Ecologies: Solar System


Explore astrobiology in our solar system!

Based on the original food web building game, ECOLOGIES, this game speculates about what kind of life may have existed, or might someday exist, in our own solar system. Using real science, and in collaboration with a NASA JPL educator, we imagine what life might need to survive on 7 unique celestial bodies.

Designed by a biology teacher, the game includes 78 unique organism and “life requirement” cards, 7 celestial bodies, and beautiful scientific art. (108 cards total)

OG recommends because: Ecologies but in SPACE! 

Players: 1-6

Ages: 12+ (8+ with included simplified rules)

Time: 60-90 minutes

3 Game Modes: Standard, Simplified, Single Player

Designer: Matt Montrose

Type of Game: Set Collection / Trading / Card Game

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The goal is to build healthy food webs on different celestial bodies. If you create a healthy ecology you are rewarded with the perks and powers of that celestial body. Each organism card lists what it eats and what it’s eaten by. Cards are arranged with producers on the bottom, predators on top. This deck also includes new “life requirement cards” that need to be in place before you can add a producer. There is a trade mechanic similar to Catan where players trade with others based on what their individual needs are. It is a race to get 12 victory points and different organisms give different points. There are terrestrial/cosmic factor cards that can affect opponents and different strategies such as focusing on one celestial body, going for perks and bonuses, or disrupting other ecologies.

The game takes inspiration from titles like Settlers of Catan, Agricola, and Dominion. The gameplay is rooted in authentic science, as it is used in the classroom to teach real concepts to science students. While it is scientific enough for the classroom, it is also strategic enough for any game night.

The points system is based on ecological trophic levels. The producers (plants) are worth less and as you make your way up the pyramid organisms are worth more as it takes a lot of energy to sustain them. In real life only roughly 10% of the energy makes it from one level to the next, meaning you have to have acres of land and hundreds of animals just to sustain one apex predator. There is a 24 page rulebook included with the card game that also gives an overview of the science.

Note: more cards = a longer game

Additional information

Product Contents

76 unique organisms, 7 biomes, (108 cards total)

Product Safety

Not suitable for children under 36 months

Returns Policy

Please see our Standard returns policy

Weight0.3 kg
Dimensions7 × 4 × 9 cm


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