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 (2,355 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2013

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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
106 of 151 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
There's really not much point to playing this game.
All of the best parts of it are already shown in the trailer.

It's well made, but incredibly short and shallow.

Evoland just makes you remember how fun Zelda and Final Fantasy are, and you'll wish you were playing those instead.
Posted: June 24
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71 of 97 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Evoland has a great concept, traverse the 8-bit era to the current day and age, whilst no the result failed to be pnenomenal, the end result was still very enjoyable. I don't deny the game has it's flaws however I feel many of these flaws can be ignored as the game for me personally is very enjoyable and it saddens me to see unearned negativity towards Evoland.

The game has a very charming visual style which really captures everything from the Gameboy to the playstation one in style, but not only does the art style stand out for me the music is not only reminiscent of old gaming music but it really brings a good vibe with it. Probably my favorite example from this game is from the final boss fight itself.

Gameplay is also very enjoyable, taking inspiration from the likes of Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, Diablo, and Dragon Quest with a fantastic result altogether. Whilst the mix of hack and slash from the LoZ gameplay merging with the turn-based strategy of Final Fantasy may turn people off I can assure you it plays well and naturally to the point where it's a good game in it's own right. However there are a few gimmicks within the game upgrade system, where some of the features are only used once or are pretty stale, a concept which as been explored in the likes of DLC Quest. But this is really the only comparison I can think of.

Overall, the game has very negative views towards it however I feel this is completely uncalled for, the main problem is that people are expecting far to much from a 6hr game. The game is creative and highly nostalgic, and the final boss is probably the one I have enjoyed most for quite some time. For a game that is reasonably cheap it's worth the purchase, and if it ever goes on sale it's a must buy.
Posted: April 9
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39 of 59 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
An example of a good concept badly executed.

Evoland presents a very neat idea but completely fails to really make it enjoyable. It starts out in a very promising fashion but very very quickly turns into a generic RPG with tedious gameplay.

All in all, not very enjoyable and certainly not worth 10 dollars.
Posted: April 7
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Oh man, this game was a treat to play. It takes you on a charming homage of the development of series like Zelda and Final Fantasy over the course of a couple hours. You start out as 8 bit as can be, and throughout chests you find, you unlock sound, better graphics, enemies, and pretty much everything else. Your travels help the world to evolve to a more modern style of gaming (equivalent to the Ocarina of Time I would say). After a bit, you can go back and forth between old school and new school as a direct homage to The Ocarina of Time. Throughout the game, the developers maintained a sense of humor while not taking themselves too seriously. The game shares that in common with DLC Quest actually...and there are game development jokes in this game as well. You at one point unlock a ship which will take you wherever you want to go without random encounters and looks very much like helicopter version of a Star Wars ship we all know and love. The battle systems also evolve and work well.
Everything about this game was done right and I cant recommend this game enough.
A definite 10 out of 10.
Posted: July 15
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
DISCLAIMER: This is a repost from my blog at www.stanislavcostiuc.com. I don't write reviews. I write opinion and impressions pieces, meaning the detalization may vary from just general feelings about a game to indepth critique of particular game mechanics. Read if you're interested to know if I like a game or not (and for what reasons), which parts intrigue me and which parts push me away, but don't expect in-depth description of all gameplay and systems. Thank you.

From the very moment I pressed ‘New Game’, I fell in love with Evoland. It’s a game that integrates evolution of the action/adventure, RPG and JRPG genres in its mechanics, starting out with a GameBoy black and white Zelda-like experience and ending with a full-fledged 3D boss battle. It’s simply amazing. But.

It doesn’t really hold up as a game that well. Ironic, isn’t it? It’s a great, and, most importantly, niche experience. If you’ve played video games for the past 15-20 years at the least, or you were/are interested in a lot of old games before your time, I think you’ll find this nostalgic trip quite enjoyable. I mean, come on, you get to buy an upgrade that removes CD loading times (that were indeed put on purpose) from the PlayStation era locations. How cool is that?

But the game is very basic. It’s got mechanics from Zelda, Final Fantasy and Diablo, and they all, while present a solid foundation, don’t have much depth to them. There are clever moments, don’t get me wrong, and the part where you time travel between Old and New graphics has got to be the most enjoyable section of the game, but it doesn’t feel enough. The soundtrack is really cool though, and game-related humor is amazing.

Still, this brings up an interesting question. Does a game need to have flawless mechanics that do not get old quickly to truly enjoy it? Perhaps that’s a topic that requires a more detailed discussion later. But at least in case of Evoland, I can honestly say – no. No it doesn’t. I loved every second of it.
Posted: April 20
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399 of 533 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
What starts off as a promising concept falls badly flat. The first half of the game is all about unlocking more and more features, which is implemented very well, and would have made a great game if they'd stuck with it. But as soon as you unlock "3D" the game just becomes alternately a bad zelda clone and a bad FF clone. The concept of "unlocks" goes out the window, in favor of "whatever gimick we feel like giving you for a short while, then taking away".

The puzzles requiring you to switch between different "eras" are briliant. Pity that this idea was so sparingly and arbitrarily applied.

Bottom line: A great set of ideas looking for a better game.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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