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”
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

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    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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JadeishPlays
2.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
5 Stars!!
This game is pretty addictive and gets more and more exciting as you play. At first I thought it was really easy but it gets harder as the graphics and music improve and change.
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faheem92
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
Buy this game
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CalOkand
3.5 hrs
Posted: September 17
The game starts getting fun with puzzles and playing with the game mechanics about halfway through it. I didn't find it worth the effort, though.
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PaqpuK
6.0 hrs
Posted: September 16
It's not really a game, its more of just a nostalgic expirience. It's like hastily playing throgh classic games, so there is a lot refferences and sudden changes of gameplay.

Don't recommend this game if you're not familiar with games like original Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Diablo.
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Momhadi Reborn
3.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
10/10 amazing game
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kriskizlyk
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 10
SPOILERS. Great concept but it seems as if the game was rushed, no real story line. Evolving through the stages is a great idea, too bad that it was TOO easy to evolve through them. Found this game to have 1 out of 10 on a difficulty scale. Oh well, I only paid $2 for it. I would skip this and play Evoland 2 instead.
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NeoTM
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 7
This adventure game is a love-letter to the familiar adventures of the past. With a colorful world and plenty of references to RPGs and Adventure games we know and love, while it might seem derivative, Evoland is a charming walk down memory lane.
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Save the Queen
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 6
This game is too short to really build on its ideas. It doesn't do much to make the aesthetic changes unique and interesting, a problem which I have heard has been remedied in its second installment; I would recommend skipping this game entirely and going straight to its sequel.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I like the obvious 4th wall smashing here. this is like a tribute to games of the past.

As you wander around you get references to all of the NES and SNES classic rpg games.. its fun and very well polished.

i can't wait to see how it ends (10/29 achivements completed so far).

and there is a second game. excited for that too.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
The irony of Evoland

Do you know what is also a great Evolution in gaming? Fixing bugs and glitches as well as incompatibilities via patches after release.

Besides of the fact that I don't get running my XBOX controller on this game, it is a nice history lesson about adventure gaming during the last decades.

Recommended for people that remember those "good old times" and for everyone that asks himself why do people actually play retro games and why did they not have Early Access or Microtransactions back in the times... and where the heck are those DLCs after I defeated the boss?

PS: The pad.exe running as administrator in Win7 compatibility mode is not working for me at all. Yeah, I know also fixing games yourself has been an EVOLUTION.

What ironic developers they are...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
A unique RPG displaying the evolution of rpg games, but how does the game stand alone as an rpg

Pros:
+Shows evolution of RPG games through chests containing items, ui, music, graphics
+Short enough to not become tedious
+Puzzles
+Secrets to search for
+Music
+Art design
+Minigame

Cons:
-Basic mechanics
-Has elements from most RPGs, but doesn't do any of them very well
-Random encounters every 3 steps
-Generic story

A good concept for a game, however very basic mechanics, story and gameplay leave a potentially great game to be underwhelming. If you have the money it is worth trying but don't expect an rpg on the levels of final fantasy
6/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This game is awesome in my opinion. It sort of shows the history of games and evolution of gaming as a whole, but in its own interesting way. You start off in a Black and White 2D platformer, then 'upgrade' your game all the way to HD. It gives homage and a tip of the hat towards many gaming greats including Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and even Skyrim! There's many, many refrences which probably alot I missed too! Anyway a fantastic game! I absolutely loved every single minute of it. Brought me lots of nostalgic feelings towards older games in the way it makes you grind for xp, levels, abilities and money. You need to search every corner of dungeons for loot and secrets and fight hard bosses until you learn their attack patterns and just roll them. My only problem with this game is that it is too short! Honestly you can finish the game in less than an hour. The only reason my playtime is 6 hours is because I went collecting everything and getting 100%. It's not worth the full price for that little gameplay. Try to get it on sale! :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This game had a great concept, but it was poorly executed. The plot and characters are uninteresting , and gameplay is all over the place. Evoland tried to do too much and consequentially wound up being mediocre in the extreme.
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419 of 562 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2013
A short, sweet, but well written love letter to the games of the 80s and 90s, Evoland is a must play for anyone who grew up on classic Zelda, Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. There's even a Diablo level thrown in for good measure. Evoland is quite literally a walk through RPG history, starting with black and white 8-bit and ending with 6th gen level graphics. Nintendo's infamous "rule of 3" is in abundance, as are the frequent turn based FF/DQ battles. The game has a few bugs, and hit detection on some things is a bit off in the Zelda segments, but it's hardly game breaking. I have to stress that the game is short and has little to no replay value, but it's still well worth it for fans of the old school.
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
It's not often that I find myself really enjoying a game but agreeing wholeheartedly with the people who gave it a negative review. Yet, that's what I experienced with Evoland, an RPG that bills itself as a "journey through the history of action/adventure gaming".

Evoland exists more as unrealized potential than as a genuinely good RPG. The gameplay/story elements it gets right are amazing, but it also has many problems that keep it from being a standout in the genre.

The game itself takes heavy influences from the Final Fantasy games. You start out as an random knight in a forest, quickly gaining the ability to do basic things like walk in different directions, fight enemies and learn more about the plot (which is only there for the sake of an achievement joke). From there, you meet a young girl who aids you in your journey and you both set off to defeat the evil lord who's trying to take over the world. Pretty standard stuff.

More than anything else in the game, the plot (and by proxy, the introduction and jokes about various RPG concepts) is really only good for the first hour. Many of the gameplay elements fall apart the further you go into the game.

Chief among them is the random battle system. Not only is it incredibly annoying (you get attacked every few steps on the world map), but there's no real purpose for any of it. You can attack or heal, and you gain levels that give you more HP or magic power, but this doesn't translate to the rest of the game. There are three distinct battle systems - the standard RPG turn-based system, a Torchlight-inspired hack-n-slash with a health globe, and a Zelda-esque dungeon mode with heart containers. None of these systems have anything to do with each other, and there's no point grinding in the overworld.

The same goes for the collectibles you find. There are gamecards (based off Triple Triad/Triad Master from Final Fantasy) that are scattered throughout the world, but their purpose is never clear until halfway through, and playing games with them is pointless. There's a powerful magic attack that unlocks after a boss battle, but you have to wait a very, very long time to use it, and its only use is to kill trash mobs. You get a bunch of items dumped on you during the hack-n-slash dungeon, but most of them don't do anything at all, and the minimap you gain in said dungeon doesn't even work half the time.

It's frustrating, because when the game is firing on all cylinders, it's a wonderful experience. There was a moment where I was trying to figure out a puzzle in a forest, seamlessly switching between 2D Zelda-style graphics and a full 3D realization of the same forest, and marveling in awe at how fluid the transition was. Likewise, there are some amusing jokes and throwbacks to games like Final Fantasy VII and VIII that had me smirking as I played.

The best part of the game is the sense of achievement you get when you find a new chest, and open it for a random surprise. This runs the gamut from increased graphics to gameplay changes, new weapons and more. It's that sense of pursuit for the next unlock that drives my enjoyment of the game.

The gameplay itself is also enjoyable, and the constant belittling of the main characters by NPCs is quite amusing, especially when you can't speak to adults in the early game until you eat a magical seed that inexplicably causes you to age a decade and become an adult.

In the end, I felt that Evoland was a great experience in spite of the problems associated with it, and I'm excited to see what the developers will bring to the table for the sequel (also available on Steam). The evolving gameplay and charming characterization is what sets this apart from a lot of other RPGs.

Definitely worth checking out, if only for the first hour.

For more reviews, visit my Curator page, Alex's RPG Recommendations!
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187 of 265 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
When I went into this game, I was really looking forward to it. A nostolgia trip that takes you through the best of top down adventure, RPG and turn based battles. What is actually here is a brief parody game poking fun at itself and tropes across two decades of game genres and technological advances.

To my dismay, Evoland bluntly tells you, you're in this era of RPGs. I guess its meant for comedy, but I just didn't care for it. You'll unlock different eras of games and different technologies, such as sound effects, music, 16 bit graphics, high definition textures, 3D battle systems and so on. Its all part of the joke. You'll see all the stereotypes and tropes here and the game will be quick to point them out to you so that you'll understand its a joke.

Evoland has great graphics, and some gameplay elements that would make for a great game. This feels like a good tech demo since every era is so brief with no depth. I can understand paying $5 if they use this engine to make a real full fledged game, but you'll breeze through this game with no challenge. I would say its the perfect game for kids, but with so much hinging on nostalgia, kids might not understand.

You'll play in top down Zelda segments, using a sword to cut down grass, bombs to blow up walls and arrows to transfer fire between lit and unlit candles. Eventually that top down will turn into a 3D version of itself which you can switch between using crystals. Its a nice system that I would have liked to see a lot more of if not be its own game. There are Final Fantasy 2 style towns, random battles and turn based combat, but there is no depth to combat. Its all turn based fighting where your main character has no skills. The secondary character has spells, but nothing lost for using the spells like a traditional turn based RPG would have. Eventually the old school RPG updates itself to be 3D later on in the game.

Eventually, you'll find a Final Fantasy 8 style town. After that you'll find a Diablo styled dungeon with gold, health orbs and loot dropping on the ground for you to collect. It felt like a button mashing chore to get through it. Nothing intelligent to the gameplay, just button mashing.

In the game you'll collect gold, cards and stars, but other than that, there's not much going on. There is little need for gold since there is barely anything to buy. The stars just go to an achievement. The cards lead to a Final Fantasy 8 inspired mini game that is nice to play where your cards have numbers on each of the four sides of the cards and you lay them down in a grid of 3 by 3 to determine who has the most cards once you've thrown down. It is a great feature to have and they went the extra mile to include it.

With that said, the game just feels so hollow, all style, no substance. There is no storyline twist, such as an evil wizard devolves the land once you've easily breezed through the evolutionary eras. I knew how far I had progressed based on what evolutionary stage I was on. It just felt disappointing. Since there is no depth, the combat is really just tedium if not button mashing. The focus was on making the game feel like the other games we know and love.

As a comedy game it missed its mark with me in the 3 hours it took to complete it. There were definitely highs and boring lows. If it was more difficult the game wouldn't be fun after the laughs wear off. I've gone through it twice now and disliked it more the second time.
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90 of 116 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2013
Might not be the best RPG around in terms of story and lenght, but it features a very interesting concept of multiple environmental and combat systems which can be found througout the history of RPG games (i.e. Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Diablo game mechanics and graphics, among others). As you continue through the game, you'll unlock new mechanics and new graphic modes which resemble the next step in the genre's evolution - hence the name "Evoland". It's worth the price for a couple of hours of fun, a nice story and a look through the story of the genre.
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