Ark Nova review

Ark Nova Board Game Review


Name: Ark Nova

BGG Weight: 3.72 / 5

Year Published: 2021

Publisher: Feuerland Spiele

Designer: Mathias Wigge

Number of Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90-160 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Zoo, Animals

Mechanics: End Game Bonuses, Hand Management, Hexagon Grid, Income, Increase Value of Unchosen Resources



Strategy: 8.4

Complexity: 7.2

Player Interaction: 6.8

Replayability: 9.1

Game Rating: 8.6

Cost: 6.5



Weight Rating: (7.2 + 8.4) = 15.6

Playability Rating: [(9.1 + 6.8 + 8.6) – 7.2] = 17.3

Play Rating Score: (15.6 + 17.3) x 2 = 65.8

Value Rating: 65.8 / 6.5 = 10.12


Final Score Rating: 65.8 + 10.12 = 775.92



In Ark Nova, players are zookeepers who compete to build the best zoo possible, by acquiring animals, constructing enclosures, and hiring staff. The game is designed for 2-4 players and takes around 60-90 minutes to play.

The game features unique mechanics where players can attract animals by offering them the right types of food and habitats, and also includes a card-drafting mechanism where players must choose which animals to acquire and which ones to pass on.

Overall, Ark Nova has been positively received by players who enjoy the blend of strategy, resource management, and animal collection. The game’s components are also praised for their high quality and attention to detail. If you’re a fan of board games about building and managing your own zoo, Ark Nova is definitely worth checking out.


For those who enjoyed Ark Nova, here are 10 other games that they might like:

  1. Carcassonne – a classic tile-laying game with easy-to-learn rules and strategic gameplay.
  2. Terraforming Mars – a strategic game where players terraform Mars while managing resources and competing for victory points.
  3. Scythe – a strategic game set in an alternate history 1920s where players compete for resources, territory, and power.
  4. Viticulture – a worker placement game where players manage a vineyard, harvest grapes, and make wine to score victory points.
  5. Agricola – a classic worker placement game where players build their farms and manage resources to feed their family and score victory points.
  6. Puerto Rico – a strategic game where players build and manage a colony, trade goods, and compete for victory points.
  7. Catan – a classic game of trading and building where players collect resources, build settlements and cities, and compete for victory points.
  8. Istanbul – a strategic game where players manage their merchants, collect goods, and trade them for rubies to win the game.
  9. Concordia – a strategic game where players expand their trade networks, build buildings, and collect resources to score victory points.
  10. Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar – a worker placement game where players place their workers on gears, each with different actions, to collect resources, build buildings, and score victory points.

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