“Gene Pool is a short, clever 2-player card game that fits into the same niche as Balloon Cup and other light head-to-head card games, but its gameplay is largely original.”

Gene Pool

Join the fight against rare genetic diseases by becoming a DNA engineer in Gene Pool!

Join the fight against rare genetic diseases by becoming a DNA engineer in Gene Pool, the new fast-paced mind-bending card game! Use strategy and spatial thinking to mutate, invert, delete and insert your way to success! Gene Pool is a card game for two players, ages 10 and up, and takes about 20 minutes to play.

How do you play Gene Pool? You will be competing with your opponent to repair important genes of various length and difficulty with gene therapy. Make these repairs by modifying and rearranging a common DNA sequence. Your current genetic research goals are private, and are only revealed when they can be found within the DNA sequence. Continue repairing genes until one player completes enough research to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and the game!

Featuring amazing new artwork by Ariel Seoane, this edition has significant improvements in aesthetics and design. Along with exciting game play, Gene Pool retains all the scientific accuracy from earlier editions, and can be used to demonstrate the concepts of genetics across all levels, from molecular models and double helix structure, to individual chromosomes and the whole genome.

This is the third time Gene Pool has been made available, having sold out of a first hand-crafted edition of 200 copies in 2006, and again selling out of a second limited self-published run of 500 copies in 2009.

Goadrich Games will again be donating a portion of the profits from Gene Pool to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a non-profit dedicated to rare disease education, research, and advocacy.


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Cool Factors

  • Mechanics based on Genetics
  • Quick and Challenging Fun
  • Spatial Thinking and Strategy


DesignerGoadrich Games
Average Rating (1)
Publish DateNovember 01, 2016
DepartmentCard Games
AudienceCasual Gamer
Primary MechanicPuzzles
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More InfoGene Pool web site

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