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PS4 Game Review

Doodle God: Evolution


Format: PS4
Publisher: Joybits Limited
Developer: Joybits Limited
RRP: £7.99
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Age Restrictions: 12+
Release Date: 15 October 2020

Become your own god as you mix and match different combinations of elements to create new items which can then be combined with other items to create even more complex elements as you create your world. Build an entire civilization and re-create the evolution of the animal world. Of course, the universe was not created in a day, a long journey full of joy and creative torments awaits you. Every time you successfully create a new item you’ll be rewarded with an interesting scientific fact or wit and wisdom of some of the greatest philosophers and comedians of all time. But beware, the power of creation may have unintended consequences, inventing the wheel might just trigger a zombie plague! Unleash your inner god...

Review imageDoodle God: Evolution is a new edition of the well-known game that includes not only the classic Doodle God, but Doodle Farm as well. And now, not only fire, earth, water and air but also plankton, mammals or birds will be at your disposal.

You start the game with fire, earth, water and air and by combining these elements you create new ones. You'll need to discover certain elements before you can progress onto more creative ones. So, for example, you'll need to create "life" before you can then go on to slowly start mixing elements to bring forth lots of basic lifeforms, before slowly building up to mammals and bird species.

This is one of those games you're going to love for its originality and creative aspects, or completely not get on with at all. At its most basic level it's a game where you combine items to create new items... and... well, that's pretty much it.

Review imageI couldn't help feeling that this game would have worked rather well in VR. Your planet is in front of you (like a lot of planet based strategy games eg O! My Genesis, Tethered) and it would have been more immersive if you could reach out and zoom in and out of areas to see what the elements look like close up.

The nature of the game means that it gets both repetitive and frustrating really quickly. There are hints which can be unlocked, but to be honest if you get really stuck there are plenty of online resources to help you muddle through.

Review imageThere is an element (oops! No pun intended) of satisfaction when you create a new element, but keeping track of them and trying to mix these with other older elements feels like too much of a grind. There are achievements that bring rewards, so it's worth looking out for those and then thinking about what elements you think would work together to create the element you need to create.

In small, bite-sized chunks, this can be challenging and fun. However, it's not really the sort of game you can sit and play solidly for hours and hours at a time.


Darren Rea

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