Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia is the latest attempt to make third-person shooters work on the mobile platform. It’s actually rather surprising that no game has really nailed it yet, considering how much easier it is to create a control system for TPS games on the touchscreen compared to FPS.

Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia’s approach is to keep things simple. Your control over the character is pretty minimal. For the most part, you’ll just be guiding him to dash from cover to cover, switch between targets through some slick slow-motion, and unleash your devastating arsenal of rocket launchers and grenades.

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The actual shooting and reloading take place automatically, except when you use a sniper rifle, in which case you must aim and pull the trigger manually. And of course, if you do manage to pull off a headshot from afar, it’s as satisfying as ever. This is easily the best part of any shooting game, and Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia is no exception.

There are both pros and cons to this simple design

The simple design comes with its pros and cons. The good part: it works incredibly smoothly without any hiccups. You’ll feel like an absolute god eliminating several enemies at the same time with a well-timed grenade or blowing up a boss with a rocket launcher.

The downside, on the other hand, is that Utopia reveals its hand too soon. It only takes a couple of levels for you to see everything the game has to offer in term of mechanics, and honestly, there isn’t a whole lot to see in the first place. There are hundreds of levels for you to play through, but since the game doesn’t add any new mechanic as you progress, things get kind of repetitive pretty quickly.

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The game's simple design has both pros and cons

That said, there are some incentives to motivate you to press on, such as new partners to assist you in battles, upgrades to weapons and armor to make them stronger, and craftable equipment like health kits and grenades.

If you want, you can also research new technology in the laboratory, which will net you new weapons, armor, and more. Each research takes a certain amount of time, which, you guessed it, can be reduced by spending real money.

The upgrade options are diverse, but you must be a really hardcore fan to enjoy them

In order to find all of those researches and upgrades interesting, you have to really like the base game. However, the chance of that happening is pretty low due to the lack of depth. The more likely scenario is that you’ll lose interest after just a few levels.

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There are hundreds of levels, but without any new mechanic, things kind of get repetitive

The enemies come in multiple types, which does add a certain level of strategy. In the end, though, things just boil down to hiding behind cover, dodging incoming fire, and knowing which enemy to take down first.

Still, with all those criticism, it wouldn’t be fair to mention a plus side of Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia: its graphics. It is among the most beautiful shooters you can find on mobile at the moment. The world is full of details, the weapons and enemies are fearsome, and the effects are spectacular. On top of that, everything runs in 60 frames per second as well.

The conclusion 

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The action is fun, it's just that there isn't enough depth to keep players sticking around

All in all, Evolution 2: Battle for Utopia is a fun game, at least in the beginning. It ticks all the right boxes: the controls are solid, the upgrades are there in abundance if you want to experiment around, and the action is satisfying. At the end of the day, however, it just doesn’t offer enough variety to keep your interest in the long run.