For those reading one of my SNES review blogs for the first time, here is the basic concept:
"While the SNES was a constant presence in my childhood, I never had a large collection of games for it. In fact, many of the games I played I still don't know the names of. It wasn't until I say the uproar over Breath of Fire 6 that I knew I played Breath of Fire 1 in the SNES.
After reading the excellent top 100 SNES games list by IGN:
I decided to go back and play those 100 games and review them. Well, as I looked closer at the list, I realized that there are many genres that did not age well from the SNES (racing, sports) and many other genres that I am simply not good at (shmups, arcade shooters) and others that I need other players to play against for an accurate representation (fighters). Also, I played many of the more well known games such as Final Fantasy and Super Metroid."
We finished with the legacy reviews, so we are beginning with the reviews after my hiatus. Please feel free to give me advise on my reviews, as I always look for improvement.
Also, here are a number of extra rules for Destructoid:
-If you have any suggestion of a game that is not in the IGN list that I should review, please suggest it.
-Make a bet on each game to check whether Chris Charter played it or not.
Without further ado, here is:
42- E.V.O. Search for Eden:
Genre: Action Platformer.
"Protect Earth's beauty"
With such a noble goal in mind, it is a shame EVO does not enforce the sentiment by actually providing a beautiful world to protect. Instead, it offers barren and mostly repetitive levels with the laziest of SNES backgrounds I ever encountered. In fact, the entire background visual design is one of the worst I seen.
It is a testament to the sprite-work then that the game's graphics does not end as a complete disaster. With imaginative sprite design, and different personalities conveyed through the sprites animation and visual ticks. Each of the creatures you encounter, and those you evolve into yourself have a unique visual flair. Through their menacing predatory grins, or through their lazy eating animation, you know exactly what you are dealing with.
In the game's best graphical set-pieces, the game's sprites manages to cover up the sloppy background through intelligent artistic vision. With meteor dropping by signalling the extension of the mighty dinosaurs, the enter-wining necks of two of those long necked dinosaurs somehow hides the appalling boredom of the background in the scene.
However, the music department gets no such saving grace. Carrying the obvious distinction of being a low-budget title, the music of the game manages to grate instead of entertain, and is at once alien from the atmosphere of the game. Worse still, it repeats the terrible tunes infinitely while keeping the half decent ones exclusive.
My view of game music is that it adds another dimension to the game. With 2D games the most needing of that extra dimension, we find the tunes with best melodies in the SNES era. Yet, EVO manages to use its musical score not to add to the game, but to actually subtract from it.
Visual Design: +2 Terrible Music: -5 "A different world"
In many ways, EVO is undercooked and perhaps owing to its low budget, underdeveloped. From its very basic backgrounds, to the very rigid menu, the game has many faults. However, its also the first of its type, and it was bold enough to break through new ground.
In equally many ways, EVO is adventurous and unique. Despite the volutinary mechanic not being what it could have been, EVO manages to let you play in land, air, and sea. And if anything, the illusion of controlling your own evolution is enough to sustain the premise of the game.
Interesting Premise +3 In Conclusion:
The SNES was home to many interesting ideas. Many games matured as series's, while others introduced new mechanics and genres. Not all of those game succeeded however, and for many of them, it robbed us of a more polished take on a great idea.
Perhaps a sequel for EVO would have fixed its problems while expanding on its theme. At it is, search for Eden have yet to reach its own Eden. However, it is still a worthwhile search to make.
1- Save for the most expensive evolutions.
2- Heal evolve against bosses.
3- Save evo points to heal-evolve.
4- Be wary of stun-locking.
5- Register a flying evolution to explore vertical levels through green crystals.
6- Horns break, and therefore are useless as an attack.
Talking about games introducing new ideas and genres, the next game in the list introduced a well-respected unique series. Numbering 41, Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen is a unique tactical strategy game that I am looking forward to try.
For Previous SNES game Reviews: The List For More Screenshots: http://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/e-v-o-search-for-eden/screenshots
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