Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real time boss fights, all with plenty of humor and references to many classic games.Read full description
"If You Like Final Fantasy Or Zelda, You Need To Play Evoland" [- Kotaku ]
"Evoland is a fascinating study of the adventure game genre, and surprisingly funny at the same time." [- Wired ]
"Evoland's elements form a love letter to some of the most venerated games in their respective genres, and it's surprising just how well the shifting gameplay types work together" [- Destructoid ]
"Evoland is a fantastic advert for indie gaming. It's creative, unique, highly entertaining and wonderfully nostalgic. This is a must-play." [- eGamer ]
Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real time boss fights, all with plenty of humor and references to many classic games.
Play through the history of action-adventure video games
Discover many evolutions, from old school 2D action/adventure to active time battles and full 3D action
Revisit the starting area rendered in full 3D or explore the overworld with your own airship!
And have fun with the dungeons, puzzles, a heap of secrets to uncover, and dozens of achievements and stars to collect
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Evoland was quite a treat for me to play through. To start with I should say I'm a fan of JRPG and have been pretty much my entire life and have only recently gotten into Zelda games so that angle is fresh to me. Which makes it all the more interesting to see a game tackle both sides and put them together. Is the game perfect? No, not even close and I'll get to it eventually, but genre fusion and clever use of a gimmick goes a long way to keeping you engaged and wondering ?What are they going to do next?? Let's dive int Evolve and see whether nostalgia holds up and, more importantly, can a game stand on it alone or does it actually need merit proper to stand out. This is where I would usually give you the basic premise of the game, yet this time I'll abstain for two reasons: it's a very archetypal take on JRPGs and story is clearly a token addition. Our ???? protagonist is trying to figure out what's going on, he runs into a girl and embarks on a McGuffin chase for a while before finally some tragic happens and, now named, protagonist has to go fight the villain who has multiple forms, naturally. This is all standard fare and part of the game's charm that flows rather well together all things considered. Let's just say that plot, lore and characters will not put Evoland on a pedestal of quality, but considering it's more about paying homages and references everywhere you can see this is was a deliberate choice and not a display of incompetence. Which is comforting. Real meat of the game at hand is how it handles progression or, dare I say, evolution of games over the course of decades. By ?games? I mean specifically Zelda-style action adventures and eventually JRPGs, although later on we also dip toes into action RPG with appropriate change to gameplay. But that's a just a general notion ? real intriguing part is how you gradually unlocking tech improvements. For example, you unlock the upgrade to 16bit graphics and this visibly improves the, well, visuals of the game. Evoland starts out as a very basic Gameboy game and it really pulls you in with each new addition. I especially fancied some small things like protagonist having to grow up before NPCs will start to take him seriously or sell him weapons. Something that's often overlooked in JRPGs and game even complaints what's with all the kids in the business. Buying a faster DVD Player at the shop to eliminate loading times was especially humorous. Those were obviously some positives to we the appetite, but like I said not all is perfect. As charming and endearing those references are game does tend to go a bit overboard with them when it quotes Blade Runner in the end and things like that. Even obvious references it wears on its sleeves like Final Fantasy 7 are a bit too on the nose so it's a fair warning to tell you about them. I didn't mind it seeing as it's right up my alley and I got them for once. There's also a plethora of Shigeru Miyamoto adoration early on when Zelda phase is in full effect even if you have to look around a bit for them. It's a lot of callbacks that will either annoy you or leave you feeling fuzzy. In gameplay department is where we get the game's biggest problem in my opinion ? simplicity. Everything present in the game is on very basic level starting with only three options, two of which only become available as you progress, to solving adventuring parts and very very simple JRPG combat where you'll be spamming attack through rather aggressive encounter rate. If you're used to more modern titles this could be a hair pulling affair. Game also spaces out secrets for you to find in the form of Stars and cards, latter being usable in equally as entertaining Triple Triad knock-off. I was surprised how much this took me back to Final Fantasy 8 days. If I had to put it simply it would be this: you'll get a lot more enjoyment out of Evoland if you come into it from the Zelda club rather than Final Fantasy crowd because former brings the variety to the table. I still found it enjoyable because references were endearing, but like I said this will vary immensely from individual to individual. If you can get it cheap go for it.
Let me start by saying that I really love the concept of Evoland, and really appreciate what the developers tried to do. Unfortunately, the experience falls far short of concept, and I feel that the game costs far more than it's worth. Evoland does a decent job of changing graphical and play style starting with GameBoy-era handheld and moving forward to almost modern day. Unfortunately, this leads to gameplay changing constantly, and certain features being introduced and then removed without warning. For example, I spent most of my in-game currency on healing potions, but the inventory menu gets disabled before the final boss battle. Sadly, the story is probably where the game is weakest. The storyline is cobbled together using tropes from the Final Fantasy series, and even the names of heroes and villains are usually only a letter away from their namesakes. The story is entirely linear, and there really aren't any sidequests. Also, the game is short. Overall, I think it took me 3 or 4 hours, and I don't feel a reason to play through again. There are a few collectibles I missed, but there's no indication of what a complete collection would unlock, and I really don't feel that the game is worth playing through a second time to find out. tl:dr: If you want to play through a fun journey of RPGs (with a heavy focus on JRPGs over Western-style) from the GameBoy days through roughly the PS2 era, this is a decent game. The gameplay is shallow, and the the game itself is short. It's a novel experience if you can get it on sale.
This is an amazing RPG that feels like a huge homage to decades worth of RPGs. Starting from 4-bit graphics, this game literally gets better as you progress, allowing you to unlock many things to help your characters, EVEN graphical upgrades. Eventually you're playing with full 3D and the battles start looking pretty amazing. The story is quite nice too, and pretty decent for what it is. Much of the setting, while typically RPG, is very nice to look at. The music carries very well from battle to battle too, so your ears aren't being grated by repetitive noises. Overall, it is a quaint and charming title that deserves a lot of attention from others. It's a very good game and I suggest you grab it soon!
Evoland is a good RPG genre game. At its heart, it's a game showing the evolution of gaming, in its graphics, gameplay, sound and quality. You start at the beginning of gaming history and go till the end. In graphics, it does a pretty decent of portraying different ages of games, from 2D pixels to 3D textured. The gameplay is like that of generic RPGs, a bit like Zelda. You level up, fight baddies and bosses, collect money, buy stuff, talk to villagers and find items. The movement is top-down, you play as one character and in fights you alternate between two characters. The music is good, in the start as it gets upgraded it's a lot of fun to hear, but when it's maxed out, it can get a little repetitive. There is a story too, but not of a great value or importance, just generic stuff. If you're wanting a good story, this is not the best you can get. But in itself its a very good game. I'd give it 8.5/10
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