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A sort of combination of Civilization and SimEarth. You control one of the earliest tetrapods (land animals), and try to get it to reproduce, spread, and evolve into a later species, ultimately evolving an intellectual species (which doesn't have to be Homo sapiens). There are some 160-odd species in the game, including dinosaurs; the continents move around during play; era changes are marked by geological catastrophes, which occur on a semi-random basis. In addition to the 'full' game, there are shorter scenarios for the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.


Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life Windows The tree of life helps you decide which species to evolve
Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life Windows A look at the scores and how they have changed
Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life Windows You start with a single creature
Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life Windows Decide what to evolve next

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Alternate Titles

  • "Genetic Evolution: The Race for Intelligent Life" -- German title
  • "Evolution: El Juego de la Vida Inteligente" -- Spanish title
  • "Evolução: O Jogo da Vida" -- Brazilian title

User Reviews

A cool idea, but not very well executed krammer (262) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game.EXE Jan, 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Jeux Mar, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Mar, 1998 81 out of 100 81
Electric Games 1998 80 out of 100 80
Computer Games Magazine Feb 01, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 1997 65 out of 100 65
PC Joker Mar, 1998 64 out of 100 64
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1998 55 out of 100 55
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1998 39 out of 100 39
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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Greg Costikyan (18) added Evolution: The Game of Intelligent Life (Windows) on Feb 21, 2000