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Store:  Strategy Games
Theme:  Evolution, Dinosaur, Prehistoric
Format:  Board Games

Evo


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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60-120 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Philippe Keyaerts

Publisher(s): Eurogames Descartes USA

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Product Description

Theme
217,453,883 years, seven months and 26 days before our time, the first dinosaurs left their home in the sea and climbed onto the land. The ever-changing climate was their first adversary, forcing them to remain constantly on the move. But weather was not their only problem--In order to survive and flourish, they had to evolve, and to do it quickly!

Goal of the Game
In EVO, you control the survival and evolution of a species of dinosaurs called "Dinos". You guide their migrations to temperate climates, you acquire the perfect genes to develop your Dinos and mutate them, and you push out other creatures that have yet to learn the meaning of the term "dominant species." At the end of the game, you and your Dinos will not be the winners unless you've evolved more quickly and successfully than everyone else.

Careful bidding, a sharply honed survival instinct and inspired foresight are the keys to winning EVO. With very few random elements, EVO combines diverse game mechanics to keep both a tactical edge and an unusual sense of whimsy. Varied enough to play over and over again, EVO is a game that the entire family will enjoy!

Special Features
The specially designed game board can be re-arranged in several different configurations to provide different play areas.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee, 2002
Games Magazine Awards
Game of the Year, 2002
Deutscher Spiele Preis
4th place, 2001

Product Information

Contents:

  • 1 Large Game Board
  • 50 Wooden Dinos
  • 1 Information Board
  • 1 Bidding Board
  • 1 Wooden Meteor Marker
  • 1 Wooden Climate Marker
  • 5 Initiative Markers
  • 5 Mutation Markers
  • 5 Portrait Cards
  • 62 Gene Counters
  • 26 Event Cards
  • 2 Player Aid Cards
  • 1 Cloth Bag
  • 1 Die
  • 1 Rule Book
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Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.2 in 22 reviews

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by Terry
Very good light strategy
July 19, 2010

I really enjoy this game. I find that it is a great game for getting non- or borderline gamers involved in something more strategic than Cranium. It has enough challenge to be interesting without so much detail as to be intimidating. Luck plays a role, but not as much, I feel, as other reviews have indicated.

The primary mechanic of the game is a simultaneous bidding phase for potential evolution "genes" that provide various advantages for survival. The fact that you use the same points for bidding as are used to determine the final victor keeps the bidding from getting out of hand. Using the optional rule that places one less gene up for bid than players in the game significantly increases the competitive element.

The components are of excellent quality except for the markers for tracking the "mutation" points. In the version of the game that I own, these are narrow cylinders the fall over easily. I understand that these were replaced with small cubes (a la old school Risk armies) in a later printing.

 
 
 
 
 
Good family fun
May 10, 2005
This game is a good family game because it is random enough that even your baby sister will win every now and again. The only problem for me, is that I don't want my baby sister to be able to win. She is whiny and not very smart and I don't think she deserves to win (just kidding). What I mean to say is that it is not a great game to play with friends who enjoy the interesting mechanics because the game play is a bit random. For me, random games are fun, but should not last more than 30 minutes. This one last about 60 minutes which is far too long. At the same time, I am sure I will change my opinion about this game as soon as I have a family and a baby daughter where I get to see the glee in her eye when she wins...
 
 
 
 
 
Fun and replayable
January 14, 2005
Fun game that looks great and the auction mechanic makes an easy strategy hard to formulate. One game eggs may be rare and a player seems to be unstoppable - but push the weather to extremes and all their babies will die off. Sometimes horns for fighting is best, other times just pile on the fur and hunker down, or get legs and run away from troubles. We've played this with lots of people and everyone enjoys the great look and interesting turn of events. Don't forget the world will end with a meteor strike! Make hay while the sun shines.

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