This is a great little tech demo that you can breeze through pretty easily. Evoland will let you know its a game. Its a parody and will run you through some of the stages in RPG and action RPG eras. It will bluntly tell you, you're in this era of RPGs. I guess its meant for comedy, but I just didn't care for it. Sure I liked the gameplay that ranged from a very simple Zelda with overhead action, to a very simple Final Fantasy 2 with turn based RPG battles. I just didn't like it pointing things out. You'll see all the stereotypes and troupes 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 gameplay elements that would make for a great game, even if the Zelda like areas have a tiny resolution that reminds you of a Gameboy. I call this a tech demo, because its very quick. I can understand paying $5 if they use this engine to make a real full fledged game, but you'll breeze through this sucker with no challenge. I would say its the perfect game for kids, but with so much hinging on nostalgia, kids might not understand.
There is no 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. You'll eventually see a Final Fantasy 8 style town, a Diablo inspired dungeon, but that can be chalked up as Zelda to the extreme. There's no depth to the game either, its meant to be easily breezed through. The focus was on making the game feel like the other games we know and love.
It is a toss up. Do you want a game you can sink your teeth into or do you want to laugh for around 3 hours? Either way, its an enjoyable three hours that doesn't overstay its welcome.