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The storyline of E.V.O.: Search for Eden follows the same patterns as modern Evolution theories. The players first controls a prehistoric sea organism, and fights to gain evolution points with which he can improve his fish's body parts and upgrade his attack/defense abilities. The gameplay is not completely linear, which means that certain choices of paths and stages will affect the player's success.

The game is composed of a series of stages, in which the sea organism slowly evolves into an amphibian, and later a land-only creature. The physical changes are fairly scientifically accurate which gives the game a semi-educational purpose as well.

E.V.O.: Search for Eden is based on the Japan-only computer game 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinkaron. While the basic premise of the game is the same, there are significant changes in gameplay and the layout of the game world.

In the computer release, the battles against other creatures were turn-based; here, the combat is real time, which effectively turns this version into an action RPG. The stages, while retaining similar themes, have a completely different layout. Side-scrolling view prevails over the original's top-down perspective. There are also boss battles that were absent in the original version.

Character building ("evolution") is also different. Instead of distributing evolution points into four parameters, the player now basically "buys" upgrades, which have a fixed "price". The player is able to acquire such upgrades for the creature's body parts (jaws, neck, body, etc.), raising their parameters and becoming stronger.

Story elements, friendly characters (NPCs), and quest-based structure that characterized the original game have been reduced and/or omitted in this release.


E.V.O.: Search for Eden SNES No man will stand against my power
E.V.O.: Search for Eden SNES After transformation, warp to next area
E.V.O.: Search for Eden SNES Title Screen
E.V.O.: Search for Eden SNES Proud to be an amphibian

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Alternate Titles

  • "46億年物語 はるかなるエデンへ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "EVO" -- Shortened, alternate spelling title
  • "46 Okunen Monogatari ~Harukanaru Eden E~" -- Japanese title

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A grindy, controversial cartoon survival George Constantinoff (28) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A blend between an original side-scroller and a boring biology class. Pwa (374) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) Sep, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Apr, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Retrogaming History Jun 06, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Sep, 1993 78 out of 100 78
RPGFan Dec 13, 1998 75 out of 100 75 Feb 17, 2012 14 out of 20 70
SUPER-NES.COM 2008 7 out of 10 70
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) May 01, 2013 5 out of 10 50
Super Play (UK) Nov, 1993 47 out of 100 47


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Pwa (374) added E.V.O.: Search for Eden (SNES) on Aug 15, 2003