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


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

Designer(s): Philippe Keyaerts

Manufacturer(s): Eurogames Descartes USA

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Product Description

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

  • Designer(s): Philippe Keyaerts

  • Manufacturer(s): Eurogames Descartes USA

  • Artist(s): Cyril Saint-Blancat

  • Year: 2001

  • Players: 3 - 5

  • Time: 60 - 120 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,268 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #122

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 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

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 22 reviews

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.
Serious Dino Fun
January 06, 2004

The art makes it look kinda gimicky, but after a couple games, I have to say I'm hooked. Great player interaction on the movement board and during bidding for new genes. Lots of opportunity to try to persuade others for your own benefit (always my favorite aspect of any game). Cool variable climate system. The positions on the board change such that everyone has to jockey for position and try to edge others (through attacking if necessary--although not easy unless you've mutated your dinosaur to be a better attacker). Highly recommended.

Good mix of luck & tactics, and good length of game
July 19, 2003

I got this for Christmas from my husband, and it still sees more play even than any of our other excellent boardgames.

We had no trouble with the directions, or with figuring out that the column-shaped pieces are to mark turn order and gene bidding, while the small cubes are to put on the mutation points track.

We like the good-quality game board and components, and the whimsical quality of the cards and the dinosaurs. However, behind the whimsey is a very tricky game! To us, the luck factor lies far less with the climate than with the order in which genes appear for bidding. Sometimes, for instance, you can bid a lot on a horn gene, only to see two more show up in succeeding rounds, before you've even had a chance to really take advantage of what you have.

Some of the most interesting strategy involves trying to fit your mutations and your cards together effectively.

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