Jurassic World Evolution 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Intricate theme park sim is closely tied to the films.

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Educational Value

Kids learn about dinosaurs, archeology, paleontology, business management. Players can read up on different dinosaurs to see how fossils can give scientists a glimpse of dino DNA. Managing the park involves basic business tasks, with players required to make effective use of limited resources and consider customer safety while attempting to turn a profit.

Positive Messages

Gameplay includes themes of capitalism and conservation. Designing an animal theme park may lead kids to consider the ethics of zoo-keeping and what it means to keep animals in captivity. Management side could encourage interest in business.

Positive Role Models

Text descriptions of park scientists give them simple backgrounds and motivations, mostly to do with science, research, animals. Major characters from film franchise provide voice-over narration, exhibiting various traits such as intelligence, smugness, caution, courage.

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Ease of Play

Well-designed in-game tutorials efficiently lead players through all the rudiments, and first few story chapters are pretty easy. But game steadily grows in complexity, and if players forget how to do something, they may find themselves forced to experiment a bit to refresh their memory.

Violence

Aggressive dinosaurs attack park guests, swallowing them whole, and charge at park ranger vehicles. Dinosaurs also attack each other and animals such as goats. Bloody piles of meat appear in feeders for carnivorous dinosaurs.

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Consumerism

Based on the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World film franchise, with characters from the movies. Main menu includes link to purchase deluxe version of the game to access extras such as additional dinosaurs.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a theme park simulation and management game based on the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World film franchises for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PCs, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Players are tasked with breeding or capturing and then tending to the needs of a host of dinosaurs while drawing from limited financial resources, potentially receiving a few high-level, kid-friendly lessons on paleontology, conservation, and business management in the process. Some dinosaurs are aggressive and prone to attacking each other, park staff, and patrons, who can be swallowed whole by bigger dinosaurs. There's no blood involved in attack animations, but carnivorous dinos have feeders filled with bloody animal meat. While playing, some kids are likely to begin thinking about the ethics of zoo-keeping, and whether animals are better off in the wild or looked after in enclosures. Parents should also note that the action and storytelling are both heavily tied to the films and filled with familiar characters and scenarios. This could ignite (or reignite) kids' interest in the movies and all of their related merchandise.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byJurassicFan3515 January 10, 2022

Very fun, amazing graphics

I love playing this game, and it’s so realistic too. The actors in the movies did voice acting in this game, so that makes it better. Just a bit violent at time... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDogcat December 1, 2021
Jurassic World Evolution

What's it about?

Players are challenged to capture, breed, and care for dinosaurs, and then make a profit by displaying them in attractions for the public in JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION 2, a theme park construction and management simulator. As with most theme park sims, players spend their time researching technologies, building attractions and amenities, managing the park's finances, and attending to staff morale and guess contentedness. Much of this is done simply by issuing commands to staff, including scientists and rangers, but players can also take direct control of various vehicles and enter a first-person view to take photos and fire tranquilizer darts to sedate injured and rampaging dinosaurs. A large variety of modes allow gamers to play as they like, working through an original story that involves establishing a conservation program for wild dinosaurs, reenacting familiar scenarios from the films (such as trying to build the original Jurassic Park, but do a better job than they did in the movie), and freely experimenting in a sandbox mode, where players have the liberty and resources to construct the dino park of their dreams. Beyond a healthy selection of modes, this sequel expands on much of what the original Jurassic World Evolution did well, adding more species of dinosaurs, augmenting their behaviors and needs (they can get sick or injured pretty easily, and frequently require care), giving scientists specialties (such as the ability to more efficiently heal dinosaurs or find fossils in expeditions), and then providing players the power to customize the look of both dinosaurs and buildings.

Is it any good?

Management sims are a niche genre, but if you like the idea of building a sprawling public facility and managing a business, and you have an affinity for dinosaurs, this game should be right up your alley. Jurassic World Evolution 2 is basically the first game made bigger and better, with more modes, more realistic dinosaurs, and more ways to customize the experience. Regardless of whether you're new to the series or not, a good place to start is the story mode, which is composed of a series of missions that introduce both basic play concepts -- like ensuring your dinosaurs are properly cared for in their enclosures -- as well as more advanced elements, including how to manage your team of scientists based on their specialties. Fans of the films can then dive into Chaos Theory mode, which has missions based on all five movies from the film franchise that are challenging but fair. Eventually, most players will end up spending the bulk of their time in sandbox mode, where every feature of the game is unlocked, allowing for some truly imaginative park building.

What returning players will likely appreciate most, though, are the quality-of-life improvements. Park management has been made more robust, but also more intuitive. It's fun, for example, to go hands-on and jump in a helicopter to chase down and sedate a rampaging escapee or go out and examine how the inhabitants of a particular pen are faring, but later in the game when things get a little more hectic, you can have your staff take care of tasks like these with just a couple of button taps, freeing you to focus on other things. It's a good thing, too, since -- depending on the individual traits of the animals you capture and synthesize -- your dinosaurs may be prone to fighting or getting sick and require a little more attention than they needed in the first game. Plus, your scientists are now more apt to grow disgruntled when they're overworked, so you need to consider their contentedness as well. Jurassic World Evolution 2 doesn't revolutionize the management sim genre, but it's packed with features, loaded with callbacks to lines and events from the films, and is perhaps even just a little bit educational. A great option for the sim-loving dino fan in your family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about learning with technology. In Jurassic World Evolution 2, players will learn about dinosaurs, paleontology, and business management, but do you think games can be effective teaching tools? How can you tell whether you retain what you learn while playing a game?

  • What do you think about keeping animals in enclosed habitats so that people can learn more about them? What criteria should we use in evaluating which animals thrive in captivity and when it may be ethically questionable to deny an animal greater freedom?

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