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Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.1
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.2
Effectiveness How effective the educational game is when it comes to teaching (does the player actually learn anything, etc.) 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.1


The Press Says

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PC Jeux
Parlerons-nous de "Evolution-like" ? En tout cas, il existe donc des jeux éducatifs passionnants et originaux.
81
Power Play
Zwei Dinge haben mich an Maxis‘ „Sim Earth“ gestört: Zum einen zerbröselten die Kontinentalmassen viel zu schnell, zum anderen fehlte irgendwie der Anreiz durch Konkurrenz. Beides ist hier bestens gelöst, und wenn es auch ein sehr starres Entwicklungsmodell gibt, so führt doch gerade diese Beschränkung zum launigen „Malefiz“-Effekt — gerne blockt man seine Gegner ab, indem man Schlüsselpositionen auf dem Evolutions-Stammbaum besetzt, noch lieber hetzt man sein Raubzeugs auf eben diese feindlichen Blocker, wenn man ins Hintertreffen gerät. „Evolution“ spielt optisch sicherlich keine bedeutende Rolle. und manchmal erweist es sich in der Hitze des Gefechts als umständlich, an benötigte Infos zu kommen. Und gerade das wäre einfach zu lösen gewesen; die Programmierer hätten nur den Zugang zu den mitgelieferten Datenbanken erlauben müssen, während das Spiel pausiert. Aber sonst ein echter Überraschungsknüller!
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Electric Games
Evolution is a very intriguing game. It's educational and fun to play. You'll learn to care about your species as you nurture them on their path. The game is laid out well, but the interface issues can be really annoying, especially when a tweak you wanted to perform gets forgotten because the window closed without your permission or something "more immediate" occurred. Affecting your species evolutionary path is simple, and could have used more options. Nonetheless, Evolution is simple to learn and fun to play. But it could have been so much more. Bottom Line: Solid strategy game, fun to play, educational, and interesting. Controlling your species is a bit overly simplistic, the game could have provided more options available for you to choose from. Interface could have been more refined.
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Computer Games Magazine
In the end these complaints don't seem that compelling, especially after several days of playing "just a little longer" resulting in that 4 a.m. "My God! That clock's got to be wrong!" Needless to say, this game is quite addictive. For an educational game that really gives you a sense of how this world could have evolved, Evolution is definitely worth a look. If you don't agree, complain to my velociraptor.
65
Gamesmania
Für angehende Biologen der Sorte "ich brauche meinen Computer ja eigentlich nur zum Schreiben" ist eine nette Auflockerung zwischen zwei Praktikumsprotokollen. Bei allen anderen dürfte sich die Begeisterung wohl aufgrund der Komplexität und des trockenen Gameplays in Grenzen halten. Für thematisch Interessierte jedoch unbedingt einen Blick wert.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Evolution is not a game that everyone is going to enjoy. I think that it is a really solid title for what it tries to accomplish, despite some shortcomings. As a real-time strategy game it provides average entertainment value when compared to the rest of the market. However, the style of play it offers is rather unique and once you get into it, it's fun to play. To me, it seems like one of those titles that people will either enjoy or find really boring. It's a strategy title that requires patience, an interest in the subject, and an ability to grasp the concepts that allow one to be successful in planning instead of simply playing and reacting. Some of the issues I raised above keep this title from appealing to a broader segment of the market.
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PC Player (Germany)
Zu viele überflüssige Menüs, deren relevante Informationen besser präsentiert werden könnten, verärgern den Spieler. Aufzupassen, daß alle Tiere im ergiebigsten Futtergebiet herumstreunen, während man auf die Entwicklung neuer Arten wartet, ist auf die Dauer zu wenig spektakulär. Es gibt spannendere Beschäftigungen, etwa die Geranienzucht.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
What EVOLUTION needs most is an injection of fun. Sure, herding an Ornithosuchus next to a Lystrosaurus to make room for the Zalambdalestes and Rhamphorhynchus is cool, but it gets tiresome after a while. The evolutionary strategy that the game requires just isn't exciting enough. Unless you find paleontology and zoology fascinating, you'll probably agree that EVOLUTION is for the birds.