Keeping your visitors happy is not as easy as plopping a few dinosaurs in the middle of a field and watching them walk around. Besides having dinosaurs and their enclosures in your park, you also need to make sure your visitors are comfortable by setting up food stands (kiosks), restrooms, and souvenir stands. You can also specify different types of food and gifts to cater to your visitor's tastes. Additionally, you can build attractions which will keep your visitors amused.
Attractions such as Viewing Vents, Viewing Platforms and Safari Adventure Rides should prove popular with your visitors. But most importantly, you need to make sure your visitors are safe. No one wants to visit a park where they could be eaten. To assure the safety of your visitors, you need to set up the right types of fences, build ranger stations, and also set up other security measure such as cameras and avoidance beacons. If there is an emergency, you can take charge of a helicopter or car, and rescue visitors or take out ravaging dinosaurs that have broken free of their confines.
The actual building of your park is relatively easy thanks to the streamlined interface Blue Tongue has come up with. You must first determine four characteristics of your island: shape, trees, rivers, and mountains and decide how much of each you would want on your island. Mountains may make the island look more natural, but can take up space used for your park. Having more trees is useful for some species, but others like open spaces.
After creating your island, the building begins. You are given an initial amount of money ($60,000) from investors to build your park with, and you have to make sure you start small so that your resources can handle the park maintenance while you earn money. You can build your park from 35 different pieces, and populate it with an initial selection of 25 dinosaurs. You can eventually earn new dinosaurs by researching Fossils and discovering new species.
- Acrocanthosaurus - Large Carnivore, 4 Stars Unlocked in 1 Game Setting
- Albertosaurus - Small Carnivore, 3 Stars Unlocked in 1 Game Setting with Pachycephalasaurus
- Allosaurus - Large Carnivore, 4 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Ankylosaurus - Large Herbivore, 4 Stars Must Be Unlocked by Pachycephalasaurus or Albertosaurus
- Brachiosaurus - Large Herbivore, 5 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Camarasaurus - Large Herbivore, 3 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Carcharodontosaurus - Large Carnivore, 4 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Ceratosaurus - Small Carnivore, 2 Stars Unlocked in 1 Game Setting
- Corythosaurus - Large Herbivore, 3 Stars Must Be Unlocked once Star Rating increases
- Dilophosaurus - Small Carnivore, 2 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Dryosaurus - Small Herbivore, 1 Star Unlocked with Ceratosaurus in same game setting.
- Edmontosaurus - Large Herbivore, 3 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Gallimimus - Small Herbivore, 3 Stars Must Be Unlocked in Flaming Cliffs
- Homalocephale - Small Herbivore, 3 Stars Must Be Unlocked in Area Fossils are priced.
- Kentrosaurus - Small Herbivore, 2 Stars Must Be Unlocked and support Stegosaurus
- Ouranosaurus - Large Herbivore, 2 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Pachycephalosaurus - Small Herbivore, 2 Stars The Game's Primary Starting Dinosaur with Albertosaurus.
- Parasaurolophus - Large Herbivore, 3 Stars Unlocked in 1 Game Setting
- Spinosaurus - Large Carnivore, 5 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable
- Stegosaurus - Large Herbivore, 4 Stars Must Be Unlocked with Corythosaurus
- Styracosaurus - Small Herbivore, 2 Stars Must Be Unlocked to support Triceratops
- Torosaurus - Large Herbivore, 2 Stars Available with Parasauralophus without extraction.
- Triceratops - Large Herbivore, 5 Stars Must Be Unlocked by Star Increasing
- Tyrannosaurus - Large Carnivore, 5 Stars Unlockable on Site B in Judith River Group
- Velociraptor - Small Carnivore, 5 Stars Must Be Unlocked/ Unlockable in Flaming Cliffs
The dinosaurs must be created by fossil findings or amber extraction. The main creation for dinosaurs are the fossils that are the remains with large amounts of DNA. 50 percent is required at least to create dinosaurs, a minimum of six months. 100% is two years of dinosaur life, unless it is eaten by another dinosaur. Dinosaurs can fight each other, and death duels will then occur. The dinosaurs are created by hatcheries, and each cost at least more than $1,000, and the more bigger or carnivorous, the more expensive. Dinosaurs should not die early to save money for your park.
Alan Grant is the chief paleontologist and the head of the Fossil Market in Jurassic Park. Henry Wu guides the purchased item fossils or bought items to the genetic lab. If you have enough money, a bright square will show you a item which you have a minimum or enough money to buy, unless it is too expensive, you cannot click on the square to purchase the fossil. Grant is the main paleontologist chief, and he sends mail to the player if anything new is found.
Henry Wu created the technology of Jurassic Park's cloning ideals. He has a research team who research and immunize dinosaurs in four ways including hatchery immunization. The Genetic Lab can extract or sell an item, unless you need to sell an item automatically if your park's money is decreasing low. Dinosaur fossils sold will increase money to your park investation. The extraction of dinosaurs does not cost money.
Dinosaurs are created in the fossil hunt you have purchased. A fossil hunt team in single at one team dig site will cost you $5,000 and the opening of your park. The second fossil hunting team will cost you $10,000. The final fossil hunting team will cost $25,000 to purchase for traveling and digging. The content of your fossil hunt team are good, mediocore, poor, exhausted, and in progress. The park's global fossing hunt team has 9 sites, but you cannot unlock all sites. In the Playstation2 Console Version, only three can be unlocked. 5 sites can be unlocked in the XBox and PC Version of the game. These sites are:
- Judith River Group A
- Judith River Group B
- The Flaming Cliffs
- Hell Creek Formation Group A
- Hell Creek Formation Group B
- Morrison Formation Group A
- Morrison Formation Group B
- Tendaguru Bedes
- Chenini Formation
Several dinosaurs were cut from the game, leaving only their names on a file inside the game's files. Compsognathus is mostly absent due to being such a small dinosaur, it could have caused tremendous problems of biting guests and being impossible to be shot by helicopter. Also, the cold-embryo storaged DNAs in the first film Metricanthosaurus and Proceratosaurus were not in the game. Also, Mamenchisasaurus from The Lost World: Jurassic Park is absent because it could take up much more space and Brachiosaurus was the biggest dinosaur in the game. Pterosaurs were not in the film as well because of their ability to fly and devour guests. These are the other cut dinosaurs:
Jurassic Park Operation Management Team
- John Hammond is the creator of InGen and Jurassic Park's C.E.O. He recommends the star rating increase of your park. He is based on the appearance in Jurassic Park
- Alan Grant is the Park's chief paleontologist. He aids you of evidence of the Fossil Market and dinosaur fossil findings, he is based on his appearance in Jurassic Park III
- Peter Ludlow is the financial director of InGen. He keeps a summary chart of the financial changes of your park. He is
based on his appearance in The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Dr.Henry Wu is the Labratory Manger and creator of Jurassic Park's Genetic Lab. He aids you extraction of dinosaurs. He
is based on his appearance in Jurassic Park and is renamed Harry Wu in the game.
- Dr.Ellie Sattler is the Park's dinosaur manager. She monitors dinosaur deaths and sicknesses similar to Gerry Harding.
She is based on her appearance in Jurassic Park
- Robert Muldoon is the Park's Warden who aids you helicopter packing and warns dinosaur rampages by urgent message.
He is based on his appearance in Jurassic Park
- Jane Powers is the Public Relations Manager. She sends the player mail of attraction problems & tourist anger problems.
She is not based on a film or novel, but completely created by CGI.
- Ray Arnold is the Chief Administrator. If a object is damaged in a storm, or a disaster forcomes, he will inform you. He
is based on his appearance in Jurassic Park.
Absense of Employees from Jurassic Park
- Dennis Nedry: The computer supervisor. He was absent since the player controls the dinosaur montiory and Ray Arnold is the
main computer-technician in the game.
- Gerry Harding: The Park's veternarian. He is absent because the player must fix the dinosaur's poor health condition, and he
is replaced by Elite Sattler who is the dinosaur manager.
- Ed Regis: The public relations manager. He did not appear in the film, and replaced by Jane Powers.
- Ian Malcolm: Although not a employee, he is absent because he would not fit as a supporting character in the game.
- Alain Richard: The chef and waiter of the Les Gigantes in the novel and film. Kiosks(fast-food stands) replace his career, &
Jane Powers aids your services, prices, and food menus in the Kiosks.
- Henry Wu:
- I'd like your thoughts on this.
- Robert Muldoon:
- I was afraid something like this would happen. We simply have no choice now. They must all be destroyed!
- John Hammond: The most-frequent speaking character of the game.
- Hello, my name is John Hammond, and I'm in charge of InGen, the company that you now work for. Your job is quite simple, really, build a park, create dinosaurs, and entertain people. Of course, we'll be keeping an eye on you aswell, We'll watch your park rating, and give you feedback on your performance, but in the end, the sucess or failure of Jurassic park, is all up to you.
- Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great honor to declare the new wonder of the modern world, Jurassic Park. \
- Jurassic Park, it's yours.
- Oh, don't forget the T-Rex is a hunter!
- These stories are ruining our reputation! We can't let that happen! Could you help us?
- Peter Ludlow:
- Hello again, maybe the last time?
- Let's discuss some things, shall we?
- I warned you about this. You brought this company to the ground!
- Jane Powers:
- Hello there.
- Great to see you.
- Ray Arnold:
- Could you look after this while I get a soda?
- Oh my God! What are we gonna do?!!
- This is not good!
- Richard Attenbourgh as John Hammond
- Laura Dern as Jane Powers and Ellie Sattler
- Sam Neil as Alan Grant
- Arliss Howard as Peter Ludlow
- Bob Peck as Robert Muldoon
- B.D.Wong as Harry Wu
- Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold
In the game, the dinosaurs in your park we susceptible to certain dinosaur diseases and thus you have to research cures and vaccines to protect them from harm. Dinosaurs, like all animals in captivity, with sometimes get sick. InGen dinosaurs however are more susceptible to diseases as they are born with immunity-deficiencies as a direct result of they're accelerated growth. Diseases are expensive to research, unless you save a lot of money. It is not difficult to cure a serious disease, but the more dinosaurs are infected, the more your park's popularity will decrease. Elite Sattler is the dinosaur vetenarian and dinosaur manager of the park, although in the first novel and film it was Gerry Harding. Paleo trees can make some certain herbivores sick, and species that are examined to not eat the trees are concealed.
Diseases create serious problems for your park. In best case, your visitors will complain about your lack of care for your dinosaurs. In the worst case, your dinosaurs will die. Rangers are assigned the responsibility to monitor and control disease outbreaks in your park. You must make sure that your rangers have the vaccines they need to be able to control the disease outbreaks. Dinosaurs cost money, and if they die from disease, you will lost money and never gain it again.
There are six known diseases in Operation Genesis - Those diseases include:
- Bumblefoot - Inflammation of the dinosaur's foot caused when a cut or abrasion becomes infected and heals over. The resulting swollen foot is very painful, causing the dinosaur to limp and reducing the animal's movement, as well as putting it through alot of stress. This will happen the most to herbivores.
- Dino Belly -This disease affects the dinosaur's digestive system. The dinosaur eats less & drink more. While not immediately fatal, it lessens the appeal of your dinosaurs
- Dino Flu -This disease makes the dinosaur start having symptoms like sneezing & other things.
- Tick Infestation - This is a very unconditional disease. Ticks will cover any entire dinosaur
and then start tick infestation starting the loss of blood, and the dinosaur will go crazy. The dinosaur then becomes paralyzed over tome.
- Gastric Poisoning - This is a very serious condition that can occur in herbivorous dinosaurs. Toxins from the plants that they eat build up and accumulate in the body of the dinosaur, until they reach a level that the dinosaur becomes immobilized and can eventually die from the poisoning if left untreated. (NOTE: this is probably what the sick Triceratops (film) / Stegosaurus (novel) was suffering from during the first Park Drive tour a few hours before the Isla Nublar Incident took place)
- Rabies - A serious condition for the carnivores. If they get the rabies, they will go berserk
and then attack and kill everything around their area, and will die quickly without overdose.
After all the missions are completed, a Site B option unlocks on the title page which allows the player to build an island without any fences or buildings for people, and no visitors are allowed. In it, the player gets to place eight hatcheries and only sixty dinosaurs. The dinosaurs will be created and live out their lives on your island. You must get the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Isla Sorna to put in Isla Nublar.
There are 10 missions the player must finish to unlock Site B, and the island is John Hammond's island, Isla Nublar. The real player's island is not Isla Nublar, but a more different designed island that InGen also guides, most likely one of the Five Deaths Islands that also have the word Isla :
(1): A Picture is Worth 100 Points: Jurassic Park is accused of exhibiting fake dinosaurs! Prove it wrong by taking photos.
(2): When Carnivores Attack: The carnivores have gone out of control! Retire all 18 carnivores before time runs out!
(3): Time to get Moving: Muster the herbivores into a maze before the carnivores devour them all.
(4): Weather and Dinosaurs: Take photos of dinosaurs to study their behavior in weather to conduct InGen researching.
(5): Rescue the President: A Tornado has hit the island! Retire all carnivores and rescue the President of Dregvoia.
(6): Danger Club Safari: Earn money from the Danger Club by taking pictures of dangerous, scary dinosaurs.
(7): Rescue Hammond: Hammond is trapped in the Visitor Shelter! Get a rifle, retire all the dinosaurs, and rescue Hammond!
(8): Cleanup Operation: The hatcheries have gone out of control! Destroy the engines and retire the carnivores again!
(9): The Amazing Maze: Muster into an amazing maze filled with dangerous carnivores to the muster area.
(10): Jurassic Park Calendar: Jurassic Park tourists would like a calendar. Take pictures of dinosaurs as well again.
Due to the PC files of the game, many people have found a way to mod the PC game.
A modification community have released an unofficial expansion pack, it features carnivores fishing, raptors packing and attacking together, new terrains, and much more.
While you can't add new models you can add new textures and new animals that use the old models.
The game was received fairly well on all the platforms it was released on (PS2, PC and XBOX), praising the concept and the variety of dinosaurs and buildings available. It got a positive rating of a 7.0 from Gamespot. IGN gave a negative review for the PS2 version, stating it wasn't as good as the PC version.
Many people seem to want a seqel.