Earnest Evans

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

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega-CD
¥7,300 T-32014

Sega Mega Drive
$61.99[1] 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. It is the second in the trilogy following El Viento and followed by Anetto Futatabi — plotwise, however, it comes first in Japan and second in the US for some reason. All the animated cutscenes were made by Madhouse (Mega CD version only).

A European Mega Drive release was planned by Ubisoft[2] but it did not materialise.


Earnest Evans III is on a quest to complete his grandfather's mission of saving the Earth from destruction by hiding three ancient idols with that power from evil hands, in Earnest Evans III's case the bounty hunter Brady Tresidder. Along the way, he meet Annet Myer, his companion through the wilderness, and Sigfried, who knows a lot about the history of the idols.


Gameplay is typical and controls are simple: A attacks, B jumps, C changes weapon. By default you have a long-range whip, but will pick up other weapons later. Pressing Down and Up switches between standing/running, crouching, and crawling.

Each level contains items you must find to open the boss room; after defeating a boss you must flee its chamber and go to a specified point in the level to clear it.

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

Mega-CD version

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)[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Earnest Evans/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
76 [4]
72 №18, p65
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
2 reviews

Mega Drive, US
EarnestEvans MD US Box.jpg
Earnestevans md us cart.jpg
EarnestEvans MD US Manual.pdf

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [5]
63 [6]
76 [7]
53 №159, [1]
90 №5, p51
60 №40
50 №1992-02, p98
80 [8]
50 [9]
91 [10]
75 №18, p74
76 [11]
Sega Mega-CD
Based on
12 reviews

Mega-CD, JP
EarnestEvans MCD JP Box Back.jpgEarnestEvans MCD JP Box Front.jpg
EarnestEvans MCD JP Spinecard.JPG
EarnestEvans MCD JP Disc.jpg
Earnest Evans MCD JP Manual.pdf

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
1994-04-19 Page
Sega Mega-CD
592,751,040 CD (JP) T-32014