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Evolve and Linkage turn science into games

Biological principles are made entertaining and strategic

11:00am, December 17, 2014
Genius Games

STACKING THE DECK  The colorful cards of Linkage challenge players to build RNA based on a DNA template.

Game night is fun and competitive. Now it can also be scientific thanks to games based on fundamental principles of biology.

In Evolve, players build fantastical creatures to adapt to ever-changing environments and survival challenges. Linkage is a strategy game based on copying DNA instructions into RNA, a process known as transcription.

To play Evolve, players combine cards depicting the heads, bodies and tails of various mammals, birds and insects into zany creatures such as one with the head of a crocodile, the body of a zebra and the tail of a wasp. Some body parts add special abilities such as climbing skills, camouflage or insulation. An adaptation slot allows players to add features such as opposable thumbs, sharp vision or migratory lifestyle.

A set of biome cards provides a wide variety of environments that creatures must adapt to,

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