Oceans Lite, the digital adaptation of the species building tabletop strategy game Oceans, sets sail today on Android and iOS and is now available as a free download worldwide. Oceans, part of North Star Games’ Evolution line of games, released this year following a massively successful Kickstarter campaign which raised more than $750,000 USD. Survive in an ever-changing ecosystem by crafting new species of animals. Twelve Surface traits and a huge array of Deep cards representing the unexplored depths of the ocean provide the means to survive and thrive in the harsh underwater environment.
Randomly chosen Scenario cards change the seascape of each playthrough. Combine various traits rooted in science to face these challenges by developing symbiotic relationships, or evolve carnivorous traits to feast on foes. Build the most successful species to rule the seas.
Oceans Lite introduces new players to the world and strategies of Oceans while giving veterans a chance to sharpen their skills. This one or two-player implementation of the tabletop game features a learn-while-you-play tutorial from Darwin himself, a solo mode pitting gamers against multiple levels of A.I. opponents, and a pass-and-play mode for going head-to-head against a friend.
Oceans Lite currently includes 20 Deep cards and four Scenario cards for significant replayability, offering a taste of the full game’s millions of unique combinations of species and environments. Additional packs of Deep and Scenario Cards will become available for purchase, allowing players to dive deeper into Oceans. The neural network A.I. will also continue to learn, presenting an ever-greater challenge.
“We’re thrilled to share Oceans Lite with gamers worldwide and bring Oceans to an even wider audience,” said Scott Rencher, president, and co-founder of North Star Digital Studios. “This free implementation makes one of the most exciting board game releases this year much more accessible, letting new players try the game and giving fans of the game the ability to hone their skills.”
Oceans Lite is available for free in English on Android and iOS. Extra content for the game will cost $.99 for each pack of 10 Deep cards and 3 Surface cards.