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...
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Evoland is an Action RPG that takes the player through the history of gaming in a thoroughly humorous and nostalgic experience. Unlike most RPGs, the game is focused less on character development and leveling up and more as a humorous experience designed to bring a smile to the faces of veteran players as they progress through the various ages of the RPG, taking in the sights and bringing up fond memories. Packed to the brim with endless references, it’s clear from the start that Evoland was made with the utmost love for games of time gone by and provides an authentic experience throughout.

Evoland is a game with a lot of charm, not least due to its sincere parodies of aspects such as the linearity of open world games like Final Fantasy, complete with a suspiciously named substitute called “Kaeris”, who specializes in magic asks our hero (and the player) politely to help her save her town. Of course the player is forced to agree as to set into motion the events of the game. The humor makes sure that the player knows that this is clearly a game made from the heart and not once do the references feel forced or contrived. What will appeal most to gamers are the faithful replications of games like Final Fantasy and Zelda. Beginning the game with nothing more than the ability to move right and with Gameboy era graphics, the player soon, “unlocks” features such as SFX, 3D graphics and HD textures which are used uniquely as an aspect of the gameplay, becoming more advanced as the player progresses through the game. It’s hard not to raise a smile when switching from 2D to 3D within a matter of seconds and such use of visuals and sound is nothing if not innovative, helping to immerse the player into a game that reads like a history book of the gaming industry.

That’s not to say that the game is perfect by any means, as there are several flaws that stick out as surprising, considering the obvious care to detail within the game. Factors like the lack of a sprint unlock came as a surprise considering just how expected it is in line with the other unlocks, and in certain parts of the game, it comes across as a very much needed feature which lack of inclusion can only serve to puzzle players. The switch to Diablo-like gameplay for a dungeon is very much less polished than the rest of the game and it’s not rare to find yourself shouting out in frustration as you try to adapt to gameplay so clearly not replicated to the high standards of the battle systems for the Final Fantasy and Zelda sections. That’s not to say it’s bad by any means, but the high standards laid down previously by the game serve only to emphasize just how annoying it is to have to deal with the clunky controls that are introduced and the dungeon will have players pulling their hair out in frustration as they die many a death trying to come to terms with the controls.

The balance of the game also works against it as the various unlocks, arguably the most intriguing parts of the game, are largely completed within the first third. It’s hard not to feel that they should’ve been spread out further throughout the game, as you find yourself wanting to spend more time immersed within the 2D world, which is soon eliminated to make way for 3D, proceeding to make up the bulk of the rest of the game. That’s not to say the 3D sections are any less impressive, it’s just the enjoyment of the game as an interactive history of gaming is over all too quickly and leaves the player crying out for more. Such weighting to the first third of the game can also be seen in its references, which gradually decrease as the game goes on. Early in the game everything the player interacts with has a witty remark or object leading to several genuine laugh out loud moments whereas the latter stages lack interactivity leading to a loss in the charm that the game possesses as the game becomes an almost straightforward RPG.

Evoland is a unique game in that it’s impressive to see the scale of references and care to detail that is present within it. Despite several surprising flaws, it’s not often in a game where one can relive some of the greatest game-playing experiences from Final Fantasy and Zelda in a couple of hours and the combination of the two games is almost seamless in their execution. Nothing less than a love letter to the games of yesteryear, Evoland will delight players both old and new as it takes them on a journey of nostalgia through a loving send up of the best games of years past.

Recommended, 8/10

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
IF you played any of the original Zelda games, Final Fantasy, Diablo and so on, you should absolutely check this game out. Honestly, if you only liked Zelda and FF you should pick this up. It's a great homage to great games from the past. My only complaint is that the game felt short, but that's only because it's so much fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
It's worth checking out (on sale, at least) for the first couple of hours. The gradual upgrades you get to the art style, perspective and gameplay are a charming tribute to games of old like Zelda and Final Fantasy to name a couple. Once all that is out of the way, however, it becomes a bit of a slog. I get that the random encounters and story cliches are also there for the sake of paying tribute, but a little of the former goes a LONG way and it quickly becomes annoying (especially when you pretty much have no need to level up for the final boss). As for the latter, I would've liked a little bit more done with it rather than just a basic retread (if it went full deconstruction of the genre this could've been amazing). Still, the art style is pretty, there are some clever puzzles involving switching back and forth between gameplay modes, and the in-game card game was enjoyable.
Worth a look, but I won't blame you if you give up after the first splendid couple of hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Evoland is a game that works like a time machine. It goes back to the roots of RPG gaming and slowly trasitions into the RPGs of today. If you had an NES or SNES when you were young, this game will make you feel nostalgia on so many levels.

But unlike most RPG's, this game lacks any decent story which is a shame. It sticks with the NES story type in which there really isnt one which hurts the later part of the game.

but over very fun and unique title 7.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
It is actually quite good. the only parts I don't like are only because of the way games changed to make um easier.

If you die, and you do, you go back to the save points. Evolution is slow, and there is some backtracking to get things you needed an ability to get. Familiar old pestering.

Overall, it is a great game, Going from old school style up to evolved style is neat, they make alot of jokes and references to old school stuff, and it is actuallly playable.

I liked Saturday Morning RPG, and DLC Quest, and this is right up there with um in my book!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This is the best adventure game I have ever played. Great Game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
As much as I liked Zelda, Final Fantasy etc, this game keeps coming to my mind when I think about great adventuring games. Loved every moment, and this game keeps being exicting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Very fun and entertaining game, but short and lacking a lot of content. Has a lot of interesting features, like slowly unlocking almost everything you need to progress through the game, but 6.8 hours was enough for me to completely 100% the game, including getting all the achievements. Pay sale price for the experience, not the game itself.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It took me just three hours to play this game from beginning to end, however it left me feeling like there's more to find. A second playthrough confirmed that I'd missed an area. It's full of parodies and inside references, and is superficially similar to DLC Quest, but very different. The boss fights are tough, but not too tough, just tough enough to be extremely rewarding to defeat. It's funny, but not overly silly, and I totally recommend it.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Not fun, it's more like a tech-demo than a game. Only the graphics are interesting, everything else is blah. Save your money and time.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
fun game i like the graphics changes
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Worth the money? Nope.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Game is awesome. Nice homages to the rpg games that defined the genre.

If you need a nice small game as an intermission, or a pick me up, this is it.

can easily 100% in under 8 hours.
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Although it is short (yes, I beat it in 3 hours), it was one of the best games I have played in a long time. It does a very good job of making fun of classic games (most notably Legend of Zelda and Diablo), but is original enough that itdoesn't solely revolve around that. Great game. Worth the purchase. :P
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Interesting ride for everyone who has interest in the history of rpgs and especially jrpgs.
While it is definitely not the best game out there it is worth trying for everyone with these interests.

I was always looking forward to the next feature to unlock and what had changed throughout the years. Even though I knew most of it, i was sometimes very surprised.

Verdict:

Gameplay:
Changes throughout the game, so only a range of rating is possible
4/10 - 8/10

Artstyle/Graphics
Changes throughout the game, so only a range of rating is possible
I will not rate the Graphics, since this has nothing to do with it, but the Artstyle.
4/10 - 7/10

Sound
Changes throughout the game, so only a range of rating is possible
4/10 - 6/10

Experience
This should be the most important point concerning this game
8/10

I do reccomend trying it out.
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Evoland is da best game evarr!!! <3 <3 <3 3456778876 thumbs up like fave share
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fantastic game that starts you off as a few pixels and takes you though the evolution of RPG/Adventure games. Great pacing and sence of comedy throughout with many tropes of the genre. My only complaint would be I would have liked more time in certain styles of gameplay. Some you play large portions of the game and other just one area. I would also recomend trying the card based mini-game. It comes in late game and has no real bearing on the main quest, but I fould to be quite good.

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5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Very fun, remind me of the good old days of pokemon on the handheld.

Buy it, play it, tickle it ;)
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5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Evolution of the RPG! I really love how they did this game up ^.^ Does a pretty good job at showing how and what has evolved in the RPG world over the years <3
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Did you play RPGs on the NES? SNES? Playstation 1? Then you will most likely enjoy Evoland. It's a charming adventure that will make you chuckle, smile and fondly remember the eras of past gaming - although if you never experienced them or weren't alive when these eras happened I imagine you won't be having much besides a blank stare throughout the entire thing. Thats the biggest point I can make - unless you have experienced these video game eras first hand, the humor and charm will seem nonexistant. If you buy it and expect to be taught a RPG history lesson you will be disappointed.

You play as the standard everyhero named Clink - an obvious amalgamation of Link and Cloud - the everyheroes of FF7 and Pre-OoT Zelda games. The main thing you'll be doing is finding technology upgrades that will advance the tech from black and white to color, from 8bit to 16bit, adding save points, health meters and much more.

Halfway through the game the tech advances appear less and less and it becomes more of a simple action AND turn-based RPG. But even in these later sections there are some interesting uses of switching between 8bit and 3D render modes to complete puzzles. It's nothing too difficult but overall a clever way of making challenges. My personal favorite area was the "Diablo-clone, action RPG" stage complete with ridiculous loot drops. It's also the only area you can play as Kaeris(I wonder who shes based off of? /endsarcasm)

The story portion of the game only takes a few hours but there are some collectibles you can search for to extend your play time like Stars or Cards that you can use for the bonus card mini-game(more or less identical to FF8's Triple Triad). The game also has some pretty nice artwork and music - I've found myself humming tunes from the game long after completing it. Heck, I even payed for the soundtrack.

I personally enjoyed this game and I got exactly what I thought I'd get by reading the tagline - a short story about the evolution of RPGs. That said considering the short length and the simplicity of the second half, $10 is a bit steep. Buy it on sale if you can.
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