Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Evolve or Perish Board Game


This is a board game developed by artist-illustrator Hannah Bonner and the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program, Smithsonian Institution. The set-up is similar to Chutes and Ladders (in Europe, Snakes and Ladders) - you use chips and a die to reach the finish. Evolve or Perish, however, also takes you through 630 million years of evolution from life in the sea to life on land! The guidebook explains all the organisms and events in more detail and supports learning about the history of life on our planet. The game can be played at two levels; beginner and advanced.

  • 2-4 players
  • 15-30 minutes

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