Evolva sends you on a mission to save planets from a deadly parasite and keeps you glued to your computer. This is a very interesting game with superb graphics and a fast pace. It's an action, adventure, fighting and strategy game all rolled into one!
You're a member of the Evolva and control a group of four Genohunters whose abilities increase from level to level, mainly by absorbing the meat of other creatures. For example, when a parasite creature has a new weapon and one of your Genohunters kills it, the Genohunter gains the use of that weapon via absorption. One of the best aspects of the game is your control over how each Genohunter mutates -- each absorption (meat) gains additional mutations. With every mutation, your Genohunter gets stronger in some areas but weaker in others and it's up to you to decide how it will evolve.
In total, there are 12 planets from which you must eliminate the parasite. Each planet has roughly three regions to explore where you perform separate missions. Control of the Genohunters is important to their survival and often you can command them to perform a task better than if you did it yourself.
The action in Evolva is incredibly fast paced at times. The game has a tendency to slow down due to the sheer number of attacking parasite creatures but this normally occurs only when there are a great number of things happening at once. For the most part, though, control is very precise and action is hectic as you try to maneuver your Genohunter to destroy the parasites and save the indigenous life.
Weapons in Evolva are very interesting. You begin the game with just the Genohunter's fists and then, with each parasite you destroy, acquire new weapons of varying strength, such as a flamethrower and rock shooter.
Although each new planet has many different twists and turns, they appear to be the same world. This is not a major problem but it does tend to get a bit repetitive as the game progresses. With different weaponry, skills, armor and enemies, Evolva will not disappoint anyone. The game is good for a wide variety of audiences. If you're one who remembers and enjoys the Super Metroid video game, you should pick this one up. The gameplay is very much like a Metroid game but in 3D with excellent speed and plenty of interesting creatures.
A strong point of Evolva is the quality of the environments created by Interplay. The sense that you're on another planet is apparent and adds to the enjoyment of the game. I'd recommend this game to just about anyone as, overall, Evolva is a good, solid game that will provide many hours of enjoyment.
Graphics: The graphics are not incredibly detailed but at the same time they're very good. When your Genohunter mutates, you see an obvious change, including an new weapons.
Sound: Sound effects for the flame weapons are excellent and everything else fits the game nicely. The soundtrack is halfway spooky and doesn't overpower the game.
Enjoyment: Evolva is very enjoyable and will not lose your interest. Parts of the game can be tricky but once you get past certain points you keep playing to see what's going to happen next.
Replay Value: Since you can change the evolution of your Genohunters, every game will be different and no two worlds will be alike. It may be boring to go back to hand-to-hand combat (the beginning) after acquiring all the weaponry the game offers.
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