Cute, but that’s all. 3/5
It’s nothing new.
The Puzzles Are Tedious 4/5
The only reason this isn’t a 5 star review is the puzzles. They’re not really fun, just sort of there.
Fun but 4/5
I like the game. Concept and all, but why can’t I switch between playing on iPhone and iPad? I started on my phone and now I would like to continue on my iPad but I can’t? I don’t want to start over.... it took too long to get where I’m at. Bummer.
Good but short game 5/5
Fun game but too short. Evoland 2 is wonderful, I hope Evoland 3 is coming.
Touch controls impediment 3/5
By Pokey Oats
The touch controls on this are so hit and miss it makes the game a chore rather than a pleasant experience..
I don’t usually write reviews. 5/5
This game is amazing. As someone who has played adventure games since the game Adventure on Atari 2600, the feeling of nostalgia I received from this game was incredible. It pays such a fun tribute to the different eras of adventure games in such a seamless fashion. My only complaint is that it isn’t longer, but it was worth the $0.99. I look forward to playing Evoland 2, and hope it is only an extension of this homage to old school games.
A trip down memory lane! 5/5
Game is fun and amazingly well put together. Some areas seem too short and others seems to be no point to except to introduce a different game style just to visit it. Game is real short but fun to play. Awesome throwbacks all the way through can’t wait to play Evoland 2. Which has great reviews and seems to be honest about being 20hrs worth of gameplay based on gamer reviews!
This was actually fun 5/5
Its a fun entry level rpg. I beat it in less than a day. For a dollar, it’s well worth it. Enjoy!
The Elder Scrolls 5/5
Thank you for including the elder scrolls in this. 5/5 would reference again
Zelda/Final Fantasy combined in a mobile app! 5/5
This is by far the greatest game I have ever played in my entire life of retro and indie gaming. It’s a great mix of 8/16 bit games as well as modern games and it has a very smooth and enjoyable gameplay experience. It’s almost like it’s familiar to me without ever playing it before!
Great game!! Nothing Wrong!! 5/5
This is a fabulous rpg. I also like how it’s sort of a timeline of the years of rpgs. It has a great plot and a whole lot of foreshadowing. It definitely is worth the $0.99. Also there’s lots of secrets and places you can visit after beating the game that you wouldn’t visit in a normal run. It will turn from pixelated, to not so pixelated, to almost like survival craft. It’s great. Press [get] to download it it’s great.
This game was a huge let down. While seeing the transition from the older style RPG of the 80’s and 90’s transform into the more fluid graphics of today was fun, the gameplay/story was horrificly short and weak. I reached the end after a day and a half of playing the game. I couldn’t believe it when the game credits started rolling. I kept expecting some last second switch from the developer and more of the game to unfold. What a waste of time and money. Skip this game entirely.
Controller support? 4/5
Love the game, but really wish there was controller support like the sequel did
Sound not working at all on iPad 2/5
By Veiga, MD
Tried reinstall and nothing
It was fun until 1/5
Until you get to a point where you have to follow patterns exactly or they make you start from the beginning of the section
It’s NOT fun
It’s A’ight 3/5
First I’ll start off by safe ALL mobile apps have a crappy interface for moving characters around on a touch screen.
That said, the game was quite enjoyable— very enjoyable because it kept me in anticipation wondering “when am I going to learn a new skill? Who is going to join my party? When do I get to ride their version of a Chocobo?”
But it disappointed when none of that happened. It is EXTREMELY short and I don’t think there was really a point to grinding and leveling up, especially since it doesn’t seem to matter with the fights where you control your character with the thumb stick.
Let’s see how EVOLAND 2 is. I did enjoy this game, but it’s short short short.
Good use of time 5/5
Certainly worth every penny. I bought it because it looked fun but the game developers obviously had a fun time making it. Good game.
Fun Game 4/5
Card game is a scam but is good for a few hours of play.
Great game, bad controls 4/5
Great innovative game, but controlling the character can be very frustrating at times . Should have used a simple static dpad
Fix that New Game Button :) 3/5
A great and clever little game, but on a small screen, the New Game and Continue buttons are so close and so small that the most challenging aspect of the game is trying not to accidentally deleted all of your progress.
A simple "Are you sure?" (with "No" being the default selection) could fix this.
Only giving the game a 3 (it deserves higher) to get the dev's attention with this review. :)
It could be good 2/5
It could be good but how are you supposed to know where to go? You can’t have hints or anything. other then that it is okay but it’s sort of hard to know all the buttons and I can’t even figure out how to get into the over world. Maybe if you update it you could tell all the buttons or have a help menu or something.
The Controls!!!! 3/5
By F~N Dave
The game was awesome and short but worth the price. It’s just the controls that made the game a bit difficult to play. Great game!!!
Good Concept Turned into Failure 1/5
This game has a solid concept but that’s it. Saying that this game is terrible is an understatement. If I could give it a 0.1/5 I would. The controls are terrible, the game is simple to a childlike degree, and the story and dialogue must have been written by the developers dog.
Great, but feels like a demo 3/5
By Names are not relevant
I had a great time with this game, but it felt too much like an experiment of concept rather than a full game. The story was so rushed it gotto the point where I only met 2 people and I couldn’t even remember their names. This game definitely is worth no more than $0.99, but it is a great concept and I look forward to playing the sequel.
Loved it 5/5
I found this in the middle of what I knew was a vain quest to play Zelda on iOS. It scratched that itch and more. Thoroughly delightful, nostalgic without pandering, and a legitimately good game unto itself, even without the trip down memory lane. Though that part was fun too. Being bounced around the town to talk to everyone while suffering through DVD loading spinners had me laughing. Wonderful love letter to adventure games and how far they’ve come.
A little broken 2/5
On my second play through I got somewhat far into the game, but once I got the mode 7 I went into the meadow. Saved, and then went back out because I didn’t grab a chest. Once I got it, my game crashed.
A cute concept but the absolute worst gameplay 1/5
The game is charming enough at first but don’t let it fool you. It’s an absolute mess.
This game seeks to emulate a couple of nostalgic gameplay styles and in doing so it ensured that both were so shallow that they fail to capture any of their inspirations magic.
As you go through the game prepare yourself to groan, “Oh so we are doing that now?” As most of the story and unlockables are more reference then they are a homage.
I really tried hard to like this game, but I’m assuming they hid all the enjoyable content and story behind an invisible passage in a dungeon I’d have to backtrack through one too many times to bother.
Save your money 2/5
While the game starts off with some promise, it is like the developers got tired and gave up on building the storyline. After a couple hours of playing, and seeing the credits, all I could say was really? I paid a dollar for this? So disappointed
Just straight gaming gold 5/5
If you had an nes play this enough said!!
Excellent controls great graphics hilarious story. This game was made with love for gaming by gamers!!
A Solid Concept 4/5
By Tommie Taco
I picked this game up because it was on sale and I had always wanted to give it a try. The concept of the game is very well thought out and executed, sending you through the world picking up chests that alter every aspect of the game from the visuals to the core gameplay mechanics, guiding you on a journey through RPG history. It was very enjoyable seeing all the little nods and also immediately picking up on the inspirations when the gameplay would change, giving me an idea of what might come next.
However, the game is extremely short and could have brought a much broader and lengthier experience to bear. Just as I began to really enjoy the experience, the curtain closed and the credits rolled, leaving me wanting more.
My rating of Evoland is a solid 4/5. While the game is fun and enjoyable, it is too short to really be able to enjoy the concept to its fullest. With Evoland 2 out now on IOS, I recommend foregoing this entry and jumping straight into it’s sequel, which appears to be a lengthier experience.
It's ok. 3/5
Fun concept of upgrades through gaming conventions.
But this concept stops about half way through and plays like a normal RPG for the rest of the game.
The main focus is on the evolving mechanics, so plot is lacking and is only introduce closer to the last hour or so.
About 4-5 dungeons and then a final boss.
Little to no replayability.
When you die it doesn’t help you out at alll! 1/5
This game has a very nice interface and everything, but why does it send you back all the to the beginning when you die
Absolutely loving it! I grow up with this type of games (FFVII is one of my fav) and seeing this wonderful smashup of genres into one is amazing! Every reference, every joke I’m savoring it! Kudos to all the team that made piece of art this possible. I don’t want it to end but I already bought Evoland 2 soooo can’t wait to play that one as well!!!!
A NOSTALGIA TRIP!!! 5/5
I have played games like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy 7, Chrono Trigger and many other RPGs and this game is giving me some major nostalgia vibes. Even though it mirrors many games it stays fresh with this concept of finding better graphics on chest as loot to improve your game. The weird part about it is that even if it didn’t have that I could have easily played this game as a over the top 2D Zelda clone. Very well put put together. Money well spent and it just keeps getting better and better after every chest you find. It really shows you the power that we hold on our hands with these devices.
Frustrating controls 2/5
It’s a minor frustration when fighting normal monsters, but incredibly frustrating on some boss fights when you know when to move and when to strike but you turn the wrong way or fail to swing your weapon because this game is not good with touch controls.
Why the Old Games No Longer Sell 1/5
Evoland has been deliberately designed by Shiro Games to be a romp through all of the bad graphics, bad sound effects, and bad game design of bygone days. It's kind of fun to unlock the incremental improvements to graphics and sound. Dealing with the inconvenience of outmoded game design that lacks basic features? That's not fun; that's sheer frustration.
Even modern AAA titles have game design flaws, but games can be forgiven some flaws if the rest of the game is good enough. Some tedious grinding can be forgiven in a game with an excellent story or first-rate graphics, and a lackluster story can be forgiven in a game with excellent mechanics. Evoland never reaches the point where any of these elements becomes excellent or even decent. Instead, it has tedious grinding with a clunky interface, a threadbare story, no character development, inferior graphics, and sounds that had me playing on mute.
And I found myself wondering why I am continuing to play this game when I cannot answer the question: "When is it going to get good?"
The game added a character selection ability allowing me to choose between piloting with the male fighter or the female wizard who bounces around like a prepubescent cheerleader when a battle is won, but I only got one chance to make that switch. Then the game added an inventory screen with a whole bunch of useless, joke items, and when this got added, I lost the ability to swap between my three weapons: sword, bow, and bombs. So unlocking new features can actually diminish play rather than enrich it.
Until I found maps on the Internet and unlocked the minimap, I kept getting lost because all the rooms and corridors and all the landscaping in an area look alike, resulting in lots of unintended backtracking and extra random encounters. There is no fast travel, so I must wander around and battle endlessly respawning monsters to find my way back to town in the hope of buying better gear, only to see that I've already bought it all. I have potions but no apparent way to use them except in the battles where they usually aren't needed, and I have two party members, but most of the time, I only have access to one of them.
There are long series of battles and traps with no way to save as I go, so I have to keep battling through the same respawning enemies and maneuvering around the same traps simply to return to the place where I died so I can try again. The movement controls are unresponsive and difficult to use, and I have no access to potions or my other party member's skills during the most difficult battles, so I'm dying a lot. So here I am battling the same monsters at the same spawn points and pushing the same blocks into place and dodging the same traps. Again. And again. And Again. And AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN!!!!! All so I can get killed by the same trap or battle. Again. And again. And Again. And AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN!!!!! Unless, of course, I die on the way.
I should have quit playing, because the game never did get good.
If Playdigious wanted to begin with poor gameplay to show how far we have come, they should have had gameplay improvements unlock a little faster. I can wait longer for more elaborate NPC interactions than I can for basic save/reload functionality or for a map. And don't give me functionality only to snatch it away in the next area.
As for the controls, here's some general advice for anyone who wants to put his game on a tablet: Don't use the virtual joysticks in the Unreal engine. Unreal may be fantastic for other platforms, but Unreal's virtual joysticks turn movement on a tablet into an exercise in frustration and rage. Make your players struggle with the monsters. Make your players struggle with the puzzles. Make your players struggle with timing in platforming. But you should never, Never, NEVER make your players struggle with the controls or the interface.
When the monsters are difficult, your players will hate the monsters. When the movement controls are difficult, your players will hate YOU and your game. At the moment, I HATE Evoland and I HATE Shiro Games and Playdigious.
Perhaps if I had played more of the lousy games that Shiro Games was mocking by including the worst of their design features into Evoland, I would find it funnier, but knowing that the Noria Mines had a name that was a play on the Mines of Moria from Lord of the Rings made it no less frustrating to be repeatedly killed there in a long series of battles and traps with no save points in between. A reference to being shot in the knee made me wish I was playing Skyrim instead of Evoland. So if that sort of thing is the main thing Evoland has to recommend it, I have to question how it garnered so many accolades and 5-star ratings. Shiro Games has a lot of gall poking fun at Skyrim considering that Skyrim is a lot older and still bests Evoland in every way.
I paid $0.99 and feel cheated.
Needs controller support 5/5
After playing E2, I got spoiled since it supports Apple TV and MFI controllers. I’d love at least controller support for the original game.
Extremely Clever...At First 3/5
By John Daniel Hubbard
The game is extremely clever and witty for the first few hours, particularly as it moves from Gameboy to N64 graphics and riffs on Zelda and Diablo. With that said, once it settles into spoofing FFVII (the entire back half of the game), it really loses all creativity and becomes very generic. For how clever and fun the first 3 hours were, the back 3 hours are a complete chore, and it stops parodying/celebrating RPG tropes and instead just uses them as its main storytelling devices. Fun for a bit, but you might want to just stop playing once you feel the novelty wear off.
Fun until I got an error... 1/5
I’m getting a “touch too close” error on my phone x. Error 1125
The humor in the evolution of games was great. Albeit short, I think the game was very creative. When I finish it (about to beat the final boss), I will play Evoland2.
All the homages 5/5
I’ve played maybe the first 45 minutes and the amount of classic RPGs that have been referenced is amazing. Well thought out and well put together
A fun trip through gaming history 5/5
By Lightly Salted
This was an extremely enjoyable trip through RPG game history. The game captures the feel of games from decades ago and has some awesome humor, much of which involves inside jokes of classic games. It is tedious in a few spots, but overall a joy to play.
Best mobile game i have ever played!!! 5/5
This game is fantastic! I have only played for about a half hour but i had such a fun time so far! This game has definitely had a lot of effort put into it! Honestly i would gladly pay 10$ for this game! i don’t know how long this game is and that may or may not change my rating but so far so good. although i think you definitely could of stretched out the first 10 min and added some more monsters.
Just beat it. 5/5
Not gonna lie I actually started to tear up it's like my childhood unfolding but instead of watching it you play it out. This is a gem and anyone on the fence just do yourself a favor and get this. 10/10 for embodying the definition of nostalgia.
Good but short 4/5
It’s a good game but very short
Worth it 5/5
I'll definitely buy Evoland2.
Absolutely fantastic! 5/5
I don’t write very many reviews, but I made an exception for this game! It is wonderfully nostalgic, while still presenting it in a new way. I loved seeing the cheeky references to my favorite classics! I highly recommend this game to anybody and everybody who enjoyed the classic games or just wants to play a great mobile adventure RPG!
Great game. Wish it was longer 5/5
Brought me back to my roots on the games I loved growing up. Just fun. I wish it was longer.
Best game I have ever played on iPhone 5/5
By Good tuna
It is a super enjoyable story with some funny dialogue and amazing game play. Can’t recommend enough.