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 (3,983 reviews) - 83% of the 3,983 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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
48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
I can barely recommend this game. It has a LOT of problems. But overall I feel as a concept it does work well and did educate me into the story of RPG games.

I will start by explaining all the problems I found with the game.

Combat This is probably the biggest problem and will put the most people off buying the game. The combat is incredibly boring. In evoland you have 2 different combat styles. Turn based or normal 8 directional combat. The turn based combat is basically like in games like pokemon except with absolutely no depth to it. By the end of the game you only have the choice of 2 different attacks and a heal ability. The attacks don't do any kind of special effects. Each enemy only has one attack and they don't do any kind of special effects. Then the other combat system is just as boring. It basically consists of spamming the attack button and that is it. You have 1 combo that gets activated also by spamming the attack button but that's it. You also have the choice of using a bow and bombs later in the game but you probably won't be using these. Overall the combat is just not fun in the least.

Random encounters There are sections of the world that when you explore you get random enemy encounters. Again similar to pokemon when you are exploring in grass. These sections are very common and will probably be where you spend the majority of the game. The problem is that you get way too many of these random encounters. You probably get them once every 10 or so steps. Attached to these random encounters is the incredibly boring turn based combat. I found myself extremely angry with the game all while exploring these sections.

Story There is a kinda very lackluster story. It won't catch your attention at all really. The story is basically that you are rescueing a village from an evil attacking it. But the game's main focus isn't really in the story.

Length I completed the entire game in just over 3 hours. Not incredibly long really. I would have liked more. It just seems to be over when you are just starting to get into it!

Checkpoints Very bad placement of checkpoints. The final boss fight is the worst example of this. The checkpoint is placed just before the cutscene with talking to the boss meaning that everytime you die you get the experience of listening to what has to say all over again. Oh how fun! It took me a lot of tries to complete the boss so this annoyed me a lot! Another example is when exploring the dungeons. So when you die all your progress saves ,like enemies dead and doors opened, but you are spawned at the beginning of the dungeon. Why? I have no idea. It just seems like making you do meaningless exploring all over again. And the dungeons are fairly large. On top of all this the game takes you to the main menu everytime you die. There is no reason for a game to have to do this!

But this game does have some merit despite all these annoying issues.

Concept So the concept of evoland is to show the progression of RPG's over time. This includes every element annoying as it may be. This is one thing that it does well. I learned a lot during this. The game evolves as you play. You pick up chests that progress the game through the eras. It gives a great oversight. This is probably the reason that I managed to continue playing despite all the issues and just about redeems the game.

Soundtrack There aren't too many songs in evolands soundtrack but what it does have is good. I love the main menu music in particular. They even have different styles of the same songs such as 16-bit or modern RPG style. The only is that since there are few tracks it can get a bit repetitive after some time.

So if you think you are ok to put up with all the annoying issues of evoland then go ahead and buy it. You will find a game that does actually teach you a lot about the progression of RPG's. If not then you may be best with picking up evoland 2 instead which seems to be a great improvement from this. I am currently beginning to play through that myself and will have a review coming in the coming weeks. It doesn't follow on from evoland 1 either so your fine with skipping it.

TheIronicGamers rating system
  • Don't ever buy this game.
  • Maybe consider it on a sale.
  • An average game.
  • A good game that should definitely be considered.
  • A must play!
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Great fun! One of those games I didn’t put down until I was finished.

So before I actually get to the game stuff, I want to point out a couple of things.
The first being that this game seems like it’s a lot better when played with controller. After playing for a short while I tried to use mine and it didn’t work. I had to fiddle around with the files to actually get it to work. Which was mildly annoying and brings me to the second thing. After I fiddled around with the files to make it compatible, the Steam overlay stopped working. Which meant that Steam seemingly stopped recording my play time (hence the pathetic 39 minutes) and I could no longer take screenshots. Which I would of liked to have been able to do.
Either way, I reversed what I did in the files after I finished the game to take a “100% yay me I did something pretty pointless” screenshot. So I’m fairly happy.

Getting back to the game, I thought it was a lot of fun.

I was pretty impressed with the whole aspect of the game’s graphics and features evolving as you played, it gave the game something quite unique about it yet they still managed to keep the story interesting enough that I didn’t just feel like I was just getting a history lesson.

The humour was quite good, the text seemed rather sarky at times and us Brits love a bit of sarky. There is a lot of game references involved in this game and it made it all the more charming for me on top of everything else it has.

I think I was expecting this game to be shorter than it was. I’m not 100% sure on how long I actually played it seeing as Steam seemingly stopped recording my play time. But I feel like I got a good while out of it. So it’s always nice for a game to feel like it lasted.

After I finished the main game I continued playing for achievement purposes. After what felt like a few extra hours, I managed to find and do everything for the 100%. I would say it’s a very easy one to perfect so no worries achievement hunters!

All in all I really liked this game, I would definitely recommend it to anyone that has a slight love for these style games or even just gaming in general. I’m not really sure what the label is for them, but the “handheld Pokémon-style RPG games” is what I’m going to go with.
It was a fun adventure game and I look forward to trying the sequel.


TL;DR : Although might need tampering with to get a controller to work, this game is a lot of fun. It has great graphics, of which evolve throughout you playing, a decent story, a lot of game references, sarcasm and charm. I would say this is definitely worth a go. Especially if you like this genre of game.
It’s a fun little game to play through and an easy 100%.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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