Sunday, January 15, 2012

Game Profile: Dominant Species

A titanic struggle for global supremacy between animal species.



Mechanics Area Control, Modular Board, Worker Placement
Theme Evolution
Publication GMT Games, 2010
Ages 12+
Time 180
Players 2 - 6
Description

War game specialists, GMT Games, has something really new. Dominant Species is a game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous encroachment of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.

Each player will assume the role of one of six major animal classes - mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid or insect. Each begins the game more or less in a state of natural balance in relation to one another. But that won't last; It is indeed the “survival of the fittest”.
Through wily action pawn placement, players will strive to become dominant on as many different terrain tiles as possible in order to claim powerful card effects.  Players will also want to propagate their individual species in order to earn victory points for their particular animal.  Players will be aided in these endeavors via speciation, migration and adaptation actions, among others.

All of this eventually leads to the end of the game – the final ascent of the ice age – where the player having accumulated the most victory points will have his animal crowned the Dominant Species.




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