Board Games about Evolution

Natural selection, with its themes of development, expansion and competition, is the perfect subject for tabletop games. Yet it was a largely untouched thematic niche until 2010 with the releases of Dominant Species and Evolution: The Origin of Species.

Since then, a plethora of games about evolution has hit the market, from light and silly to deep and complex. Here’s our (natural) selection of games about evolution.

Evolution: New World


The latest incarnation of the Evolution series – play cards to create species and mutate them, then make your species compete for limited food or eat each other!

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Dominant Species: Marine


The aquatic sequel that’ll have you dominating your watery foes or sleeping with the fishes.

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Who knew trick-taking was the key to successful evolution? Darwinning! did!

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On the Origin of Species


Assist Darwin on his journey across the Galapagos Islands, discovering and researching new species.

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Bios: Megafauna (Second Edition)


Recreate the evolution of life, from arriving on land to the advent of language-based consciousness in the middle chapter in Phil Eklund’s ‘Bios’ trilogy.

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Pathogenesis (Second Edition)


Develop your pathogen to take down the human body’s immune system.

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Manage your species and prepare it for imminent catastrophe in the time of the Great Permian Extinction.

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Visit another dimension and record the new origins of species you find!

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Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes is a husband, father, scientist, poet and, of course, gamer who lives in Wales, works in England and owns a Scottish rugby shirt. He has never passed up a challenge to play Carcassonne.

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