If You Like Final Fantasy Or Zelda, You Need To Play Evoland

I killed a few hours this morning playing Evoland, a new JRPG/Action RPG released on Steam. It's a strange thing. It's a game, sure, but it's also a history lesson and a love letter to two classic and venerable genres, all of which makes it well worth the $10 asking price.

Evoland is, as its longer title suggests, a "short story of adventure video games evolution". Its early tutorial sections unlock mechanics, yeah, but also unlock genre progression, each opened chest and learned command changing the very world you're in and your representation in it, as you journey from monochrome 8-bit kid to 3D polygonal avatar.

The trailer above pretty much tells the story: you don't just journey through your own quest, but through the history of games like Final Fantasy and Zelda, meaning for younger players — or those just after a walk down memory lane — it's as enjoyable for the education/recap as it is for the way it constantly jokes about the genre's various tropes.

Evoland came out yesterday, and is available on Steam.


    Sounds awesome and will definitely look into it after I finish gta iv.

    Interesting concept. But is it just a gimmick or is there substance as well?

    Looks cool, needs a Vita port. :)

    When you say a game is out on Steam, can you please mention what platform(s)?

    Bought this yesterday and finished it in about 2 hours. It's an average game with an interesting concept, not really worth $10 (or $9 while the discount is still active). I'd consider waiting until it comes as part of a humble bundle or something.

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