|Players:||2 - 6|
In Evolution, players adapt their species in a dynamic ecosystem where food is scarce and predators lurk. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect your species from Carnivores, while a Long Neck will help them get food that others cannot reach. With over 4,000 ways to evolve your species, every game becomes a different adventure.
Evolution packs a surprising amount of variety for a game with simple rules. The variety comes from the synergies between the trait cards and from the different personalities at the table. Some players thrive on creating Carnivores to wreak havoc on their fellow players. Others prefer to stay protected and mind their own business. Evolution encourages both play styles by giving each of them multiple paths to victory. And it is the mix of play styles at the table that ultimately determines the ecosystem in which the players are adapting. So gather your friends and see who can best adapt to the changing world around them.
Learn how to play:
I wouldn't exactly say the rules are "simple" as they took some figuring out, though my 11 yo daughter picked up the basics quickly enough. You start with a generic species that you evolve by adding trait cards (a maximum of 3 per species) and grow body size and population. You can also start new species if you wish. During the feeding round each species gets a turn to eat - either from the food pool in the case of herbivores or by attacking another species in the case of carnivores. If a species doesn't get fed enough its population reduces - if it reduces to zero it becomes extinct. The idea is to add traits to aid in your species' survival by adapting to its environment. We found that at, least to start with, many species die out almost instantly. This is not necessarily detrimental to your chances, as you get a new species immediately, and the winner is determined by how much food all your species have consumed over the entire game regardless of how many have gone extinct. Some of the effects of the cards seem quite obscure and take a bit of rule book studying and googling to figure out - hence it's not a game I would choose to play with impatient people. However the concept itself is really interesting and challenging and gives you an understanding of how species adapt to their environment in a bid to survive.