Smash the glass
The careful arrangements made in those first few rounds might sound vestigial compared to the game’s tumultuous second half, but nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the beauty of Oceans It is that both halves of the game are essential. Early moves are about establishing a foundation for success, with the right mix of species to safeguard or support the deep traits you’ll use later on. This is a tightrope act. You’re allowed to draw from the deep deck from the very first turn; It’s just that those cards will sit in your hand like sea cucumbers until the Cambrian Explosion rolls around. But by drawing early and planning for the eventual appearance of your future traits, it’s possible to develop a game-long strategy within the first few turns.
With a methodical foundation and a furious second act, Oceans is the best of both worlds, rewarding both careful mastery and a willingness to smash the glass at the aquarium if it means victory. Like Evolution (before it, deserves to be a hit — and, far more importantly, it is as sleek and sharp as a barracuda.