Articles/Game Reviews/SNES (Super Nintendo)/EVO: Search For Eden (1993)

EVO: Search For Eden is a classic game that was released for the Super Nintendo in the early 1990s. It was developed by Enix and quickly became a classic in gaming history.

The basis of the game is that you must travel through the various stages of evolution. You start out as a fish and end the game as a human or other hominid. Since you are always the most advanced creature, you trigger the evolutionary processes yourself. For example, in the water world you must kill a giant shark that is bullying the lesser evolved creatures and keeping them away from land.

Each major stage of the evolutionary process is considered a stage in the game. For example, there is a fish stage, amphibian stage, rodent stage, etc. Each stage has an overhead map with various areas that you can visit as you progress in your journey.

This is more of an action game than anything since you are required to attack other creatures and eat the resulting meat in order to gain evolutionary points. There are no special "moves" since you can only attack and jump. This makes the game pretty easy to learn.

You start each stage with the base body for your given creature. However, as you gain EVO points you can upgrade parts of your body to improve your speed, attack power, hit points, and armor. You must make sacrifices in this area since hit points come at the cost of speed.

The graphics in this game are not anything special in particular. They certainly are not terrible, but they are about average for the Super Nintendo console system. Animations are nice and smooth, but don't expect any amazing special effects.

The sound is pretty good for this game. The music is nice happy synth melodies, although they don't seem to match the game all that well. The game also features nice chomping sounds and other effects when you attack other creatures.

All in all, this is one of my favorite games for the SNES. It is a lot of fun upgrading your creature, but the gameplay can get somewhat repetitive if you find yourself attacking the same creatures over and over to get EVO points. I also have to give the game kudos for teaching the theoretical evolutionary process in such an accessible manner. Although you will have trouble finding this game in stores or online, you can always download the ROM image and emulate it.