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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“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”
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“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
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samgamer454
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
From the dreadful graphics to the good graphics, this game is great.
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jill.bourrie
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Fun little game that doesn't take itself too seriously. Kind of a short game, should probably get it on sale. :)
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Tyara
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
really nice game, with a lot to explore. It reminds me a lot of some old rpg maker games i loved to play when i was younger.
Also, for anyone who may want to take a look at the game before buying and playing themselfes, here you go.
https://youtu.be/kqTkwLZU_iQ
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Rattaro
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Evoland is a journey through the first few generations of video games. Starting with simple black and white 8-bit graphics that resemble the earliest GameBoys, it slowly evolves into Nintendo 64 era features. Each time the player opens one of many treasure chests scattered across the worlds, new graphical, musical, or sound effects are "unlocked." In this way, the game slowly progresses through the history of action/adventure video games.

Obviously inspired by classics like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Diablo, this game appeals to fans of those games, like myself. Highlights of the game include the unique evolution style, decent music (though sometimes overly repetitive), and a great homage to classic games. On the negative side, the game was a bit too long for me, but only because I searched for every secret room and hidden items. So, without the side-questing, I am sure the game would have been less of a drag. There was included as well in the game a side mini-game, called Double Twin. This was a basic card game twist of tic-tac-toe. Again, an interesting idea, but only good for a few plays, not for prolonged play-time.

This also marks the first time that I have gained all the achievements for a game on Steam... No reward for that except a little self-pride...

Review originally published on https://brockpattison.blogspot.com/
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NomadCF
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
It's like mario 64 meets FF 3. Except lacks a really doing either interface/style justice. For example in the Mario 64 style areas, you really need to be able to rotate the camera. And your other chars are basicly useless. And the FF style fights are missing the ability to eith remember your last move used for a char, and auto option, and or at least a way to reorder the menu. And the jumping back and forth depending on the area kinda gets old fast.

Oh and then there is the whole unlocking "game" interface upgrades... which consists of nothing more than walking and unlocking freely open and visable chests... Only upside to this is that you could kinda,maybe choose some of the play style elements you want to have applied to the game. Like "HD" looking gfx or 16bit ?


And it lack any real controller support (It does have "support" for some controllers. But really it's not worth the hassel to try and get them work EVERY time you try to play the game) & doesn't support the nvidia shield tv (lazyness). Both are shame because had nto for this last peice. One might be able to overlook the other issues.
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Breathless
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Great idea, fine execution.

Not worth the full price, though, so get it on sale.

Edit: I don't know why it says I only played 0.1 hour. If you check my profile, you can see I got every achievement, which means I completed the game (100%, even). The game is short but not that short.
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Etherios
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Let me start by saying this game is pretty excellent, though it has some design errors that are kinda exasperating.

The game is awesome in doing what it wants, giving you nostalgia and making you remember the good old days of your childhood!
The errors in design (like asking you to complete a collection of cards but showing you only X/23 instead of which cards you are missing or earning) are pretty hurtful.
However the concept of this game is pure awesomeness.
I personally, who would like to make my own videogames someday, enjoyed the mechanic of progression in game a lot.

7.5/10 Has some flaws by trying to keep it simple but the concept is pretty awesome and its shortness allows you to not get frustrated that much by its flaws.
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Hallian
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Note: I haven't 100%'d the game or played Evoland 2. I beat the game with something like 87%.
A neat concept that leans more "overly referential" than "love letter."
Why don't I like this game? When I go to play a classic RPG, I think it looks beautiful, but now I want to play it on an emulator because without the option to speed up the game I just feel like I'm wasting my time.

Games used to have more of a public stigma and were often called a "waste of time." For some reason Evoland doesn't want to move past that, but, intentionally or not, it seems to imply that /this/ is the pinnacle of gaming. These loathsome turn-based battles wherein I'm not scared I'm going to die from facing four enemies, no, I am scared of the animation of four different characters, which means each. One. Hits. Then. You. Attack. And. Oh. You. Didn't. Kill. It. So. Let's. Do. Another. Four. Attacks. For some reason Evoland stops in this weird middle-ground of floaty combat, dull puzzles, and poorly written dialogue. Evoland fails because it's either too scared to critique or because it doesn't realize we all grew up, and I don't know which is sadder.

Perhaps worse, is that this was a perfect chance to play with genre tropes and yet Evoland decides to mimic tired mechanics.
Who is this for? I don't know. If you like Big Bang Theory's or Family Guy's referential "humor" and you like Zelda and FF7 then I guess this the game is for you. This "humor" is encapsulated by the annoying "beeping" sound when you get to critical health. The game even points it out. "Remember how annoying that was in Zelda? DO YOU REMEMBER?!"

Play the Ludum Dare entry and save your money and, most importantly, time.
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anti-magic
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
You can buy an item that reduces loading times/screens. They thought that on top of slowly unlocking basic features and better graphics, it would be a good idea.

Also the random encounter rate is obnoxiously high and you can't save on the world map, or maybe I didn't unlock that feature?

Not worth the time.
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Pillzbury
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
If you grew up Playing Action Adventure Role Playing games you will love this nostalgic shout to the things that got us to where we are today.
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Kstorm
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Evoland is a very fun game in both concept and execution. Through out the game you will be taken on a journey through the evolution of games over the years.
"Evoland = Evolution Land".

The game starts out in a retro gameplay style similar to the original "Legend Of Zelda", and your hero is a young boy named Clink which is rather close to Link our favorite Hyrule hero.

Through the game you will see two main combat styles including: an over world random encounter much like "Final Fantasy" and dungeon crawling similar to "Legend of Zelda, Diablo"

Like most games it is dangerous to go alone so early on in the story you will have a heroine join your party. You also receive new items through the game that help you to solve some basic puzzles. Also if saving the world starts being a little too much to handle, take it easy and play yourself a game of double down! Evolands very own TCG game.


It is up to you, save the world of Evoland from the forth coming shadow set to destroy your home. Weather you wish to complete the main story clocking in at around 3-5 hours or 100% completion including (Collecting Stars & Double Down Cards) this game has a lot to offer and will leave a positive impression on you. I look very forward to playing Evoland 2 very soon and if you would like to see the game in action check out my full Youtube playthrough/walkthrough in the link below.

Evoland Playthrough/Walkthrough Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN5UUB4p8yP7TsKZEh7AUIa78_DTJuZwLL
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kittensoft
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Finished! It's cute, but there are some really annoying bugs (ie-problems with getting the controller to work, and my screensaver randomly starting while playing the game). Also, the "play time" on Steam doesn't seem to be updating (It took me at least 4-5 hours to finish, not 20 minutes...^^;) I like the idea of getting new gameplay and graphical updates as you progress, though I wish that included "save anywhere" and "turn off annoying random battles" options :P
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Hakkakid
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Such a shame it was so short. loved very minute of it, definitely brings back some old classic memories. Can't wait to play evoland 2
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Crap Ton Of Games
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Evoland was a fun little diversion from all of the mainstream games that I've been playing lately. It provided me with some fond memories of old school games, though it came with a few flaws. Definitely worth your time, but don't expect to fill your weekend with just this game.

Good:
  • The action turn-based combat system was very solid.
  • There was plenty of collectables that were hidden decently well.
  • The story did not drag on as some older adventure/RPG games tend to do.
  • The later half of the game looks absolutely amazing.
  • There was a fun little card based minigame that directly tied into the collectables.
  • The Diablo inspired section was very fun.
  • Seeing the game portrayed in all the different art styles was very fun.

Bad:
  • The Zelda inspired combat sections have wildly fluxuating difficulty.
  • The adventure segments lacked any real puzzles.
  • The party size was very limited compared to most RPGs.
  • The game felt a little short, especially for an adventure/RPG game. I beat it in approximately five hours and while I didn't obtain all collectables, I still managed to beat the game with 90% completion.
  • The card minigame's harder difficulties relied a little too heavily on RNG rather than strategy. Despite this, I still managed to beat all dificulties without collecting all the cards.
  • The end of the game didn't really have a solid payoff, relying more on presumed emotional ties rather than a solid conclusion.
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Genny War
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
It's a fun little game. Not great, but it's not long, so it doesn't have a chance to get bad. It's a very nice little experience I think. Get it when its on sale, don't expect too much, and you can have fun and not be dissapointed.
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AntiEasy
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Fun, creative game with some serious difficulty curves

Evoland is a creative game that does face a few problems. I loved the idea, starting from 8-bit, and transitioning all the way into 3D graphics. It is not limited to the graphics, and evolves as it goes along, fitting the evolutions into the story. It throws in turn-based battles, save points, and nearly any general advancement along the way. However, while all of this is cool, it has a few problems.

  • It's too short; it only has about four hours of gameplay not counting:

  • The difficulty curves. Some areas are waaay too hard, and can seriously hinder progress.

  • Leveling up only counts toward turn based battles. The hard areas are a great example of this. Plus, you don't level up in these areas.

  • Many evolutions don't stay around for very long, or aren't used very much.

Overall: 7/10, still recommended to try
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kimbo_butters
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
I would recommend this game to people who like to know the evolution of games. It is a fun 2-5 hour exerpince with lots of easter eggs from your favorite games. Zelda, Final Fantasy, ect... If you do not want to buy this game at full price for a short game then I would recommend buying this game when it goes on sale.
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Static Disruption
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
A short and sweet throwback to the evolution of games.
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Eoin Lynne
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
I played this game on a whim while looking through my friends games in the family share. This game brought back so many fond memories of playing Diablo, Final Fantasy VII-IX, and even Shining force. If you grew up with older games then you owe it to yourself to give this game a try, if not then see what you missed. The plot of the game was 90% parodies of older games but you shouldn't come to this game looking for plot, that's not what this game is about, it's about nostalgia and it nails its goal. I also loved all the snarky jokes they threw in during each evolution. I fully plan to buy Evoland II and I hope they make a III. Enjoy a slice of history (and if you don't want Final Fantasy VII ruined play it first, though at this point who hasn't played it or had it ruined?)
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MrKlippers
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
A novel experience.
Worth playing through once, but I wouldn't play again.
There's some reason to look around - upgrades, cards, and stars are hidden about.

I got 90.3% completion, which is good enough for me.
Took me 3 hours.
It's fun as long as you keep an open mind and don't expect too much story.

Also, random encounters are on the high side.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Note: I haven't 100%'d the game or played Evoland 2. I beat the game with something like 87%.
A neat concept that leans more "overly referential" than "love letter."
Why don't I like this game? When I go to play a classic RPG, I think it looks beautiful, but now I want to play it on an emulator because without the option to speed up the game I just feel like I'm wasting my time.

Games used to have more of a public stigma and were often called a "waste of time." For some reason Evoland doesn't want to move past that, but, intentionally or not, it seems to imply that /this/ is the pinnacle of gaming. These loathsome turn-based battles wherein I'm not scared I'm going to die from facing four enemies, no, I am scared of the animation of four different characters, which means each. One. Hits. Then. You. Attack. And. Oh. You. Didn't. Kill. It. So. Let's. Do. Another. Four. Attacks. For some reason Evoland stops in this weird middle-ground of floaty combat, dull puzzles, and poorly written dialogue. Evoland fails because it's either too scared to critique or because it doesn't realize we all grew up, and I don't know which is sadder.

Perhaps worse, is that this was a perfect chance to play with genre tropes and yet Evoland decides to mimic tired mechanics.
Who is this for? I don't know. If you like Big Bang Theory's or Family Guy's referential "humor" and you like Zelda and FF7 then I guess this the game is for you. This "humor" is encapsulated by the annoying "beeping" sound when you get to critical health. The game even points it out. "Remember how annoying that was in Zelda? DO YOU REMEMBER?!"

Play the Ludum Dare entry and save your money and, most importantly, time.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I most certainly do not reccomend this. Evoland had been on my wishlist forever, and when i saw it was on sale a couple of days ago, no purchase button had ever been smashed so fast. I've sunk a large chunk of my time into this game, and the dissapointment grows as the game progresses. What started as a cute throwback quickly turned into refrences stitched together with awful combat and even worse playability. the traps are annoying, the dialogue is bland, and the "random battles" make me want to pull my hair out because it happens every 15 seconds. TL;DR dont buy it, you'll regret it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Let me start by saying this game is pretty excellent, though it has some design errors that are kinda exasperating.

The game is awesome in doing what it wants, giving you nostalgia and making you remember the good old days of your childhood!
The errors in design (like asking you to complete a collection of cards but showing you only X/23 instead of which cards you are missing or earning) are pretty hurtful.
However the concept of this game is pure awesomeness.
I personally, who would like to make my own videogames someday, enjoyed the mechanic of progression in game a lot.

7.5/10 Has some flaws by trying to keep it simple but the concept is pretty awesome and its shortness allows you to not get frustrated that much by its flaws.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
You can buy an item that reduces loading times/screens. They thought that on top of slowly unlocking basic features and better graphics, it would be a good idea.

Also the random encounter rate is obnoxiously high and you can't save on the world map, or maybe I didn't unlock that feature?

Not worth the time.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Its super fun at first. You get that adventure feeling. But once you step foot into the most "realistic" or "recent" part of the game, it goes from a 9 or 8, to a 1 or 0. Its SUPER redundent and has that feeling (at the end) where you feel that putting the game down and just watching a video of the boss would have been more fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This game is like a memento for classic RPG games, and it's a good one. The story is nothing special, and random encounters at one point can be rather boring/annoying, but the overall atmosphere and difficulty are compensating that.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
A journey through the history of RPG's. The Idea is interesting, but unfortunately not enough is done with the concept. The game is repetitive & eventually boring. The cardinal sin however, is the throwaway story. Sure, you can argue this is done for the sake of parody, but even than the game underneath should at least be passable. Evoland is only 3 à 4 hours long, but most of it was highly forgettable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Sad to say, this is like lots of games you remember fondly, except not actually good.

There are much better homages to retro games here on Steam. Things that do it better, or cross the old with the new. One I would recommend is "A Pixel Story", though the gameplay is 2D platforming rather than RPG.

We also have such things as "Virtual Console" and PSN and GOG nowadays selling older games, and there even some oldies here on Steam; you're much better off hunting down actual downloads of these classic games and playing them for a while.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
This was certainly better and longer than expected.

In its core it is mostly Zelda and final fantasy gameplaywise, with short references into other games, thus this being part of what (admittedly small) length it has. It uses those 2 rather well though, allthough the random encounters felt far too frequent. You unlock new graphics etc. by opening chests zeldastyle.
To get 100% you will probably need a couple more hours without google, since the game is pretty good at hiding goodies or even entire areas and at locking them behind puzzles. Without any sidedestractions id say you will beat this in 3 hours at most though.
There isnt a reason to go 100% other than the sense of achievement either, since the game isnt exactly keen on giving away cool stuff, which is also part of what bothered me: I beat your little mini cardgame with 10 cards, in every difficulty I dont WANT the other 13, I dont WANT another hidden star, i want some cool kind of equipment.

The music is pretty decent sometimes but mostly just gets the job done. Perhaps I entirely missed so many hidden audial messages in the music, aside from the expected 8-bit to 16-bit etc switch, but in case I didnt I think it would have been decent to think of something there, since this tries to represent the evolution of games and boy did music evolve with it.

Graphicwise it is pretty cool that they added quite a few layers between first and final graphics (with jabs at "HD" versions of stuff from the past that still looked like crap), but I still feel like they could have done more steps in between, and the final graphics look kind of ugly in my opinion as well. Going fruther than that would have also enabled more steps in between.

The story is absolutely not worth mentioning, it wont be why you played this, same goes for character development etc.

All together I love it though, it is full of hidden references, it copy pastes gameplay from the other games in ways that work well and I love the idea in general, very decent for a part 1 gonna play part 2 now and hope a lot of things improved. Is it worth 10 dollars though? Hmmm that depends on if "well that was kinda fun" as a result after 3 hours is worth 10 dollars to you. I guess most would say no and should wait on a sale
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
This game has more graphics than any game before or since.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Decent game,
the main annoyance is the extremely EXCESSIVE amount of battles you get pulled into in the overhead world, while you're trying to explore. Even Final fantasy didn't throw them at you THIS OFTEN. If these turn based battles were anything more than spam spacebar to attack, maybe I wouldn't mind, but this seriously kills the game for me..

Aside that, not much depth, story or stuff to collect,. the only real reason you'd want to play this is the fairly easy 100% completion achievement.

Original only for the fact that there's no other game exactly "like" it, but it doesn't have much content of it's own that hasn't been ripped from zelda or final fantasy.
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47 of 79 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
Don't be misled by the 100% completion I have or the hours invested, this game is not worth playing.
It starts out sort of cute and novel, the premise being that you unlock new abilities as a sort of video game history unfolds before you. But don't be fooled, the facade begins to fall apart within the first 20-30 minutes. A game pitched as a delve into gaming history very quickly unveils its true colors as a simple list of tired references to "gaming culture" with a few lines from movies thrown in for variety. Even if you can handle the completely unsubtle references (the earliest and most glaring one being the retrieval of the buster sword, where they literally say "doesn't this look familiar?" with a straight face) the game doesn't stand on its own in any fashion.

The art is uninspired.

The multiple battle systems suffer every issue from miserable and unfair hit boxes to simple math miscalculations for damage. It pretends to be Zelda, Diablo, FF, and more, and yet pales in comparison to the most rudimentary of battle systems (I wrote a more complex system on my graphing calculator back in 10th grade math) and has zero loot system whatsoever.

The RPG system is literally nonexistant save for 3 items you can buy in the first hour. It pretends to have progression but the numbers don't effectively change anything as the whole game scales directly to you.

The puzzles are long, boring, and unforgiving in required precision at times.

The bosses are tedious and boring, even worse than the 20-year old counterparts they are rehashing.

The random battles do nothing but draw out the length, and trigger frustratingly often.

The writing is sad.

The plot is nonexistant (references=/=plot).

The ending is anticlimactic.

And to top it all off, there's the option to use a gamepad, but it is never mentioned, let alone recommended, and without it, you are limited to 8-way movement, making much of the game much harder than it already is.

I know this was originally part of Ludum Dare, but trying to pitch this for $10 is hilarious. Even at $1 I don't think it's worth playing simply because it intentionally disrespects your time by dragging things out. I'd honestly be more happy with the money I paid if it were 45 minutes long.

Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or self respect.
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
This game isn't nearly as cute as it thinks it is.

One of the devs must have wrote an exhaustive list of every cliche in video games, and then put every single one in a checkbox, to use once and then ignore. Pushbutton switches? Okay, walk over one and then never see one again. An enemy you defeat by bumping into a hole instead of attacking? Great, you've got it, moving on now...

Evoland never does anything interesting with any of the mechanics it shows you; it just points out that they exist and then hurries you on to the next mini-achievement or lame fourth-wall-breaking gag. I suspect the developers do this because they realize the gimmick of the game runs thin fast, and they're just trying to get you through it mercifully quickly. Hopefully, they reason, you'll be too distracted by the next flashy graphical effect to realize the game is all smirking irreverence and no substance.

This attitude reveals that the devs don't understand why the games they're aping are great. People didn't like Zelda becuase it had 8-bit graphics, a sword that you can cut bushes with, and the ability to move from one tiny corridor and cramped room to the next. They liked it because the world was expansive and interesting, the combat was challenging but fair, there were actual puzzles where the solution wasn't immediately obvious (because, haha, the JOKE is that the solution is obvious, get it? Isn't this a fun way to spend your time? Haha!)

Evoland isn't a good game, and it's not even a good homage to actually good games, because it merely mimicks the surface of classic gaming. This game is the kind of mass-produced soulless single-severing Nostalgia™ that you see on ThinkGeek or LootCrate. Don't support this.
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29 of 53 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Funny for about 15 minutes. Then it goes from being parody to self parody when the developer decides to throw you into 100% unfun random encouters after every three steps. After about 50 of those I was done.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Spurned forth from the success of Evoland Classic that won the 24th Ludum Dare, Evoland is like a short love letter to gaming history. Giving plenty of nods to well known classic games that set the bar for games of their time, like Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Diablo. If you've been a long time gamer, and looking for a trip down memory lane, then look no further than this series... Though I have heard that the sequel to this game does it better.

=Complete Review=


=The Story: 2/5=
Sadly, for as innovative as the game itself is, there's not much in terms of Story. You play as Clink, who is one of the few remaining members of the Order of the Dragon Knights, a group who roams the world aiding those in need and vanquishing evil. As things have been peaceful, there's not been much for the Order to do.
But, with a uprising evil, and monsters flourishing in the world, there's once again need for a hero. And, being named after two already well known heroes, it's obvious who's going to fit the bill here.

So sadly, it's a pretty cut-and-dry formula. Even their sort of plot twist near the ending kinda didn't come off that surprising, given who the two main characters are kinda named after. Still, they at least get a two for trying to have some semblance of a story here, as opposed to having none.

=The User Interface: 2/5=
This is, yet another area that is unfortunately lacking. Aside from what's typically on the screen, such as health (once you unlock it) and swapping weapons (again, once it's unlocked) there's literally not much you're going to do with it. They have a sort of stats and item menu, but there's not much you can even do with it. Still, as lacking as it is, it's at least there. Granted, I can't really name a game where you have no sort of interface to work with...

=The Gameplay: 4/5=
Ahh yes, one of two of the main boasting points of the game. The gameplay, if you're a long time gamer, will definitely seem very nostalgic, as it starts off in a playstyle very akin to the old 2D Legend of Zelda games. And through advancements and progression, eventually upgrades to a older Final Fantasy RPG style, before advancing to a 3D action adventure feel, with the overworld being that of a Final Fantasy 7 styled RPG combat system with a single area being reserved for a original Diablo style of combat.

And while, it doesn't bring anything overly new in those styles, It manages all of this while managing to be fully functional in each playstyle and in the same game at that. Which, getting all those functions to work smoothly in one game is impressive alone. Not only that, there are a few puzzles that use switching between 2D and 3D to overcome, which is a pretty neat idea that was executed fairly well.

=The Graphics: 4/5=
Like the gameplay, this was another selling point of the game. Not because the graphics are like, next generation or anything like that. But because the game improves the graphics through progression. Starting out as a black-and-green LCD-esque display a la Gameboy, and later on advancing to that of 3D chibi-ish graphics akin to, but not up to the standard of the Final Fantasy DS remakes.

And, just like the game play, the graphics are done well, and seem to have been seamlessly integrated in to the same game, and even switching between 2D and 3D is managed well with only little delay. Which, is quite impressive on it's own.

=The Music: 3/5=
The music isn't anything that would be the kind you'd be listening long after you played the game, but it doesn't downright suck either... But, it's also clear what games' tracks they're parodying as well. But given it also advances as you go through the game, and from what I remember, it compliments the Atmosphere of the game as well, it at least deserves a even score.

=The Atmosphere: 3/5=
It's basically your typical RPG Atmosphere. There's forests, grasslands, caves, deserts, and places where you know just from the look of things, that intense stuff's going to go down. Sadly, there's no nice snowy lands to see in this game. Which is a shame, as I'd have loved to see how they would have handled it. But, from what I recall, the music supports the atmospheres pretty nicely.

=TL;DR/Pros & Cons=


Pros
Innovative idea that was pulled off fairly well.
Various gameplay styles integrated well in to a singular game.
Atmospheres are done decently, with music and tone to match setting.

Neutral/Your Mileage May Vary
The entire game is primarily made to appeal to one's nostalgia of older games.
There is a LOT of parody content, even the main characters are parodies.
Graphics and Music improve with game progress.
A LOT of things to collect up.
Plenty of achievements.

Cons
Pretty poor storyline.
Not really much of a UI.


=The Conclusion: 5/10=
This is another one of those games that I wish Steam had a neutral rating, as it's just too hard to make a solid call on this one. As I did find quite a bit enjoyment in the game, I will have to list it as a positive instead of a negative. There is a lot of content that is a sort of your-mileage-may-vary on if it's the kind of game that you'd enjoy or not.

It is definitely the kind of game to pick up when it's on sale, as it is sadly pretty short with little to no replay value. If you're a retro game lover, then it's definitely a game that would be worth it to purchase for you. But if you prefer graphics and newer model games to the old, then this game won't really do much for you.

I hear the sequel has improved by leaps and bounds over the formulae presented by the first, and I do look forward to playing it and reviewing it some day. But, for now, thank you for reading my review.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
I actually like the game to the point that I finished all the achievements.
This game will take you to the evolution of (some) games in the past to the future.

However, the game somewhat gets boring at times especially in the Turn Based Fighting Style mode as it gets repetitive. (Or maybe if you are a fan of turn based fighting, you will find it interesting).

The story and/or game is just short and you can probably complete it by 5 to 7 hours (and can be more if you want to finish all the achievements you have not achieved).

Overall, I rate this game 7/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Really well made nostalgia trip for any jRPG fan, but not necessarily a good game on its own. Evoland takes you through the "evolution" of the genre with ideas and mechanics taken from titles such as Zelda, Final Fantasy, and even Diablo. It's really clever, original and quite accurate, as it shows not only how the games changed from the gameplay standpoint, but also on the audiovisual level.

That said, on its own Evoland is not a great game. It's simple, linear, often tedious. About halfway through you unlock the "final" graphics style, but there's still a lot to do. At this point the game starts to drag on, as none of the combat systems is fleshed out, enemy variety is very small, levels are hard to navigate without a map, and the story is basic and straightforward.

I'd still recommend it as a cute and funny experience. Any person familiar with some of the old-school RPGs will find a lot of references here. Plus, the game isn't long, so it may be worth getting during a sale.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
It does rather good job of compressing over 20 years of game design and history into a few hours of gameplay. Definitely worth buying (maybe even at full price).
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Got PTSD because the low health warning sound is exactly like my alarm clock.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Probably the most boring and slowest of the functional steam games I've played. You move slow, attack slow and have have zero options other than to just hit the action button over and over again, regardless of the "game style" mode. The camera is also zoomed in way too close most of the time.

It's not broken or completely terrible, and the gimmick is slightly interesting for about 10 minutes, but Evoland is really boring and simple and I don't see why'd you bother to keep playing after an hour or so.
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