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The Holiday Hex is a Game Mod of EarthBound created by two hackers named H.S and Mr. Tenda. The new music was created by Reg (who previously did "King of the World" from Cognitive Dissonance). It was released in 2012.
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In this holiday-themed game, the town of Bethel is locked in a time-loop where it is always Christmas Eve. A young girl named Tina is the first to figure this out, so she and another young boy named Kyle step outside of their homes to figure out what is causing all the mess. They find out that a christmas tree is causing the time loop because it is missing all of its decorations. Kyle and Tina set out to recover the missing decorations.

The game can be downloaded here and read about here.

Any tropes that originated from EarthBound go in that game's respective trope pages.


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  • Christmas Episode: You know what? This is a Christmas game. At the Silver Lake Base, you meet a group of people that hate that holiday to the point of sickness that live underground next to the Silver Lake, trying to wait out Christmas so that their favorite holiday, Easter, can come along. However, see "Groundhog Day" Loop below to see why that won't work.
  • Disc-One Nuke: The fruitcake that you can buy in the bakery. It's inedible, but when thrown in battle, it does as much damage as one hit from Double Strike at later levels. For that matter, it's best to save it for fights like the Lowly Grunt and especially the Omega Hare.
  • Easter Bunny: The Omega Hare and the Vorpal Rabbit resemble this concept; however, see Hair-Raising Hare below.
  • Game Mod: of EarthBound.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The town of Bethel is stuck in one involving Christmas Eve. Because of this, the people living under Silver Lake trying to wait for Easter to happen are unfortunately stuck, because it will never be Easter for them unless the decorations are returned and Christmas is celebrated, thus everything that a certain NPC and Spencer say are rendered point moot.
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  • Hair-Raising Hare: Plenty of them in the Silver Lake Base, including Attack Bunnies, Ornery Hares, The Vorpal Rabbit, and the Omega Hare. The last one has an especially notorious streak, see Sequential Boss below.
  • MacGuffin: The decorations serve this purpose.
  • Mook Maker: Like in EarthBound, some of the enemies can call for help, up to and including The Omega Hare, which just make it even harder to beat.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you want to own a bunny named the Vorpal Bunny or the Omega Hare?
  • Right-Hand Cat: Make that Right Hand Bunny, but Spencer, the leader of the Silver Lake base, owns the bunny that is the Final Boss, The Omega Hare.
  • Sequential Boss: The Omega Hare has a grand total of three life bars, each of which conceal an ungodly amount of HP.
  • Sequel Hook / The End... Or Is It?: The game ends with one, implying this. Alas, we never got one.....yet.
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