Preview | Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder
Back in 2013, a developer known as Shiro Games released a rather humorous role-playing game known as Evoland. This RPG was well received, prompting Shiro Games to create a sequel that launches on August 25, 2015. This sequel, titled Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder, is much larger in scope than the original game, featuring elements from nearly every game genre you can imagine and even some references to iconic moments in popular franchises.
We recently had the opportunity to preview the game, and our first impression is definitely positive overall. It features the same humorous approach that its predecessor did, however it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone game, for those who may have missed out on the original title.
Evoland 2 places you in the role of a silent protagonist who must figure out how to protect the world. In order to do so, he’ll be hopping throughout time, attempting to piece together clues from past, present, and future, in order to determine what, exactly, is going on, and how he and his friends will be able to stop it.
This time travel idea is used quite nicely, adjusting how the graphics in your game will look as you visit each point in time. It is also used well in terms of story, with Evoland 2 crafting an interesting storyline filled with fun characters. Of course, even though the mechanic itself is quite interesting and creates a good story, perhaps the most intriguing bit of the game comes in the many, many genres it pays homage to.
Throughout the course of Evoland 2, you’ll find yourself in an Action RPG, a fighting game, a platformer, and many, many others. You may be reading this and wondering how, exactly, one game could possibly be good while containing so many, worried that it’s spreading itself far too thin. It’s an understandable worry, but from what we’ve played, it’s a worry that you can lay to rest. Each of these genres feel as polished as the last, and the mix, rather than feeling like a “Spread too thin” affair, actually work to keep any gameplay element from feeling old too quickly.
While in the game’s RPG style, you’ll be wandering around a map with a small group of friends. Each of these friends have their own, unique abilities, and will be useful (and, in some cases, required) to proceed to the next area and defeat powerful foes. These party members also have their own, unique personalities, backed up by interesting backstories.
Overall, Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder seems to perfectly capture the old-school feel of the classic games it references. Modern gamers should be able to enjoy the game a great deal, while Retro purists will likely love the title.
Evoland 2 arrives on PC on August 25, 2015, and will follow soon after on Mac and Linux.