Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul (Windows)

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A rather pretty but very challenging game ahead of its time, packaging a great crafting system Cavalary (5911) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A hidden RP"Gem"! Kic'N (4220) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
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 4.0
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Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Едва ли не первая народно-черноземная игра, которая не просит о снисхождении, не страдает балалаечно-посконной национальной самостью, не ругается матом, не ориентирована на имбецилов и мутантов, не хромает на все конечности и при этом не является третьесортным Warcraft или Diablo клоном. Продукт мирового класса.
Уникальный случай, когда отечественным разработчикам удалось довести до логического конца масштабнейший проект. Несомненный успех.
PC Gamer
Proof that the "kill...reward" paradigm still works.
GamePro (US)
Even with its amusing tongue-in-cheek style, Evil Islands tells an intriguing and convincing story while offering beautiful graphics and original gameplay that other RPGs would do well to imitate.
Secret Service / New S Service
EVIL ISLANDS jest, moim zdaniem, niespodziewanym i niezwykłym wydarzeniem na rolplejowym rynku. Cudowny jest nastrój tej gry. Krótko mówiąc - EVIL ISLANDS, to gra, obok której żaden szanujący się rolplejowiec nie powinien przejść obojętnie.
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
На страницах бесконечно далеких от нас западных журналов существует странная мода объяснять суть новаторской игры путем ее приведения к сумме уже известных читателю компонентов. Если подобным образом подойти к «Проклятым Землям», то, скорее всего, получится формулировка типа «Baldur’s Gate meets Commandos in full 3D». Диковато звучит? Не пугайтесь, на самом деле все гораздо интереснее.
Game Power Australia
A game that is at once familiar, yet unique, this RPG from the folks who brought you the Rage Of Mages strategy RPGs is a strong, yet slightly flawed plate of gaming goodness.
PC Joker
Den Helden habe ich hier wirklich gern gespielt! Ein Beispiel: Erst nachdem ich meine beiden Kameraden im Kriechtempo zum Rücken des Ork-Magiers manövrieren konnte, gelang es, den mächtigen Gegner von hinten zu massakrieren. Das mag wenig heldenhaft sein, unterhaltsam ist es allemal. und die Arbeit für Kopf und Hand lohnt. Wenn meine Party nämlich nun noch unversehrt aus dem feindlichen Lager fliehen kann (die patrouillierenden Wachen sind ein echtes Problem), winkt genug Gold, um endlich einen Langbogen erstehen zu können - der wiederum in bisher unerforschten Höhlenlabyrinthen unverzichtbar ist..
So the moral of the story is that if you are looking for an RPG that mixes a good bit of gameplay variety with a lot of gaming hours, this could be your choice. Evil Islands has great visuals and some goofy character that is really endearing. Even with its problems, I had a lot of fun with the game and am sad that I've got other stuff I have to do now because I'd love to go and see it through to the bitter end and then jump onto have some longer multiplayer adventures, but alas E3 is less than a month away and Tal's whipping me as I type to get my ass in gear.
Just RPG
Role-playing games are a curious beast. In other genres, years are invested into graphics engines. In the role-playing game genre, graphics are allowed to slide in favor of gameplay balance and story line. Evil Islands, a new game from Russia, has set out to change the way RPGs are developed forever. The game gives us intense action with beautiful graphics. Play balancing? Who needs it!! Story lines? They appear to have been written by a third-grade English class?? Evil Islands is without a doubt the best piece of garbage I ever played.
Game Vortex
Evil Islands is basically Rage of Mages in a more complete and 3D cloth, and as such will seem immediately familiar to fans of the previous games. Fortunately, there's enough new material here--and the 3D helps immensely--to keep the game fresh, and perhaps even entice those who never played the first two games to give it a shot. Fans of RPGs who like some strategy with their click-fest battles would do well to check out Evil Islands, but be forewarned: the default difficulty level is not for the weak of heart. There's a world to see and do in Evil Islands, and you have to conquer it one step at a time.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Evil Islands is een degelijk en onderhoudend spel dat vooral de Diablo fans zal aanspreken.
PC Gamer Brasil
As ilhas são consideradas palcos perfeitos para abrigar histórias de aventura, fantasia e terror, seja em histórias em quadrinhos, seriados de TV, filmes e jogos. Jurassic Park e Ilha da Fantasia são bons exemplos disso. Que tipo de atração ao íntimo humano reserva por meros pedaços de terra, circundados por imensidões de água. Talvez boa parte do que é retratado na ficção tenha seu fundo de verdade. Em Evil Islands, você irá descobrir porque antigas ilhas são consideradas moradas do mal.
Game Captain
Interessante Mischung aus Strategie- und Rollenspielelementen, aber Geschmackssache
Evil Islands could have been fantastic except for its game-slowing bugs and voiceover issues. Even with them, it's still addictive and I've found myself playing it until early morning. The rest of the gameplay is strong and holds the attention of the player. Although not as well known as other popular RPGs, if you like to be immersed in far-off worlds, completing quests and battling enemies, I'd recommend Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul.
Even with all the drawbacks that are mostly due to weak funding and pushy publishers Evil Islands turned out to be one heck of a game, featuring a highly addictive mix of already addictive enough styles of gameplay. Chris Taylor's Dungeon Siege looks like it's in many ways similar to Evil Islands, so it will be interesting to see how Nival's valiant effort stacks up against the big boys.
Die vielleicht schönsten Momente im Redaktionsalltag sind die seltenen Augenblicke, in denen sich ein vorher konturloses Mauerblümchen als ein überraschend gelungenes Spiel entpuppt. Genau dies trifft auf Evil Islands zu, denn was das russische Programmiererteam Nival hier abgeliefert hat, lässt in grafischer Hinsicht den großen Bruder Diablo 2 weit hinter sich. Leider kratzen an der schönen Fassade aber einige Ungereimtheiten, etwa die oftmals fast unbesiegbaren Monsterhorden und die unnötig langen Wege zum nächsten Dorfschmied. Trotz dieser Mankos werden Rollenspieler mit einer phantastischen Atmosphäre belohnt, die auch die kurzzeitigen Frustpassagen wieder vergessen macht.
If you've enjoyed any of the leading RPGs of the last couple of years, you'll want to take a look at Evil Islands as well. You won't be sorry.
Power Unlimited
Een zeer eigenzinnige RPG die grafisch zijn mannetje staat en zeker op taktisch gebied originele invalshoeken kent.
У игры есть какая-то своя притягательность, шарм, который часами не дает не то что отползти от монитора — отвести от него взгляд! Сюжет, который абсолютно линеен и вроде бы на первый взгляд представляет собой набор штампов, действительно завораживает, то и дело поворачиваясь к игроку новой неожиданной гранью. Немаловажную роль играет соответствие музыки обстановке. В конце концов, кто из игроков в ПЗ не останавливался, зачарованный красотами Ингоса, слушая сказочную «зимнюю» музыку?
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Evil Islands is a huge, varied and utterly addictive game. Acting and dialogue is a bit hit and miss at times, and the voice acknowledgements when you give your characters orders soon get rather repetitive, but overall the storyline is strong enough to keep you involved in the game. It also looks great, with a solid new 3D engine providing vast open terrain to explore and a wide range of highly detailed characters and monsters, as well as some fairly spectacular spell effects.
Electric Games
Overall, the game is a lot of fun. There are small annoyances here and there, but nothing that caused me too much grief. I enjoyed my time with Evil Islands and, while not totally original, was still a lot of fun. Bottom Line: Good graphics, the environment is quite detailed an organic-looking. Characters are less detailed but are still well done. Sound effects are good, but the voice acting leaves much to be desired. Gameplay is a lot of fun, easy to learn, although touchy in spots. Once I became accustomed with it, I was hooked.
PC Games (Germany)
Wieso muss Kiran ins Dorf latschen, um einen erbeuteten Helm aufsetzen zu können? Weshalb sind Portalsprüche fast so selten wie Orks in Oldenburg? Und warum lässt sich der Schwierigkeitsgrad nicht festlegen? Ungereimtheiten dieser Art stören den Spaß und dämpften meinen Enthusiasmus während der Abenteuerreise. Das ist schade, denn Evil Islands hat alles, was das Herz eines anspruchsvollen Rollenspielers begehrt: abwechslungsreiche Aufträge, konfigurierbare Charaktere, detailliert gestaltete Landschaften, Hunderte Monstertypen und eine glaubwürdige Hintergrundgeschichte. Wer Baldur‘s Gate 2 durchgespielt hat und sich nicht auf reine Monsterverwurstung wie in Diablo 2 beschränken möchte, der wird eine Menge Spaß haben - und die kleinen Frustrationen leicht verkraften.
PC Player (Germany)
Wie gerne hätte ich Evil Islands eine 80er-Wertung verpasst - schließlich ist die Idee eines 3D-Fantasy-Taktik-Rollenspiels wirklich innovativ. Darüber hinaus ist die Story ansprechend, die Szenerie atmosphärisch und die Aufträge sind abwechslungsreich. Zusammengefasst: der Stoff, aus dem Spieler-Träume sind. Leider hat diesen Titel offenbar nie ein halbwegs normaler Mensch probegespielt, denn sonst wäre der enorm hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad sofort aufgefallen. Eine derart geballte Ladung Frust ist dem Spielspaß abträglich, selbst Profis sind versucht, an einigen Stellen aus Verzweiflung in die Tischkante zu beißen. Hinzu kommen diverse kleinere Designmängel, so dass ich Evil Islands mit Bedauern Punktabzug verordnen muss. Menschen auf der Suche nach der großen Herausforderung sollten unbedingt zugreifen, andere sollten vorher Zen-Übungen absolvieren.
Evil Islands, the curse of the lost souls claims to be a mix between a RPG and a RTS. Let's see if they succeeded?
Game Over Online
Usually when I install a RPG on my computer, I end up playing it twice. That's because -- again usually -- there are enough choices that could be made differently to make a second trip worthwhile. But not so with Evil Islands. The world is fixed, the quests are fixed, the encounters are fixed, and I don't think I'd make any significant changes in how I built up my character. Plus, the ending to the game was amazingly quick and unsatisfying, and so, taken as a whole, the Evil Islands experience isn't something I'd have any enthusiasm for going through again, or even trying in something like multiplayer mode. So if Nival Interactive was hoping for its game to carve a niche for itself in the RPG genre, I think it missed somewhat badly. The Rage of Mages games were better.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Every so often, a classic story is remade, and all too often the results are disappointing. EVIL ISLANDS is another in a long line of games to use the same dog-eared script, but it redeems itself with entertaining characters, intricate subplots, and an attractive landscape. While the ending might seem an insufficient reward for the journey (EVIL ISLANDS 2 is all but promised in the final cut-scenes), the journey itself is its own reward. EVIL ISLANDS is not what I would call immersive, hut it is a challenging game that earns every dollar spent on it.
Game Informer Magazine
The main character in Evil Islands is absolutely horrible, as are most of the graphics, but I did find this game mildly entertaining. The quests are pretty interesting, and it takes a fair amount of exploration to find the right solution. Not a bad adventure in the Diablo vein.
Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul is one of those rare games that manages to add up to more than the sum of its parts. Although veteran role-playing gamers will immediately recognize that virtually everything in Evil Islands has been done before in some form--many times before, in fact--they'll still spend untold hours in an eye-glazed stupor with the game, striving to finish just one more quest. Because, for all its flaws, few games manage to resuscitate a tired formula as well as Evil Islands does. While it's true that the designers at Nival Interactive borrowed a lot of elements from games like Blizzard's Diablo, they've also apparently understood that being derivative doesn't have to be a bad thing for an action-packed role-playing game.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
As stated at the outset, Evil Islands does not present a very novel gameplay experience. In addition, there are significant drawbacks in its single-player and multiplayer gameplay and its vocal effects. But the excellent polish of the overall product, with particularly strong graphics, music, and artificial intelligence, makes it more than worth a look. For those out there who want a role-playing game with a little strategy and stealth, and a lot of monsters to battle, you may have found exactly what you are craving.
Près du village de Gipath, troll, orques, gobelins et brigands se multiplient empêchant les villageois de continuer leurs habitudes. On leur a prédit qu’un homme arrivera près des ruines. Il viendra combattre les forces du mal qui menacent le village.
GameStar (Germany)
Natürlich räumen Sie auch in Nivals Monsterhatz nur die Karte leer, aber das immerhin mit Stil: Für das Plus an Anspruch sorgen taktisches Teamwork und der clevere Ausrüstungs-Baukasten. Feine Sache, würde sich Evil Islands nicht in den Fallstricken der eigenen Komplexität verheddern. Inmitten der Hardcore-Spezialisierung sind Sie allein gelassen, die Charakterverwaltung ist eine Wissenschaft. Überflüssige Design-Mätzchen (auf Körperteile zu zielen ist weitgehend sinnfrei) und grobe Patzer (auf mein Inventar kann ich nur im Dorf zugreifen – was soll das?) wären noch verzeihlich, der unmenschliche Schwierigkeitsgrad ist es nicht. Wenn ein Patch kommt, sollten Profis reinschnuppern; alle anderen spielen weiter Diablo 2.
Un soft qui ne va pas au bout de ses ambitions alors qu'il se voulait porteur de quelques innovations. Il n'en demeure pas moins un jeu de rôle sympathique et sans prétention.
Avec Evil Islands, Fishtank Interactive livre ici un bon petit jeu de rôles, qui ne prétend aucunement concurrencer un Baldur's Gate II : Shadows of Amn, mais doté d'une réalisation soignée et d'un solide gameplay (combats, interface pratique, temps réel). Evidemment, le scénario pèche un peu par son manque d'innovation (bah, si on ne fait pas ça, on avance pas !). Cependant, l'environnement aidant, on plonge assez facilement dans cette aventure heroic-fantasy sur trois îles avec la ferme intention d'en venir à bout. Un titre à découvrir pour tous les amateurs.
Game Informer Magazine
I think Evil Islands is an innovative game that just came up too short on the gameplay side of things for me to be as forgiving as I may have wanted. If it were possible to rent PC games, I might suggest giving it a try. However, since that’s not possible, I’d wait until this one is in a bargain bin somewhere. It shouldn’t be too long.
Electric Playground
While not revolutionary, Evil Islands proves to be a fun fantasy romp that should satisfy the RPG lite crowd. Let's face it, there certainly isn't a shortage of role-playing games (RPGs) these days (regardless of platform), so it's becoming increasingly difficult for one product to stand out from the rest. And while today's game in question does fail to stand out from other action/RPG clickfests such as Diablo and its many clones, at the same time, it successfully manages to draw players into a deep fantasy world for hours on end.