On The Origin Of Species


On the Origin of Species is a 2-4 player strategy board game in which each player will step into the adventure of young Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle’s expedition through the Galapagos Islands, examining the local species and uncovering their natural history. Trace connections between the flora and fauna you discover as the Beagle journeys through the islands. Find help from the ship’s crew and use the tools in your luggage. Excel in your research and lead the way among your naturalist colleagues.

OG recommends because: Immerse yourself in this beautiful and richly themed game with a lovely depth of gameplay.

Players: 2-4

Ages: 9+

Time: 45-80 minutes

Designer: Gerard Ascensi & Ferran Renalias

Type of Game: Tile Placement / Hand Management / Strategy

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Assist Charles Darwin during the Beagle journey across the Galapagos Islands, discovering new species and researching them in order to improve your knowledge. During their turn, the active player must choose between two actions:

Research: Put 2 research pieces on 2 different species tiles on the board, gaining the knowledge of air, land or water habitat.

Discover: use the acquired habitat knowledge to place new species tiles on the board, obtaining victory points and evolution, characters, and objects cards.

Additionally, advance the Beagle on its track. The game finishes when the Beagle reaches the last space of its trip, leaving the archipelago through New Zealand. The players score the evolution points according to the final goal card, adding them to the points obtained during the game. The player with more points in the scoring track wins.

Additional information

Product Contents

1 Game Board
1 Wooden Ship
4 Score Markers
32 Observation Cubes
3 Objective Markers
30 Species Tiles
83 Cards
1 Rules

Product Safety

Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Returns Policy

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Weight2 kg
Dimensions30 × 18 × 7 cm


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