Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game


Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game┬áis a worker placement, dice-drafting game set in St. Thomas’ Abbey, where Gregor Mendel performed his paradigm-shifting experiments. 1-5 players take the roles of research scientists competing to collect and validate experimental data on pea plants. Players will spend time working on the monastery grounds, simulate plant breeding with dice and Punnett Squares, and use funding to further their research opportunities.

Plan your research wisely, demonstrate your knowledge of genetics, and use the harvest schedule to your advantage to excel among your colleagues.

OG recommends because: Genotype maintains a beautiful balance between being deep enough to force meaningful decisions on just about every turn but without being too complex.


Ages: 14+

Time: 45-90 minutes

Designer: John Coveyou, Paul Salomon, Ian Zang

Type of Game: Set Collection / Worker Placement / Drafting

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During the game, players get Pea Plant Cards which show a set of Phenotype Traits they hope to produce and collect (such as pink flowers and tall height) in order to score points. Each round, Dice are rolled to represent Plant breeding, which may result in the Traits players are looking for. After the Dice Roll, players take turns drafting Dice towards completing their Pea Plant Cards or advancing their Research. The Traits produced during the Dice Roll come through the science of Punnett Squares, which show how the parent genes combine, one from each parent plant. By changing the genes of these parent plants, players can influence the likelihood of rolling the Traits they need. The completion of Pea Plant Cards via the Dice Draft is the main way players score points.

Each round consists of 3 phases: Worker Placement, Dice Drafting, and Upgrades.
1) During Worker Placement, players take actions to get more Plant Cards, change the genes of a parent plant, Garden, Research, stake Phenotype claims, gather new Tools, or even position themselves ahead of other players for the Dice Drafting Phase in a couple of ways.
2) Dice Drafting features a couple of interest steps, including the possibility to get first pick of dice, but only for one type of Trait (like plant height), or the possibility to get a pick of any dice, but only after those first picks have happened. De Novo Mutation Dice allow players to change the Trait of other Dice or gain additional Research.
3) The Upgrades phase lets players spend their Research to gain upgrades that let them work on more Plant Cards, draft more Dice each round, or gain additional Workers to be used during the Worker Placement Phase of each round.

Players work to match their Pea Plant Cards to the outcome of the Dice Draft and complete the cards for points. If they’ve placed a Phenotype marker, they will earn bonus points for every completed card that matches their claim. At the end of 5 rounds, the player with the most points wins.

Additional information

Product Contents

Game Board
20x Offspring Die
8x Parent gene Tiles
50x Pea Plant Cards
25x Tool Cards
15x Research Goal Markers
5x Player Mats
25x Shovel Action Markers
34x Trait Markers
32x Coins
4x Abacus Price Markers
5x New Plot Upgrade Tiles
8x Dice Slot Upgrade Tiles
10x Assistant Cards
1x Round tracker
1x First Player Marker
12x Solo Cards
1x Science Behind Genotype

Product Safety

Not suitable for children under 36 months

Returns Policy

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Weight1.4 kg
Dimensions30 × 22 × 8 cm


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