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This is a niche game that will appeal to certain types of people, but you do not have to be a chemist to understand and (potentially) enjoy it. For reference, I don't have any chemistry training outside of what was required for a basic college education, but I am comfortable reading STEM topics just enough to get the gist of things. So STEM hobbyists who enjoy learning new things would likely get the most out of this game.
Idle Evolution is an incremental grinder to be played casually while you work, study or do other stuff. It follows the path from abiogenesis to the modern day, and you're accruing atoms as your currency to purchase elements for upgrades and unlocks. Progression is by unlocking the full periodic table of elements for use and making your way through all the geologic eras of Earth.
As the name implies, it offers idle progression both online and offline, and at points even requires you to be offline. It has an auto-save feature that saves your progress at 1 minute intervals and uses Steam Cloud.
There are lots of ‘quests’ to complete for each level, along with minigames, knowledge quizzes, collections, and achievement goalposts. The game will frequently provide you with direct links to Wikipedia pages of relevant information so that you can research what’s needed for the task at hand, so if a bit of light research doesn’t juice you then this is not a game for you.
I ran the game in a small window on my laptop and had no performance issues on an average Win10/i7/Nvidia system. I do wish it had the option to mute the game while in the background, but you can just shut the sound off if you don’t want notification beeps.
It’s not the prettiest game to look at, but that’s not what we’re expecting on a nerdy science game right? The UI is serviceable and suits the theme. There’s enough depth here to keep you playing for a little while if you want to go for 100% achievement completion. It felt like the pacing was good and none of the game’s systems came across as arbitrary bloat. There’s always something to tinker with when playing actively.
No it’s not free to play like many idlers, but there’s no microtransactions here and it’s cheap. For the summer sale price I paid for this, I feel I more than got my money’s worth of play.
P.S. that level 17 tho
P.P.S. Considering how science-based the main game is, the end cinematic gets a bit weird and seems to address post-biological evolution in an oddly cartoonish way.