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!

Dominant Species: Marine


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



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

On the Origin of Species


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

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.



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

About the author

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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