Geek and Alternative Pop Culture

Play This Game: April 13 Edition

Evoland 2There are so many great video games out there and some of them don’t get the credit they deserve. Some are made by very small teams and get lost in the sea of titles. Some may be made by large groups just to be pushed out the door with no support. Some are made in a weekend while others take years. Whatever the case may be, you need to play this game.

Evoland was the winner Ludum Dare #24. Ludum Dare is a semi-monthly contest that’s been going on for over a decade where small teams, or solo developers have one weekend to make a game that fits within the theme of the competition. In October of last year, the theme was Evolution.


Evoland 3“Evoland is a game and a story. The story of action adventure gaming as seen in the Zelda or Final Fantasy series, starting with the early age of action RPGs, when a few pixels were enough to make us dream for hours. New players will discover a bit of video game history and a very fun gameplay, and veterans will also enjoy a host of references to legendary titles scattered along the game.
Evoland Classic was originally created by Nicolas Cannasse for a Ludum Dare competition in about 30 hours. Turns out the game won the first place (out of around 1400 games) and quickly reached over 300,000 players within a couple of months.
With such a great feedback from our community and given our love for the original concept, we decided that Shiro Games should work on a bigger and more refined version of the game.


Evoland is as much a history lesson as it is a game. As you progress through the game, you flow through the history of the genre. Each treasure chest you find unlocks new game mechanics, color pallets, and other surprises.

Evoland 1The original Evoland can be played for free at the games’ site. You should also return to Popcults shortly to get the full review real soon.

Evoland can be found on Steam and GOG where it is sitting at the top of the charts.

About Daniel Shatto


Daniel Shatto was always a gamer. He grew up stomping Koopa Troopers with Mario in the Mushroom Kingdom, shooting down wild robots in Robot City with Megaman, and exploring the fields of Hyrule with Link. After several years of being way too busy, Daniel is currently on a quest to catch up on years of role playing games.

2 comments

  1. I’ve been playing this game on GOG for a week and I am absolutely in love with it. It is such a great game. And a good time killer too. Too bad it isn’t for something like the Vita as well.

    • Yeah. while the Vita doesn’t have many killer apps, it does have such a giant library of re-releases and it’s growing. Terraria, Rainbow moon, Llimbo, and many others are still to come.

      I’d remember more, but I just woke up and my mind is not quite there yet…

Leave a Reply