Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis – A rare gem

Jurassic World is coming out today. Now depending on if you’re a fan of the old series or looking to see if Chris Pratt is going to take his shirt off, you might be interested in playing some games based on the series. The 1994 Jurassic Park film has amassed billions of dollars and also had tons of marketing tie ins. Jurassic World is said to be more like the book and that has people excited. Not to mention trained raptors and huge dinosaurs eating everyone. Good times.

The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis Jurassic Park games are some of the most fun you can have on the system. Actually the Sega Genesis version is closer to the Jurassic World than Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Park – Operation Genesis is the rarest Jurassic Park game  as well as rare title in general. Prices for this game are over $150 for a complete copy on the original Xbox. The game was released in 2002 and was met with decent critical reviews and sold decently. The Playstation 2 version is more common than the Xbox and PC ports, but overall the game is expensive.
So what is it? Simply put, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is a business sim similar to Rollercoaster Tycoon. You build your own dinosaur park complete with dinosaur pens, laboratories and gift shops. There are 25 different dinosaurs featured in the game that range from tiny Galimimus and the king T-Rex. Each dinosaur needs different necessities to be “happy” T-Rex need large exhibits with high security fences where Gallimimus only need small space.
In addition to the spacing of the park, it must also be popular.

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The basic UI of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

 

Obviously the raptors and T-rexes are more interesting than Gallimimus but they also have a higher chance of busting out of their cage and eating the guests. There are 10 missions in the game that range from taking photos of the dinosaurs and caring for the park.

A basic breakdown of the dinosaurs that you need to hatch

A basic breakdown of the dinosaurs that you need to hatch

So if you’re into those types of games, it would be worth it to track it down. As a video game collector, I’m interested in adding it to my collection, but paying this type of game on a console doesn’t really justify the 150 dollar price tag. But to each their own.