46 OKUNEN MONOGATARI : HARUKANARU EDEN HE
(E. V. O. - Search For Eden)
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46億年物語 ―はるかなるエデンへ―
©1992 Almanic
©1992 Koichi Sugiyama
©1992 Cube
©1992 Enix
Release: 1992-12-21 (¥9600)
Cartridge (Backup Ram) SHVC-46
Action / Adventure game

American Version country
Released in America as
E.V.O - SEARCH FOR EDEN
( SNS-46-USA )
46 Okunen Monogatari (aka E.V.O in the west) is a side-scrolling action/RPG by Almanic Corporation and published by Enix. The goal of the game is to ensure that the primitive animals on Earth evolve and thrive. Each one of the various stages gives the player an evolutionary challenge to fulfill. The player's journey starts in the sea as a simple fish and his first task is to defeat the sharks before moving onto land. There, he soon prevents the sleek insects to take over the reptiles and the same reptiles to take over the mammals. The player's avatar, with the help of the beautiful Gaia (The Earth spirit), evolves into different creatures and eventually reaches the ultimate human form in the Age of Eden. Each incarnated creature wins evolutionary points (AP) by eating other life forms. The precious earned points can then be used to modify parts of the creature's body such as jaws, horns, neck, body, hands, feet, tails and so forth. Magic crystals can also be collected along the way to accelerate the evolution process. The game is first presented as an overhead view of the surrounding world and once a stage is selected, the whole gameplay turns into a traditional side view action game. Other animals are scattered along the way and either give the player information, short missions or, in most cases, simply try to eat him. The game is non-linear and it is up to the player to evolve an aggressive or more defensive creature. These choices are at the core of the gameplay and the game branches out depending on the player's actions. Interestingly, a collection of creatures can be stored on the game's cartridge.
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Nec PC 9801 Interestingly, 46 Okunen Monogatari Harukanaru Eden e for the Super Famicom is not the first game in the series. It is actually based on Okunen Monogatari The Shinka Ron originally released for the Nec PC 9801 in 1990. The game is more an adventure/RPG game with a top-down view of the various visited areas and turn-based battles. It also looks much larger than its Super Famicom counterpart and the human phase is a lot more complex. Graphics are also a lot more realistic and less "cartoony" than the Super Famicom version. It is also interesting to notice that the Nec PC 9801 box art was reused for the America Super Nintendo version but not for the Japanese Super Famicom version.
Nec PC 9801
Nec PC 9801

Teaser text from the American version:
Battle Your Way Through Over 60 Areas!
The dawn of time... You are one of the first creatures to inhabit the earth!
There were no peace treaties back in the early days, just your character in a jaw-clamping, teeth flying, survival of the fittest, right to live. With the new Multi-change option and "Book f Life" feature, you can create and save up to 50 of the biggest, baddest creatures you can conjure up! The only thing standing between you and the fabled land of Eden, are 4.6 Billion years worth of Mother Natures meanest creations!

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :

Almanic Staff

Gamer Designed by
Takashi Yoneda
Programmed By
Saburou Contora
Tetsuya Furuta
Hiromitsu Shioya
Graphics Designed By
Naoyuki Hayakawa
Yasuo Hakatsuki
Takashi Shichijo
Hidetoshi Fujioka
Special Thanks
Hiroshi Yomkokura
Masumi Goto
Tommy Bon Bon

Music Staff
Music Composed By
Koichi Sugiyama
Music Arranged By
Motoaki Takenouchi
Sound Created By
Cube Corporation
Yoshiaki Kubotera
Masanori Hikichi
Tomohiro Endo
Dogen Shibuya
Hiroo Tengenji

Enix Staff
Takao Kawaguchi
Yasuyuki Sone
Teruhiko Hanawa
Kouji Mitumori
Keiko Ito
Hideki Yamamoto
Kazunori Takado
Yasuhito Watanabe
Junji Kuwahara
Yushi Kikumoto
Yasuko Sekiguchi
Miwako Matumoto
Special Thanks
Shinichi Kouda
Yomiko Nanaka
Hiroomi Tanaka
Ryuichi Moriya
Shigeru Kitaori
Masayo Ikeda
Hirotomo Morisada
Mieko Hukui
Hajime Iesaka
Keiko Hattori
Kanako Kunimatsu
Naoki Yasuda
Yoshiaki Ujiie

Art Staff
Package Illustated By
Kamui Fujiwara
Art Designed By
Micro Creative
Brahman
Yasumi Kawano
Production Staff

Art Directed By
Masahiro Hirasawa
Publicity
Teruhiko Hanawa
Assistants
Teturou Shimoda
Kenjiro Kano
Assistant Producers
Hiroki Fujimoto
Keiko Taga
Directed By
Takashi Yoneda (Almanic)
Produced By
Keizou Mochizuki
Published By
Yukinobu Chida>

©1992 Almanic
©1992 Koichi Sugiyama
©1992 Cube
©1992 Enix

Game Staff (Copied from the American version end credits) :

Almanic Staff

Gamer Designer
Takashi Yoneda
Programmer
Saburou Contora
Tetsuya Furuta
Hiromitsu Shioya
Graphics Designer
Naoyuki Hayakawa
Yasuo Hakatsuki
Takashi Shichijo
Hidetoshi Fujioka
Special Thanks
Hiroshi Yomkokura
Masumi Goto
Tommy Bon Bon
Music Staff

Music Composer
Koichi Sugiyama
Music Arranger
Motoaki Takenouchi
Sound Creator
Cube Corporation
Yoshiaki Kubotera
Masanori Hikichi
Tomohiro Endo
Dogen Shibuya
Hiroo Tengenji

Enix Staff
Takao Kawaguchi
Yasuyuki Sone
Teruhiko Hanawa
Kouji Mitumori
Keiko Ito
Hideki Yamamoto
Kazunori Takado
Yasuhito Watanabe
Junji Kuwahara
Yushi Kikumoto
Yasuko Sekiguchi
Miwako Matumoto

Enix America Staff
Keiji Honda
Tsuneo Morita
Robert Jerauld
Special Thanks
Mariko Iida
Yukihiro Hamada
Youichi Hayakawa
Midori Takahashi
Yurie Yamamoto
Megumi Abe
Yumiko Manaka
Hiroomi Tanaka
Ryuichi Moriya
Shigeru Kitaori
Masayo Ikeda
Hirotomo Morisada
Mieko Hukui
Hajime Iesaka
Keiko Hattori
Kanako Kunimatsu
Naoki Yasuda
Yoshiaki Ujiie

Art Staff
Art Director
Masahiro Hirasawa
Assistant
Shinicho Kouda
Package Illust
Tsuyosi Asami
Designer
Kwriter's Club
Production Staff
Assistants
Teturou Shimoda
Kenjiro Kano
Vice-Producer
Hiroki Fujimoto
Keiko Taga
Director
Takashi Yoneda (Almanic)
Producer
Keizou Mochizuki
Publisher
Yasuhiro Fukushima

E.V.O COPYRIGHT
©1992 Almanic
©1992 Koichi Sugiyama
©1992 Cube
©1992 Enix
Licensed By Nintendo


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46 Okunen Monogatari is a great and unique game. It features one of the coolest game concept I have ever played and wraps it all together in a delightful and addictive game. Evolving your creature through different periods of time is a lot a fun and you'll be amazed how extremely satisfying adding massive jaws to a tinny fish or wings to a big lizard can be. The replay value is incredibly high and player's creatures can evolve into countless forms which, in return, affects the way how the various stages get unlocked. The soundtrack, composed by Koichi Sugiyama (Dragon Quest), is a wonderful treat as well. The original Japanese version can be a problem if you don't speak the language - menus and pop-up text are in Japanese and make some parts of the game tricky to figure out. But it's very possible to play and finish the game without knowing any Japanese. Keep in mind that the American version of the game is really hard to find and outrageously expensive. 46 Okunen Monogatari is a work of genius and a gem of a game.




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