If you've ever wanted to step aboard the HMS Beagle back in 1831 and re-create Charles Darwin's incredible journey and discovery of the theory of evolution then you're in luck. Darwin's Journey is a worker-placing euro game from Thundergryph Games that retells the story of the discovery of evolution, and the journey of famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin around the Galapagos Islands.
Darwin's Journey Brings A Unique Twist To Worker Placement
Being a worker-placement game, the point of Darwin's Journey is to use your three workers to perform a variety of different actions. These actions provide you with victory points, and the player with the most at the end is the winner.
One of the key selling points of Darwin's Journey is its interesting twist on the Worker Placement mechanic. In the game, your 3 workers must acquire a variety of different skills, represented by wax seals. Various actions on the board require you to have different combinations of skills before you can perform them, meaning you have to think carefully about how you want to progress your workers if you want to come out on top against the other players.
Another strong point espoused by the game is its strong theme. Every inch of the game from the board, to the components and even the gameplay, is tied to the theme of a 19th-century expedition. Darwin's Journey is filled with hand-drawn-looking maps, wax seals, rough canvas, and paper textures. More than anything, Thundergryph Games have leaned very heavily on the theme of exploration and adventure in a bygone age, and as a consequence, the game really does look the part.
You can back Darwin's Journey on Kickstarter right now to get your hands on a copy in November of 2021 when the game is expected to ship.