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 (3,504 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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“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
196 of 303 people (65%) 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 (read: 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, including the main story and all secret unlockables. I bet you could do it with just two if you really tried. There is zero replay value. It's a shame really. Evoland was one of the wishlist games I had the highest hopes for.
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74 of 107 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Evoland is game that is interesting for the first hour and then a tedious gimmick for the rest. And the rest is maybe another hour and a half unless you're an achievement completionist.

The premise is that you guide your character though the history of Zelda/Final Fantasy style computer games whilst saving your village from Evil.

The problem is that with the exception of the early Zelda'esque gameplay Evoland is just not very fun. There is less than three hours of game and it still feels drawn out.

The puzzle sections see you trudging backwards and forwards along the same path time and time again. The traps are cheap and the monsters re-spawn which makes reloading and replaying the same stage a chore.

Once the game has evolved to Final Fantasy style random encounters it becomes very annoying as an encounter happens every three to tens seconds on the world map. There is almost no need for interaction during encounters as the combat is basically: hit with one character heal group with the other. Walk through some trees. Repeat with the next encounter.

The Torchlight styled sections could have been fun but the collision detection is so utterly awful that melee hits tend to miss. Fighting degenerates into mashing the hit button until the area attack is charged. Again repeat.

Really this game had a lot of potential but there is so little content (repeated ad-nauseam) that I do begrudge the time I spent to complete it.
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58 of 83 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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61 of 102 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Evoland is as much a small parody as it is a game of it's own. It borrows heavily from other RPG games and classics (such as Final fantasy and Zelda), meaning mostly that it mocks them in that loving parody way. The game story is pretty... simple. Big evil destroying world, you must go and defeat it. Along the way, you evolve... not in power, though you do get to level up.

The selling point of Evoland is the "RPG through the ages" bits. You start off as a pixelated character in a plain world with no enemies, and as you find chests, you start earning things. Such as enemies, the ability to level up, town citizens, pixels, and yes, 3D with nothing, then textures, and finally HD definitions. Combat is both action based and turn based; during world map encounters you will have turns, and during dungeons you will be fighting real time.

The game also has one card minigame for your enjoyment. While the story is nothing to call home about, the evolving aspect of the game is fun. The graphics, even when you're just playing your pixel form, are really quite cute and very well done. The world is nice too, although the puzzles/level design/secrets are not really too difficult and everything was far too visible. I don't think they were meant to be difficult, though. The music I was not a fan of, however, it evolves as you do as well and seems to match the game perfectly, so thumbs up on that. The story is also very short and the replay value is really null unless you want to go back and do 100% achievements (which are also not terribly hard to get, but I frankly couldn't be bothered to go search for them).

The parody aspect also makes it fun if you love these type of games and have a good sense of humor (see quote above and on image below for an idea of the type of humor). Actually, this was the one thing that made me rate it so high - I had great fun discovering all the chests that made the land evolve and gave me things that had funny captions, or talking to townies and seeing what they would say.
I do have to say though, the battles do get a bit annoying after a while, and once you've unlocked everything and seen all the world has to offer, there's really little reason to keep playing, too.

There's not much else to say about this game.
Did I have fun? Yes! Exploring was fun, fighting was meh (there's really not much you can do, just attack and heal). I will full on admit I quit halfway through the last boss not so much out of frustration, but because there was really little else to do but beat him.
Does it get boring if you take it seriously? Also yes. Don't even bother grinding your levels, it will not make a difference.
Is it worth full price? Don't think so.

Finally, if you like this type of game and get it on sale, it might be a fun little game to spend some time on for a funny, nostalgic ride into the past. Otherwise, I would recommend you pass.
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