A Lesson in Gaming Evolution: The Backlog Report

Take a trip through a short story of adventure video games evolution with Evoland by Shiro Games. Evoland is not so much a riff on the nostalgia kick as much as it is an homage to the origin of the adventure game genre. It playfully pokes fun at tropes from mainstream series’ such as Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. As the game progresses, newer and newer elements are added that mirror the same elements added to classic adventure games as they were given sequels and remakes. While a short game, Evoland has a lot of charm and seeing a chest on the path doesn’t lead to wondering what spoils are inside, but rather what new mechanics will be unlocked. While this concept seems fantastic, its execution may be the fatal flaw of Evoland.