Evoland is a game about games. It starts out pixelated and colorless and you can only go right, but then you unlock more gameplay mechanics and graphical upgrades bit by bit, showing how games have evolved over the years, hence the name of the game. It pokes fun and parodies other games, mainly Zelda and Final Fantasy, but lots of games and pop culture are referenced in some way or another. It has 3 types of gameplay, action/adventure Zelda-esque sections, Final Fantasy-esque battle sequences, and another one near the end of the game which I won't spoil. It has some nice music that sounds straight out of classic Final Fantasy or Zelda. It has secrets sprinkled everywhere, giving a fair amount of replay value. "All this sounds great", you say with a happy and cheerful voice.
Even with all the stuff I mentioned, I think Evoland could've been better in all aspects.
Not that it's a bad game or anything, I just think everything about it could've been executed much better. The graphics, while nice, going from 2D colorless pixels to full HD 3D graphics, could've been better. The way it parodies and pokes fun at other games, feels... kinda cheap really, and you need to be a diehard nerd to get most of the humor, it could've been better. The Zelda-esque sections feel stiff and clunky, the Final Fantasy-esque sections are extremely repetitive and mindless, and the 3rd type of gameplay, again, no spoilers, suffers from all the problems the Zelda-esque sections have, but it lags A LOT, even on a PC that far surpasses the system requirements, each type of gameplay could've been better. The classic Zelda/Final Fantasy-esque music, while good, is very forgettable, it could've been better. And to top it all off, the overall length of Evoland is only 3-4 hours, and for $10, that's ludicrous for how long it is.
Do I recommend Evoland? If you can get it on sale for $5 or less, I say get it! If it isn't on sale, proceed with caution.
6/10 - It's OK.