Evolution : Education Edition Press Kit
Evolution: Education Edition Teaches Natural Selection Through a Strategy Game
50% launch discount for at home students; eligible for Family Sharing
KENSINGTON, MD. — April 22, 2020 — Evolution: Education Edition, the turn-based strategy game of adaptation from North Star Digital Studios, launches today on iPads, Chromebooks, and PC’s via the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Microsoft Store. This premium version targets education, STEM learning, and families.
To support students and teachers stuck at home during this pandemic, North Star is making the game 50% off for the next 30 days. Academic organizations can enjoy a further discount of up to 50% when ordering 20 or more copies.
Chosen by the leading scientific journal Nature Magazine as the best example of natural selection in a game, Evolution brings Darwin’s theories to life in a strategy game that is both educational and entertaining. Designed for students age 12 and above, Evolution’s learn-while-playing tutorial makes it easy to pick up.
In Evolution, students adapt species to survive in a changing ecosystem. Counter scarce food by growing a long neck to access sustenance in the trees above. Fend off predators by adapting a hard shell. Added traits realistically affect ecosystems in ways that mirror the natural world. For example, overabundant plant food leads to overpopulation, which then draws myriad carnivores, which thins the herd and forces other species to develop defenses to protect themselves.
Explore the mysterious creatures of Evolution Island’s 21 different ecosystems, each with their own ecology. A new challenge arrives every week to test a student’s skill at adapting. At the end of each game, view beautiful drawings of one of the creatures created. In addition to the feature-rich single player, students can play together with either pass and play or online multiplayer modes.
Evolution: Education Edition has a number of changes from the original Evolution Board Game. It’s packed with trait tips that provide real-life examples of traits from the game in nature. Easy account switching allows classes of students to play on the same machine. Online play is fully cross platform with all versions of Evolution, but online chat is disabled to protect students. As a premium edition, schools can receive a volume discount when buying for a classroom, and families can use Family Sharing to make sure everyone joins in the fun.
Listen to these Biology Teachers using Evolution in the classroom:
“Evolution features sophisticated biology. Traits can be put together in a dizzying array of combinations. The Theme of Evolution is not just tacked on: it drives play,” Stuart West, professor of Evolutionary Biology at Oxford
Evolution features sophisticated biology. The theme of evolution is not just tacked on: it drives play.
“I am a science teacher. When I showed them the Evolution video game they flipped out! You won over my class!” – ThorTiberius, Educator
“The digital game is beautiful and is the best adaptation of a tabletop game I’ve seen. The theme of evolving and adaptations is portrayed accurately and in an engaging way, which is no small feat from my experience as a biology teacher,” Jeannette Gerry, Biology Teacher
For sample lesson plans and handouts for using Evolution : Education Edition in the classroom, please visit the official website at https://www.evolutiondigitalgame.com/education/
The original Evolution Board Game is also available in English on iOS, Android, and Steam, and will come to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. For more news about Evolution: Education Edition and other projects from North Star Digital Studios, follow them on Twitter and Facebook or visit the official website.
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About North Star Digital Studios
North Star Digital Studios is a digital board game development house based in Kensington, MD. Founded in 2014 by Scott Rencher and Dominic Crapuchettes, the studio is devoted to adapting North Star board games into digital versions that capture the heart of the originals while taking full advantage of what video games have to offer.