In 2001, the third Jurassic Park movie disappointed cinemagoers to such an extent that it would take fourteen years for Jurassic World to rectify its tarnished reputation. Video games had a far easier ride with several games being released throughout the years. One of the most overlooked is perhaps the best of the lot; a 2003 tycoon game named Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis.
When I first came upon the game, my first though was "why didn't they think of this earlier?". One of my favourite games, Theme Park, came out a year after the first movie and I often fantasized that I was doing right on my PC what Richard Hammond and company did wrong on screen. I now need a little less of an imagination as Operation Genesis is basically Theme Park with the number one dinosaur license.
There are three modes of play on your very own lost world. There is the standard sandbox mode where you are given free reign and unlimited time to unlock everything and create the best park ever. There is also a collection of exercises which require specific task when designing your park. There is also an 'Action' mode which collates the mini-games you'll find in the park. These mini-games are not too bad either, though I'd be hard pushed to see an entire game created from them. You are tasked will shooting rampaging dinosaurs from a helicopter before they destroy everything. To mix thing up a bit, some levels require you to rescue lost visitors or herd stray herbivores. Each can be played in the main game if such an event occurs and they are a welcome change of pace.
The meat of the game lies in the park creation. There are obvious influences from other games such as Zoo Tycoon and Theme Park, but this is much more that a clone of those games. Its unique selling point beyond the license comes from those extinct lizards themselves. None of these creatures exist, so their DNA needs to be discovered and extracted from fossils. You have one or more dedicated archaeological teams stationed at various locations worldwide that will find them for you. Your genetic lab will then extract the DNA and create a genome, but you'll need to pay attention to how complete they are. There is a risk-reward mechanic here where your dinosaur won't live as long if the genome isn't as complete, but the time it takes to increase the percentage costs money.
There are 25 dinosaurs in all and each are highly detailed and distinct in both design and behaviour. A 'Dinopedia' is on hand to give advice on how to keep each species, something that is required if you are to satisfy the most demanding of visitors.
Those familiar with other management strategy games will be right at home when designing the rest of the park. Guests need amenities such as toilets and restaurants as well as rides and safari tours to keep them happy. This element is nothing new, but it is always my favourite element of any strategy game. There is a great sense of pride when surveying your beautiful park after many hours of design.
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis uses the license far better that the action games that came before it. It is perhaps overlooked as being a copy of other established tycoon games, but I concede that this does a lot to hold its own, even today.
To download the game, follow the link below. This is a custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber will run natively on modern systems. Manual included. Tested on Windows 7.
01.07.2015 - Version 2 - Fixed installer
File Size: 299 Mb. Install Size: 489 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is © Universal Interactive
Jurassic Park (the movies) are © Universal Studios
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me
It crashes after the introReplyDelete
And yes I use Windows 7, it crashes at the loading screen to your parkReplyDelete
Hello, due to work I'm not at my gaming PC for a couple of weeks so I can't test anything. From what I recall this game worked well enough on both Windows 7 & 10. I suspect that it may not have installed correctly, so the cause of the crash is perhaps some missing files. Follow the points on the FAQ and reinstall.Delete
To get this game to work, I used a third party patch. You might also have luck if you change compatibility settings to the .exe in the install folder (I don't have access to tell you the correct filename but IIRC it's something like sjp.exe).
Well before I downloaded it, I downloaded and installed 101 Dalmatians Animated Storybook (which btw, THANK YOU so much for this! I was able to relive my childhood thanks to you :)Delete
But anyway, Dalmatians works BEAUTIFULLY on my computer, and it installed the same way Jurassic Park did...so not sure how it couldn't have installed correctly? Especially since it does technically work. There's an icon on my desktop, and it opens when you click it. It plays the entire intro fine, and you can even get to the main menu. But when I'm on the loading screen for my park, it instantly crashes. I'll try to reinstall though and let you know if the problem continues.
Hello again. The difference between these two games is that Dalmatians is emulated via DOSBox. JP: OG isn't. It's the original game with a NoCD patch which still works - at least on my PC. If you think it did install correctly, try the compatibility settings (by r-clicking .exe). I'll test it when my current real-world job is done.Delete
Thanks for this game, pls edit the installer and add a shortcut for the "setup" program, i know for people who understand about software will be easy to find the .exe but other people will think the game is incomplete, there is no shortcut in the "start" menu.ReplyDelete