Review Evolution: Battle for Utopia
When strategy and action combine
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 16 May 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Combat is a bit dull, interesting story
The gameplay could have been better
Evolution: Battle for Utopia has taken inspiration from old-school strategy games and adds a quite a few elements from action games. It takes as much as it can from both worlds in order to create a fun and exciting game.
The game revolves around an interesting story, inter-cut by some visually impressive cinematic scenes that work to further immerse the user in the world. The strategy aspect of the game is a mix of tycoon and retro strategy games. The overall product of this mix is an interesting experience that you can enjoy without needed to be a heavy gamer to get into. You set up your base and defend it while completing objectives and searching for new resources around the map. The action phases of the game are an interesting touch. You get a close up view of the battlefield and are able to issue orders to your units, directing them to attack, defend or use their gear. Tactics are employed by using swipes, for example swiping down while in combat orders a character to enter defensive mode.
The graphics vary quite a bit. Cinematic scenes are beautiful and detailed, with impressive visual effects. On the other hand the graphics in the strategy phase are reminiscent of retro pc games, such as command and conquer games. In the action phase the things look a lot better. Characters are detailed and the environment looks decent.
Overall Evolution: Battle for Utopia is a decent game that employs great elements from both genres. It would have been nice if you could use assume direct control in combat, making action phases more interesting than the current auto-attack style. Even so the game delivers a solid experience and is worth playing if you enjoy sci-fi games.