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Ark Nova

Ark Nova is a 2021 board game where players take on the role of a zoo manager, with the goal of creating the most successful and renowned zoological establishment. Players will focus on building enclosures, acquiring animals, and supporting conservation projects around the world, with the aid of specialists and unique buildings. Players use five action cards, each with its own unique ability, such as building enclosures, accommodating animals, and gaining new zoo cards, to manage their gameplay and with the help of these cards players can make their zoo most appealing and famous.

Players can gain new zoo cards featuring animals, sponsors, and conservation projects to help enhance the appeal of the zoo and increase its scientific reputation. The game also features 255 cards featuring animals, specialists, special enclosures and conservation projects. Each card has its unique ability to help player to increase the popularity and reputation of their zoo by collecting conservation points.

Awards and honors[]

  • 2022 Tric Trac Nominee
  • 2022 Tric Trac d'Or
  • 2022 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Expert Game Nominee
  • 2022 Kennerspiel des Jahres Recommended
  • 2022 Jogo do Ano Nominee
  • 2022 International Gamers Award Two-player Winner
  • 2022 International Gamers Award Two-player Nominee
  • 2022 International Gamers Award Solo Nominee
  • 2022 International Gamers Award Multi-player Nominee
  • 2022 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner
  • 2021 Golden Geek Heavy Game of the Year Winner
  • 2021 Golden Geek Heavy Game of the Year Nominee
  • 2021 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
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