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Ecologies: Hidden Habitats – Gameplay Inspired by Nature – Sequel and Expansion to the Original Card Game – Beautiful Vintage Scientific Art

(4 customer reviews)


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The third game in the series, it is playable as a stand alone game or used in combination with the previous two ECOLOGIES card games.

Players build and maintain food webs in diverse environments. Healthy ecologies reward you with bonus powers and perks. Watch out though, as others may decide it’s easier to disturb and degrade your ecosystem than nurture their own.

Designed by a biology teacher, the game includes 76 unique organisms, 7 biomes, and beautiful vintage Victorian art. (108 cards total)

Players: 1-6

Ages: 12+ (8+ with simplified rules)

Time: 60-90 minutes

Game Modes: Standard, Simplified, Single Player

Cards are arranged with plants/algae on the bottom and predators on top. Players negotiate trades and use biotic and abiotic factor cards to affect their webs and the webs of players around them. It is a race to get to 12 victory points, with players using different strategies such as focusing on one biome, going for perks and bonuses, or disrupting other ecologies.

Gameplay is rooted in authentic science, as it is used in the classroom to teach real concepts to biology students. While it is scientific enough for the classroom, it is also strategic enough for any game night.

The points system is based on ecological trophic levels. The producers (plants) are worth less and as you make your way up the pyramid organisms are worth more, as it takes a lot of energy to sustain them. In real life only roughly 10% of the energy makes it from one level to the next, meaning you have to have acres of land and hundreds of animals just to sustain one apex predator.

This game is a sequel AND an expansion. When using the game as an expansion, you can customize the deck to include cards from all three games, including cards you love and excluding ones you don’t. Some players love aggressive “take that” mechanics, while others find them stressful. Some players love particular healthy ecology bonuses, while others feel they are overpowered. With multiple decks, you can create a customized experience to fit your group.

If you’d like to maintain the same game length and feel, we recommend choosing 10 factor cards and 7 different biomes.

Note: more cards = a longer game

4 reviews for Ecologies: Hidden Habitats – Gameplay Inspired by Nature – Sequel and Expansion to the Original Card Game – Beautiful Vintage Scientific Art

  1. Kristin

    These cards are just gorgeous! My young adult grandkids love the cards for the the art as much as as a game. And thank you so much for the deck of business cards. I will play a game with the two grands and have them draw the cards blind. Then they can make trades or whatever else they want to do. The quality is excellent!

  2. Dessa Edwards

    Beautiful artwork, quality printing, and just as fun as the original! I love that the deck are flexible so you can pick and choose the biomes you want to play. Easily adaptable for time as well, if you’re playing with kids whose attention spans wane. Looking forward to adding the third deck in the future. Thanks for making such a lovely, enjoyable game!

  3. Laura Schweibold

    Superb game, the gameplay is simple but effective and the illustrations are magnificent. As a marine biologist I’m delighted to see that there are a lot of aquatic biomes in this expansion 🙂
    Thank you very much to the after-sales service for the little request! <3

  4. Siobhán P.

    I bought this as an expansion to the original game, and the cards are just as beautiful. We’ve had fun playing both with these biomes as a standalone game and mixing them in with the original deck. Some great biotic and abiotic factors here too! This really is, hands down, the best card game we’ve played in years, and everyone we introduce it to agrees. Thank you for many wonderful hours of gaming!

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