By now the basic premise of Dino Island
should be easy to render. The objective is to create and succeed at running a theme park operation with one special factor; your major attractions are dinosaurs. Is this simply a rip-off of the popular Sim Theme Park
and Zoo Tycoon
games? Probably... But the dinosaur concept comes over nicely and is a welcomed, unique qualifier for Dino Island
. Two game modes, Campaign and Free, are available. The Campaign mode contains a list of objectives that increase in difficulty. Completion of each campaign sequentially unlocks future campaigns and open access to special cinematic sketches involving the T-Rex and hilarious bloopers.
The Free mode allows for more open, unrestricted development. Parks can be created on any of the island layouts, each with ample space for creation and maintenance. Throughout both the Campaign and Free modes, you'll need to keep track of visitor ratings. To ensure the guests stay happy, several rides and attractions as well as various shops and restaurants are at your disposal. The rides do not really relate to any dinosaur activities, ranging from a Ferris wheel to a haunted house, however they are necessary to your parks success.
The most necessary aspect of a Dino Island park, however, are the dinosaurs. With a total of twenty species, including Stegosaurus and T-Rex, the possibilities for dinosaur interactions are intriguing, especially with Dino Island's special 'Lab' features. In the lab, you can cross attributes from two different dinosaurs to create unique dinosaurs. In the Campaign mode, you will need to utilize these specific types of dinosaurs or 'create' a dinosaur with a certain attribute. In the Free mode, these abilities should keep you mesmerized for hours creating interesting dinosaurs and watching them in their enclosures.
Just make sure you feed them. Different dinosaurs require different types of foods ranging from flowers to pigs. Feeding the dinosaurs is taken care of by farms and employees with designated 'feeding times.'
To further add to the dinosaurs' personalities, each dinosaur can be placed in 'shows' to showcase its talents to the parks visitors. Shows include races, fights, and obstacle courses among others. Customization is available however, various pre-made shows are supplied.