A playthrough of Enix’s 1993 action-RPG for the Super Nintendo, E.V.O.: Search For Eden.
Way back in 1993 when Evo came out, I *really* wanted to play it. The magazine reviews were pretty positive, and it looked so different from all the other games out there. Alas, this was another one of those titles that I never even stumbled across in stores, and it was several years later before I got the chance to play it.
It is also the direct sequel to a Japanese-only PC game. You can find my playthrough of that one – in English – here: https://youtu.be/Ym9YkH8xciE
EVO, as the title would imply, is all about evolution. It’s an action RPG that takes place across billions of years of Earth history, and it challenges you, a lowly fish, to travel the evolutionary trail with the goal of eventually becoming the dominant species. If you can do this, Gaia (the daughter of the sun, I think?) will accept you into Eden as an equal, and I bet you can guess what that means 😉 If you can’t hack it, get ready to become extinct.
It’s mainly an action-platformer, but you can upgrade different body parts at will, and you will evolve into creation with more and more potential as you make your way through Earth’s history. It’s a super creative idea, and allows you to take quite a bit of ownership over how you play. The platforming is a bit clunky, but the overall appeal of getting to evolve helps ease that, and really – who would’ve thought Spore had been beaten to the punch by so many years?
If you like the offbeat and quirky stuff, this is an excellent choice – ludicrously expensive though it may be.
No cheats were used during the recording of this video.
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