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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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
    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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TheIrishRover***
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Why does it feel like the begining of this game is designed to do NOTHING but annoy the ♥♥♥♥ out of you. Its not fun in anyway. It just reminds you of everything that was wrong with the games back in the early 90's. It almost not worth even finishing.
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Paper GRAND DAD
( 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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Puddincakes
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
10/10
It's a lovely game. Very quirky, fun, the references are great.
It has a very nice mix of real time and turn base battling.
The puzzles have a great balance of easy and challenging puzzles.

The story is a little dry, but it's still rather engaging. It makes up for it with the actual game play and humor.

Bought it on sale with the 2nd game for only $11 total, definitely worth it.
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Slimmy Da Kid
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
It coulda been longer story wise but other than that it was fun advancing through and seeing the game evolve.
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EvaPilot1
( 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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Kushina
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Love the idea :) Evolve your game!
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Caim Wildfox
( 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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Eseli
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
(Quick note: my playtime is skewed due to running the game in compatibility mode, it's probably closer to being around 8 hours, give or take a couple hours.)

TL;DR this game feels more like an amazing interactive history of the RPG genre and is a great experience. If you're unsure about buying, wait for it to go on sale, then buy it.

I absolutely loved this game, though I see it as less of a game and more of an experience. While playing, it was like taking a trip through the history of the RPG genre. It was a great way to use the medium to showcase the history of the medium.

The plot may be simplistic and the game itself may be a bit on the short side, but I think it was fairly fitting for what the developers were trying to do with this game. If this game is played purely for the entertainment of playing an RPG, then I can understand why some would think it's not very good and give it a bad review.

I don't know how much that those younger generation (that didn't grow up on the old RPGs) would like this game, considering that most of my personal enjoyment in playing the game came from nostalgia value and feeling like I was actually a kid again. That being said, I think it's worth it to play through the game, even if one hasn't grown up on those older games, as it showcases what games back then were like, and allows players to have a chance to live through that experience.

There are some mechanics that I wish would have been added, such as being able to save from a menu on the world map, but overall it was still very fun.

It also would have been nice if controller support wasn't so wonky? Many players (myself included) have found that controller support doesn't work unless the game is run in compatibility mode (which involves minor tinkering with the .exe file). Thankfully there are guides for fixing this problem available in the forums, though it would have been nice if the devs had taken the time to fix this bug. On that note, running in compatibility mode will remove the ability to take screenshots, access the in-game Steam hub, and record actual play time (hence why my recorded time says 0.2 hours). Thankfully, achievements are not affected, so they will still be recorded when achieved.

On a final note: buying it in the Evoland Collector Pack is an A+ decision because Evoland 2 is amazing (it's developed as an actual game with good plot that uses graphic quality to indicate time period).
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Chiken
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
The first hour or so of Evoland is fun. Its premise -- explore a world where the graphics and game mechanics continuously evolve via treasure chest unlocks -- is a good one, and one that I don't see enough in gaming. It's nice to see the world shift around you, as you go from a monochrome, GameBoy-esque scene with only one usable button to a 3D world with prerendered graphics, and the sense of generational progress really applies to my sense of nostalgia.

If only they taken that idea and run with it.

About halfway through the game, when you go to 3D, the tone of the game noticably changes. The focus of the game is no longer on constantly evolving graphics and game mechanics; instead, the game tries to be a straight-faced clone of Zelda and Final Fantasy at the same time. If well-executed, this would also be a welcome development, but the game from this point onward has no depth; sure, there are Zelda-like dungeons, Final Fantasy-like random encounters and a story going on, but the dungeons have fairly basic level design, the random encounters occur WAY too frequently (one every five-six steps in the overworld), the combat draws from a miniscule pool of enemies, and the story is so shallow that I couldn't bring myself to care about anything. The first hour was great, but from there the game got very dull, very quickly.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Charming indie RPG that takes you through the evolution of RPG gaming's developing styles and designs (From 8-bit turn based to color to 3D sidescroll etc). On the shorter side, but definitely worth a play through if you can pick this up on sale for a few bucks.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A great but somewhat short RPG for all the fans of the genre out there from all the different decades.

So many nods to other RPG's that we all know and love on some level, some subtle, some not so much.

Despite its short playabilty and lack of replay value, this title is worth a look, I wouldn't pick it up unless it was in a sale however.

I personally 100% cleared all the game had to offer in 11 hours, if you play it more casually and don't go for every single unlock in the game it might be a few hours shorter.

Despite this, its still a great game, I look forward to playing the next one when the time comes.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A really unique little RPG.
I love the concept, the music, the graphics and the gameplay for sure.
My only gripe is in the overworld/Final Fantasy-like bits the encounter rate is ridiculous and frustrating.
Besides that it's a really nice game and since it's on sale right now it's super worth it.
I got the bundle and am working through the first title, eager to start the sequel after I'm done.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Fun unique little game.
I could see it being less enjoyable if you didnt grow up through the 80's and 90's, and the progression of game graphics.

Still think its fun though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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23 of 44 people (52%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Evoland is one of those joke games where you progress by unlocking a bunch of the fundamental components of video games, such as a pause menu, sound effects, save points, and color graphics. It presents the joke much better than DLC Quest did (And unlike DLC Quest, actually lasts for over fifteen minutes). However, it makes the terrible mistake of emulating some of the worst parts of the games it’s trying to pay homage to, and forcing you to unironically play through them. Such things include:

  • Areas with random encounters every ten steps,
  • A save point system; dying will make you lose progress and revert back to the last save,
  • Entire rooms filled with invisible pits which only appear when you stand next to them,
  • Enemies which teleport around you, enemies you can only attack from the back, and the ever-popular irritating bats,
  • A painfully slow walking speed within dungeons,
  • No minimaps (For most of the game, anyway)
  • Secret collectables hidden behind fake walls with no hints whatsoever,
  • A ridiculously long desert you’re forced to walk across with random encounters every five steps.

The game starts out showing such promise as you unlock interesting bits of game history such as non-grid-based movement, 16-bit graphics, Zelda items, and eventually hi-def 3D graphics. You will even encounter some puzzles which require switching between 2D and 3D versions of the game. However, this all falls apart about halfway through the game, as the game seems to just run out of things to unlock. Before you know it, instead of unlocking cool stuff like minimaps and combo systems, you’ll mostly be getting messages like “You unlocked fireball traps in the next room!” or “You unlocked an enemy ambush!” …I wish I were joking.

The music is nothing spectacular. Most is forgettable, intentionally generic midi-like renditions for satire's sake.

Then there are the stylistic and gameplay inconsistencies. It seems like Evoland is actually 20 separate programs cobbled together in a big pile. Most unlockables will only work for certain areas of the game; Some areas keep their 2D graphics for the entire game even after 3D is unlocked. At one point, you unlock a minimap that only works for about three areas in the entire game (and not the places where you really need them). Plus, you actually have three different, independent kinds of HP which apply to different game areas (Zelda hearts, RPG HP, and a Diablo-style red orb), and getting “fully healed” in one area will only heal you for that specific kind of area. So you might get healed in the town or drink a life potion, only to discover you’re still at half a heart when you return to hunt for secrets in the mine dungeon. It’s not a very well-polished game in this regard.

I give Evoland a 4.5 / 10. There was obviously a lot of soul and humor put into the game by the designers, but the joke goes a bit too far as the game forces upon you hundreds of tedious random encounters, slow-paced dungeons, and unfairly-hidden secrets. The first hour of the game is decent as a work of satire, but everything after that gets tiring fast. Recommended only for the patient.

(It’s about 5 hours to fully complete for an achievement hunter, but be warned: if you’re going for 100%, you might want to forego the blind playthrough and keep an eye on the guide from the start, since the game gives no indication of which collectables you’ve found already. If you’re not careful, you might have to play the game twice.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Gioco simpaticissimo che mostra gradatamente l'evoluzione del mondo dei videogiochi!

A very nice game that shows you, gradually, the evolution of the videogame's world!
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