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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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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Whiteswart
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Quite an interesting approach on the visualisation of evolution of the virtual RPG standarts over time.

When I just heard about this project, I thought "wow, cool, must've been smth worth to look at!". Then I bought it - probably at some sell event or in the bundle, as I'm sure I was not buying it the moment it got out of Greenlight. And then... I haven't touched it until now. Two years passed by, the game achieved positive background and its devs even released Evoland 2, which is basically just one more try to do the same trick - but better... So yeah, now there are some reviews which points to the Evoland 2 immidiately, like the first one Evoland is obsolete now. Is it? Nope.
I have to say, one of the things that kept me away from Evoland was the fear that the devs will mess something on my "so precious" gaming experience over all those years. It's the same thing as touching the HD remakes of Heroes of Might and Magic 3 or Baldur's Gate - which I haven't done yet - just to not mess the memoires of good old times with another portion of disorder every reinstallation usually creates.

Happily, I have to state, that's not an issue of Evoland.

While it ceratinly does just as promises - showing you the evolution of trends and game mechanics in some part of virtual role-playing - it does not insists that it was Strictly That Way. You know, as it usually goes with history lessons - like when Soviets poses like it was them who beats all the Nazies - and forgetting totally about Lendlease. Or like Americans poses it was them who finished Hitler and all around - oh yeah, and with K/D ratio of 10, above all... Sorry, I'm slipping away.

So, have I enjoyed the game? Certainly. Could I recommend it to buy? Only if you're already used to play wanna be jRPG projects (like RPG Maker stuff), as Evoland generally follows the "evolution" on the eastern tread: Legend of Zelda mixes with early Final Fantasy tunes, whereas the promised reminiscence to the Diablo feels... just slightly common. Anyway, as of "evolution" theme, Evoland concentrates basically on the technological stuff - like adding more and more pixels on the screen and more tones to the sound, while the story and other most basical RPG elements remains on the level of the games in early 90's.

So! As of overall, speaking of "cultural value" of Evoland, I can say it's a good tribute, which is worth your attention, if you've been long on the gaming stage. However, if you're expecting a very good RPG experience from Evoland itself, I'm sorry, I can't see, how this can be done in project like this, with all that mixture of styles, game mechanics and other stuff! Were that game any longer, I must add, it could have been even worse than it is now. Because tribute - is always just a tribute. If you want authentic taste - you obviously need to play all those classics like Diablo or Zelda by yourself.

My mark for Evoland is 7.5/10. Nice project, and easy gold on achevements. Worth its price.
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Father Time
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Don't play it, play Evoland 2 instead. 1 out of 5 stars.
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ᶜᶦᵃ Spydie
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Really fun and entertaining most of the time. There's a few painfully repetetive parts (mostly due to random battles) but it couldn't keep me from recommending this fun trip through RPG evolution.
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Baelmon
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Part Final Fantasy, part Zelda (and a small part torchlight). Neither part done with soul or depth. Pretty disappointing. The main theme the "evolution" is more just the tutorial, and rather unsatisfying. Then you're just collecting stars and cards (for the crappy vs of Triple Triad with 23 cards and only 1 opponent in the world, and nothing at stake).

Bosses are lame. Loot is lame. Puzzles are lame. Not. Worth. Your. Time.
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rondrac
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
grafics r bad ... o wait ther is chest with graphics
i wish i had this for mor games this is some revolutionary gameplay i want to hav tis in all my gams
wo there is card game that is gud like the 1 from skilanders wich is gud game and i would play but ho needs
skilanders if you got evolands woooooaaaah i just realized thae evo is for evolition that is clever i wish other gams had clever names this gae is better than all other gams wit its revolutionary gamplay
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Mike
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Short and fun game that takes you back to the origins of graphical RPGs, like you know them from the NES/SNES/PS1.
The lovely graphics and the constant 'evolution' of the game (you evolve the game mechanics by findings chests) make for a great nostalgia trip. The game is long enough to have enough content, but short enough not to wear thin, which is a good think if you're short on time.

Highly recommended.
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AtomicToyRobot
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Played almost 2 hours of the game and it never got fun.

Writting was so bad and uninteresting and all the forced references made me wish my hard drive would burst into flames.
I can't believe they made a second one.
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Deeman777
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
I Mean, It Is a Love Letter to Old RPGs...

So, I got around to finally playing this and I put it down for 3 months. I decided that I needed a review and here we ♥♥♥♥ing are. How is the game? Well, you already know by the fact that Steam tells you right away what my verdict is, but let's go through anyway and you can hear my 5 paragraphs of reasons why you should get this game. Sorry, you need to read anyway and this game will make you do it too.

Remember the Gameboy? No? Then sucks to be you, but if you do remember, then you'll have a nice trip down memory lane as you start off the game with a green shaded screen and sweet 8-bit graphics as the game starts granting you rights to move up and down and opening chests.Yes, this game literally has to grant you rights to do stuff. As you progress through the game, you unlock features via opening chests and some features overwrite other features like: they took my ♥♥♥♥ing Turn based battle system from me! You ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s... I don't like clunky active battle systems... They will take the normal way of opening chests and make it like how Link opens chests in Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This game even pays homage to Final Fantasy games for PS1 with rendered backgrounds, that's epically awesome. The game is linear however, the open world isn't open when you get into that and rather large open areas like in Final Fantasy 4 in the beginning of the game. I don't like linear in video games with the exception of the horror genre because being able to go anywhere in a horror game is like getting threatened to suffocate with a tight plastic bag over your head with holes poked in it. It just doesn't work.

The graphics are everything in this. From 8-bit to full fledged 3D. Its amazing how this game changes graphics on the fly. The game probably looks its best when imitating 16-bit graphics because I think that's as polished as 2D RPGs get when it comes to graphics. I really liked that look and I still miss it. The game won't let you choose the graphics you want and will just force you to stick with one since you need them in some situations to progress. There is a puzzle that lets you switch graphics back and forth because you're "traveling through time" to get through certain areas. It's neat some of the things they do with the graphics.

Sound is the same way. The music is very nostalgic to hear and definitely has inspiration from older games, again, like Zelda games and Final Fantasy. I know I'm using those over and over as examples but its really the only way to describe it. They go from old to new sounding as usual. The music will evolve as you progress. Obviously, it being the name, "Evoland".

This game is a one trip journey and has no replayability. Moving on.

The game is extremely linear and it can be a fun trip down memory lane seeing how far RPGs and video games in general have come. Its a fun experience and if you can get it on sale, and you'll probably will, you cheap ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, then I highly recommend it to RPG lovers new and old. The only problem is that the game lacks replayability and is only meant for one game play experience. I can't see it having multiple playthroughs. Just like the Tiger Electronic devices you get at cheap dollar stores, meant to be played once and never again, only Evoland isn't ♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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Morasta
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Fantastic low commitment RPG that will hook you and keep you playing until the end. Full of humor and references to other games. Not very long, took me ~4-5 hours to complete, but I enjoyed every minute. The beginning and middle are stronger than the end, but that didn't detract from an overall great experience. Pick it up during a sale and you won't regret it.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Quite an interesting approach on the visualisation of evolution of the virtual RPG standarts over time.

When I just heard about this project, I thought "wow, cool, must've been smth worth to look at!". Then I bought it - probably at some sell event or in the bundle, as I'm sure I was not buying it the moment it got out of Greenlight. And then... I haven't touched it until now. Two years passed by, the game achieved positive background and its devs even released Evoland 2, which is basically just one more try to do the same trick - but better... So yeah, now there are some reviews which points to the Evoland 2 immidiately, like the first one Evoland is obsolete now. Is it? Nope.
I have to say, one of the things that kept me away from Evoland was the fear that the devs will mess something on my "so precious" gaming experience over all those years. It's the same thing as touching the HD remakes of Heroes of Might and Magic 3 or Baldur's Gate - which I haven't done yet - just to not mess the memoires of good old times with another portion of disorder every reinstallation usually creates.

Happily, I have to state, that's not an issue of Evoland.

While it ceratinly does just as promises - showing you the evolution of trends and game mechanics in some part of virtual role-playing - it does not insists that it was Strictly That Way. You know, as it usually goes with history lessons - like when Soviets poses like it was them who beats all the Nazies - and forgetting totally about Lendlease. Or like Americans poses it was them who finished Hitler and all around - oh yeah, and with K/D ratio of 10, above all... Sorry, I'm slipping away.

So, have I enjoyed the game? Certainly. Could I recommend it to buy? Only if you're already used to play wanna be jRPG projects (like RPG Maker stuff), as Evoland generally follows the "evolution" on the eastern tread: Legend of Zelda mixes with early Final Fantasy tunes, whereas the promised reminiscence to the Diablo feels... just slightly common. Anyway, as of "evolution" theme, Evoland concentrates basically on the technological stuff - like adding more and more pixels on the screen and more tones to the sound, while the story and other most basical RPG elements remains on the level of the games in early 90's.

So! As of overall, speaking of "cultural value" of Evoland, I can say it's a good tribute, which is worth your attention, if you've been long on the gaming stage. However, if you're expecting a very good RPG experience from Evoland itself, I'm sorry, I can't see, how this can be done in project like this, with all that mixture of styles, game mechanics and other stuff! Were that game any longer, I must add, it could have been even worse than it is now. Because tribute - is always just a tribute. If you want authentic taste - you obviously need to play all those classics like Diablo or Zelda by yourself.

My mark for Evoland is 7.5/10. Nice project, and easy gold on achevements. Worth its price.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The price is low and so should your expectations be.

The game is both short & misleading to some extent. By the looks of the teasers you get the expression that this game will take you through a journey through the evolution of gaming from the first console till current time tech.

"Well how bad could it be" you might ask? Lets put it this way; You bought some chips, but you quickly realize theres nothing inside. Happy times.

First of all. The whole evolution process happens within a blink of a moment. Some minutes of gameplay and you're already "HD". Your Chiwawa was sleeping on your bed, you went to grab some water and by the time you got back your dog is suddenly a St. Bernad.

-Oh boy! What awaits you now that the whole point of the game has happend and you just started?-

Compressed levels inspried by the early Legend of Zelda games, but it just doesnt feel right. Why? Because they tried making their own type LoZ. How did it go? Toilet!

But it gets better! Suddenly you get to do turn based combat. Horray!.. Waite... Why is the only ability i have called attack..? Thats right! No abilities, only "chop-chop" becuase who likes variarity!?

And so it goes for roughly two to three hours cause that's how long it takes to beat this game. You can add an additional hour or two if you wish to do a 100% run.

Games are supposed to give you a good time & make the time fly. This game, on the other hand, tortures you while you're playing the game.

Why should you buy this game?
You get to (barely) play the game in classic/ old fashion style..
You see some familiarity with other great games (Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy ect).
A somewhat feeling of nostalgia.

Why should you buy that bag of chips instead?
You're not going to get what you think you're getting.
Very Short game.
There's no variarity in the game.
The bag of chips does infact have chips inside of it.

Do yourself a favour and buy yourself that bag with chips instead of investing here.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Fantastic low commitment RPG that will hook you and keep you playing until the end. Full of humor and references to other games. Not very long, took me ~4-5 hours to complete, but I enjoyed every minute. The beginning and middle are stronger than the end, but that didn't detract from an overall great experience. Pick it up during a sale and you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A great game!
I wasn't expecting much and I got suprised.
You get addicted really fast.




but...


invisible walls PJSalt
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I Mean, It Is a Love Letter to Old RPGs...

So, I got around to finally playing this and I put it down for 3 months. I decided that I needed a review and here we ♥♥♥♥ing are. How is the game? Well, you already know by the fact that Steam tells you right away what my verdict is, but let's go through anyway and you can hear my 5 paragraphs of reasons why you should get this game. Sorry, you need to read anyway and this game will make you do it too.

Remember the Gameboy? No? Then sucks to be you, but if you do remember, then you'll have a nice trip down memory lane as you start off the game with a green shaded screen and sweet 8-bit graphics as the game starts granting you rights to move up and down and opening chests.Yes, this game literally has to grant you rights to do stuff. As you progress through the game, you unlock features via opening chests and some features overwrite other features like: they took my ♥♥♥♥ing Turn based battle system from me! You ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s... I don't like clunky active battle systems... They will take the normal way of opening chests and make it like how Link opens chests in Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This game even pays homage to Final Fantasy games for PS1 with rendered backgrounds, that's epically awesome. The game is linear however, the open world isn't open when you get into that and rather large open areas like in Final Fantasy 4 in the beginning of the game. I don't like linear in video games with the exception of the horror genre because being able to go anywhere in a horror game is like getting threatened to suffocate with a tight plastic bag over your head with holes poked in it. It just doesn't work.

The graphics are everything in this. From 8-bit to full fledged 3D. Its amazing how this game changes graphics on the fly. The game probably looks its best when imitating 16-bit graphics because I think that's as polished as 2D RPGs get when it comes to graphics. I really liked that look and I still miss it. The game won't let you choose the graphics you want and will just force you to stick with one since you need them in some situations to progress. There is a puzzle that lets you switch graphics back and forth because you're "traveling through time" to get through certain areas. It's neat some of the things they do with the graphics.

Sound is the same way. The music is very nostalgic to hear and definitely has inspiration from older games, again, like Zelda games and Final Fantasy. I know I'm using those over and over as examples but its really the only way to describe it. They go from old to new sounding as usual. The music will evolve as you progress. Obviously, it being the name, "Evoland".

This game is a one trip journey and has no replayability. Moving on.

The game is extremely linear and it can be a fun trip down memory lane seeing how far RPGs and video games in general have come. Its a fun experience and if you can get it on sale, and you'll probably will, you cheap ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, then I highly recommend it to RPG lovers new and old. The only problem is that the game lacks replayability and is only meant for one game play experience. I can't see it having multiple playthroughs. Just like the Tiger Electronic devices you get at cheap dollar stores, meant to be played once and never again, only Evoland isn't ♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
playing through this game is like going through a history museum for rpg's. it's a good game to go through and get a throwback to other games. other than that, it has one of teh best soundstracks i've heard... well maybe not the best, but i like the music nonetheless. long story short, after playing this, i know where my next $20 is going... Evoland 2 :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Short and fun game that takes you back to the origins of graphical RPGs, like you know them from the NES/SNES/PS1.
The lovely graphics and the constant 'evolution' of the game (you evolve the game mechanics by findings chests) make for a great nostalgia trip. The game is long enough to have enough content, but short enough not to wear thin, which is a good think if you're short on time.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
i swear the enemy rate in the RPG section is so high it makes mother 1 look barren by comparison

you can't take more than like 3 steps without getting into a battle even WHEN YOU WANT TO JUST GET OUT OF A SINGLE AREA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA A A A A A A
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
this game is rather fun. even if you just sit down for a day and just plow through it. read the rewies and they are right. roughly about a 5 hour play through if you dont know what you are doing. in all it makes many nods to many great games from the past and in to todays standards. i dont remember when i picked it up but i would say it was worth the $10 i spent on it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Eh, it's not bad. Get it cheap and play it in one sitting. It's clearly took some inspiration from the Final Fantasy series. It's not a great game by any means but I'm glad I played it once.
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