It’s 2020 and Kelley is starting off the review year by going back to 1993. Returning to Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna to rebuild the original Jurassic Park so we can share with you our Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park review.
This update centers around Dr. Hammond convincing Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill,) Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern,) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to return, reclaim, and rebuild the destroyed Park. If successful then open the towering Main Gates to the public. To reach this content you must play the prior Jurassic Park Evolution campaign.
Yes, I really enjoy these movies as well as the building management simulation game genre but have never played the base game so I was thrilled to try the game from the beginning. By the time I got to the Return to Jurassic Park campaign this review revolves around I had sunk my pixel teeth into playing god breeding dinosaurs. Sent out expeditions to parts of the world researching genetics and played the ranger part extensively medicating, repairing, feeding & photographing each species. My favorite parts of this game are watching the helicopters fly in while folks are walking the paths I personally orchestrate. The storms are phenomenal – my first tornado left a heck of a mess but it was worth it and the dinosaurs themselves are so detailed and realistic!
Playing along with the campaign you unlock more building assets, types of dinosaurs and the campaigns themselves. This process isn’t anything new or exciting but you’re doing this in a Jurassic world which naturally makes playing this game worth any effort. Frontier Developments are creating a very robust building simulator portfolio with the likes of Planet Zoo or Farming Simulator but I can’t help but feel they are missing an even cooler opportunity not implementing more cosmetics to Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park. Imagine if we could pick colors for vehicles, buildings & flora? Imagine if genetic manipulation could be how customizing dinosaurs could begin with color enhancing. I’d also like more leisurely activities, restaurants, children’s entertainment, hotel activities, and sitting areas to really flesh out each map to suit your own aesthetics before relying on any mods from fellow players. The Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park expedition feature also has the potential to be a strategic way to earning money and reputation however it seems this fantasy game has yet to really find its wings.
Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park has the potential to be one of the greatest escapes but right now is just a pit stop collector’s item available on Steam, Playstation, and Xbox.