Reviewed by Chris Wray
ARK NOVA (Feuerland Spiele/Capstone Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 90-150 minutes; $74.95)
Ark Nova has been one of the mega-hits of 2022. First released at Essen 2021 by designer Matthias Wigge and publisher Feuerland Spiele, this zoo-themed has dominated the BGG hotness chart for months. Its recent North America release by Capstone has drawn it even more attention. The success is coming because Ark Nova, while decidedly heavy, has much to love. The gameplay is tense and engaging. The components — especially the animals — are beautiful. And, as explained below, the game seems both familiar and fresh at the same time.