In Jurassic Park Builder and Dino Zoo, dino enthusiasts can create a land of dinosaurs based on the amusement park concept of resurrecting dinosaurs and creating parks or zoos to visit them at. All of the dinosaur games reviewed here are free, but there are many in-App purchases that can be made to increase your gaming experience.
Just be forewarned though, these games have most definitely not kept up with important developments in dinosaurology, rather treated as fantasy worlds, full of dinosauresque fantasy creatures. That said, I can already feel Brian and other dinomaniacs cringing.
Warning: Addictive Level ~ HIGH!
Start off with a giant forest as your blank slate with essential starting elements provided and of course, the well-known Jurassic Park entrance. With the help of scientists and dinosaur experts, (some characters from the movie) who give you missions and instruct you along the way, you gradually clear forest space to discover Amber pieces containing dinosaur DNA. This DNA is used to hatch a new dino for you, which you feed over time and watch grow.
The dinosaurs make you money, as do the restaurants and buildings you add. This money is used to activate the Crops and Meats Harbour, which produces your food. You also need the money to clear the land and purchase new dinosaurs. Have fun building roads to go around your park and watch the safari car drive through it! Learn tips along the way such as, how to increase your dinosaur’s earnings by placing landscaping near them.
Once your dinosaurs grow to a strong enough level, they can battle the dinosaurs that escaped from the Jurassic Park movie. These fights in the Battle Arena will earn you a lot of money and a great deal of food for your dinosaurs should you win. The fights progress in difficulty, so make sure you wait until your dinosaurs grow stronger before moving along through the fights too quickly. I didn’t know this until I decided to try it, but it’s possible to go back and repeat fight levels. The new update has a tournament fighting mode where you battle other players. Once you achieve a high level as a player within the park building, you will be able to create an Aquatic Park.
This is a building App for the slightly younger crowd. That said I did enjoy this and find it to be addictive before I discovered the Jurassic Park App.
In this App, you start off with an island full of rocks and trees and one baby dinosaur egg. Flashing blue arrows will lead you to the methods of raising the baby into an adult, finding it a mate and watching it have it’s own child, creating a happy family. Mostly this just involves clicking buttons. Cross-breeding is also available in the Breed Lab to make imaginative types of new dinosaurs.
You can harvest food to feed the babies, but once they are grown you don’t really interact with them, other than to click on them to collect the money they make you. You need the coins you collect to clear trees and rocks and buy new dinosaurs. The dinosaurs actively walk around within their patch of habitat. I would have liked it more it they had kids walking around the zoo. I set up a kids toy store and it didn’t even earn me any coins!
In general, I feel that both of these Apps are addictive, because you feel the need to check on your dinosaurs, feed them, and grow your parks. Jurassic Park is by far my favourite of the two. I had to keep reminding myself that it’s not real! There is something therapeutic though, about tuning out of your own life for a few minutes to build a dinosaur world.