• Publisher: VU Games
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2003
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jurassic has enough open-ended depth to appease "RollerCoaster Tycoon" players, fossil hunters, and anyone looking to bag some big game. [2 May 2003, p.79]
  2. 90
    And while you must have a mind for strategy and business to really enjoy it, you do get to see dinos bleed now and then—and that’s worth something.
  3. By far the coolest feature, though, is the ability to partake in the park's attractions. [May 2003, p.97]
  4. One of the best console business sims I've ever played. [Apr 2003, p.85]
  5. That sort of overwhelming depth -- the urgency that comes along with rushing to appease every customer's whim, and ensuring that the place is safe and continues to make money -- is the reason why Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is such a good game.
  6. If this genre really is what you’re into, you’re going to enjoy this game. As always, there’s absolutely loads to do and think about.
  7. When manipulating the camera, things tend to get sluggish and all fluidity is lost. Graphics are further hampered by the prevalent pop-up due to the small draw-in distance.
  8. An enjoyable experience, with attractive graphics, strategic gameplay, and unique features that provide up-close looks at the dinosaurs in action.
  9. Not a bad game for really patient people who love dinosaurs. If you don't fit into those groups then you probably won't like it.
  10. There's something so satisfying about hearing the chopper as those first guests arrive...time to raise the price on those chili fries! [June 2003, p.56]
  11. 65
    The core game is intriguing, it's just a lot better when you play it on the PC.
  12. Stumbles a bit with long loading times and jittery control. [May 2003, p.60]
  13. 59
    As good as the control system may be, the game doesn't work as effectively on a console as it would on PC.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JustinCherry
    Jun 16, 2004
    F$%^ you Ign and gamespot this game rocks on any f*&% system. Thank you michael chricton for writing the book that inspired the movie that inspired the epic and (despite awful visitor and cleaner models) visually goregous, fantastic sounding game. The best sim ever (Got a problem with that asshole IGN? Do ya? Do ya? you asshole). Full Review »
  2. BrendanM.
    May 13, 2004
    This is probably the best simulation game I've ever played. I have been a huge fan of Jurassic Park since I was six and this is a game that just can't be put down. Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    Basically it's Zoo Tycoon ala Jurassic Park. But that's not a bad thing. Really a great idea that is a ton of fun to play. But I do feel they could have done more with it.

    Overall: A good game and a must for Jurassic Park fans.
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