This game is a marriage between a micro management game like Rollercoaster Tycoon and an adventure/action game.
You run a jurassic theme park, and you can even choose the size, water and forest percentage of the island before you begin. You then are on a mission to create a 5 star theme park, by creating dinosaur pen attractions, and all sorts of amenities for the visitors to use.
A nice feature of the game is that the dinosaurs in the park are completely up to you, you can send research teams out on digs to find more fossils, and extract more DNA for new breeds of dinosaurs etc, which you can then create in hatcheries to be released into the park (with or without fences for your amusement!)
You can use the attractions yourself - including driving around a safari car and snapping pictures of your lovely dinosaurs to sell for money, or riding in a balloon around the park - there is so much stuff to do in this game it is unreal!
A rip roaring game. a stratedgy based building game, concentrating on building a succesful amusement park based on the veiwing of dinosaurs.
Starting off, you design your island, this seemingly unimportant part of the game can greatly influence your islands infrastructure and lay out. By changing the island shape from square to a slighlty more irregular shape can efect where you can build certain amenities. By changing the island to having more rivers, this will stop you building over rivers, unless you cover them over first, and if you have no rivers you must put them in unless you're dinosaurs will die.
Once you have designed your island, it is time to start building. You must think of tiolents, fast food outlets, sourvenir shops and various other facilites. and you must of course make some dinosaurs. you do this by extracting fossiled matter from with in amber on the research screen. at this screen you can aslo research new facilities, help prevent dinosaur iseases among many other different scientific topics.
Once your park is succesfully up and running, it is quite easy to maitain,, making the game become a tad boring, but trurt me it will take some while for this to happen.
If you get bored of the your own park, you can undertake missions, and take tutorials on how to run different parts of the park from the main main screen.
Once every mission had been completed you unlock the 'Site B' gameplay mode, where you simply create dinosaurs and let them run wild. This is a lot more intersting than its sounds, as a great amount of research was done for this game, and the dinosaurs ct beleivably real.
A great stradegy game, well worth a buy if you are a fan of this genre.
Jurassic Park Operation Genesis is quite an addictive game. It is a strategy / simulation game with a bit of a difference in that it involves dinosaurs as well as people.
BACKGROUND / GAMEPLAY
In this game you have to create and maintain a dinosaur zoo enabling your visitors to see how dinosaurs would behave in their natural habitat.
Your first task is to create secure enclosures for the dinosaurs with electric fences, security cameras , ranger stations etc to ensure the safety of your visitors. You have to keep an eye on these enclosures because they can get damaged by tornadoes or the dinosaurs and the last thing you want is your dinosaurs rampaging around the zoo eating and scaring your visitors!
After creating the enclosures your next step is to fill them with dinosaurs. To do this you first have to hire some fossil hunting teams and get them to search in the dig sites for dinosaur bones or amber. You then send what they find to a lab where DNA is extracted. Once you have enough DNA you can create a dinosaur in a hatchery.
There are several different types of dinosaur and each has its own way of behaving and some are more popular with visitors than others. You have to keep them healthy, happy and well fed. Fortunately there is a Dinopedia in the game that tells you all the details you need to know about the different types of dinosaur such as what they eat .
Along with keeping the dinosaurs happy you also need to keep the visitors happy. To do this you need to ensure you have enough of the right amenities available such as toilets, shops, cafes and benches. You also need to make sure that you create the park in a way that enables the visitors to easily see the dinosaurs. You can do this by adding things like viewing towers, vents and domes in and around the enclosures and by arranging tours such as land cruiser tours and hot air balloon tours.
GRAPHICS, SOUND AND CONTROLS
The 3D graphics are very good with the dinosaurs looking very detailed and you can easily tell one type apart from another. The background/enviroment looks quite realistic too, you can even see individual leaves on the trees.
The sound effects are also very good with each type of dinosaur having its own unique noises and the music is taken from the Jurassic Park film.
The controls take a little getting used to but are fully explained in the instruction manual and once you have played it for a little while you soon get the hang of it.
This is a good game but more suitable for people in their teens upwards. I say this because there is blood and violence and you do see the dinosaurs hunting and killing for food and although it is only a game I do not think this is suitable for younger kids.
Dinosaur buffs and fans of the Jurassic Park films should find this game interesting and enjoyable as would those who enjoy simulation games. I am not into dinosaurs at all but I do enjoy simulation games and this is one I have played and re-played time and time again so I have got my moneys worth out of it.
The game has been around for a few years now so can be picked up at a bargain price. Prices start from around £4 on Ebay and at this price it is well worth buying.
Publisher: V U Games
Developer: Blue Tongue
Genre = Building Simulation
Developer = BlueTongue Software
Publisher = Konami
Players = 1 Player
Online = No
Age = 11+
Memory Usage = 1700KB Minimum
Released = March 2003
There have been a few Jurassic Park films released with some games based on them and a load of others that was just based on the theme. This game Im review is make by an Australian developer company by the name of Blue Tongue which has been making games since 1995. In 2004 they were acquired by THQ, which was after the release of this game which is why it was publishes by Konami instead.
This game does not follow the storyline from the movie but instead takes the aim of the park, which is to extract DNA from fossils and hatch dinosaurs and keep them in a zoo type them park where visitors can come and pay to watch this new type of trilling entertainment.
The graphics are no thing special, theres no amazing effects, stunning lighting or shadows. Not like you would expect like in the top games out now but the game does have some good details and animation. If you take the time and zoom into the action you can see there is good amount of detail on the dinosaurs with its skin color and teeth but what is nice is the animation. As you watch them they will work about, drink water, run and hunt its prey it does seem realistic.
The game does take the theme tune of the film, which you will hear playing when on the main menu. Apart from that, the music (what of it!) is pretty poor. The same goes for the voices also, where as the game gives you tips and emails there are the images of the actors that played there part in the film accompanied with a voice. Although Im not sure if the real actors from the films did the voice overs (probably not) I found it poor either way, the quality was average at best and who ever did them couldnt of put much effort into it.
The only thing that comes close to being good in audio is the sound with the dinosaurs all have there unique sounds and when T-Rex roars he sounds a right vigorous beast that ever walked this earth.
The controls are explained to you through the tutorials and also what all the icons in the menu mean. The game is building simulation like the tycoon and theme games (e.g. Them Park World) where you use scroll around the screen, turn the view, zoom in and all the interaction is done by clicking on structures and using the pop up menus to access info, dig sites, research and so on.
As long as you have followed the tutorials which are pretty simple, you should know the ins and outs of the menu with a 30mins -1 hour of gameplay. You do get to take control of a jeep and a helicopter, so there are quite a few things to remember but there is always an on screen display of the buttons to remind you.
The only problem that accrued was that when I was selecting the icons on the menu sometimes jumped to the wrong one.
The game is slightly varied with what you do through out. You have the main building and maintaining of running a Jurassic them park, from extraction DNA from fossil that you find or buy, so you can then hatch dinosaurs. Once you have at least 1 inside a cage you can open the park to earn money from visitors. From this money you can do research to improve viewing of your enclosures and other structures and items to keep your customers happy like gift and food shops, to other things to do with security and cures to dinosaurs diseases.
Thats the basic of these type of building simulation games but theres a bit more to Jurassic park then the others. You also have a rangers station that has a helicopter that you can give orders to or fly yourself. The reason for the use of this is, is a number of useful actions can be taking like shooting a dinosaur with cures to the diseases that you have researched, sedate them if you want to move them and even a deadly bullet if a carnivore goes on a rampage, along with a few other actions.
There are two attractions called safari and balloon ride which not only earns you money from visitors but you can take control of this also but this time you have a camera which is used for taking pictures of you dinosaurs which sometimes are bought by papers to earn some extra cash.
Im not a great fan of building games as I found they get boring very quickly but being quite interested in dinosaurs I found it quite entertaining at time, as especially when you get a new dinosaur into the park for the first time. Although there are 25 types of dinosaurs available in the game which is a good number the only problem is that you have 3 out of 6 dig sites in a game meaning you only can get about half of the species in the park. So the only other way to see the other types would be to start another game from scratch and chose to have the other dig sites.
The research I would like to also mention about, as with other game of this type you must research projects for you to unlock the others first but here they are already unlock for you to research which does not give you any surprises along the way as you can read about all of them before researched them.
As well as the building sandbox type play as its called now a days, you also have 12 missions to completed if you wish, that include rescuing visitors, killing all the rampaging dinosaurs, taking photographs of them and running a open safari park (which is all the dinosaurs are together instead of in different groups. Most of theses are time limits and can be quick hard to do but is a good challenge.
What also adds replay value, although dinosaurs enthusiastics will more likely play the mode which is unlocked after completing all the tutorials and missions. This is called B-site think of it as a private dinosaur park where no visitors are allowed. Here you have no money so you can build as much as you like. There are not much that you can build as a lot of it is for visitors which is not needs for this mode, so it lest you hatch dinosaurs anywhere you like and its just like view them in the natural surroundings as you watch them hunt each other and play together. I really enjoyed this mode as I could see how they would acted normal, where as making a load of raptors they would stay as a pack and it was great to see who would win when verses a t-rex.
Completing the game should take about 2 weeks and you may get another 1 or 2 weeks out of it if you really enjoy the B- Side mode and are quite fascinated in dinosaurs.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
A must try for park type fans and dinosaur lovers. If you decide to buy then get it cheap. If you can find it.
SCORE & SUMMARY
Graphics - 7/10, No thing special, but has good animation.
Sound/Music - 5/10, pretty poor apart from the dinosaurs.
Controls - 7/10, your average controls of a building sim.
Gameplay - 8/10, Good sim more for dino fans, others may find it boring.
Replay Value - 6/10, not that hard, could have done with more dinosaurs.
FINAL RATING 6.6/10
Amazon.co.uk = £25 (Marketplace)
Play.com = £4.99 (only PC Version available)
Thanks for reading.
Full-fledged world-building or mission-based action gameplay