At this point, it is likely that you or someone you know has played Evolution. It was a big hit last year at GenCon 2014. This year, North Star Games is releasing the first expansion called Flight. Kickstarter fulfillment has just landed in people’s hands which means Flight is already getting good exposure. It is now time to capture that excitement and make sure that those friends who missed the Kickstarter can come to your store and buy a copy.
For this week’s PHD game night, we played Evolution with the new Flight Expansion. I was anxious to see how the new cards were going to affect and evolve the game play, so this review will show you just what to expect.
It is worth noting that the game we played last night did not include the Kickstarter promo cards. I wanted to get an unfiltered experience of just how the new expansion plays without them.
The new Flight Expansion introduces 7 new trait cards. The Flight trait is special and made from a thick cardboard stock since it automatically comes with Avian species when you acquire them. In addition you will find a new wooden first player token, a stack of new Avian Species boards, and a new feeding area called the Cliffs which only Avian species can eat from.
You start the game with a land species as normal, but to get an Avian Species, you simply discard two cards instead of one. Since flight requires more energy than simply walking the earth, Avians must use their first food tokens to “maintain” the energy needed to stay aloft. Larger body sizes require more maintenance food. Once you have paid your maintenance requirement, you may then start to actually feed your species to avoid starvation.
Discarding two cards to gain an avian species is worth it because it automatically comes with the Flight Trait card which is similar to having Intelligence. It allows you to discard a card to ignore, Warning Call, Symbiosis, or Climbing. In addition, the flight card is what allows Avians to eat from the Cliffs.
All is usually well and good as long as the neighboring birds are vegetarians. Once they get the taste for meat, it’s time to hide!
Once an Avian turns Carnivore, fun time is over. Hide your wife, hide your kids! It is not easy to evade Diving Bombing Pterandons. Lord help us if it becomes a Packing Hunter as well. The newly adjusted Pack Hunter trait from the 2nd edition of the base game, says to add your population to your body size when determining your size for attacking. So don’t be fooled by the small body size limit on avian species. They can become ruthless meat-eating killers!
In conclusion, the new Flight expansion seriously enhances the fun-factor over the base set. It is a must have for all Evolution players. The Flight expansion releases September 1st, so contact your PHD Account Manager and order now.
Releases: September 15th