“I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the… Let’s just say I had trouble sitting for a while.”
Genre: Adventure, Indie, RPG
Developer: Shiro Games
Publisher: Shiro Games
Release Date: Apr 4, 2013
Platform: PC / Played on Windows 7
Overall rating: 9/10
Story: Hard to say
Replay Value: 2/10
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.