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Evolva (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
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User Reviews

Offbeat game that does allot of things right Peter Harband (4) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall MobyScore (15 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Thanks to its difficulty, Evolva gets a little frustrating at times, and can devolve into rapid fire use of the quick save and quick load buttons if you are feeling impatient. But there's no denying that this is a classic game, marrying beautiful graphics and an imaginative alien setting with solid gameplay and some unique new ideas. Not for the faint of heart, but highly recommended if you have the patience and skill to take it on...
90
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Стильная штучка. Отличный движок с шикарными моделями и красочными сражениями. Умные, интересные уровни со множеством заданий и приятными ландшафтами, иногда все-таки скрываемыми излишне близким туманом. Многочисленные противники, расправляться с которыми очень приятно. Ну и четверка оригинальных героев, выращивающих клыки, когти, пулеметы и прочие прелести жизни, постоянно мутирующие и меняющие цвет, управляемые мудрым AI. Возможно, идея игры не нова, но биологическая оболочка, в которую эту идею поместили, бесспорно удалась. Наш выбор!
90
ActionTrip
Every once in a while a game surfaces in this over saturated market of ours that offers something unique and different to gamers. As somebody who gets to see a ton of games in all their faultiness and/or glory you just get really excited when a game world forces you to stay addicted for a certain period of time, sucking you into its rich environments and fast-paced action. Think different is the motto! Think Evolva kids! The game is not by any means revolutionary, but it's the combination of 'little things' that determines Evolva's unique visual and gameplay style. Set in surreal environments of an alien planet, Evolva is based on a very imaginative premise that allows for an elaborate and vibrant art design, as well as some tactically unique combat planning.
83
Game Chronicles
As it stands, you will have seen most of what this planet has to offer in the first half of the game. I hope the concepts of Evolva are developed further and implemented even better in a future release of a similar squad-based combat game. Computer Artworks is certainly on the right track. Evolva might not be the best game on the block, but it certainly has the potential to evolve into something quite spectacular in the very near future.
83
Game Revolution
I definitely recommend Evolva. The cheesy 80's Sci-Fi cover (in "action 3D," no less) says nothing about the game other than "create your own genetic warriors." However, beyond the mutation there is a fun game based in solid game play and backed by an interesting plot and set in a beautiful, creative world. A refreshing break from the endless lists of clones that plague gaming today.
81
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Evolva ziet er fantastisch uit maar het spel is niet half zo clever als de makers ons willen doen geloven.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
The biggest weakness in EVOLVA is the multiplayer-connection interface. You need to know the IP address of the host server to join a game. but there is no utility for finding one. Note to developers; Multiplayer gaming should never be more than three clicks away, period. As an alternative, you can play the game on Heat.net. Unfortunately, the few times opponents were found there, network latency was absolutely abysmal. Despite the connection issues, EVOLVA gets most things right, and it is both a challenging and enjoyable game. Hopefully, natural selection will keep this one on the store shelves for a long time.
80
Electric Games
Evolva tries very hard to cross genre boundaries and give you an experience beyond simple 3D action. It includes the ability to use some nice squad-based tactics as well as leaving the mutation choices up to you. This is really a great game that is fun to play, especially if you like a bit of strategy included in your action games. Bottom Line: Excellent graphics engine, sporting some nice accelerated effects. Not your typical action shooter, Evolva is squad-based and mutations allow for custom designed abilities.
80
Power Unlimited
Evolva is erg origineel en weird, alleen jammer dat op een gegeven moment de verveling een beetje toeslaat omdat je steeds hetzelfde doet en de levels weinig variatie bieden. Desalniettemin een frissen en bizarre game die met name de hardcore liefhebbers zullen waarderen.
80
FiringSquad
Looking back at the game as a whole it delivers quite a bit. Great graphics and excellent game play are just the tip of the iceberg. For a third person game the amount of times you are stuck with bad camera angles is almost nil. The AI controlling friendly units is pretty darned good. You rarely have to hold all of your characters by the hand to accomplish something. The whole concept and implementation of mutation in this game was simply wonderful. As a result, the amount of genre bending this game does is quite amazing. The fact that it does it well is even more astounding. Along with all this gaming goodness comes the bad. I was a little disappointed in the single player campaign. Most of the levels required you to bring an explosive to the end structure and blow it up. Not much variation from that at all.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Mélangeons des mutations, de la bagarre et de la réflexion et nous obtenons … un jeu extraterrestre très réussi, tant pas ses innovations que par sa qualité graphique. Le plaisir est bien là et les développeurs ont su créer une ambiance venue d’ailleurs qui séduit dès le premier coup d’œil et qui vous tiendra en haleine de longues heures durant.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I think Evolva deserves a ton of credit for the major innovations in its graphics and gameplay from anything that has come before it. Because I have followed closely this carefully prepared and polished title for years, I am not surprised at all at how well Evolva looks, but at the same time find the whole playing experience a lot more engrossing than I originally expected. I suspect a lot of gamers out there will simply be stunned that a developer like Computer Artworks with no extensive experience in developing games for the personal computer could have done so well. Although by no means perfect, Evolva truly has the potential to stimulate, single-handedly, a meaningful leap in the evolution of gaming itself.
80
WomenGamers.com
After looking at the cover of Evolva, I wasn't quite sure what type of game I was getting myself into. There is a picture of some humanoid creatures, doing who knows what, with the words 'Create Your Own Genetic Warriors' written across the top. Upon further reading, you come to understand your mission. You control a squad of genetic mutants, who can change at will, and guide them through an alien world with the purpose of saving that planet from an invading lifeform. Overall, the concept and the imagery were intriguing.
79
games xtreme
This game is more than just a quick thrill. It is worth giving a shot on one of those days when your ISP just decides to go down. Single or multiplayer, the distinction is little, as this well structured game requires very little system requirements to run decently. If u want to twist up your mind, or just beat the crap out of anything you see moving, this game is worth messing around with. Effort was put into making the movements look good, and the landscape is one which undoubtedly a lot of attention was drawn to. For power-users, this game is a must-have!
78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Wow, die vlammenwerper van dat beest wil ik wel hebben. Zit hij eraan vast? Blaaam!!! Waar een blaster is, is een weg.
78
GameSpy
Overall, Evolva is a mixed bag. The game does some things very well (cool concept, great graphics), yet suffers from some cut corners and shortcomings (limited documentation and uninteresting multiplayer). If the concept interests you, pick it up.
77
GameStar (Germany)
So schräg Evolva auf den ersten Blick wirkt: Echte Macken hat das Programm nicht. Die ungewöhnlichen Elemente, insbesondere die Steuerung von vier Einheiten gleichzeitig und das merkwürdige Rollenspiel-Gentechnik-System, funktionieren sogar ganz gut. Nach ein paar Minuten ist man drin, freut sich über die innovativen Ideen, die sauber programmierte KI und größtenteils spannende Einsätze. Schade nur, daß der Fremde Planet aussieht wie eine Portion Mageninhalt unterm Mikroskop. Da mag die Technik noch so gut sein - ich fühle mich einfach nicht zu Hause.
76
PC Player (Germany)
Auch wenn ich es schön finde, dass im Tokaimura-Zeitalter Softwarefirmen Mut zur Mutation zeigen: Computer Artworks hätte durchaus mehr aus diesem Thema machen können. Denn leider scheint visuelle Evolution an intellektuelle Degeneration geknüpft zu sein. Mangels virtuellem Großhirn rennen meine Genjäger planlos durch die Landschaft und stolpern dabei gut gelaunt in gegnerisches Feuer. Darunter leidet zwangsläufig das eh schon nicht überzubewertende taktische Element. Sobald ich die Navigation jedes meiner vier Spezialisten selbst in die Hand nehme, spurt das Team. Zwar gestaltet sich das zeitaufwändig, dafür bleibt aber genug Energie um die nette Grafik und die durchaus originellen Missionen zu genießen. Auch die an Starship-Trooper erinnernden Gegner, wissen zu gefallen, da deren Künstliche Intelligenz im Gegensatz zu den Genohuntern angenehm hoch ist. Strategen sollten den Kauf zweimal überlegen, Action-Fans können jedoch gefahrlos zugreifen.
76
RealGamer (Benelux)
In principe is er niet zoveel mis met dit spel, aangezien het heel mooi is afgewerkt. Helaas is niet alles perfect, vooral de eentonigheid van de omgeving na een tijdje, en het feit dat de zwermen aliens maar blijven doorgaan maakt het spel iets minder door gebrek aan variatie. Ook is soms het camerastandpunt niet goed omdat het zicht wordt belemmerd door een rotswand of dergelijke. Het spel belooft veel, maar mist uiteindelijk net in de afwerking. Heel goed speelbaar, maar net niet goed genoeg om me binnen te houden in de zomer.
74
PC Games (Germany)
Auf einem fernen Planeten ist das Chaos ausgebrochen: Ein außerirdischer Parasit hat sich unter der Oberfläche eingenistet und bringt nun eine Reihe grauenhafter Mutationen hervor. Um das Biest zu bekämpfen, wird ein Trupp aus vier Genjägern zusammengestellt. Sie Übernehmen die Führung des Einsatzkommandos, indem Sie eine der Figuren durch zwölf Spielwelten lenken. Damit Ihre Mission nicht zu einem Spaziergang verkommt, schickt Ihnen der Parasit zahlreiche monströse Kreaturen entgegen, die auch aus einem Film wie Starship Troopers stammen könnten.
60
incite PC Gaming
Still, while you will initially appreciate Evolva's finer qualities, it won't be long before the title's stop-and-start style of action will wear thin.
58
Game Informer Magazine
The concept had me excited, but by the time I got to the second level, I was bored out of my skull. The graphics and level design were both pretty lackluster and the methods used to alter your characters are more frustrating than fun.
50
PC Player (Denmark)
Jeg bliver så irriteret, når et udviklerhold sidder med alle kort på hånden, og alligevel taber; Evolva kunne have været et meget interessant - måske ligefrem medrivende spil, hvis man havde kælet for andet end grafikken. Men desværre.