There's this children's show on Netflix called Dinotrux and it's exactly what you think it is. They have dinosaurs that are actually trucks. There's this other show called Dinosaur Train and it's got dinosaurs riding trains. The key to success, it seems, is to combine dinosaurs with something else that is popular. It is perhaps with that strategy in mind that we now arrive at Jurassic World Evolution, a new game revealed during the Microsoft briefing at Gamescom.

The fundamental idea here is, again, exactly what you think it is. I played the heck out of the original Rollercoaster Tycoon on the PC, extracting an unexpected amount of glee from getting theme park visitors to puke all over my not-so-carefully crafted walkways. You may have relived some of these moments playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on your phone... but what if you could add dinosaurs to the mix?

With a release date set to align with the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie, Jurassic World Evolution tasks you with creating a dinosaur-populated theme park of your own. If anything, this probably more like Zoo Tycoon than it is like Rollercoaster Tycoon. The graphics have been updated considerably since the original simulation series, of course.

Created by Frontier Developments, the same folks responsible for Elite Dangerous, Jurassic World Evolution takes its inspiration from the 2015 movie, though it's not entirely clear whether or not Starlord will make an appearance as the Raptor Whisperer. Like the other tycoon games, you'll do some landscaping, place buildings, manage personnel, and minimize visitor deaths as much as possible.


If nothing else, Jurassic World Evolution looks a fair bit more engaging than the Telltale Games take on Jurassic Park a few years back. Expect the new game to launch next summer on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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