Jurassic World Evo­lu­tion

Oh no, we’re in the hands of en­gi­neers

Games Master - - CONTENTS - n Ben Grif­fin

The third game this month based on a pop­corn-muncher film fran­chise, but we love pop­corn so it’s fine.

Hold onto your butt, be­cause this theme park builder might be the best game based on the di­nosaur-filled fran­chise since that bat­tered ’90s ar­cade shooter you put a quid in when­ever you visit the pier. Helmed by Fron­tier, the stu­dio that brought you Thril­lville and Planet Coaster, and launch­ing next year to co­in­cide with the up­com­ing Jurassic World: The Fallen King­dom, you’re fi­nally able to cre­ate the dino-sa­fari of your dreams. Re­mem­ber though, in the style of the late, great John Ham­mond, this is more than a phil­an­thropic ven­ture. Your park is a busi­ness, which means you’ll need to set mer­chan­dis­ing prices, place snack stalls to max­imise prof­its, and con­sider how many ve­loci­rap­tor pens you can get away with be­fore some­one ques­tions the wis­dom of your idea.

At­trac­tions are just one arm of your en­ter­prise. The two oth­ers com­prise of re­search labs and con­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties, the for­mer let­ting you tinker with the bio­engi­neer hybrid mon­strosi­ties of your own, like Jurassic World’s in­domi­nus rex, or a bipedal dog with webbed feet (maybe), and the lat­ter pro­vid­ing a bar­rier be­tween you and a ma­jor law­suit.

Spare no ex­pense

Early CG footage teases what el­e­ments we can ex­pect. First, there are in­tu­itive con­trols courtesy of a cir­cu­lar brush cur­sor you can use to quickly erase wood­land and shrub­bery, and this likely works in re­verse too, let­ting you paint sur­faces or build roads be­tween en­clo­sures. Struc­tures look easy to place as well. Want a con­trol room with an InGen he­li­copter pad at­tached? Just drag and drop. Un­like com­pa­ra­ble 2015 mo­bile ti­tle, Jurassic World: The Game, you can ex­pect more am­bi­tious play­ing ar­eas with bustling main streets, mono­rails, and col­i­se­ums in which spec­ta­tors watch mosasaurus feed. So af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, we’ve de­cided to en­dorse this park.

You’ll ex­pand across the fic­tional Isla Nublar, set­ting for Juras­sics Park and World, and the sur­round­ing is­lands of the Muertes Ar­chi­pel­ago.

If you en­counter tech­ni­cal hitches, def­i­nitely don’t turn the theme park’s power off and on again. The best de­fence is an elec­tric fence.

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