The graphics are no thing special, thereís no amazing effects,
stunning lighting or shadows. Not like you would expect like in
the top games out now but the game does have some good details
and animation. If you take the time and zoom into the action you
can see there is good amount of detail on the dinosaurs with its
skin color and teeth but what is nice is the animation. As you
watch them they will work about, drink water, run and hunt its
prey it does seem realistic.
The game does take the theme tune of the film, which you will
hear playing when on the main menu. Apart from that, the music
(what of it!) is pretty poor. The same goes for the voices also,
where as the game gives you tips and emails there are the images
of the actors that played there part in the film accompanied with
a voice. Although Iím not sure if the real actors from the films
did the voice overs (probably not) I found it poor either way,
the quality was average at best and who ever did them couldnít
of put much effort into it.
The only thing that comes close to being good in audio is the
sound with the dinosaurs all have there unique sounds and when
T-Rex roars he sounds a right vigorous beast that ever walked
The controls are explained to you through the tutorials and also
what all the icons in the menu mean. The game is building simulation
like the tycoon and theme games (e.g. Them Park World) where you
use scroll around the screen, turn the view, zoom in and all the
interaction is done by clicking on structures and using the pop
up menus to access info, dig sites, research and so on.
As long as you have followed the tutorials which are pretty simple,
you should know the ins and outs of the menu with a 30mins -1
hour of gameplay. You do get to take control of a jeep and a helicopter,
so there are quite a few things to remember but there is always
an on screen display of the buttons to remind you.
The only problem that accrued was that when I was selecting the
icons on the menu sometimes jumped to the wrong one.
The game is slightly varied with what you do through out. You
have the main building and maintaining of running a Jurassic them
park, from extraction DNA from fossil that you find or buy, so
you can then hatch dinosaurs. Once you have at least 1 inside
a cage you can open the park to earn money from visitors. From
this money you can do research to improve viewing of your enclosures
and other structures and items to keep your customers happy like
gift and food shops, to other things to do with security and cures
to dinosaurs diseases.
Thatís the basic of these type of building simulation games but
thereís a bit more to Jurassic park then the others. You also
have a rangerís station that has a helicopter that you can give
orders to or fly yourself. The reason for the use of this is,
is a number of useful actions can be taking like shooting a dinosaur
with cures to the diseases that you have researched, sedate them
if you want to move them and even a deadly bullet if a carnivore
goes on a rampage, along with a few other actions.
There are two attractions called safari and balloon ride which
not only earns you money from visitors but you can take control
of this also but this time you have a camera which is used for
taking pictures of you dinosaurs which sometimes are bought by
papers to earn some extra cash.
Iím not a great fan of building games as I found they get boring
very quickly but being quite interested in dinosaurs I found it
quite entertaining at time, as especially when you get a new dinosaur
into the park for the first time. Although there are 25 types
of dinosaurs available in the game which is a good number the
only problem is that you have 3 out of 6 dig sites in a game meaning
you only can get about half of the species in the park. So the
only other way to see the other types would be to start another
game from scratch and chose to have the other dig sites.
The research I would like to also mention about, as with other
game of this type you must research projects for you to unlock
the others first but here they are already unlock for you to research
which does not give you any surprises along the way as you can
read about all of them before researched them.
As well as the building sandbox type play as its called now a
days, you also have 12 missions to completed if you wish, that
include rescuing visitors, killing all the rampaging dinosaurs,
taking photographs of them and running a open safari park (which
is all the dinosaurs are together instead of in different groups.
Most of theses are time limits and can be quick hard to do but
is a good challenge.
What also adds replay value, although dinosaurs enthusiasticís
will more likely play the mode which is unlocked after completing
all the tutorials and missions. This is called B-site Ė think
of it as a private dinosaur park where no visitors are allowed.
Here you have no money so you can build as much as you like. There
are not much that you can build as a lot of it is for visitors
which is not needs for this mode, so it lest you hatch dinosaurs
anywhere you like and its just like view them in the natural surroundings
as you watch them hunt each other and play together. I really
enjoyed this mode as I could see how they would acted normal,
where as making a load of raptors they would stay as a pack and
it was great to see who would win when verses a t-rex.
Completing the game should take about 2 weeks and you may get
another 1 or 2 weeks out of it if you really enjoy the B- Side
mode and are quite fascinated in dinosaurs.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
A must try for park type fans and dinosaur lovers. If you decide
to buy then get it cheap. If you can find it.