Crowdfunding Chronicles

Crowdfunding Chronicles: EVOLUTION – Versicorae Domlion

EVOLUTION - Versicorae Domlion Screenshot of a long-haired man in a trenchcoat standing in a dark room with glowing runes on the floor and a glowing door behind him.

Campaign Ends: November 8
Platform: Windows

From Italian studio Sezhes comes EVOLUTION – Versicorae Domlion, a gothic horror RPG mixing classic ’90s style gameplay with visual novel elements. Pack a stylish hat and travel back to May of 1938; specifically, to the fictional town of Gris, a place brimming with classic architecture, stylish attire, and grotesque Lovecraftian monstrosities. Fun times!

Choose one of five main characters with their own unique scenarios, guided (or perhaps manipulated?) by the mysterious Alexis, a handsome long-haired gentleman with a hidden agenda. What are his true plans? Uncover his secrets and unveil the game’s greater storyline by playing through all five characters. Though the campaign page doesn’t delve into much detail on EVOLUTION’s gameplay, players can look forward to a strong narrative, traditional turn-based combat against a variety of horrific creatures, and plenty of perplexing riddles to solve. Sigh…I always fail at riddles!

"Evolution" banner featuring art of Alexis surrounded by Tarot cards.

The in-game visuals have definitely caught my eye, with greyscale pixel tones interrupted by small splashes of color when appropriate; highlighting bowties or tentacles, for example. Not to go unmentioned is the soundtrack by Undreamed; an Italian band with a haunting Neo-Celtic style played with traditional instruments.

EVOLUTION’s campaign offers a plethora of exciting rewards, including a physical artbook (featuring some amazing guest artists) and a guidebook containing lore, walkthroughs, and behind-the-scenes material. Best among all rewards, in my opinion, is the Tarot card set featuring stunning Medieval woodcut-style art by Davide Schileo, available only through the “Mystic Pack” tier and higher (that’s a minimum of 100 Euros from your wallet).

A man with an orange apron behind the counter of a creepy curiosity shop.

Though the campaign still needs a bit of a push to reach its target, future stretch goals include a short comic story centered around Alexis, and a free DLC prequel featuring a 6th character. All things considered, I recommend keeping EVOLUTION – Versicorae Domlion on your radar if you enjoy ’90s-inspired RPGs and gothic aesthetics. There’s a demo available over on the campaign page if you want to try out an early build, too.

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Tina Olah

Tina Olah

Tina Olah is a features writer and occasional reviewer for RPGFan. She is also an illustrator, cosplayer, book hoarder, and personal servant to a really cool Shih Tzu. Tina is an avid fan of strange science fiction and fantasy worlds, and would like you to know that she spent a considerable amount of time making Paladin’s Quest fan art back in grade 7.