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Today’s Spotlight is Evolution: The Video Game, a digital adaptation of the popular board game by North Star Games that released back in 2014.
The core premise of the game involves creating creatures that can adapt to an ever-changing ecology throughout the ages. This digital adaptation includes a 24-level single player campaign, with boss battles that unlock new AI personalities in the solo modes. Of course multiplayer is the main draw, and the game features cross-play with all versions of the game. You can watch a trailer above.
Evolution: The Video Game is available for Windows PC, Mac (both via Steam), iOS, and Android for $14.99.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Inspired by the board game with more than 1.6 million players, Evolution sets a new standard for digital tabletop. Adapt, survive, and thrive in a beautiful and ever-changing ecosystem enhanced by incredible art and thoughtful, balanced mechanics.
- 24-level campaign mode
- Unlockable AI personalities with different difficulties
- “Brutal Mode” for experienced players
- Multiplayer with matchmaking based on skill
- Friends list and custom games with friends
- 12,000+ trait combinations
- Learn-as-you-play tutorial
- LEARN AS YOU PLAY- Our friendly professor will guide you from one watering hole to the next on our learn-as-you-play tutorial, showing you how to survive before sending you off to make a name for yourself!
- ADAPTIVE AI OPPONENTS – Discover a new world of unique, adaptive AI bosses. As you move through the campaign you will unlock new AI personalities; defeat them to add them to your menu of single-player opponents!
- MATCH-MADE MULTIPLAYER – Find a match with the first skill-based matchmaking system in digital board games! Play against your friends or be matched quickly with opponents of equal skill.
- STRATEGIC YET STREAMLINED – The rules are clear and quick to learn, but allow for incredibly diverse strategies and unique personal play styles. There’s no wrong way to play!
- PACE & POLISH – Evolution is not just a digital board game – it’s a whole new animal. Purpose-built for online multiplayer, with a smooth, intuitive UI, beautiful illustrations and animation, sophisticated AI, and more.
- ENDLESSLY REPLAYABLE FOR ONE PRICE – It’s not about the cards you get; it’s about how you play them. Thousands of possible species combinations evolve from 17 unique trait cards, meaning no two games are ever the same.
- CROSS-PLATFORM INTEGRATION – No matter what your friends’ opinions are about platforms, Evolution brings you together across iOS, Android, and PC.
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