Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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On the surface, Evilot looks like a typical Plants vs. Zombies clone. There are certainly echoes here, with Evilot following similar genre trends. However, it manages to stand on its own two feet and offer an experience different enough to be worth checking out.
With a classic clash of good and evil, players control the spookier side of the arrangement, courtesy of Count Dolfus, desperate for a quiet retirement. Following a Lane Defense structure, akin to Plants vs. Zombies, players must defend Dolfus's treasure at all costs against the band of heroes marching their way.
At first, players aren't presented with much of a challenge, which is fortunate given their main form of defense is a humble rat. As time progresses, though, enemies become stronger and so do the defenses available. Skeleton warriors, frogs and wooden barriers quickly have an important role to play. So far, so very much like that other famous Lane Defense game.
Evilot has a neat trick up its sleeve though: the combination of units. Line three units of the same type in a row or column, and they combine into one single, more powerful unit. Combine even more of these superior units together and get an ultimate fighter. It's an important mechanic to learn as it can make all the difference in battle. Similarly, it can wreck a tactic if misplaced and cause the loss of other units in another row or column. Evilot is the kind of game that relies on solving a puzzle, as much as surviving battle, given that many stages require a particular format to be followed.
This all makes Evilot a much more intelligent game than one would think, and quite a challenging one too. What's annoying, given the importance of correct placement, is that there's no undo button or any way of removing an unit once it's been placed. This can prove particularly frustrating during an accidental placement while trying to pick up a new unit card, an unfortunate downside to an otherwise fun game.
Evilot might start out as a seemingly safe clone of a popular title, but it's got more going for it than that and is well worth checking out.