AzureAzule gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
AzureAzule gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.

  • Recommended +1

  • Jurassic Park/World simulation, with dino breeding, expeditions for DNA, and even a bit of a strategy game
If you ever thought it’d be cool to create your own Jurassic Park (or World), then the time for you has come! Jurassic World Evolution is pretty much a Jurassic Park/Wold simulation game that was recently released and seems pretty popular (especially on YouTube). It’s an interesting game and I’ve played some of it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

You’ll start off on one of a few different islands (not Isla Nublar, which you unlock later). You’ll have a basic structure going on, such as a large pen already built. You’ll still need a few other buildings, but you can purchase them whenever you can afford them. The starting layout is pretty good, but there’s more room for you to grow your park. You’ll also start out with a few million dollars to buy new buildings or get started on dinosaur incubation.

You won’t have all (48 I think) dinos unlocked right away, but I think you’ll have at least one “viable” genome with which you can incubate into a dino. You won’t be able to incubate a dino until you have enough DNA, which you get by doing expeditions. This part of the game is pretty simple. You’ll see an expedition map, which contains real-life expedition sites. You’ll click on one to send your team to (for a price) and they will come back with fossils after a few minutes. You then have to analyze fossils in order to get more DNA for whatever dino you’re working on. You’re going to want to constantly send out expedition teams to gather more fossils, so that you can incubate more dinos.

Obtaining more of the dinos genome means you’ll have more success when incubating a dino. I believe 50% is “viable.” Also, with a full genome, you can modify each creature, giving them extra stats like disease resistance, better rating, or a new skin. Personally, I’m very fond of the rain forest skin, which gives dinos a bit of blue.

The park has a variety of needs. Each building requires power and a path. Each building also has it’s own utility. The Asset Containment Unit uses helicopters to tranquilize, move, or sell dinos. You’ll also have a Ranger station which uses jeeps to repair structures or resupply feeders. You can drive them yourself, but it’s not required. It also can heal dinos and allow you to take pictures.

Guests have other needs such as shopping, food, fun, and security. You can increase these with an appropriate building. Hotels will increase how many guests you can have. There are also shelters you can place to give your guests some where to go when an emergency happens such as a bad storm or a loose dino. Satisfying all of these needs will earn you ratings on that specific island. In order to unlock further islands you will need to get a three star rating for the island you’re on. Each island is a bit unique. Isla Nublar is pretty much the “creative mode” island, where you have unlimited funds and can pretty much do whatever you like. Another island has a problem with frequent storms, including tornadoes that can severely damage structures or even fences.

It’s worth noting that each island has it’s own amount of money. However, you can use one island to send an expedition team and retrieve fossils. Sometimes these expeditions recover materials that you can only sell. So, once you have those materials, you can switch over to another island and sell them, increasing the amount of money you have on that island. (Pro tip!)

Dinos also have their own needs such as food, water, grassland, forest, social, and population to name a few. If these needs are met, the dino will be comfortable, if they get uncomfortable then they start to break fences and escape their enclosure. This is definitely a problem as herbivores can stampede and trample guests, while carnivores will eat guests (and you can watch this happen). If they break out of an enclosure, you’ll have to use a ranger team to repair the fence and an ACU unit (helicopter) to tranquilize and move them back into their enclosure. So, it’s very important to keep your dinos comfortable, or else there’s going to be serious problems.

There are three “factions” within the game, science, entertainment, and security. You can do tasks for each of them that will increase your reputation with them. Doing so will unlock a variety of things such as dinos and buildings. They have missions on each island, but they also have contracts. Contracts are basically activities you can do that will not only increase your reputation with that faction, but also reward you with money (which you’ll need).

As you play more, you’ll unlock new buildings, technology, and dinos. You may wish to be careful of which dinos you put together as some of them will obviously not get along and start fighting (even to the death). Or, you could just decide to see for yourself which dino would win in a fight. You could even edit their genome and make one much better than another. It’s pretty interesting.

The game looks good and runs well. There are some issues you may run into. For one thing, sometimes building is difficult due to obstructions of the terrain. Also, it seems that some of the animations don’t quite work together. For instance you might see a Rex kill a Raptor, but you won’t actually see them touch, just almost touching. Hopefully this is something the developers will fix.

So far, the game does have one cheap DLC that adds (I believe) 5 new dinos to the game. There was also a free update when Jurassic World Extinction was released, which added more dinos, including the Indominous Raptor. It has been speculated that the game will get aquatic and aviary dinos in the future, but so far that doesn’t seem to be guaranteed.

If you like simulation games and Jurassic Park/Wold, then this game is probably for you.

*Update* 2/2/2020
There is a lot of DLC for this game now. There are multiple dino packs of new dinos and skins you can buy. There are also a few expansions. I have not yet played all of them.

A great source for all things Jurassic World Evolution, you should check out the YouTube channel of BestInSlot (

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/08/2018 at 05:37am

Looks like someone's a dino fan :D

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/08/2018 at 01:19pm

Hell yeah! I went to Jurassic World Extinction. I have the other movies on Blu-Ray and I just recently finished re-reading the first book.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/09/2018 at 05:47pm

Awesome. I can't wait to see Fallen World myself! I also have all the movies on Bluray and even liked Jurassic World!

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/09/2018 at 06:10pm

Fallen World, I thought it was Extinction, getting confused with Ark. LOL

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/09/2018 at 06:43pm

> and even liked Jurassic World

Huh, I thought it was pretty well liked. JP3 on the other hand...

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/09/2018 at 07:02pm

JP3 is my least favorite, although I still like it. JW was apparently "divisive" as I've seen around the web. I liked it, too.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/09/2018 at 09:44pm

I guess everything is divisive these days.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 07/09/2018 at 10:47pm

Jurassic Park 2 is the worst. All others are good.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 07/09/2018 at 10:53pm

Minus the latest, I have yet to see it.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 02:11am

That's an interesting take! If someone only dislikes one of the films, it's almost always the third. You may be the only person I've heard of who cared for the third, actually.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 07/10/2018 at 03:06am

I am weird. :)

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 03:47am

I rank Episode 3 higher than Episode 6 so yeah me too :D

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 04:01am

There are things that are universally loved but movies do seem ... I don't know if divisive is the right word but.. well commented on? I suppose because any yahoo can have a podcast every yahoo does. I feel that's a fair critique as I am on such yahoo. That said, people seemed to dislike it because it was too much like the original, not good enough for various small plot reasons or large plot reasons or mildly pedantic to large issues depending on your perspective. Personally I liked it because it had Dinosaurs eating people and that's what I watch Jurassic Park movies for. It was big and dumb and quite fun. I think some people didn't find the fun part. Odd thing is all the critique is valid for other movies I love so I don't get why some movies it's OK to not say it's bad and others it is?

I'd say Jurassic World is just as good as Tremors or Predator and Jurassic World gets way more disdain.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 12:35pm

I think a lot of the movie criticism I can’t get behind comes from people taking something too seriously.

I saw an argument shortly after TLJ. Someone giving the example of Yoda controlling the weather as an example of how TLJ doesn’t care about established lore.

Like in this movie about freakin’ space wizards you guys are arguing about whether one space wizard who can come back from the dead would be able to pull a lightning bolt out of a storm cloud? That’s an insurmountable problem?

Your take on Jurassic World harkens to that. It’s a film that’s meant to be fun and fantastical (in a way) sci-fi action but people take it too seriously. I guess I can see why. The first Jurassic Park was big and important. It was fun but took itself seriously. I don’t think any of them have done that since and that’s not a bad thing.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 03:29pm

> Like in this movie about freakin’ space wizards you guys are arguing about whether one space wizard who can come back from the dead would be able to pull a lightning bolt out of a storm cloud? That’s an insurmountable problem?

Right, I agree. The Emperor shoots lightning from his hands yet the thing that's hard to understand is that it can come from the sky? That's the most believable part, because lighting actually comes from the sky. If the force is everywhere then all Yoda did was spark the force to do the natural weather thing, which seems canonical to me if not done before.

So if many people's problems is that Star Wars does too much new stuff, then I think when everyone complained Force Awakens was a retread needs to rethink that. Sounds like it would be the best sequel ever. It did new stuff, but it's basic plot and themes were very similar.

> It was fun but took itself seriously. I don’t think any of them have done that since and that’s not a bad thing.

Yeah and the biggest parts where the film breaks down is in basic genetics. Like copy pasting from Frog DNA wouldn't really create Dinosaurs and if it did they'd be really strange looking. The basic premise of Jurassic Park doesn't work yet that's not what the main problem with the series is? Paper thin characters are pretty common in campy films but I think people expect each film to be Chaucer, which I think movies like Fallen Kingdom are clearly more like Mad Magazine.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 03:42pm

Also, people don't have to agree on what's good. People also don't need to be consistent, i'm not. I guess i'm just raging(not really) against the notion of some kind of art based consensus. It can exist in communities, but it's OK to think differently and we don't need to all agree.

Form your own way. That's a big reason why this site exists else i'd just be posting game reviews on Facebook.

Travis   Admin wrote on 07/10/2018 at 04:32pm

Amen! Enjoy things when you can, move on when you can’t. The idea of things being “objectively bad” seems rampant these days which I cannot get behind.

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/14/2018 at 11:59pm

I may have to edit my review of this game, now that I've spent more time with it. This is a good game, perhaps much better than I originally thought. It's not just a Jurassic Park/World simulator, it's a strategy game! It's also challenging. There's so much to do and plenty of things take a lot of time to do (like analyzing fossils for DNA and completing a genome). I actually do wish the game was a bit easier, but there's no difficulty setting. The easiest it gets is when you unlock Isla Nublar, which is the game's "creative mode." Here, you don't have to worry about money and you can turn off storms and make it so dinos won't try to break out of their pens. If only I had those options for the other islands! I feel like this game is pretty much worth full price, even though it's definitely not cheap. In a way I want to pull myself away and let go of the various goals in the game. I've unlocked all the islands, but I keep wanting to play it, there's still more to do.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 07/28/2018 at 05:10am

Checkout this really hilarious Jurassic World Evolution game review.

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 07/28/2018 at 05:41am

LOL Yeah that pretty much covers it.

AzureAzule   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 12/31/2020 at 11:49pm

FYI, this game is currently (temporarily) free on Epic Games, so hurry up and grab it while you can! I recently bought the DLC I was missing (some dino packs, Claire's Sanctuary, and Return to Jurassic Park) and have been playing it lately. It's still a great game and I feel like it was easier this time around. I've spent nearly 200 hours playing this game. Luckily, I'm not done yet and I still want more. I'm really loving it. I think I'd like to reiterate that it's not just simply a park builder, but to me it also feels like a strategy game, but still very fun! Now that I think about it, I think I'm going to change my review from "Rad" to "Must Play." I think it's that good!

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