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Evoland shoots you back into time and lets you revisit and witness the evolution of RPG gaming. It’s a stellar concept, we’ll have to admit. I mean, who doesn’t want to bring back some nostalgic memories of their favorite games and watch them evolve into what they are today? But there’s a big question mark on how well this game executes this concept. Read on for an in-depth review of Evoland for Android and iOS.
As its name depicts, Evoland is about the evolution of role play gaming over the years. Think back Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy in the Game Boy and then check out the progress they have made throughout the ten years or so they’ve been around. Evoland ruffles the nostalgic side of dedicated players and makes them explore their favorite RPG games through the years. Originally the game was developed for PC users so we did find some lack in controls on the smartphone version of the game. But overall, the controls are simple and basic and there’s nothing really complex going on. In fact, there’s a stark absence of a wow factor we would expect from an innovative idea such as in Evoland which is a major letdown.
The overall storyline can be completed in a matter of a few hours but the game itself isn’t that short. It begins with crude pixelated Game Boy like graphics and slowly evolves into more defined and polished 3D RPG graphics. It’s actually pretty interesting to see how the game shifts its themes, graphics and even its gameplay from a monochrome version to a well-developed 3D app.
But that’s pretty much all the good things we can say about Evoland. Unfortunately, despite such a clever and creative theme, the game is not executed that well and lacks in several important areas. For starters, the gameplay is a bit too bland and repetitive.
We get that Evoland is essentially a parody of the repetitive gameplay that we see in our favorite RPG games but the combat itself has never been boring for us; Evoland however has a pretty boring one. The combat style also changes as the game evolves. It starts out with an action based combat like we see in The Legend of Zelda, and then quickly changes to the menu-based combat style like we see in Final Fantasy. But while these individual combat styles are interesting in their own games, Evoland just can’t quite give us the same feeling.
Then there’s the issue with the controls of the game. As already mentioned before, Evoland was a game engineered for PC gamers initially with more control options. On the mobile version, however, making your way through narrow pathways of spikes and lava can become seriously frustrating and difficult because of the lack of control. Though you can save your progress at the abundant save points in the game, the narrow paths and spikes just keep on increasing more in number as you progress further into the game.
Evoland is a fun adventure – at least in paper. There can be major improvements done in the gameplay and combat (and we have seen them in Evoland 2 that just came out a few months ago!). Overall, Evoland presents with a wonderful theme and concept. It takes you to journey through the memory lane and if you’ve played all the classics, you’ll definitely enjoy the evolution portrayed in this game. For this reason, we believe that the millennials will like this game much more than the current generation. Evoland is a pay to play app. It’s incredibly affordable now that Evoland 2 has been released.
Evoland is one of the top apps in the Sports app category, which belongs to Playdigious. It's last update was on June 21, 2018 and it has been already downloaded 5,000,000 - 10,000,000 times. On the app store it has now 6,335 reviews. After you get to Evoland page on the app store, click install & enjoy it.