Video Game: E.V.O.: Search for Eden
About 4.6 billion years ago, the "Sun" had nine smaller stars and named the third one "Gaia". The Sun:
My dear Gaia! Please listen to me. From this time forward, every 1 billion years, you will have children called "Life". One of them will be able to help you to build a new era. Each child will must endure a difficult trial. You might think it's too severe, but it is necessary. The trial is a test of Nature: "The survival of the fittest". If he passes, I will allow him to be your partner and to enter Eden.
A very unusual and highly obscure Action RPG
for the PC98
and SNES, in which you play a creature which evolves
in order to survive the dangerous prehistoric world and eventually to join Gaia, a personification of Earth, in Eden. However the evolutionary process has been disrupted, and it is slowly revealed that there is an overwhelming force behind this.
The game received little attention upon its release, but has since become a cult classic and a pioneer of the evolution gaming genre. It is noted for its unique gameplay system, sprawling world and its epic, eon-spanning scale.
It was developed by a small company called Almanic
, under the publishing of Enix
Has a developing character sheet.
Please contribute, especially if you've played the original.
Tropes related to the original PC-9801 game:
- Atlantis: A visitable location during Chapter 5, which is shown to be a Lunarian colony. Their current target is the continent of Mu, also a Lunarian colony.
- BFG : The Orihalcum cannons.
- Boring but Practical: Throwing rocks at your opponents does a surprisingly high amount of damage.
- Cast From HP: To use the higher end techniques.
- Evil Laugh: The Big Bad does it a few times but a noteworthy one is when it's done so, as meteors fall down on the Earth and she says, "Have you seen my power Gaia? Life on this planet has ended!"
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Is seeing small dinosaurs being swallowed by carnivorous plants bad enough for you? How about seeing dead dinosaurs with blood coming out of their eyes?
- Kaiju: One of the bad endings has you evolved into this.
- Multiple Endings: The game has a couple of bad endings that are usually achieved by making "wrong" evolution choice. It's not too hard to figure how to trigger them. Some others are triggered by making wrong choices in the game.
- One-Winged Angel: Lucifer has one and it's quite ugly, like her favorite one has her flesh melted off. Taken at a whole new level at the end of the game where she pops out of the moon, breaking at least a quarter of it.
- Satan: In this game, we have Lucifer, who for some reason bears some resemblance to Marilyn Monroe.
- Stylistic Suck: The images for the bad endings are not as detailed as the one used for the story scenes in the game. Probably justified as those endings are Played for Laughs. Usually.