-12-07)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[7]
Cool Gamer (RU)
50
[8]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
63
[9]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
50
[10]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
76
[3]
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
55
[2]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
50
[11]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
72
[12]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
76
[13]
Sega Mega Drive
60
Based on
9 reviews

Earnest Evans

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
EarnestEvans MD US Manual.pdf
Manual

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[14]
Consoles + (FR) NTSC-J
76
[15]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
53
[16]
Games-X (UK) NTSC-J
60
[17]
Game Zone (UK) NTSC-J
90
[18]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
50
[19]
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
80
[20]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
74
[21]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-J
50
[11]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
91
[22]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-J
75
[23]
Sega Force (SE) NTSC-J
76
[24]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
63
[25]
Sega Mega-CD
69
Based on
13 reviews

Earnest Evans

Mega-CD, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Earnest Evans MCD JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a243816d
MD5 6a2d2ac410a424fcb66a72ec0dff9484
SHA-1 cb5a2a928e2c2016f915e07e1d148672563183f0
1MB 1991-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-04-19 Page
Sega Mega-CD
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
592,751,040 CD-ROM (JP) T-32014

References


Earnest Evans

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1994-04-19



Annet Myer & Earnest Evans games for Sega systems
El Viento (1991) | Earnest Evans (1991) | Anetto Futatabi (1993)