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! 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.
Each turn is divided into 6 phases, in which Dinos move, fight, reproduce and evolve to ensure that their species has the characteristics to survive the various perils of prehistoric life. Players earn and spend mutation points to adapt their species for survival. But don't spend all of them — the remainder are counted to determine the winner.
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!
Winner of the GAMES 100 Game of the Year 2002 - USA
Winner of the prestigious First Place Prize at the 1999 International Concourse of Game Designers. This event is held annually in Boulogne-Billancourt - France, and is the “Cannes Film Festival” of Game Design in France.
1 Large Game Board, made from 2 reversible half boards to create different areas of play.
50 Dino Tokens
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
1 Cloth Bag
1 Rule Book.
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