This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend EvoLand skip to Results and read from there.
Shiro Games makes an interesting game that tries to draw together the graphics of older games and mix in in with more modern aspects. The game plays like an action RPG and hits neither fantastically, but does well enough to make you want to play. Story:
You play a young man named Clink who must defeat an evil darkness that his hit the land. For some reason you must go throughout the land and save the world from the evil that plagues the land. Eventually you run into a girl named Kaeris who joined your team and you agree to help her restore the Amulet that you will need to save the mana tree from being destroyed. Campaign:
The campaign is rather simple; you start in birds-eye view and can only go right, you unlock the ability to go left, shortly after the ability to go any direction. Slowly as you progress throughout the campaign you gain more and more features that make the game more modern. The issue is none of these come in for any rhyme or reason. They are just randomly placed on the map as chests which you hit and suddenly it unlocks. There is no story behind why the upgrades slowly appear in, which is disappointing. The game could have started with full graphics and be the exact same. Regardless it is still interesting seeing how the game changes, even if it occurs just because of random chests spread throughout the map.Gameplay:
The game plays like a typical action RPG then goes into a turn-based combat system when travelling. There are a couple boss fights which are rather interesting, but the combat gets repetitive very quickly. And as you start to unlock new features to the game you are annoyed you had to waste your time not using them in the earlier versions. Especially because some of the unlocks include a mini-map which you have in RPGs old or new; inventory which you have in RPGs old or new; etc. Regardless the combat doesn’t go on long enough for you to truly hate it, just sometimes gets monotonous and makes you take a break. Hints:
>Don’t look for everything, you can go back at the end and do it later. Results:
All in all EvoLand is an interesting game, I would definitely avoid getting it at full price; but, if you can get it on sale it’s not the worst decision you’ll make. The gameplay is simple and can get repetitive, the story is nothing special, but the special effect changes are unique. I loosely recommend this game to someone who has a bit of time and doesn’t mind a semi-amusing game. This won’t be the best title you own, so just enjoy it for what it is a rather simple RPG with that is just average.
+The game evolves as you play it
+There are some more challenging puzzles after you unlock the entire game.
+The music is catchy
+The card game that is included is kind of cool
-You don’t unlock a lot of features found in all RPGs until later in the game (mini-map, inventory, etc.)
-The game evolves with no real rhyme or reason
-The combat is at times a bit to directional
-When traveling between areas there are way too many random battles. It’s like going through a cave in Pokémon and running into a thousand Zubats, except you can’t use a Repel to avoid the battles.
-At points in the game the story is very unclear of where to go, I got lost for like at least an hour or so before I figured out I was going the wrong way.