Jurassic World Evolution

LQ: 9.75


Brain grade: 9.9
Fun score: 9.6

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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Jurassic World Evolution is a life sim management game where you are the new manager of a dinosaur park on the Five Deaths islands in Costa Rica. Your job is to build up the park, raise new dinosaurs, and keep the customers happy and safe. The player has to manage every aspect of the park but also balance out the three types of contracts: Entertainment, Research, and Security. Your park earns revenue by adding new attractions which can in turn be used to build more, fund expeditions for new fossils and allow the DNA extraction which can lead to breeding new dinosaurs. Players can even genetically mutate their dinosaurs to alter things such as color and life span. 

Players use the side menu to access various functions of the park such as building construction, road and power connections, and funding options. By clicking on each individual building, the player can also access all of the features that building provides. As the player is working on their park, contracts will pop up which the player can accept or decline. Completing these missions will add to your funding which is constantly in flux due to the upkeep of the park and the income from visitors. 

Jurassic World Evolution is rated T for Teen. We encourage parents to read up on the ESRB rating systems to make appropriate decisions for their individual child. You can read more about the ESRB rating system here

Jurassic World Evolution helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Every aspect of Jurassic World Evolution requires the player to use their organization skills. The player needs to keep track of their dinosaur’s health, their hunger and thirst levels, and when to remove their bodies after death to prevent disease. In addition to managing the dinosaurs, the player also needs to manage the other aspects of the park including building, road, and power supply construction and maintenance, digs offsite that bring back raw DNA material, and guest services which increase your park’s funding. Players need to know how much everything in the game costs, how much money they have, and whether or not they are balancing out the three contract types the game requires you to manage. If you spend too much time on the entertainment portion of your park, your science contracts will get upset or your security protocol may be breached. Players who struggle with organization may want to try and start out slow with their park and not take too many contracts from any particular group. Then they can build up to adding more and more features to their park. 

Planning: Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Money and resource management is extremely important in Jurassic World Evolution. Taking out contracts also requires the player to know what steps need to be taken in order to complete it and collect the money they provide. Players who struggle with planning may find themselves building unnecessary roads, producing too many dinosaurs, or running out of funds to further their research or park attractions. Starting slow and accepting only one or two contracts at a time while closely managing your funds is a great way to practice your planning skills without getting too overwhelmed by the long task lists that can come with managing the park. 

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