09 January 2019
‘Free to try’ on iOS and Android
Evolution, the board game about adapting creatures for survival over millennia, is finally arriving on digital platforms next month.
The PC and mobile version was Kickstarted way back in 2017, with a launch originally planned for spring of the following year after an alpha test. Almost a year after it missed that window, it’s been given a solid release date of February 12th.
Hopefully the bells and whistles will be worth the wait – the digital app comes with a campaign mode against AI opponents in various different scenarios and cross-platform multiplayer between PC, iOS and Android that matches players based on their skill level. For newcomers, there’s a tutorial that teaches you as you play.
Complementing the interesting theme are hand-painted watercolour visuals, animated to bring the thousands of possible species alive, and an original soundtrack. According to the devs, matches can be completed in under 10 minutes compared to the original’s near-hour length.
While local pass-and-play multiplayer will be absent at launch, it’s said to be coming soon. Support for private games and a friends list mean that custom matches can be played against people you know.
Following the launch, publisher North Star has said there are plans for seasonal tournaments and the Climate expansion to be added to the mix.
Evolution will cost $14.99 (£11) on PC via Steam, with 20% knocked off during its launch week. It’s free to download on iOS and Android, with the full game unlocked for $9.99 (£8) as a one-off purchase.
Check out the trailer below: