Jurassic World Evolution launched this week for Xbox One and in this post I’d like to give you a helping hand taking care of your dinosaurs.
Back in “Jurassic Park,” way back in 1993, Ray Arnold said that Jurassic Park had all the complications of a theme park and a zoo, and that’s the challenge you face when you first start developing your islands. Of course, Jurassic World is no ordinary zoo, and the creatures you’ll bioengineer and (try to) contain on the Las Cinco Muertes islands are deadlier and more challenging than any modern animal.
The first task is to keep the dinosaurs healthy, and top of the list is their hunger and thirst. If you don’t satisfy those basic needs then the dinosaur will eventually lose consciousness and die. Luckily these two needs are relatively easy to meet by making sure that the dinosaur can access suitable feeders and pools of water. It’s a good idea to drop a feeder in an area your guests can see so they’ll have a better chance to see your amazing dinosaurs up close.
Diseases can also affect health, and each island introduces new diseases that can spread like wildfire among your dino population. Different dinosaur species are susceptible or immune to different diseases, and cures for each disease need to be researched before your ranger teams can medicate any sick dinosaurs. Dead dinosaurs can be a potent source of disease, so clearing their bodies is essential for the health and wellbeing of your living creatures. Dinosaurs can also be poisoned through acts of sabotage, and antidotes must be researched. Get a head start on this job in case a disgruntled employee sabotages your park.
Beyond basic health, the comfort of the dinosaur is a more complicated challenge that balances various requirements in their environmental or social needs. Each species has differing environmental concerns. Some prefer open grassland while others prefer the cover of forest to keep them safe. As well as the composition of the environment, how much space is available (either grassland or forest) is an important factor; remember very large dinosaurs like our sauropods – including the fearsome T. rex – require large expanses of land to be comfortable.
Tailoring an enclosure for a single species is relatively straightforward while mixing species becomes harder but can be rewarding, allowing you to get ‘more bang for your buck’ and give your guests access to lots of dinosaurs in a single paddock. Some dinosaurs – especially herbivores like the Parasaurolophus – prefer to live in large herds and tolerate mixing well. As well as others of their own kind, many dinosaurs require the company of other species.
But dinosaurs that do not live near their ideal social group numbers will soon become agitated and may fight or attempt to escape. Of course, some dinosaurs are loners or prefer small social groups. It’s up to you to experiment with paddock composition, but I recommend keeping the carnivores away from the herbivores.
Oh, and remember – dinosaurs hate storms.
Maintaining the dinosaurs comfort is key to building a successful park. Jurassic World Evolution is a complex but accessible systemic game with dinosaurs that think, feel and react to the world you build around them. Nature can’t be contained indefinitely, and as Dr. Ian Malcolm says: ‘life finds a way’.
I hope you’ll find your own way to tame the chaos of Jurassic World, and maybe achieve something we’ve never seen in the “Jurassic Park” movies – a park that works!