Gameplay - 7.6
Lifespan - 8
Freeness - 6
(R)evolve is simple but has a lot of potential for varied gameplay. If you can stomach the ads, you'll be able to enjoy the great replay value of this game.
(R)evolve is a game where you need to nurture your planet’s plants by simply letting them grow over time. Also, you’ll have to protect them from the constant barrage of meteors that fly towards you from every angle.
Like Super Hexagon, you rotate a small, circular object in the center of the screen by touching either the left half or the right half of the screen. You choose where your first plant will go then rotate the planet in order to avoid letting the plant get hit by incoming meteors.
As your plants grow, they gain new powers, like sprouting an alien who randomly shoots into space, possibly protecting the nearby plant if you get your timing right. This alien doesn’t really help too much, as the timing of the shots very rarely matches up with the incoming meteors and honestly it’s just easier to play knowing you have to avoid the rocks, not wait for your alien to shoot.
The game does get progressively harder and doesn’t shy away from forcing you to restart over and over. The only bad part about restarting is that you have to watch an ad before you get back to the menu and the ads can be thirty seconds long at times.
Other than the restart ads, the menus have a constant banner ad at the bottom, although this doesn’t distract too much from the game. You can unlock the ad-free version for a small fee.
Overall, (R)evolve has a lot of replay value. Seeing as how your plant evolves and how each wave of meteors offers you the opportunity to plant another inhabitant so that you don’t put all your eggs in one basket, there are a number of strategies you can try to get further into the game. Prepare to be frustrated though, as the difficulty ramps up quickly as you go forward.
(R)evolve is available on iOS.