Evolution Board Game 9+

The Strategy Game of Adapting

North Star Games

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 4.5K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Ad Free! Adapt, survive, and thrive in a changing ecosystem enhanced by incredible art and thoughtful, balanced mechanics. Inspired by the award-winning game with more than 3 million players, Evolution has arrived on iOS.

"#1 Digital Board Game of the year" -Ars Technica

"Best Mobile Strategy Game of the year" -Pocket Gamer

In the game Evolution, you adapt your species to survive, and stay one step ahead of opponents.

-Watering hole running dry? Evolve a long neck to reach food in the trees.
-Staring down a Carnivore? Develop a hard shell to fend off an attack.
-Evolve up the food chain to become a the most successful species.

Unlike most board games, evolution lets you try the game for free first. Freeplay includes the tutorial, the easy AI opponents, five campaign levels, and 1 multiplayer game a day. Pay a one-time cost to unlock unlimited functionality such as the Weekly Challenges, the Hard & Expert AI, Pass and Play, the full Campaign, Private Multiplayer Games and Asynchronous Games, and unlimited Matchmade Games.

Do you evolve protection from Carnivores, or find a way to eat if there is no Food in the Watering Hole? The ecosystem is constantly changing, and you’ve got to figure out what your opponents are up to.

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. Hone your skill as you progress from lowly Biology Intern to competing for the Nobel Prize!

Explore the mysteries of Evolution Island and discover distinct Boss opponents. As you move through the campaign you’ll unlock new “Apex Species” that are masters of specific strategies; defeat them to add them to your menu of single-player opponents.

One click and the game will match you with players of similar skill in a fast paced online game. Make friends in the game and set up custom games, or rank up in the ongoing seasonal tournaments and see how far you can go.

This isn't a collectible card game, the full set of cards are included in the base game. Thousands of possible species combinations evolve from 17 unique trait cards, meaning no two games are ever the same.

With a smooth user interface and fast, informative animations, Evolution was built to satisfy a quick fix of intense strategic battles. Easy to learn, almost impossible to master, one game and you’ll find yourself addicted. Evolution isn’t just a top tier strategy game – it’s a whole new animal.

"Best Digital Board Game of the year" -Vulture

"A powerhouse game poised to steal the thunder of some of the most popular games on the app store" -Touch Arcade

What’s New

Version 3.0.36

Flight lands in evolution!
Take to the skies to avoid Carnivores and access a new food source.
Ultimate Bundle added, get a huge discount when purchasing all the IAP for the game.
Notifications for Asynchronous Games Optimized

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.5K Ratings

4.5K Ratings

Crow_13 ,

Honestly, even better than the board game

I played the board game a few years ago and was instantly hooked. It’s an intriguing concept that is well executed. It’s always fun to come up with what your creature might look like, with the different traits it has. In terms of improvements, there are a few things that don’t feel immediately apparent. For instance, you can zoom out of your opponents turn and handle your own instead of having to wait until they’re finished. It’s a fun game that seems a bit complicated, but flows really well once you get the hang of it. There are a few bugs here and there, especially in terms of trying to create an account. Me and my friends all recently got it, and almost all of us had trouble with the account creation process, with it not notifying us that the account had been created or not, maybe sending a confirmation email would help with that?

I sincerely hope we get to see some expansions to the game! Having even more trait cards in play, like those from the Climate or Flight expansions, would increase the fun even more!

haixhdbnsh ,

Overall pretty good

This game was nice and I play it often the only main problem I can think of is the fact in the campaign sometimes when you finish a level and close the app and then come back a little later the work you did on those previous levels disappear and you have to do them again it gets really frustrating when a lot of times I have to redo the same levels over and over again and it’s not even guaranteed for them to stay completed not to mention I also have to do the hard levels over again and when I do finally complete them the progress just reverts making the campaign basically unplayable everything else is great except for a few glitches here and there but overall pretty good I like how you can see sketches of the unique animals

Edit: Thanks for responding you were right something wasn’t syncing thanks

Developer Response ,

This sounds like something may not be correctly syncing up between your device, account, and the database. There could be a few issues going on here! Let's go through a few checks.

Evolution utilizes cache data to save progress when in offline mode. If cache data is routinely cleaned, or not saved, this may be the cause of your setbacks. This typically is a device specific issue.

To ensure your progress is saved correctly, be sure to connect online. This will back up all your progress to our servers.

A lot of information is saved directly to an account. The next time you play, go to the Account Tab in the main menu and make sure you're properly logged in.

If you continue to experience issues with losing campaign progress, please let us know! You can reach out to us at digital@northstargames.com for one on one support.

OriginalGrumpyOldMan ,

"Climate" rebrand/update bad news for existing owners

Rather than launching this as a new app, they replaced the existing game. So any reviews prior to Dec 6th 2021 should be taken with a big grain of salt since it is no longer the same app. Similar perhaps, based on the same physical game, but not the original game all those reviews were for.

This new one starts off badly by forcing you to pick a name before you can even get to the main menu, tied to some online functionality that I did not consent to or have any interest in! This resulted in several minutes of not accepting any choice of mine until I finally entered a garbage string of characters just to get past this (even if it will obviously not be usable in any meaningful way with other players)

Then I went to "Restore Purchases" which does not work! I understand that they want to generate more revenue, which would be fine if this was a separate game, since it has a different name, different (online) play system & different icon. Instead they replaced the existing, still working game... presumably to generate renewed purchases. No thanks. The only positive aspect is that this serves as another cautionary tale about the volatility of digital marketplace purchases.

Developer Response ,

All original content and purchases are still there and unlocked. It sounds like your restore purchases functionality isn't working? Write us at digital@northstargames.com and send your username and we'll get it fixed for you.

In-App Purchases

Evolution Full Game
Evolution Full Game
One Time Purchase for Unlimited Play

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