Parkasaurus reminds me a lot of ideas found within Rollercoaster Tycoon mixed with gameplay found in Two Point Hospital. So if you’re a fan of those games or games like it then you’ll be a fan of this. When you first start it may seem overwhelming at first for there is a good amount of things to do. Ranging from making sure your dinosaur is in a proper habitat for their kind of breed to maintaining the actual park itself, there is constantly something to manage. For example, if you have a Stegosaurus you’ll want to make sure you provide it a rainforest type of environment. When you’re building their enclosure they will have bars to show you how much water, grass, trees, rocks, and boulders to put into their area to make sure the happiness meter for each kind of dinosaur stays near the top.
Publisher: Washbear Studio
Developer: Washbear Studio
Available On: PC
Reviewed On: PC
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Game Provided By Washbear Studio for the Purpose of This Review
Very much like Two Point Hospital as mentioned earlier, you need to make sure you hire a proper staff to help take care of the amusement park and keep your dinosaurs and customers happy. Now unlike Rollercoaster Tycoon where you just add how many people you need, in this game you are in charge of going through and hiring the staff you want. So even with the simplicity of the game don’t let it fool you because there is a lot to do. I enjoyed that there was always something to get done. That way you aren’t just sitting there hoping for something to happen.
Once your park starts to grow you’ll want to make sure you hire a few scientists. I personally feel like they are one of the most important characters in the game. Once you select an area from the past you’ll have to wait a moment before the dig site is ready. Once it is the scientist and yourself will start to dig around to look for fossils and dinosaur remains. Depending on who you hired and their abilities will determine how much they can uncover at one time. You want to make sure you’re careful so you don’t dig too much in one area and lose a fossil or anything else important. You are also able to continue to dig in the same spot to try and uncover even more. You want to make sure you get all of the requirements for a dinosaur so you can go to the egg farm and make new dinosaurs. You’ll also need to get gems to make a new dinosaur, but thankfully they have a gem store where you can buy them. Another important part of Parkasaurus is making sure you go to your science tree to unlock different items with your science points. Like providing different food stalls and more.
When you’re not trying to uncover new life for your park you’ll want to make sure you visit the market and have plenty of food for your dinosaurs. Because trust me, they eat a lot. And at times because you are doing so much it can get tedious when you’re in the middle of something and you keep getting notifications that your dinosaur is hungry. Once you establish yourself and start to get the hang of things and bringing in a lot of money this doesn’t happen very much. It just takes time to get there. I also felt like I wanted to provide a lot of land to my dinosaurs but the areas and map just didn’t feel naturally as big as they should have for a prehistoric park such as this.
On top of taking care of your staff, dinosaurs, and searching for objects to make more dinosaurs you don’t want to forget about your customers. While playing the game I felt like I kept forgetting about them and making sure I had enough accommodations in the park to keep them happy. So much to my surprise seeing sad people walking all around made sense when I only had two toilets in the whole park for hundreds of customers. Oops! At the end of each day you’ll get a report of your spending, earning, and just about any other information you’ll need.
I found myself really enjoying Parkasaurus and sinking time into it each and every night. I love these types of games and I loved that once you get in the groove of everything it becomes so addicting. This would be a perfect addition to the Nintendo Switch library as well, but something about taking dinosaurs on the go and managing your very own Jurassic Park would be exhilarating. Parkasaurus is a great foundation block that if built upon in the future, Washbear Studio could have something really cool on their hands.
7.0 / 10