Windows - 1997
Description of EVAN FIGHTERS
There are tons of games released in recent years. From big names that everyone goes head over heels for them, to nicher ones that gather a rather small, yet passionate following. But those who are daring enough to venture beyond the boundaries and look for games in places other than their regular storefronts are greeted with doujin world; a wonderland of indie games of mostly Eastern origin, where the developers' creativity and restrictions of their game engines are the limit. You can find a lot of these games on MyAbandonware, some examples being Dong Dong Never Die or ArmJoe.
Evan Fighters is such a game as well: An unofficial fighting game based on Neon Genesis Evangelion that was only released in Japan, and was forgotten for a very long time. Is it a good game? Well... I personally cannot say so. The gameplay is rough and your only choices of playable characters are Rei and Asuka, with the rest of the characters (as seen in the screenshots) being unplayable. That is, if you can actually get the game to work with ease and not run into problems. It's not a game someone would pickup and play for fun, rather a game that most appeals to gaming enthusiasts and those who actively search for such titles.
The game was first found and released to the public in 2006 by Evamonkey, a Neon Genesis Evangelion fan site, which got it through a generous contribution of a fan. However, the page was removed sometime later. The link is still online, but navigating to the page that once hosted the game just shows an empty page. Why the game was removed? No one knows at the moment. Maybe it was the fact that floppy disc versions of the game were still being sold on obscure Japanese marketplaces. Or maybe the copyright holders of Neon Genesis Evangelion thought the game was damaging their property and asked to remove it. Or maybe it's an entirely different reason.
Whatever the case, with the physical versions of the game becoming unavailable, let's try our hand again at preserving this rather unknown part of the doujin world. Should it need to disappear again, so be it. At the very least, we tried our best to preserve a part of gaming history and make it easily available for enthusiasts, rather than letting it to easily disappear among the sands of time.
Review By Parham Aghakhani
How to play EVAN FIGHTERS Windows
- The game has been verified to be playable and VirusTotal scan of the archive comes clean. Even so, installation of this game is at your own risk, as currently there is no way to verify the integrity of the files due to the physical versions becoming unavailable.
- The game only works on 32-bit Japanese editions of Windows, preferably Windows 95 or Windows 2000. It is heavily advised to use a virtual machine with a Japanese edition of Windows 95/2000 installation to play the game, as you won't have any use of this particular Windows edition aside from playing this one game.
- Set up the virtual machine of your choice according to the information above, extract the downloaded archive and transfer the files to it.
- Double click on
EVAN_FIGHTERSfolder to start the installation process. It is advised not to change the default settings.
- To start the game, search for a folder called
DKSOFT.EVFin the Installation location.
- Double click on the icon of Sachiel (the 3rd angel) called
SVW32to start the game.
- The game might throw some error messages at you after starting. In case of dll errors, copy the mentioned files from
Windows/system32. As for the rest of error messages, there's no help available and you have to try fixing them yourself.
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