a park building simulation on the XBox!"
Park Operation Genesis is the latest park building simulation from
Vivendi Universal that borrows heavily from the Jurassic Park
franchise and is the first game of its kind on the XBox. The idea
behind Jurassic Park Operation Genesis (Genesis for short) is to
build your own dinosaur theme park and hopefully make it become an
international success. The developers at Blue Tongue have added a
twist to the game and instead of just playing level after level,
you must also play a variety of missions such as rescuing patrons
and stopping dinosaur rampages.
basic layout of the game is an overhead view (similar to games
such as Sim City or Rollercoaster Tycoon) where the gamer must
create a theme park. You basically start off with a blank slate (a
jungle environment) where you must strategically place buildings,
enclosures and a variety of other theme park type buildings in
order for you to get your patrons to visit your park. Genesis also
involves a micromanagement aspect of the game where you must
excavate dinosaur fossils and hopefully recover their DNA in order
to recreate them in the modern world.
order to do this, you must make profit from your existing park as
the bigger the dinosaur you want to bring back, the more money it
costs to genetically develop them. As with all good park building
simulation games, you can adjust the prices of just about
everything in the game from souvenirs to entrance fees to your
park. Apart from the basics in the game, you must also organize
suitably enclosures for your dinosaurs such as accommodating their
eating habits and ensuring that your patrons are protected from
these ancient beasts.
mentioned earlier, Genesis also offers gamers something completely
different with the introduction of missions into the simulation
world. This twist works quite well with Genesis and helps break
the monotony of simulation games for one minute you may be
designing your next big tourist or attraction or the other minute,
you might be rescuing that rich millionaire who has wandered off
the beating path.
Genesis is a very dull game and there isn't much detail in the
game at all. The buildings lack detail and whatever texture
details are included in the game are very sparse. Fortunately the
models of the dinosaurs look quite impressive and are actually
fairly well animated. With games such as Command & Conquer
Generals and Warcraft III, you would think the XBox would be
capable of going that one step further.