Ecosystem – A Family Card Game about Animals, Habitats, Biodiversity


(10 customer reviews)
Brand Genius Games
Material Cardboard
Theme Animal
Genre Entertainment, Strategy, Educational
Number of Players 2-6

  • ECOLOGY BOARD GAME – Learn about ecology from a science game! Players build ecosystems of wild animals such as bears, foxes, and rabbits, in environments such as streams, forests, and meadows and are rewarded for sustainability and diversity! Our 2-6 player games will go great on a board game table in a classroom to teach students about the beauty of biological variety.
  • STRATEGIC PLAY – Ecosystem is a biologically-derived card drafting game. Players choose, pass, and arrange eleven different card types and earn points by aligning animals with habitats where they most flourish. The game is easy to learn, but difficult to master. It engages adults and teens, yet is intuitive enough for kids to play both at home and in the classroom.
  • GENIUS GAMES – Our board games teach learners of all ages about the amazing world around them and the beauty of biology. It gives you a way to bond with your young ones without any electronics or screens. Encourage critical thinking skills and learning while having fun!
  • WHO CAN PLAY – Our captivating learning games are perfect for gamers, a science class, or a family game night. Teachers, scientists, biologists, and students love playing our best-rated board games for adults. Surprise a loved one with a unique board game for their birthday or any other special occasion.
  • LEARN SCIENCE – In Ecosystem, wildlife and nature aid one another in cycles that are true to our world’s ecological habitats. It will intuitively teach players about the necessary balance of natural order and can be played in 15-20 minutes.
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Ecosystem is a card game that tries to replicate the real world ecosystem as closely as possible. Biodiversity is rewarded while monocultures are penalized. Each time you play, you build a one-of-a-kind ecosystem, striving to balance the delicate connections between all living things. Reinforce school ecology lessons with a hands-on and fun game to keep learners engaged.

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Ecology board game – learn about ecology from a science game! Players build ecosystems of wild animals (such as bears, rabbits, foxes, and Eagles) and are rewarded for sustainability and diversity!



Strategic play – a card drafting and Tableau building game about wildlife biology with a level of strategy to engage an adult gamer, yet intuitive enough for kids 14 and up to play.

Accurate science – in ecosystem, wildlife and nature aid one another in cycles that are true to our world’s ecosystems, and will intuitively teach players about the necessary balance of natural order!

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Weight11.7 kg
Dimensions6.5 × 4.5 × 1.63 cm
Product Dimensions

6.5 x 4.5 x 1.63 inches

Item Weight

11.7 ounces

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Release date

November 20, 2019




Genius Games

Reviews & Ratings

(10 customer reviews)

10 reviews for Ecosystem - A Family Card Game about Animals, Habitats, Biodiversity

  1. LeiLana80

    We are a homeschooling family who dabbles in board/card games. I bought this for us because the cards are beautiful and we love nature. It’s kind of weird to figure out how to play properly, but only a game or two until it makes sense. Our 5 year old could not grasp the concepts so it didn’t work for him at all.Gameplay is not very exciting, but it’s mildly fun. You just kind of get whatever the best card is at the time and hope for the best. Not too much skill required, definitely no heavy thinking or hardly any strategizing during the game.My biggest complaint is the scoring. My 10 and 13 get kind of confused and need me to help them, and it winds up taking just about as long as the game itself to tally it all up. So the end of the game is a total drag for us. I know they will get it the more we play, but again, it’s not that exciting so we only play like once a month.It hasn’t been one we play at home much, but we do take it with us to restaurants or grandma’s house, because it is easy to bring and quiet to play and not disruptive. Overall a 3 out of 5, but an extra star for the beautiful illustrations on the cards.

  2. Emily

    Worth the buy! I was worried that this would get boring quickly, but so far my 7 year old and I arr very much enjoying this game. It’s simple, but the options keep it entertaining.

  3. Picard78

    Like the card version of Cascadia basically, which is awesome! Another review said it’s like Arboretum, it’s not. So glad because I can’t stand that game. It’s easy to learn, easy to set up….just deal 10 cards, 2 rounds. Game time probably about 15 to 20 minutes. So a great filler or after dinner game. Good 2 player game. Haven’t tried more yet. You definitely have to look at the reminder card a lot to know where to place stuff but once you’ve played a few times you know generally what’s gonna work. Beautiful cards, enjoyable to look at. Bought for my nature loving, future ecologist teenage daughter and she loves it. Just for reference our favorite games are Wingspan, Parks, Bohnanza. We love Atlas Enchanted Lands, it’s not too much like that game but it’s similar in having to really think about your moves. . Like Bohnanza and Cascadia, it has cards that are more rare. The replay value is great, definitely one I’ll grab over and over. So yeah, go ahead and add it to the shelf. It’s a keeper.

  4. Andrea

    We received this game as a gift and we were all excited to open it (2 adults and kids ages 5, 8 and 10). The artwork is gorgeous and engaging, and the concept of the game is fairly intuitive (drafting a card and placing it in front of you where the animal/landform would work best in the ecosystem). You eventually make a 4×5 grid as you draft and place the cards until you have your ecosystem complete. You then score points based on favorable ecosystem setups (i.e. trout and dragonflies next to streams, bees next to meadows, etc.) The game plays fairly quickly (about 15 minutes) and allows up to 6 players, which is nice for larger families. Every game feels different because there are so many variations for how to display your grid.This game was reminiscent of Sushi Go in terms of drafting and passing your hand. Some of the point scoring felt similar as well (the scoring of wolves in Ecosystem feels like the way to score puddings in Sushi Go). The similarity helped us understand how to play the game better, but the two games feel very different as you play. For one thing, the theme of animals in an ecosystem is way more appealing and relevant to us than a game about sushi. The pictures on the cards were beautiful to look at, and there was a sense of pride and ownership as you drafted cards and created your own ecosystem. The end grid result is also lovely to look at, and our kids were excited to compete for the longest stream or the biggest wolf pack. This game is definitely a winner and will go into our game play rotation!A few tips we found helpful:- Put the cards in a holder for younger kids. This makes it easier to pass and easier for younger kids to easily pick a card after each pass.- Even though it says 10+, our 5 year old picked up on the game fairly quickly (though we do play board games often as a family). Some ways to modify the game for younger kids might be to take a few types of animals out of the game or don’t give negative points for ecosystem gaps at the end of the game.- Scoring can take a long time, and young kids will lose interest during this phase of the game (comes at the end after your grid is made). To keep kids engaged, I had my 8 and 10 year old add up everyone’s scores (they were motivated to know who won, and we got some bonus math practice in) while the 5 year old helped clean up the cards.- While scoring, you need to know which cards did not score any points. You can’t immediately remove them because they may affect scoring for other cards. It can be hard to remember which cards didn’t score, so we simply placed some kind of marker on those cards (gems, buttons, etc.) and at the end of the game, it was really easy to see your ecosystem gaps.- If playing with kids, score one animal at a time. Go around and have everyone tally their bears (and mark their ecosystem gaps as suggested above), then their bees, and so on.

  5. Heath Fogelman

    I hadn’t played a game like this before. You and your opponents place cards in a grid as you pass a diminishing hand if available cards around each turn.Placing the right cards in proximity scores points, so it’s important to place well and plan ahead.Scoring takes a few minutes, but it’s a fun way to build a vibrant ecological environment that’s different every time you play.

  6. Katherine

    Great little easy to learn game!

  7. Micah

    I really enjoy this game! It’s not too complicated to learn, can be replayed often and has nice artwork. It doesn’t lose interest after a few rounds and is super portable for taking to breweries/camping trips. We own this game and purchased another for a friend!

  8. Julie

    This game has beautiful art and is really fun to play with the whole family from my preschooler all the way to teens and adults!

  9. wickie74

    The set is beautifully made and good quality, but this must be the most boring game we ever played. It makes a good educational tool. I wouldn’t buy it again though.

  10. Amazon Customer

    Great game-easy to learn, hard to master. It’s easy to play over lunch and the kids love it too!

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