MSRP: $6.99 / $2.99 (mobile)
Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
For me, Evolution Planet: Gold Edition is yet another case of a game that ends up being disappointing, not because of any actual flaw with the game, but because the developers make a concerted effort to misrepresent it. Instead of focusing on the match-3 to combine gameplay, they trumpet the idea of the game being focused on tactical evolution decisions.
Spoiler: You put three identical creatures next to each other on the board, and they evolve. The only decisions you’ll be making is where to place the puzzle pieces.
Having played a lot of Triple Town, I wasn’t unfamiliar with the idea. However, the goal-oriented campaign mode is a nice variation on the theme. I wasn’t a huge fan of the game placing random pieces on the board during the levels, but it does add another layer of strategy and a requirement for quick thinking, rather than relying solely on the strength of your own planning, so for a certain type of player, it could feel like an improvement.
In some levels, you will have enemies to conquer, and having the proper evolution next to an enemy will remove them from the board. The instructions are clear, and once you complete the first map, you then open up the option for endless survival-style play. The most unfortunate part for me is that, if I wasn’t such a fan of Triple Town, I might have really enjoyed Evolution Planet: Gold Edition. Instead, I just found myself constantly comparing the two, and I found Evolution Planet less compelling.