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Developer(s) Computer Artworks Ltd.
Publisher(s) Interplay Entertainment
Engine A-Life
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) June 1, 2000
Genre(s) Action, Biopunk
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Evolva is a third-person action game, released in 2000. The player leads a team of 4 "GenoHunters" exploring a planet; each of the GenoHunters can develop new abilities by incorporating and altering the DNA they've absorbed from the creatures they have killed. The GenoHunters will change their physical appearance (change colors, develop spikes or horns) based on the DNA they've used to mutate themselves. Your Genohunters can punch, jump, super jump, breathe fire, vomit flammable liquids, shoot explosives, scramble enemies brains and spawn small alien offspring that injure enemies.

The game has 12 large, linear levels populated with alien insect-like creatures known as the "parasite guardians". There are different types of these alien creatures. In some of the levels there are "Bosses" at the end which your team of genohunters must defeat.


The game was praised by critics as very innovative, without any major criticisms, other than the high hardware requirements (for the time) and weak multiplayer support.


  • GameSpy 78/100[1]
  • GameSpot 7.3/10[2]
  • Game Revolution B+[3]
  • WomenGamers.Com 7.6/10[4]


  • Interplay repeatedly advertised prior to the game's release that there are over 1 billion possible variations on the basic genohunter.


  1. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2008-03-14. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  2. ^ June 7, 2000 7:50PM PDT (2000-06-01). "Evolva Review". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Evolva Review". Gamerevolution.com. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  4. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2009-05-01. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 

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