In 1993, E.V.O.: Search for Eden was released for the Super Nintendo in North America. The action platform game is all about evolution and is a spiritual sequel to 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinka Ron, a more darker, more story-driven role-playing game from Enix. However, 46 Okunen Monogatari: The Shinka Ron (translated as 4.6 Billion Year Story: The Theory of Evolution) was only released in Japan on NEC’s PC-98 computer series in 1990. That was until now, as the game has been translated into English and released under the name of E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution.
Both E.V.O. games involve evolution as a main aspect of the game, but E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution is a turn-based role-playing game. Here, the player initially takes on the form of a primitive fish who is blamed for a hostile light that inflicts illness on other fish. Kicked out of the safe realm and into the hostile open sea, the player must evolve or die. The majority of the creatures in the game are based on life forms in prehistoric Earth and come with an encyclopedic entry that gives a bio description of them. Evolution of the player’s creature can be different each time with them evolving into known or even imaginary creatures.
The translation is a result of over 12 months work by the 46 Okumen team. The game is 100% English translated and comes with xdelta patches for three formats (FDI, HDI, and HDM). E.V.O.: The Theory of Evolution has been tested on anex86, Neko Project II (np2.exe, np21.exe), and real hardware. However, due to the PC-98 emulation–which is, apparently, not perfect–the translation team recommends playing the game with Neko Project II (np2fmgen).
The translation can be downloaded from 46okumen’s website, via three download options: complete package (translation patch & manual), translation patch only, and manual only.