Evolution VR puts you into the role of a creature/cell, eating other competing cells to evolve into the “top of the food chain”. Part of that is gaining new body parts and customizing your look – if you want 4 eyes, you can have ’em. If you want horns around your body, it’s possible. It’s very much like E.V.O. for the SNES or Spore(particularly the 1st part when you are a cell.)
In my play experience, I did the first 3 levels which surprisingly took longer than I expected on a per level basis(I wasn’t taking my time.) The actual controls are fairly simple – move your hand and your fish swims to your hand. You can use your trigger to use an equipped special ability(for instance, dash). Everything felt fluid about playing the game and that is a very good thing for a VR experience. Graphically, the game looked great and the different life forms were brought to life in a cutesy sortof way(VERY much like Spore’s first level.) The audio sounded great and professional also.
As far as gameplay goes, it is “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all”. Not much really changes – yes, some new body parts are introduced but you’re basically doing the same thing over and over. I think a good way to help give a little more personality to the levels is perhaps a “boss fight” or even a storyline. As it is now, you just play until you complete the level (assuming you grow big enough). Surprisingly, I died a few times by underestimating the chomp of a bigger fish but it looks like you just pick up and go again. I don’t think there is a number of set lives you have like a typical arcade game.
Grading Evolution VR on the price of $9.99, I wouldn’t say it is worth it. After 15 minutes, I had honestly seem enough and wasn’t really that interested in playing further. I wouldn’t really call it boring and if I thought there was some interesting changes to gameplay/bosses, It’d be more tempting to continue. It’s still a better game/value than some of the $20+ games so I can’t knock it too much more than saying – if you can share the experience or perhaps have a kid who would like to play longer – it might be your thing. As an adult, playing alone, it’s not that great for a challenge or stimulation besides the visuals.
Evolution VR - The Good
- Controls feel natural and intuitive
- Variety of cute spore-like creatures
- Music and sound fits
- Visually looks great
Evolution VR - The Bad
- No Challenge
- Not much to look forward to