Oceans is a stand-alone game in the award-winning Evolution series. With
over 120 works of art, 40 scenarios cards, and more than 100 unique
trait cards, Oceans is the most ambitious project North Star Games has
This is the Deluxe edition, which contains the 5-6 player expansion and
the 8 foil deep trait cards
available to Kickstarter backers, plus the upgraded components (Card
Sleeves, Platic Fish Tokens and Silk Bags)
Oceans depicts the boundaries between the known world near the ocean’s
surface, and the mysteries lurking in Earth’s deepest unexplored region.
Enter a vast, underwater cosmos: a mysterious interconnected world of
sharp teeth, glowing eyes, and black ink, where your survival depends on
your ability to adapt to the unknown.
The foundation of the oceanic food chain are billions of one-celled
organisms called phytoplankton that capture the sun's energy through
photosynthesis. Every other species in the ocean is a predator, each
bigger than the next, all the way up to the dreaded Apex Predator. And
even bigger than Apex Predators are enormous Whales that gently swim
through the ocean scooping up everything in their path. This ecosystem
mimics the known world near the surface.
But there is more if you are willing to dive deeper...
Oceans also includes a deck of 100 unique power cards called The Deep
that represents the unknown. These powerful cards break the seams of the
reality you've come to accept, ranging from astonishing things found in
the ocean, to the fantastical Kraken or Leviathan.
Oceans is an interactive engine builder, where players evolve their
species in a continually changing ecosystem. Players must adapt their
interconnected ecosystem to survive against the inevitable march of time
(Aging), as well as a multitude of predators looking for food.
During the first half of the game, players use traits from a deck of
Surface cards to modify their species. With only 12 Surface traits, it’s
easy to wade into your first game without being overwhelmed by new
cards. These traits were chosen for their rich thematic
interconnections, providing synergistic card play that mimics an oceanic
ecosystem. The Surface traits bring stability to the game environment.
During the second half of the game, players can use power cards from The
Deep to disrupt the stability. With over 100 unique traits in The Deep,
players will slowly discover game-altering traits over the course of
many games. These traits were designed to evoke wonder and disbelief -
to spark your imagination as you consider the fantastic synergies that
are possible in Oceans.
Additionally, there are 2 randomly chosen scenario cards that activate
and deactivate at various points during the game. The scenario cards
impact the basic tenets of gameplay, encouraging people to vary their
play style and strategy each game.