One of my favorite games is the park builder Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. It was released back in 2003. Jurassic World Evolution What a solid successor to JPOG but Parkasarus to indie game in Early Access on Steam, actually captures the feel of JPOG better. And it looks like cuter doing it, too.
Developed by Washbear Studio, Parkasarus is a colorful and cute take on the dino-themed park builder. While Evolution and JPOG Parkasaurs embraces the silly and fun building of a dino park. Everything is a lot more cartoonish and funny.
However, you do not let these visuals distract you too much. Underneath the gorgeous art is an intense park management game that rivals even Jurassic World Evolution.
Like JPOG you build enclosures and add grass, trees, water, and rocks in this pens. But Parkasarus demands these enclosures meet certain requirements. For example, the first dino you get is a Stegosaurus. This dinosaur needs to live in a rainforest biome, meaning you want to add water to the trees.
Dinos in Parkasarus need more than just food, water, and sleep too. They want to have privacy. These can be used in the tall walls or in the walls. They want to be bored without toys or other dinosaurs. They can be a bit high maintenance.
When I first played I did not worry too much about the needs of dinosaurs. I thought they would not hurt anyone in this charming world. I was wrong. These dinos, even the small babies, want to brutally fling folks around or drag them around the park. So take care of them or face their wrath. If they do not get out you can have them tranquilized.
Trash cans and other useful bits for guests as they progress through the game. Do not manage these things and visitors wants to trash you on the in-game social media site. They can really harsh too. It's a park with dinos. What more do you folks want?
Similar to JPOG Do you want to send dig teams to excavate fossils to create more dinosaurs. But unlike JPOG or Evolution you actually have to dig the fossils yourself using a mini-game. The goal is to uncover valuable fossils or gems by clicking on different parts of the covered grid, which represents the dig site. Hire more scientists to get more digging tools, letting you uncover more fossils quicker.
Weirdly, you do not extract DNA from these fossils and instead, take them to a barn where a magical chicken eats them and then lays a dino egg. It's a strange world. Once you have the egg, you will need to let it hatch before you can see your dino. Unlike JPOG dinosaurs actually come out as babies that want to grow over time. Parkasarus includes a lot of decorations and buildings too. Using these along with some robust terrain tools you can easily create a great park that looks wonderful. Many of these decorations must first be unlocked using a massive tech tree. Again, I was not expecting this to be so adorable. I guess you should never judge a book by its cover. Sorry, Parkasarus .
The game is still in early access, so some features are missing. I also ran into some weird bugs, like notifications. These minor quibbles aside, the game ran mostly fine and plays like a nearly finished product.
What are you kidding about? I played this game for a half hour, or so I thought. I've been playing for nearly three hours. I did not care.
For some fans of JPOG or Jurassic World Evolution the visuals will be impossible to get pass , Still, I really hope folks who are in this type of park building games Parkasarus a try. It's Delightful, has a ton of management options and feels like a great successor to Operation Genesis.