Andy Mesa wrote:
It would seem to me that this is basically the original card-based Evolution game (that I own and prefer) except with crappier (in my opinion) art. I like the modernist art of the original Russian version.
I do think the original game is better. This version, like many versions that are adapted for a younger audience is simply not as surprising and deep. I would never pull this out over the original if I were playing with gamers. But I think it is a well done for what it is. It is a great option for gamers with kids! The kids can play it and the adults will have plenty of options on their turn to keep things interesting.
I give most my board games a try with my 7-year-old son, regardless of the recommended age. The original Evolution he simply could not fully grasp and was bored to tears. He fought me on even trying The Beginning. But after one play he had completely changed his mind and agreed that it was fun. He gets to make up names for all the zany creatures this game inevitably produces, he gets to eat other animals to extinction, he is learning to grasp the supply/demand of the carnivore and herbivore food sources. But the game doesn't drag on with all the fiddly details of the original.