Life finds a way.

 

Okay got the reference out of the way. On to the review. The fifth installment of the Jurassic Park/World franchise has hit theaters in the US, and to build off that hype a new game has hit store shelves recently.

In this game you play as, well, yourself. You are now in charge of building and maintaining dinosaur parks on the Cinco Muertes aka the Five Deaths (the chain of islands the movies take place on). Conceptually it’s a simple park builder game. There’s no massive plot or story campaign, there aren’t any particularly memorable characters (except for Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Malcolm), and there aren’t any major additions to the overall JP lore or meta narrative. But because it lacks all of these things doesn’t mean it’s bad. Shedding all of that weight lets the game focus on the park building, and wow does it do well.

 

Like any good park builder, there’s a strategy to making your park successful. You have to think it through. What attractions will guests enjoy? Will they complain about restaurants being too far apart? All of these little details matter and can impact the success of your parks. One of the main features that separates this game from other park builders is of course the dinosaurs. In most builders you make a couple of roller coasters and then sit back and relax. In Jurassic World you have to maintain and care for these creatures. It’s not enough just to feed them and water them, they have to be comfortable. You have to be considerate when placing your dinosaurs. Some need wide opens spaces and lots of friends, others need a lot of trees and loneliness. The dinosaurs must be comfortable or else they will break out and cause mayhem. And after 5 movies in the franchise, we all have a pretty good idea of what that mayhem is.

The game does a great job at teaching. The attention to detail is astonishing when it comes to the dinosaurs. There’s even an entire database feature that lets you learn not only about the dinosaurs, but about the locations and dig sites they were discovered at. This gives amateur paleontologists the chance to really dig in and learn more than just species names. It gives the player a chance to delve into real dinosaurs and paleontology as a whole instead of just movie dinosaurs.

Jurassic World: Evolution is definitely made for fans by fans. The game gives players a new chance to live out Hammond’s dream of having a park full of dinosaurs. The controls are fluid and easy while the game offers interesting challenges. Overall the game is quite relaxing. I feel so at peace building the parks on the islands. The music compliments the gameplay perfectly. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to play with dinosaurs, this is definitely the game for you. I highly recommend Jurassic World: Evolution.

 

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