Frontier Developments preyed on the euphoria and success of the Jurassic World movies by releasing Jurassic World Evolution at a premium price. £49.99 for a PC game is scandalous. Whilst I am a fan of Planet Coaster and all of the hard work that is done with regular updates and new content there has been a lot of scaling back on this title.
Without being privy to the licensing terms that Frontier Developments are bound by it’s difficult to hate on them too much. In all like-likelihood they probably had a deadline to launch the game in unison with the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom cinema movie release. This may go some way to explaining the lack of content.
In all honesty it’s a rather lackluster affair. Minimized and simple for console users. It’s obvious that controllers were the priority over the traditional mouse and cursor. The menu system has obviously been designed with consoles in mind. It’s nothing like Planet Coaster and only has a few options. For PC users this will feel very tedious and disrespectful. After all most strategy game studios gained success from their PC audience. To change designs completely to appease a new set of customers isn’t very appreciative to those before.
Moving on from the obvious design flaws and absurd starting price the content and long-term engagement is very poor. Beyond the initial excitement of breeding and watching dinosaurs in a zoo like environment boredom sets in rather quickly. It’s a repetitive experience. Build specific buildings, move onto new islands when you reach a milestone. Access more buildings and create more dinosaurs.
Money is scarce at the beginning but it’s quickly acquired and the exploring for fossils is tedious. Retrieving the DNA isn’t any more interesting. The only fun really is watching the dinosaurs be released and occasionally break out and cause havoc. It’s irritating when it happens but after peace is restored it becomes startlingly obvious that it was the only real excitement that has happened throughout the session.
Creating any theme park whether it be dinosaurs or roller-coasters you’d expect an in depth level of management options. It’s the standard and minimum anyone would expect. The options in Jurassic World Evolution are truly shocking. Building a souvenir shop or restaurant provides minimal options. It appears you can only sell one product from a list of three. Increasing prices doesn’t provide much feedback in how this will affect sales. If anything it seems as though you can do what you want and get away with it. Con the visitors and be rich. It’s absurd and nothing more than gimmick and it’s the same with the hotels.
Dinosaurs have a happiness factor and comfort traits. Some only like to be in small social groups. Others can handle being around various breeds though they all have a maximum threshold. Failure to fulfill their happiness and they will breakout of their enclosure regardless of the fences strength. Triceratops regularly break free and cause mayhem. It’s possible to tranquilize and then return the dinosaurs to their enclosure or the sell them. Sometimes selling is easier for the immediate restoration of peace. Placing dinosaurs back into the same environment they were hell bent on escaping will only cause the same situation to happen again.
Buildings, medicine and DNA traits can be researched to increase knowledge and options. Various buildings are available from rangers to shops, power plants, fences and visitor attractions such as viewpoints and gyro-spheres.
It’s disappointing to witness a game filled with dinosaurs be so lethargic and bare bones especially when it has the full Jurassic World license. Hopefully with more updates and content it will become something of a success though at what price point do you finally say enough. If it’s anything like Planet Coaster each DLC will cost around £10. At that rate the total cost by the time there is any level of quality entertainment will be incredibly high. I will personally revisit the game myself every now and then in the hope that something exciting will happen but fear that it’s just a fools hope.
Jurassic World Evolution Review
Jurassic World Evolution doesn’t do the movies justice. The management and options are too minimal to enjoy past the initial thrill of creating dinosaurs. I can only recommend grabbing this game on sale. Save the money and watch the movies instead.
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