We really liked Wingspan when we reviewed it in late 2020, calling its digital recreation of the bird-based board game “a must-play” in our 90% review (opens in new tab)and users in Steam (opens in new tab) seem to share this sentiment: it is rated “extremely positive” in over 4,100 user reviews. And there will be more soon, as developer Monster Couch announced today that the long-awaited European expansion will arrive on May 5th.
If you’re not familiar with Wingspan, it’s a game about managing a wildlife reserve for birds. Unlike most management sims though, it’s card-based and heavily strategic, with just enough randomization to keep things interesting. The digital translation enhances the desktop version in a number of ways, including through high-resolution animated science illustrations, individual bird calls, narrated trivia, and “a lovely ambient soundscape of birdsong, nature sounds, and classical guitar.” (The soundtrack is on Spotifyincidentally, and makes an excellent accompaniment to the physical board game).
The European Expansion will include new birds, each with a recording of their song and a selection of new and more diverse abilities, as well as new goals for players to achieve. Naturally, there will be a variety of enchanting new landscapes to feast your eyes on and an all-new soundtrack by original Wingspan composer Pawel Gorniak. All features of the base game, including full cross-platform multiplayer, will continue to be supported in the expansion.