E.V.O.: Search for Eden was a wonderfully original Role-Playing Game back in 1992, when it was first released, and is still quite original now, nearly three decades later.
E.V.O.: Search for Eden is basically the story of the evolution of life on earth, and within which you take the form of various historical creatures – fighting it out for survival, and gaining experience points. And, when you’ve accumulated enough EXP, you can then evolve into something bigger and scarier. Which you ultimately need to do because E.V.O. contains some tough boss fights.
Evolving better jaws or horns, or scaly armour is only half the trick. The other half is knowing how to fight the various other creatures. The boss battles, for example, don’t require you to hit them a lot of times, although getting those hits in does require some degree of strategy. Luring a shark in, so that it hits its face on a cave wall, allowing you to bite it while its stunned, is just one example.
Some people might find E.V.O. a bit boring, but I’m not one of them. I’ve played it and enjoyed it many times over the past thirty years.
I remember playing and reviewing this game back in 1993 and loving it then. Playing E.V.O.: Search for Eden now is still great fun. The atmosphere generated by the game is unique and relaxing, and the action is absorbing. Eating your way up the food chain is a different kind of fun.