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...
User reviews: Very Positive (2,411 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2013

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"A history lesson in retro adventure games, and as Sips discovered, the deceptively simple beginning gives way to a surprisingly deep RPG system."
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“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.”
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About This Game

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.

Key Features

  • 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

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor:1.7 GHz single-core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Directx 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.5 GHz dual-core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Directx 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.6 Leopard
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768 or greater desktop screen resolution
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:10.6 Leopard
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768 or greater desktop screen resolution
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
You start as an 8-bit/2D adventurer and evolve into a 3 dimentional beau sabreur on your journey. You get better music, you get a storyline and you get to chop-chop skeletons and come across a new lady friend. Entering caves, you collect crystals, sometimes cards, sometimes stars. You notice there's a village with people in melancholy. Perhaps there's something wrong? And then you discover about the evil which has caused widespread chaos(huh? not really) and decay in the reign.

What Evoland is good at :
  • Strong, visionary concept.
  • Great soundtrack.
  • A great mix of elements taken from the classic oldies.
  • Potrays somewhat good visuals.
  • Real-time combat is fun to meddle with.
  • Reference/citations to some great games.

What Evoland does wrong :
  • Horrendous exceution of an intently created artistic concept.
  • Turn based combat irritates you more than it does to entertain.
  • A very short story of 3 hours that leaves you with quite disappointed.
  • Collectibles are futile to attain.
  • A typical, generic story.

Evoland feels more like a documentary and parody of the classics than it does at being authentic. Perhaps that is the point? Evoland feels fun at times, of course it does. It lives off your nostalgia, being the sole reason you should play it but more often than not it simply name checks. It strives to imitate the plus points of the great games but fails to evolve as one itself.

Evoland is a good game to journey through and revisit memories if you get it for less than five dollars. But if you pay more than that, your experience will seem more unworthy than fun.

My Rating - "Gets the job done"
Traditional Rating - 6 on 10.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Though I like the concept of playing through the evolution of RPGs I cannot recommend this game.

This game is grindy. And not the positive kind. Even if it was grindy just to show how grindy the old RPGs were, lampshading that doesn't help the frustration. It just feels like a hack to pump up playtime which is precisly what doesn't help the game. I expected some sort of museum walkthrough where you can reminisce in peace.

But no, annoying random ecounters, bad controls and stupid waypoints ruin all the fun.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Evoland is awesome. It starts off in monochrome, original Gameboy graphics and--through in-game actions--gradually becomes a 3D, high-def game with dynamic lighting. There are homages to The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Brothers, Dragon Quest, Diablo, even the Terry Pratchett "Discworld" series is given a nod. This game is short, but it is fun and is very well done. I recommend Evoland to anyone, but especially those who have lived through the evolution of video gaming and can appreciate seeing the technology's emulated evolution as you play.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
An entertaining compilation of the development of role playing games, this game starts in the greyish days of 8bit graphics and makes it all the way through to 3D and HD pictures, not taking itself too serious. A great story full of rpg clichés, lovely characters and funny dialogues make this game a must-have for every player who is into RPGs. Definitely worth the price (and if not, check back at sales time)!
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Referential humour abound in this fun little spoof game that is equal parts Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda.

Not a long game by any stretch (100% complete in a little over 5 hours) but certainly more than worth the pricetag.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Common game breaking bug close to the end of the game (3 hrs in), that hasn't and wont get patched, can only be fixed by starting a new game or using someone elses save file.

Rest of the game is decent I would of liked to see the end.
Posted: October 9
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
I feel bad giving this game a thumbs down, because it has (or had rather) lots of potential. What it turned out to be was a short, extremely underwhelming mishmash of classic games, dumbed down to the point where all of the enjoyment of the originals is gone.

How can one make a game that is part Zelda, part Final Fantasy, and part Diablo that sucks? Well, take 5 minutes worth of Zelda gameplay, make the controls slightly less responsive, and stretch it out for 30 minutes. Final Fantasy? Have 3 - and only 3 - different types of enemies that require the same amount of attacks to kill whether you're at level 1 or 5. And imagine Diablo with no difficulty and pointless item drops.

The whole game is an exercise in redundancy, filled with stolen famous one-liners from games we love, only to be regurgitated out of the context that made them memorable in the first place. Had the game been much, much longer, with more variation in enemies, items, and, well, basic gameplay, Evoland could have done well.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
gud gaem, butt not wotrh 10dollers. just liek final fantays and lejund of zulda so play dose insted. it okey, but i m not liek "ima pley evoland tonite!!!11one1!!!!" it jut liek "oevolandishuldpleythtigess..."
Posted: October 5
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37.0 hrs on record
While Evoland is not the finest example of all the RPG genres it represents, it is an enormous nostagia/game history trip and does have some innovative features and excellent graphical design. A great game to relax with, but not for those wanting a close-to full-fledged role-playing game experience.
Posted: September 27
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1.8 hrs on record
I started playing this game giggling like a little school girl. This is such an amazing concept that I can't believe this is the first weve seen of it (to my knowledge). Which is why it pains me that this game just doesn't 'evolve'... hehe.... into what it could be.

The first 45 minutes-hour have a lot of promise as you unlock new technologies and cycle through game modes... but after that it trickles out new unlocks and doesn't really go anywhere. It turns into a 'Bah-bies first Zelda clone'. I have got to be frank.... I don't like Zelda (Early titles). The gameplay just didn't do anything for me. I much prefer the strategy of turn based combat. Speaking of....

There is 0 depth to this game. From the combat to the story. During turn based sections you have yourself and a girl character. The girl is the mage who only starts with heal and you a basic attack. Then, by about half way through the game she finally gets 1 magic attack that does the same damage as your sword attack and you get nothing. Thats it. Even on the Zelda side of things nothing evolves past the early Zelda titles. You get a sword, bombs, and arrows.

The story is throw away.

The humour seems to just consist of 'Epic Movie' type refrences. You are a lucky lucky person if you dont know what that means....

Nothing is really done with the concept of evolving through the generations. I would love to see a larger scaled game maybe by some tested devs who could take this concept and just go nuts. I freaking love this idea and I hope to see it around again. Kudos to the devs for thinking of it but I really wish you would hahve developed it more.

Oh, also the game is only 3 hours long. I just kind of gave up half way in because I can't play old school style Zelda without a controller and I just couldn't get controller support to work. : /

Update: I noticed a You-tuber I like had a full playthrough of this so I decided to watch the rest of it to see what I missed. I have to say Im happy I gave up when I did.

The game turns into a diablo like (using that phrase lightly) game after I quit. Again like with the rest of the game there is no depth to it. You pick up loot that doesnt even effect anything and you are still using the combat mechanics from zelda. You get gold drops but gold is useless and cant actually be used for anything.

The story is laughable. Its so crap. I can't imagine what the devs thought when they cobbled that mess together. Maybe it was the day before release and all the writers has hangovers so they got the janitor who played an rpg once like 20 years ago to finish the story for them.

You get a map finally during this section but nothing else happens. The boss fight here is just as lame and uninspiered as the rest.

Then you fight the final boss and finally get a second attack for the main hero which is on a 4 minute cooldown and is only used once. The boss is in 2 sections. You get beat for the first fight and your compainion dies *spoilers but who cares*. You get an airship to get to where the boss moved to because reasons, and fight in a zelda type boss fight. Then credits roll. Thats it.

I can't understand how they were able to think of such an awesome concept for the game but didnt have a single good idea other than that. I pray I see this idea take shape from devs who are actually talented.
Posted: September 30
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0.1 hrs on record
Great game and a great concept, especially for a Lundum Dare. If you don't mind the lenght (quite short), definately pick it up.
Posted: October 3
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Quick little game that allows you to quickly watch the evolution of gaming from Gameboy to early computer gaming.
Posted: September 28
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2.8 hrs on record
perfect for final fantasy fans
Posted: September 28
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For those who grew up with those sorts of games, its like walking back though time. For those new to classic RPGs its a great look at how things have changed.
Posted: September 29
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8.8 hrs on record
Epic game, finished it perfect today, and I have to say it's pretty awesome. I saw reviews of this game on T.V. that said it dragged on a bit, and quite frankly, I could not see any evidence of this. It is not a long game, but don't expect to finish it perfectly in a day, unless you've got nine hours to do completely nothing. There are no real bugs in terms of collectibles, and if you get really stuck, there is a fairly good guide to help you. In terms of gameplay, well, it changes throughout, and is not very consistent with some of the later changes, but it still ends in quite a good game, with an amazing concept. There are still some bugs though, that may just be considered laziness on the creators' part, with the later modelling not being added to some areas. 8/10
Posted: September 30
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6.8 hrs on record
Great game, a inspired by many Zeldas, Final Fantasies and Diablo. Very enjoyable trip down parody lane (like memory lane, but for parodies).
Posted: October 2
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5.6 hrs on record
LOVE IT!!
Posted: September 27
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6.5 hrs on record
This game walks the player through the history of RPG video games with humor and style. Also boss fights.
Posted: September 27
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3.9 hrs on record
Interesting and fairly short game that has a fun mechanic to it. Evolving through the various game styles was a fun adventure in game history.
Posted: September 24
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0.3 hrs on record
A nice idea, but it plays more like a "short joke" than a real $10 game. This is one of those things that would have been better off as a 5 minute Flash movie on Newgrounds.com. I advice against picking it up without a large sale discount on it, and even then you will just barely get your money's worth.
Posted: September 25
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