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.
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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Who knew trick-taking was the key to successful evolution? Darwinning! did!
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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Develop your pathogen to take down the human body’s immune system.
Manage your species and prepare it for imminent catastrophe in the time of the Great Permian Extinction.
Visit another dimension and record the new origins of species you find!