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 (3,069 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 4, 2013

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"A history lesson in retro adventure games, and as Sips discovered, the deceptively simple beginning gives way to a surprisingly deep RPG system."
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February 25

Evoland is now available on Linux!

Evoland is finally available on Linux! Check it out in the Steam Store. It took a while but we are aiming for a simultaneous release for Evoland 2 (along the PC and Mac versions).

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Reviews

“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
SteamOS + Linux
    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
    Minimum:
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768 or greater desktop screen resolution
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024x768 or greater desktop screen resolution
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
bought evo land on sale , for 2.5€
its a mix of legend of zelda hack n' slash's system with the rpg elements of final fantasy and the looting system of diablo ( only in one level ) and it uses the checkpoint system and it has some parodies :D
the game is nice , you start as a 8bit charachter , then you evolve by time to become a 3d charachter .
the story is short i could finish it in 5 hours , as for the 100% completion , it was in 10 hours , but even tho , the game is good to be beaten
the soundtracks fits with the game's levels , everything is nice here

9.5/10 highly recommanded
-- D.R. 1000 voltz
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Evoland is a game that fails to achieve its potential. With good intentions, it pays homage to the evolution of the video game industry by allowing the player to travel through iconic RPG of the past. However, behind the cute references, Evoland is severely lacking in content.

The majority of the advertised unlockable features (improved graphics, sound, or combat) happen at the beginning of the game. After that, the player is forced to battle through ♥♥♥♥♥♥ renditions of Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, or Diablo. 95% of the items you encounter are completely useless and combat boils down to two commands: "attack" or "heal". To boot, the level-up and currency system does nothing, making the random encounters both intrusive and useless.

With some fumbling around, I was able to personally discover / beat all the content to the game in a measly three hours. I bet you could do it with just two if you really tried. It's a shame really. Evoland was one of the wishlist games I had the highest hopes for.
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85 of 152 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Starts out great, but after an 60-70 minutes it becomes bland and tedious. Great concept but it went to waste. Would not recommend.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
105.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
the game was short but it was fun!
it has a mixture of final fantasy, zelda and a little bit of diablo. If you are looking for long playing RPG, this game isn't for you. and the joke is only relevant if you are FFVII player. You are playing as a hero that will save the world, the story is very shallow but that's not the selling points. It teaches you the history of RPG from era to era. at first you are in 2 bit mode (4 color with bevel) something like first gameboy and then you get 16 color then 256 color. The game are evolving each time you open treasure. I really like when you are able to explore the worldmap in mode 7 (It was introduced in FF IV SNES If I'm not mistaken). I beat the game in 4 hours, the game didn't quit correctly so it shows my playtime is over 100 hours :(.

so to put if brief:
pro :
- great game for nostalgia
- you are playing the game with different control/mechanic
- You are clink (cloud link) and your partner is kaeris. Her uncle is Sid and your enemy is Zephyros! LOL
minus:
- too short
- the hidden object/secret are too obvious
- story is too linear

I recommend this game, but for the full price I personally think it's expensive for 4 hours+ game. I got mine from humble store when it was $1.99 and it was worth every penny!
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39 of 67 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Evoland may seem like a good game, however after the first hour or so everything becomes really tedious. Once you've unlocked all the upgrades you're left playing a game who took basic features from several games (pokemon, final fantasy, zelda), and threw them all together, nothing new is really added. The story line is dull and short, and once you complete it there's nothing to do except discover a few easter eggs.

While this game is not the worst out there, I would not recommend it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
cute game. great for reliving your rpg glory days or as a beginner rpg.
the game jumps between zelda and final fantasy fighting styles.
most dungeons being zeldaish and the world map is more final fantasyish.
don't expect to much depth but what is here is very good.
the game is on the short side at about 3 hours of playtime. give or take

i do feel random battle happen a bit to ofter and potion don't work in zelda form otherwise i enjoyed my stay in evoland.
(the potions are not really that much of a issue other than feeling deprived)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
As much as I want to love this game for its creative concept and funny references, it just plays so slow and is extremely tedious. Controls are clunky, moving in only 8 directions, you cant attack and move at the same time, and random encounters in the overworld are very frequent.

Exploring isn't rewarded very well... Save your money for something else. :(
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Brilliant idea, boring execution. This game could easily have been so much more than it is.
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Great ideas with poor execution.

Got bored of it after one hour game play.

7/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
An extraordinary journey through the history of video games, you start as an 8-bit version and end on a 3D version of the game. Puzzles are fun but the turn based battles and the soundtrack starts to get annoying in some moments, but overall is an excellent game which ends before getting tiring and that is great.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I have mixed feelings about this game. It begins awesome all the way up to the cave. I hate the cave. You're thrown into a pokemon-style battle every 10 SECONDS. I enjoyed playing through and it was a good first game. Exited to see more from this company!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
This game has easter eggs and references from Mario, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Diablo, Skyrim, Dragon Quest, League of Legends and Crash Bandicoot! Seeing and discovering all these easter eggs and references for yourself in this game Evoland is something awesome if you enjoy any of the game series mentioned above. This Indie game is about the evolution of gaming in a JRPG gerne. Gamers who love JRPGs, this game is MUST MUST BUY! BUY IT NOW! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? The gameplay is amazing, The story is great with all the easter eggs and references from other video games and the Soundtrack of Evoland is absolutely stunning! You won't have any regrets buying and playing this game. I can assure that with you all 100%. I really don't know why you are still here reading this, You should of bought the game already!

Score: JUST FUN! out of 10

Note to the developers: The soundtrack for Evoland was just great, awesome, really good... i can keep on describing the soundtrack all day long and that's why it would be a really good idea if us gamers had the opportunity to buy the soundtrack on Steam. I sure would and most others certainly would too! :D
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Playing Evoland is like traveling through time. For all those people who started playing video games in the 1980's, it's a nostalic trip back to these good old days.
But even if you got infected by gaming fever later in your life, you will enjoy this game.

Starting in a black and white environment, the game itself envolves to a modern 3D game - all these while you are playing a nice RPG with some secrets to discover.

Some hours of gameplay just makes you wish for more.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Do not expect an epic tale of love and chivalry.
This is a simple game for those who want to relive the old time games and laugh at silly references.
It is very short - if you're not achievement hunting you may even be able to clear it within an hour - and there's no real replayability, but I still encourage people looking for a fun in-betweener to give this game a try.

I look forward to Evoland II :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Small, Retro RPG which put more original gameplay mechanic in one game like Diablo, Zelda and Final Fantasy 7. I finish game about 10h which 100% complete, very enjoyable and fun. If you like RPG turn base, and hack and slash with some unique retro still i definitly recommend this game to you :D 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
overall a very good game, could ahve been longer but still a very good game given that i understood all th references and bits like that. quite heavely based off the legend of zelda and final fantasy so if you love these games you will love this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Really cool mechanic about the evolution of the game. It had a lot of elements from a variety of different games that flowed in and out of each other really well. The constantly changing aesthetic and soundtrack was a great addition too.

Although the evolution quirk gets predictable and there's no replay value, Evoland is a nice little experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game is an entertaining, albeit short RPG that allows you to explore how gaming innovated over the years. While the early game really captures you with new innovations to your game every few minutes.

PROS:

- Reminiscent of early RPG games (Heavy emphasis from Final Fantasy VII, Legend of Zelda).
- Immersive upgrades system that brings you the history from a very early NES era, to early PS2 era of RPG gaming.
- I got it for like $1.50, so it's cheap

CONS:

- Boring storyline.
- Late-game becomes a dull grind of fighting dull monsters for expensive dull upgrades.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
The game presents the battle system of many rpg, like The legend of zelda, Diablo and Dragon warrior/Final Fantasy and rich of easter egg from this game , for example the name of main character (Clink, Kaeris), that refers to Link (The Legend of Zelda) and Aeris/Aerith (Final Fantasy VII) or the name of the villain, Zephiros. Evoland relies on nostalgia, starting from the plot to the music
This game is amazing for the retro-gamers and i like it.

metascore 88/100
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
What seems to have originally been a game jam nod towards the evolution from 8bit to cd-rom JRPGS, there's actually a bit of a story and sub card game in here. It only took a few hours to complete, but it was a good few hours, i would highly recommend this for anyone that enjoyed playing Final Fantasy back in the day.
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