Desert Pals was a loose concept project for an RPG game inspired by Earthbound. The game follows a group of rowdy kids living in a desert community, who spend most of their free time playing pretend and collecting relics from an abandoned dump. A sudden murder in their village would lead the kids down a dark path of adventure and mystery. Players would control the party of kids, each taking on a classic RPG role such as bard or knight. Gameplay would comprise of puzzle solving, dungeon crawling and fighting monsters. Character interaction and permadeath would influence story elements and endgame conditions.