Jurassic World Evolution: A world of your creation (review)

Jurassic World Evolution is the latest entry in a series of park management games. Titles like Thrillville and Roller Coaster Tycoon are -by far- the most famous, and Jurassic World tries to join in on the fun. While feeling more like an expanded movie segment, it manages to feel like its own game.

Welcome To The Five Deaths

The world of Jurassic World Evolution is beautiful and cruel. The game takes place on five islands called “La Cincos Muertas.” This ties into the movies somewhat since the films take place in Costa Rica. The design of the world is so strikingly realistic that I almost mistook the opening cutscene as stock movie footage. The dinosaurs themselves look to have a life-like weight to them as well. The cruelty in the design comes from nature, with carnivorous dinosaurs eating at a rate that’s difficult to keep up with when first starting the game. The object of the game is certainly to increase profits for the park, and it’s best done by having dinosaurs exhibits. It becomes difficult to do this when your dinosaurs are eating each other left and right. I had lost many dinosaurs to the Ceratosaurus before getting a live feeding bay set up to deal with its hunger. It’s a good way to somewhat teach players what to watch out for, but you never get over your first dino-death.

Mo Money, Money Dinos

The story behind the game is essentially about making more money for the park. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as the scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm, who plays an interesting role. Most of Goldblum’s lines feel like he doesn’t want you to continue helping the park. He feels like the angel on your shoulder causing you to question the park. That being said you have a sort of balancing act between three different departments that determine how your park fairs. Each department has benefits to assist them, and neglecting to help one department causes them to be less likely to help you in the long run. It add a bit of a push-pull effect to building the park.

Day to Day Business

Controlling the functions of the park feel a bit tedious at times. This is mostly due to the controls not feeling very clear. The real key to effectively managing the park is being able to see as much of it as possible. Because of this, being able to easily move the camera and check it from various angles is a necessity. But Jurassic World Evolution makes looking around the park feel like a chore. It’s easy enough to move the camera slowly, but rotating to see the bigger picture takes a while to get used to.

Final Reaction

Jurassic World Evolution at its core is a decent theme park simulator. Getting past the controls, it’s still fun to raise dinosaurs and build new attractions. But the game feels hollow somehow. Managing the park and the dinosaurs don’t really feel all that exciting and the game almost feels like a minor movie tie-in. The major draw to the game is the dinosaurs, but after awhile they lose their intrigue. It just becomes a game of adding more to the park so that you and the visitors don’t get bored. If you’re a fan of theme park simulators, Evolution is only moderately worth the time, especially if you like Jurassic Park.

Rating: 3/5 Atoms


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