Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

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Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis puts you in the shoes of a Dr. Hammond-type scientist, and challenges you to build a dinosaur themed amusement park.

Similar to the first movie, you can lay down electric fences. Some fences have a higher electric discharge than others, and are meant for the bigger dinosaurs. While a 100 volt fence might keep a raptor safe, it might take a 500 volt fence to keep a T-Rex from escaping.

You have various buildings at your disposal, from the standard restaurant and bathroom to gift stalls and photo booths.

You can opt to construct a safari tour, like what took place in the first movie. You even have the ability to take the tour yourself, and see your park as your visitors see it.

One of the most important objects is the Ranger Station. With this building, you can have helicopters patrol your park to watch for any disasters. If a dino should escape, you have the option of entering the helicopter in a first person view to try to shoot the dino with a tranquilizer dart. If you want to stick to building only, you can let the AI capture the dino.

In order to breed a dinosaur, you must hire a team to locate fossils, then you must have the fossils analyzed. The whole process takes a while, but the longer you let your teams work, the longer your dino will live, and the happier your visitors will be. Force the team to give you the results early, and your dino might only live for ten days.

The different dino's require different resources. Herbivores require lots of trees and grass, while carnivores require goats and cows. Your carnivores may get tired of being fed, so you might have to send in a smaller sized dino (a raptor in a T-Rex pen, for example), for the larger dino to hunt.

The game includes multiple camera angles. You can rotate 360 degrees, zoom in and out, enter "visitor" cam, ride on the safari, take a scenic tour in a hot air balloon, or look out the helicopter.

Also included is a comphrensive guide to dinosaurs, geared to help you figure out what each dino likes and dislikes, and how to make them happy, as well as a brief history of each specific dino.

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Average score: 73% (based on 28 ratings)

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Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 23 ratings with 1 reviews)

Good Game

The Good
This is yet another one of those 3-D park building SIMs, but with a new twist. Dinosaurs. Now some other franchises had a go at this (like Zoo Tycoon) but didn't (in my opinion) have the same feel, excitement, and fun this game has. Basically, you run a park with dinosaurs, and try to keep guests happy and safe. Easy right? Not exactly. You have to keep your dinosaurs happy too. Large carnivores (and velociraptor) will go on rampages if their needs aren't met. Also weather affects your park. Heatwaves will dehydrate dinosaurs, thunderstorms may cause power-outages, tornadoes can destroy your park and kill guests and dinosaurs. The dinosaurs themselves have to be my favorite video game dinosaurs of all. Their behaviors and AI are very realistic. You also get to do missions. Some are pretty hard, but when you beat them all you get the best part of this game. Site B. Site B is you have an island of your choice, everything is free (sounds like a dream hotel), no guests, no nothing. Except for dinosaurs. Just make and island of free roaming dinosaurs. Awesome, right?

The Bad
This is a good game and I don't see any reason not to buy it, but there are a few things that bugged me. The dinosaur AI is a bit buggy. Small carnivores will usually stay in one area, but large ones will spread out. If they meet, the small one will run in circles away from the big one and panic. It will continue to do this until it either attacks the big one (in which case the big one will attack it and kill it) or pass out in a coma. This isn't really a problem, unless your'e on Site B. The graphics are good for the most part, but the guests could have had more detail. There also could have been more dinosaurs. Many were pulled from the game at the last second.

The Bottom Line
This game is definitely worth buying. Overall it's a good game that is replayable. There is also plenty of sites where you can download mods for this game. Did I mention blood and some gore in a SIM?

Windows · by Ethan Miller (10) · 2007

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can i get this for less than 100$? zack garnett (30) Mar 3, 2009

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Aside from getting the Jurassic Park license, the developers secured the license to John Williams' theme, so all music in the game is taken from the movie.

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Game added by JPaterson.

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Game added March 27, 2003. Last modified April 25, 2023.