First Look: Jurassic World Evolution

By Yue Lynn on Apr 3, 2018

A 20-minute Jurassic World Evolution demo gameplay video was released recently and whatever it showed was certainly enticing. Acting as a tie-in to the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie releasing 7th June, this visually-appealing game is a park management simulator that allows you (as a member of the Hammond Foundation) to create and customise your very own Jurassic Park.

As shown in the demo, you will encounter the above ‘Select A Division’ menu screen early in the game whereby you’re free to pick whichever Division that suits your fancy. Each division has its own set of objectives/missions with the Science Division focusing on fossils, gnomes and research; the Entertainment Division emphasising on guest (of the human kind) matters while the Security Division will be handling the safety of guests and dinosaurs.

These divisions are important in aiding a player’s progression in the game and because of that, players need to possess a healthy balance of tasks from all three divisions. However, some division tasks may lower your standing with other divisions so one has to keep a watchful eye on that.

At the start of the game, players will start with one island called Isla Matanceros. According to GameTyrant, you can unlock the next island after earning a three-star rating. This will go on until you unlock all five islands and each island has their own unique set of challenges and climate conditions.

One of the main highlights of the game is the Landscaping Mode. One could probably spend hours designing and customising their park’s outlook. This include things like slopes, trees, bushes, paths, buildings and ponds. Speaking of landscapes, even though Jurassic World Evolution is still in its demo build, the visuals seen in the demo video are top-notch. A lot of effort was definitely put into the environmental design to evoke a more realistic and immersive feel.

And yes, let’s not forget the most important piece to anything related to Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs:

Players can bioengineer dinosaurs and make sure they are well taken care of (just remember to separate the carnivorous dinosaurs from the herbivorous ones). You can design your own dinosaur enclosure (use a simple metal fence or an electric fence, change the size of the pond etc.) and you can even transport your dinosaurs from one place to another though this activity involves some shooting skills as you’ll need to shoot said dinosaur with a tranquiliser dart while you’re in a helicopter.

Gameplay aside, players can actually unearth and learn a lot of in-depth information from Jurassic World Evolution as the game was designed to look as authentic as possible. For example, the dig-sites in the game are based on ones from the real world.

While simulator/management games may sound boring to some, there are cheeky folks out there who’ve already thought of ways to spice things up, as seen in the above screenshot. Reminds me of the good ol’ days playing The Sims where one would trap their characters in a swimming pool without a ladder…

Last but not least, Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the game!

Jurassic World Evolution, which is developed by Frontier Developments will be released on 12th June 2018 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. To learn more about the game, you can click here.

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