You are a team of researchers working for the Institute for Wildlife Conservation (IWC), and you are willing to go to the ends of the earth to stop the extinction of various species.
As representatives of the IWC, you go on missions to research and protect endangered wildlife. Each mission revolves around a specific animal, including collecting data on related animals to better understand the behavior, habitat and other important characteristics of the animal being studied.
In doing so, you will also raise funds that the IWC can use to protect animals and raise awareness of their plight. These goals can only be achieved if you communicate well and work as a team.
Each round consists of a series of 8 rounds for each player, called rounds. The first Animal card played in a round determines the color of that round. The other players must follow suit by playing an Animal card of the same color, if possible. The player who plays the highest card of the color of a turn wins that turn. That player places the cards from the trick in his or her personal trick pile, which is kept face down next to him or her.
When all the tricks are played, each player with one or more Mission cards must complete his or her mission(s) by collecting (in his or her trick pile) all the Animal cards shown on his or her Mission card(s). If only one of the missions has not been successfully completed, the players immediately lose the game. However, if all players' Mission cards have been successfully completed, those Mission cards are set aside and the players move on to the next round.
Animalia: Preventing Extinction also features a campaign mode. The campaign game can be played in single player, two player or three player mode. For the setup, choose how many and which continents you will play in a row. All money earned will be transferred to the next continent. If you fail at any point in the campaign, you have not successfully completed the campaign.
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