Jurassic World Evolution – Review

Is it Worth Playing Jurassic World Evolution in 2021?

Jurassic World Theme Park Simulator

Jurassic World Evolution is a different genre then what I usually play. However, I do enjoy some simulator games once awhile when I feel that the MMORPG genre is completely dead. Which it really is, whether we want to admit it or not.

Some of you may know, I love history and I really love dinosaurs. I remember attending a school museum trip, while most of my classmates were like pretty indifferent towards the school trips, but I was different. My eyes were bleeming with excitement and ran around the museum wanting to see everything.

Jurassic World Dino Feeding
Dino Feeding

This game, Jurassic World Evolution is the first series of the game and also based off the Movies.

Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)

Yes, a new Jurassic World Movie next year, I’m pretty hyped for that too, but that’s another story for another time.

The game is based on the 2015 movie, Jurassic World, the theme park. While a rumor of Jurassic World Evolution 2: A World Evolved will be dropping sometime in 2021.

As for how the actual game is, it’s pretty amazing, as a theme park style simulator. As I am no real expert in playing this genre, for me, it was quite enjoyable. Even more when the game was given away for free during a Christmas event from Epic Games.

So here comes the million dollar question, is Jurassic World Evolution worth buying at it’s high price tag or should we find another game invest time in playing?

Publisher

Frontier Developments is the developer and publisher of Jurassic World. FD is a British video game developer based in England that was founded back in 1994. The company is focused on Theme park simulator games and has created many popular titles such as Planet Zoo and Planet Coaster.

Combat

While it is a simulator style game, it does have some combat. Where you drive via Ranger Mode, or when your dinosaurs breaks out and attacks your visitors. Basing the combat off that, it is pretty solid for a game that does not focus on a third person shooter view.

Game Focus

Jurassic World Evolution is a business simulation game that allows players to build the park of their dreams. Players are able to build their own theme park using a “living” economy system that includes different avenues such as rides and merchandise sales. Players can choose from six different areas, including the Jurassic World theme park in Isla Nublar and the Muertes Archipelago from the fourth novel. The game also features a multiplayer mode where players can unlock different dinosaur species to share with their friends.

Cost

It is on the expensive side I believe, an retail price tag of $63.00 AUD. It’s a little stretch considering it needs DLC content to be completely complete. The DLC ranges from $2.95 to as high as $30 AUD with a total of 8 available at this time of review. A whopping $177 AUD total for the base game and the entire DLC collection. In contract, you can buy World of Warcraft collector’s edition and you still have leftovers for a 3 month sub. Meaning, at the very least, this game needs to be worth that much, which I personally don’t think it is. At least for me, maybe it’s different for the community which enjoys this genre of games.

State of Game

Updates

Since 3rd November 2020, there has been no more news on the official website. Which was a real surprise, but that was also when the rumor of the new version 2 was coming out. Which means, as of currently, Jurassic World Evolution will not change for the foreseeable future. (This has been updated in July 2021 and still no updates).

Artwork

The artwork is simple, it’s beautiful but plain and average, but it isn’t jaw breaking like other Triple AAA games out there. At times, this game can’t even match some of the more beautiful MMORPG games such as Black Desert Online. It’s graphics are average at best but it doesn’t look completely dated, but I don’t see it aging well with time. With it’s new rumor release of it’s successor Jurassic World Evolution 2 – A World Evolved. this game isn’t going to be maintain much in the future while the devopers shifts their focus on the new game.

Is Jurassic World Evolution Worth Playing

Fun

As far as simulator games goes, this kept me on my toes for a few hours before I knew it. This itself shows that the game has some fun factor involved. What’s more enjoyable than hatching new dinosaurs, designing their playfield and keeping them from feeling crowded and aggressive. At the same time, running away from the crazy T-Rex who is eyeing you for lunch while you are trying to nurse sick dinos back to life. For me, it was worth playing for sure especially as a free game.