Evolva

Moby ID: 2463

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Evolva is a third-person action game with a difference. After a bizarre biological menace falls on an alien world and sends out massive tendrils to infest the planet with its evil spore, four genetically mutable warriors called GenoHunters are sent in to destroy the infestation before it can spread to other worlds.

You can constantly develop the individual abilities of your four warriors by altering their DNA from the foes they have killed. e.g. kill a frog creature or a striding bird, and the GenoHunters can evolve the abilities of jumping higher and running faster.

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  • Evolva: Риск заражения - Russian spelling

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Average score: 78% (based on 27 ratings)

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Average score: 3.2 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 1 reviews)

Offbeat game that does allot of things right

The Good
Interesting premise. Being able to mutate your squad as you like to solve puzzles and fight monsters is allot of fun. There are so many combinations to chose from that you will never run out. There is also excellent AI for your mutants and very nice graphics in spite of this being an older game. Boss creatures are cool and challenging.

The Bad
Campaign is only 12 missions long and is linear. Although you can go through it again with other mutations, more missions or an expansion would have given it more legs.

The Bottom Line
Evolva is a squad-based combat/puzzle game. You land on a planet infested with genetically altered monsters and attempt to take it back. The only weapons and powers that you can use you have to absorb from the animals you kill. After killing one your squad absorbs its genes. You then can go to the mutate screen and change your squad as desired.The manual says there are over one million combinations! You have to mutate correctly to solve puzzles too. Like being able to jump farther and break barriers. You control any one of your four mutants in your squad and the others are controlled by the AI. I was impressed by the AIs ability both in battle and in its path-finding. It knows when to switch attacks, and will retreat when the odds are bad. A good offbeat game that now can be found for a few bucks.

Windows · by Peter Harband (4) · 2004

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OEM release

The full version of the game was included with Creative's 3D Blaster GeForce as part of the package to show off the GPU's capabilities. However, the game was nearly unplayable due to many graphic glitches, until newer driver updates.

Variations

Interplay repeatedly advertised prior to the game's release that there are over one billion possible variations on the basic genohunter. Impressive, there's no way to prove it, but impressive.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Best Game with the Worst Name

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Game added by Andrew Hartnett.

Additional contributors: Stratege, Patrick Bregger.

Game added October 1st, 2000. Last modified August 27th, 2023.