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 (2,428 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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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
34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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)!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Play through the evolution of the action adventure gaming!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Buy it... If its on Sale!

I did Enjoy this game.

Its a good concept and if you have played RPG's growing up you will probably enjoy the nostalgia this game brings. However it is not particularly executed greatly, can be a bit frustrating at times and is VERY short (although it claims to be a short game in the description so that wasnt a big surprise)

I paid £0.69 for this game and for that reason I would have to say that I'm happy with the decision to buy it, but i do feel that had i paid more for it I may have felt a little ripped off...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Worth the money? Nope.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Evoland is a trip through some of the worst features of games past, and reminds you why developers have since moved on to better mechanics. Here are a few of them that the game indulges:

1. One-hit game overs - You're in this mode at the beginning of the game. Add to it that you're on a grid and so are the randomly-moving enemies, and it's a recipe for disaster. I died at least 3 or 4 times, starting the whole game over every time, before I could reach the first save point.

2. Really annoying low-health sounds - I get it that we're supposed to be careful, but come on. It sounds like the alarm clock from hell, and I had to actually shut off the sound when it came on. Don't believe me? Search for it on YouTube and listen for yourself.

3. Backtracking - Notice that chest that seems impossible to get to? That's right, if you want to get 100% completion, you're going to have to backtrack a LOT. You only get certain skills later in the game, and will have to head back to earlier areas to use them to get all the collectables. The game world isn't massive, but the random encounters will be fighting you every step of the way.

4. Loading screens - Yeah, yeah, reading data from disks on the PS1 was a tad slow, I get it. But don't give us artificial loading screens at every one of the four area transitions in a town, and especially not in a town with...

5. Multi-layered fetch quests - We need bombs! That guy probably has some! "Well I used to, but not anymore. Go talk to that gal." ...and you finally get the bombs FIVE PEOPLE (and even more loading screens) later.

6. A lack of mid-boss checkpoints - Figure out the boss's first stage, only to get stomped flat on the second? Too bad! You get to fight the entire thing all over again. (I normally wouldn't complain, but the second stage is essentially random and requires a lot more luck than skill.)

While interesting at least in concept, it doesn't stand up in practice. Aside from the interesting time travel puzzle and the surprisingly functional Diablo section, it's all incredibly boring and tedious. You're much better off playing the games it borrows from (2D Zeldas, Final Fantasy VII, Diablo), than this mess.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Started and now going back to it, really really enjoying the "evo"lution. Good nostalgic dungeon crawl and the mechanics seem solid on every iteration.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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2 of 15 people (13%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
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..."
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
It's a great game. Sure, at the end it's a little bit repetitive but this whole gimmick of playing through different advancements in gaming from simple side-scrollers to fully fledged 3d games is enjoyable and fun. It's not long - which is a good thing with that game actually - but still quite original and just a great way to kill some time. Maybe not worth 9,99 but If there's a sale I'd suggest giving it a chance. Oh, and music is great! 7/10
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Final Fantasy X Zelda , with some reference to other games and some memes , really fun for FF or Zelda fans or anyone looking to play something cool and fresh.

Important Note + (Little Spoiler): if you will buy the game, note that when you get the AirShip , you can land in some places on the world map and then you will be forced to enter some areas , and once you get out your AirShip will be left where you land with it, and if you try to move to reach it you will step on a tile that forces you to enter some jungle or so, so your air ship will be stuck in a place you cant go to and you will not be able to advance in the story, for more information search the internet to avoid this frustrating problem that ruined this fun game for many people.
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7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
It's definitely a blast of nostalgia tracking through so many historical approaches to RPGs. Some sections are better than others, and the end game is a drag before the absurdly high difficulty spike at the final boss, but ultimately, it's a nice time.
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Evoland is an RPG that gives you an experience of past nostalgia. It includes many references, medium replay ability, and an overall alright story. The mechanics it uses are unique, but are too inspired by other games. If a quick RPG style game is your cup of tea, I'd reccomend this. But if you want a vast world-exploring, long play-time game, your money can be spent elsewhere. Otherwise, I'd give this a 7/10.
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7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is simple fun! Remind of video games classics like Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Diablo and others. The history of video games are told in Evoland, learn what graphical improvements came first and what they affect in the world. The storyline is short but I liked it! Also it haves a card minigame which is very fun! Evoland is a MUST play!

Esse jogo é pura diversão! Relembre de grandes clássicos dos video games como Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Diablos e outros. A história dos videos games é contada em Evoland, aprenda quais recursos gráficos vieram primeiro and o que eles afetam no jogo. A história de Evoland é curta mas eu gostei dela! Além do mais o jogo tem um minigame de cartas que é muito divertido! Evoland é um jogo obrigatório de se jogar!
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17.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
So late on this review, well I purchased this game the day that it came out or the day after not sure. Anyways it looked fun and for ten dollars, to me it looked like it was worth. So I gave it a shot, and to cut the review short to me the game is a four out of five. The different forms of combat are nice, but none of them are to extensive, which makes sense but a couple of other options would have been nice. The 3d to 2d gave an interesting puzzle or two I feel like the developers could have worked this a little more, maybe give the game more flavor. Obviously the game isn't there for a story, which is sad because. . .well I like story, the tale told in this one is generic and bland, and so are the characters. However the game is all around great, mainly because of all the awesome references, I mean how many games do you get to fly star-foxes ♥♥♥♥ and carry around clouds buster blade? None except this and maybe minecraft. It also had a decent boss fight at the end, and I wasn't at all disappointed by the battle, it wasn't super hard or anything but it was fun. The game is by no means hard, but defiantly has it's annoy parts, and despite it only being like a 2-4 hour game I've put more than double that into it, don't ask why, I don't know myself lol. Anyways good purchase I'd say it's worth the price if they lowered it by like three bucks. I think if a little bit more development would have been put into the combat, puzzles and story and not let references sell this game it may have been a 5 out of 5.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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.
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6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Great game, a inspired by many Zeldas, Final Fantasies and Diablo. Very enjoyable trip down parody lane (like memory lane, but for parodies).
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great game and a great concept, especially for a Lundum Dare. If you don't mind the lenght (quite short), definately pick it up.
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