Jurassic World Evolution
Oh no, we’re in the hands of engineers
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.