Jurassic World Evolution is right around the corner, June 12 to be exact, and I believe that a history lesson is in order.
I would like to tell you about a young boy thoroughly obsessed with dinosaurs. A young boy that would dig up his backyard, the sand on the beach, the school play yard, and yes, even at the park. Normally, that craze of dinosaurs will leave a kid’s ambitions, but for me it took steadfast. Then, when I heard of Jurassic Park, you couldn’t stop me fast enough from buying a copy of the movie and watching it about seven times back to back (which I will still do today). Something about the roar of the Tyrannosaurus or the way the Velociraptor’s sickle-shaped claw tapped on the floor, got me excited. It was like watching the National Geographic channel and seeing all your favorite animals in one gigantic special.
Jurassic World Evolution learns from history
Now, enough about my little backstory, we’re here to talk about the breathtaking Jurassic World Evolution. A game that places you in charge of building and leading a new dinosaur-themed park to success. Which, of course, to me is a dream come true, allowing me to make Jurassic Park (or Jurassic World now) to my own design.
However, this isn’t the first time a create your own dinosaur-park game was made. If we go back to the year 2003, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis was released as the first Jurassic Park simulation. It allowed players to build it their own way, and charge AI $2,000 a day, $10,000 a day and the AI will pay it (if the reference flew over your head)! From super computers to breeding your own dinosaurs, the game had it all! The best part about the game was when the dinosaurs broke out. There was a small red button that a player could press that would basically make everything go crazy, dinosaurs would break out and begin eating people and destroying buildings, it was great!
What we know thus far, and our wishlist!
Now, all of that was fifteen years ago! To think how far gaming technology has come since then is astonishing, and now it’s time to use that tech to remake a better version of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. Coming back with beautiful graphics that make the animals look hyper-realistic, fan favorite dinosaurs, and Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Ian Malcolm.
Some of the mechanics from Jurassic World Evolution have definitely been inspired from the older PS2 game. Such as: security helicopters, allowing players to sedate and capture escaped dinosaurs, breed various versions of dinosaurs, and add various eateries for the park goers to enjoy. Some mechanics that I personally believe will be added based on both mobile games and parts from the movies are: hybrid dinosaurs besides the Indominus and the Indoraptor (hybrid dinosaurs from the Jurassic World movies), perhaps a fighting mechanic, and I’m secretly hoping for a digging mini-game.
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I already have my pre-order for Jurassic World Evolution locked in, and I’m picking it up day one! Life finds a way.