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 (2,431 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

PC
Mac
    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
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
You start as an 8-bit/2D adventurer and evolve into a 3 dimentional beau sabreur on your journey. You get better music, you get a storyline and you get to chop-chop skeletons and come across a new lady friend. Entering caves, you collect crystals, sometimes cards, sometimes stars. You notice there's a village with people in melancholy. Perhaps there's something wrong? And then you discover about the evil which has caused widespread chaos(huh? not really) and decay in the reign.

What Evoland is good at :
  • Strong, visionary concept.
  • Great soundtrack.
  • A great mix of elements taken from the classic oldies.
  • Potrays somewhat good visuals.
  • Real-time combat is fun to meddle with.
  • Reference/citations to some great games.

What Evoland does wrong :
  • Horrendous exceution of an intently created artistic concept.
  • Turn based combat irritates you more than it does to entertain.
  • A very short story of 3 hours that leaves you with quite disappointed.
  • Collectibles are futile to attain.
  • A typical, generic story.

Evoland feels more like a documentary and parody of the classics than it does at being authentic. Perhaps that is the point? Evoland feels fun at times, of course it does. It lives off your nostalgia, being the sole reason you should play it but more often than not it simply name checks. It strives to imitate the plus points of the great games but fails to evolve as one itself.

Evoland is a good game to journey through and revisit memories if you get it for less than five dollars. But if you pay more than that, your experience will seem more unworthy than fun.

My Rating - "Gets the job done"
Traditional Rating - 6 on 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Play through the evolution of the action adventure gaming!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Buy it... If its on Sale!

I did Enjoy this game.

Its a good concept and if you have played RPG's growing up you will probably enjoy the nostalgia this game brings. However it is not particularly executed greatly, can be a bit frustrating at times and is VERY short (although it claims to be a short game in the description so that wasnt a big surprise)

I paid £0.69 for this game and for that reason I would have to say that I'm happy with the decision to buy it, but i do feel that had i paid more for it I may have felt a little ripped off...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Evoland is awesome. It starts off in monochrome, original Gameboy graphics and--through in-game actions--gradually becomes a 3D, high-def game with dynamic lighting. There are homages to The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Super Mario Brothers, Dragon Quest, Diablo, even the Terry Pratchett "Discworld" series is given a nod. This game is short, but it is fun and is very well done. I recommend Evoland to anyone, but especially those who have lived through the evolution of video gaming and can appreciate seeing the technology's emulated evolution as you play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
An entertaining compilation of the development of role playing games, this game starts in the greyish days of 8bit graphics and makes it all the way through to 3D and HD pictures, not taking itself too serious. A great story full of rpg clichés, lovely characters and funny dialogues make this game a must-have for every player who is into RPGs. Definitely worth the price (and if not, check back at sales time)!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It took me just three hours to play this game from beginning to end, however it left me feeling like there's more to find. A second playthrough confirmed that I'd missed an area. It's full of parodies and inside references, and is superficially similar to DLC Quest, but very different. The boss fights are tough, but not too tough, just tough enough to be extremely rewarding to defeat. It's funny, but not overly silly, and I totally recommend it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Started and now going back to it, really really enjoying the "evo"lution. Good nostalgic dungeon crawl and the mechanics seem solid on every iteration.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Worth the money? Nope.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Common game breaking bug close to the end of the game (3 hrs in), that hasn't and wont get patched, can only be fixed by starting a new game or using someone elses save file.

Rest of the game is decent I would of liked to see the end.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Evoland is a trip through some of the worst features of games past, and reminds you why developers have since moved on to better mechanics. Here are a few of them that the game indulges:

1. One-hit game overs - You're in this mode at the beginning of the game. Add to it that you're on a grid and so are the randomly-moving enemies, and it's a recipe for disaster. I died at least 3 or 4 times, starting the whole game over every time, before I could reach the first save point.

2. Really annoying low-health sounds - I get it that we're supposed to be careful, but come on. It sounds like the alarm clock from hell, and I had to actually shut off the sound when it came on. Don't believe me? Search for it on YouTube and listen for yourself.

3. Backtracking - Notice that chest that seems impossible to get to? That's right, if you want to get 100% completion, you're going to have to backtrack a LOT. You only get certain skills later in the game, and will have to head back to earlier areas to use them to get all the collectables. The game world isn't massive, but the random encounters will be fighting you every step of the way.

4. Loading screens - Yeah, yeah, reading data from disks on the PS1 was a tad slow, I get it. But don't give us artificial loading screens at every one of the four area transitions in a town, and especially not in a town with...

5. Multi-layered fetch quests - We need bombs! That guy probably has some! "Well I used to, but not anymore. Go talk to that gal." ...and you finally get the bombs FIVE PEOPLE (and even more loading screens) later.

6. A lack of mid-boss checkpoints - Figure out the boss's first stage, only to get stomped flat on the second? Too bad! You get to fight the entire thing all over again. (I normally wouldn't complain, but the second stage is essentially random and requires a lot more luck than skill.)

While interesting at least in concept, it doesn't stand up in practice. Aside from the interesting time travel puzzle and the surprisingly functional Diablo section, it's all incredibly boring and tedious. You're much better off playing the games it borrows from (2D Zeldas, Final Fantasy VII, Diablo), than this mess.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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2 of 16 people (13%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
gud gaem, butt not wotrh 10dollers. just liek final fantays and lejund of zulda so play dose insted. it okey, but i m not liek "ima pley evoland tonite!!!11one1!!!!" it jut liek "oevolandishuldpleythtigess..."
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Great game and a great concept, especially for a Lundum Dare. If you don't mind the lenght (quite short), definately pick it up.
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7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is simple fun! Remind of video games classics like Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Diablo and others. The history of video games are told in Evoland, learn what graphical improvements came first and what they affect in the world. The storyline is short but I liked it! Also it haves a card minigame which is very fun! Evoland is a MUST play!

Esse jogo é pura diversão! Relembre de grandes clássicos dos video games como Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Diablos e outros. A história dos videos games é contada em Evoland, aprenda quais recursos gráficos vieram primeiro and o que eles afetam no jogo. A história de Evoland é curta mas eu gostei dela! Além do mais o jogo tem um minigame de cartas que é muito divertido! Evoland é um jogo obrigatório de se jogar!
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7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
It's a great game. Sure, at the end it's a little bit repetitive but this whole gimmick of playing through different advancements in gaming from simple side-scrollers to fully fledged 3d games is enjoyable and fun. It's not long - which is a good thing with that game actually - but still quite original and just a great way to kill some time. Maybe not worth 9,99 but If there's a sale I'd suggest giving it a chance. Oh, and music is great! 7/10
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Nice retro game, good idea.
Much too short, no / stolen story, it feels like it trys to make fun of ff4 and diablo.
Tried to get 100%, got stuck in a maze. Big start, disappointing.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Fantastic game until you get to the turn based RPG part...then it just plain sucks. But I definitely recommend the first 2/3rds or so.
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Soo good i loved evry second of it. if the summary interests you at all tehn you shoudl get it because it realy is just as advertised and i reall yenjoyed playign through it
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Game play is very nice. Nicely incorporacted different types of games and game styles. The problem I have with it is that it is so short. I beat it in one day. Perhaps not worth the money.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I got this game when it was $3.

Honestly, it's a really fun game. Just one problem. It's a bit overpriced.

I'm not sure if you should buy it at the price it is right now, but none the less it's still a fun game.

The concept is amazing. I don't want to spoil anything, play it for yourself.

8/10
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