Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  1. Jun 12, 2018
    85
    Jurassic World Evolution is not the best or most complex management sim on the planet, but that's okay, it’s still demanding enough to be very entertaining. The focal point of the game are the dinosaurs anyway, and they look amazing.
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    Jurassic World Evolution strikes a chord with me, and that’s evident in the amount of time I’ve sunk into it. The presentation is gorgeous, the mechanics are engrossing, and balancing your veggiesauraces and meatysauraces has never been fun. There’s a handful of bugs to shake loose, but based on Frontier’s track record I’m fairly certain that these can be shaken out post launch.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    Jurassic World Evolution is one of the best games ever made based on Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Managing inGen would get you in front of your computer for hours.
  4. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    Jurassic World is a great management simulation game, plain and simple. Smart and full of good ideas, it may not be a favorite for all the fans of the genre, the main reason being it can be too easy at some points.
  5. Jun 11, 2018
    85
    Jurassic World Evolution is a simply gorgeous and robust game. This multilayered gameplay experience takes place in a beautifully crafted world with lush terrain, changing weather patterns, and an incredible amount of control. Even the musical score awakens that sense of wonder and the gravity of what you are doing - you get to run Jurassic World! It is an outlier in the long line of movie-based video games, standing as a beacon of hope that it is possible for them to actually be good while staying true to their source material.
  6. Jun 11, 2018
    83
    Beautiful theme park manager with a clear focus on the great presentation of dinosaurs. Micro-managing fans get a raw deal, though.
  7. Jul 25, 2018
    80
    Jurassic World Evolution is not a deep simulator, but if you are a fan on Jurassic World universe, it's the game of your dream.
  8. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    Jurassic World Evolution is a management game that makes all the franchise' fans happy like never before. The structure and the interface, are simpler in order to fit better to console platform, but could not be appreciated entirely by the more intransigent experts of the genre. Anyway, if you love the big lizards lived in the prehistoric age, this title is a must have.
  9. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    In the world of computer games, licensed products are rarely very successful. Hence we should be all the more grateful for Jurassic World Evolution and the level of quality in delivers. The creators of Planet Coaster have created an interesting, atmospheric and challenging game taht looks and sounds gorgeous. Behold, ladies and gentlemen! Here comes one of the best strategy games of 2018.
  10. Jun 21, 2018
    80
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Jurassic World Evolved thus far, and the more I play the more I look at my parks and think of ways I can improve upon it. Fickle crowds be damned, I’m here to build a park - I’m here to make Jurassic World work. For dinosaurs in the business world, and in the theme park industry... life finds a way.
  11. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    The enormous amount of satisfaction gained by building parks equivalent to the real Jurassic Park deal, outweighs the few technical problems the game has.
  12. Jun 18, 2018
    80
    With Jurassic World Evolution, Frontier delivers a solid game with very good gameplay mechanics which even gives us goosebumps when we follow the footsteps of a new dinosaur. The movie lore is there and the graphics are good. You should definitely give this one a try.
  13. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    An enjoyable journey into better, more dinosaur filled times, that will keep you entertained throughout. The careful balancing acts that are required are demanding without being overwhelming and the dinosaurs look great.
  14. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    Jurassic World Evolution may not be the best theme park management game, but it’s the most exciting dinosaur management game. And that’s enough for us.
  15. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Despite some opaque game mechanics and missing tutorials, turns out running a dinosaur park is brilliant fun and the best time sink you can play.
  16. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    If anything I took on the role of a benevolent eccentric, building a park and bringing long-dead creatures back to life for my own pleasure and fascination, not to gouge the wallets of the people drawn to the creatures I was so captured by. Basically, what I’m getting at is that Jurassic World Evolution made me into John Hammond.
  17. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Arguably the best Jurassic Park-themed game to date, and a must-buy for fans of the films.
  18. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Business management games don’t come much cooler than Jurassic World Evolution, and as subject matter goes it has done the the franchise proud. The dinosaurs look fantastic, the park building is easy and coherent, and the ensuing chaos when it goes a little bit off the rails can be frantic and enthralling. It’s pacing where the game struggles a little, with a few too many sedentary moments stretching your patience, but you’re not likely to get any closer to building your own park packed with once extinct animals than this.
  19. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    It's quite slow to start and has a pretty harsh difficulty curve, but when everything clicks, it proves to be the best use of the Jurassic licence yet. Running a park isn’t easy, but incubating your first velociraptor makes it all worthwhile.
  20. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Jurassic World: Evolution is more of a pure sim game than Planet Coaster, but it does a good job of taking advantage of its license.
  21. Jul 2, 2018
    78
    Jurassic World Evolution is imagination candy for anyone that loves the movies, and despite its flaws it’s worth playing if you’re looking for a relaxing experience building a theme park full of dinosaurs. It’s the perfect combination of engaging objectives and micromanagement to kick back and lose yourself in.
  22. Jun 22, 2018
    78
    Jurassic World Evolution seemingly casts a wide net. If the aim here is to appeal to a larger audience, rather than a niche one, then it’s a job well done.
  23. Jul 2, 2018
    75
    Frontier Developments really took care with using the Jurassic Park license to its fullest.
  24. Jun 25, 2018
    75
    In all, Jurassic World Evolution doesn’t offer a simulation quite deep enough to appeal to the more hardcore management fans. The depth and creativity on offer absolutely pales in comparison to Planet Coaster. But for those in love with the Jurassic Park franchise, it can be an incredible time.
  25. Jun 22, 2018
    75
    In its current state Jurassic World Evolution is entertaining, but barebones as a business sim. Where Frontier really got things right was the dinosaurs themselves, they are simply the best versions of these prehistoric creatures in video games to date.
  26. Jun 20, 2018
    75
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Jun 19, 2018
    75
    Jurassic World Evolution is a game with great potential, but at the same time a tycoon proposal undermined by some weird design decisions and a lack of variety and depth.
  28. Jun 22, 2018
    74
    The mostly gorgeous visuals add to the well captured Jurassic Park atmosphere. In terms of gameplay though, it stays mostly shallow.
  29. Jun 11, 2018
    71
    Initially stunning but lacking the depth and variety to support mammoth playtimes.
  30. Games Master UK
    Jul 14, 2018
    70
    Knocks your socks off at first, then settles down in a humdrum management game with added dinosaurs. [Aug 2018, p.66]
  31. Jul 3, 2018
    70
    Beautiful, distinct while superficial with some serious shortcomings compared to Planet Coaster. It may glitter but it is not gold…
  32. Jun 25, 2018
    70
    Your enjoyment of Jurassic World Evolution is going to depend on what you're looking for from a park management sim. If you want a full campaign without worrying about minutiae, then you'll find this to be a well-done take on the genre that looks stunning and sounds very nice. If you want freeform play from the beginning, you'll come away disappointed at what this package offers. Evolution is still a good use of the license, but you can't shake the feeling that it could have been better.
  33. Jun 21, 2018
    70
    If there's one word that could easily describe Jurassic World Evolution, it's "faithful." Taking control of a ranger behind the wheel of a Jeep in the rain and sidling up to a pack of socializing Stegosaurus is as epic as it sounds and is a definite highlight, as is releasing a newly recovered species into your park. Despite the campaign stumbling over itself and losing focus towards the end, Evolution captures the essence of Jurassic Park while being a good park management sim in its own right.
  34. Jun 19, 2018
    70
    Jurassic World Evolution is packed with qualities, especially for the fans of the Jurassic Park IP, but it lacks depth for now. As if the developers saved content to sell later as DLCs.
  35. Jun 17, 2018
    70
    Jurassic World Evolution is a direct shot to nostalgia with the appearance of familiar faces, the magic BSO and a huge variety of dinosaurs. Even so, it’s global simplicity and the current lack of options in the management of the park makes the necessity of various updates in order to improve and become the perfect Jurassic Park simulator we all want.
  36. Jun 17, 2018
    70
    If you’re a fan of the franchise it’s a fun dip into the prehistoric pool, but the water isn’t deep enough to satisfy a voracious carnivore.
  37. Jul 3, 2018
    66
    Raising dinosaurs in a game is fun, but Jurassic World Evolution somehow makes the thrilling idea boring.
  38. Jun 22, 2018
    65
    Unfortunately, the tediousness of the game’s mechanics erases some of the magic of seeing your dinosaur park come to life.
  39. Jun 20, 2018
    65
    This is a interesting management game particularly for Jurassic Park fans, but it’s very simple and limited.
  40. Jun 18, 2018
    65
    Jurassic World Evolution is a huge tribute to the entirety of Jurassic Park's history, but from the gameplay side, it lacks of depth.
  41. Jul 8, 2018
    60
    Jurassic World Evolution is lavishly produced and sporadically engaging, but it fails to infuse the park simulation genre with much big-screen excitement. If cloning cool-looking dinosaurs and dealing with a few light management elements is enough for you, Jurassic World Evolution should satisfy, but if you’re looking for a deeper level of strategy or true dino chaos, you’ll likely be disappointed. I’d recommend most Jurassic Park fans wait until this one, uh, finds a way to the bargain bin.
  42. Jun 25, 2018
    60
    Ultimately, Jurassic World Evolution could just be better overall. I've had and still have some fun with it, but there needs to be more room for some real creativity and variety in terms of park composition. Despite leaning into its license quite well, Evolution is a downgrade from what Planet Coaster was, and I feel there's a better game somewhat between both titles.
  43. 60
    Jurassic World Evolution is a challenging park simulator that emphasizes micromanagement and requires players to carefully and strategically balance resources. For those who enjoy the genre, it’s worth considering.
  44. Jun 24, 2018
    60
    In spite of a smattering of minor missteps, Evolution is engrossing and clearly created with a deep affection for the source material. Any fan of the films (or the books) who has ever imagined opening a disaster-prone theme park will have a good time with it, despite the repetition.
  45. Jun 18, 2018
    60
    Evolution will amuse movie fans and infrequent sim hands, but linearity and lack of meaningful decision-making undermines its lavish production values.
  46. Jun 18, 2018
    60
    Jurassic World Evolution lacks of depth in the management part, but has great dinosaurs to look at.
  47. Jun 14, 2018
    60
    It has a whimsy to it all the same that makes it worth trying, at least for a while. You may get hooked, you may not. It’s no bigger a gamble than a park full of carnivores, and in the worst case scenario, far less messy.
  48. Edge Magazine
    Jul 19, 2018
    50
    Evolution's successes entertain your mind's-eye view of what running a dinosaur theme park might be like, but its failures encourage you to imagine the game that could be made with this premise. [Issue#322, p.110]
  49. Jul 2, 2018
    50
    Jurassic World Evolution is a very pretty looking game, but one that doesn't have a lot going on under the hood. It can be infuriating, engaging and baffling in equal measure, but is only really made for the most diehard of Jurassic Park fans.
  50. Jun 22, 2018
    50
    The dinosaurs truly do shine in Jurassic World Evolution, and the game is at its best when it just leaves me to grow and care for them on my own time. Beyond that, Jurassic World Evolution is a very shallow experience, it doesn’t dig deep enough to be a story driven game and it does not maintain enough of the aspects of park building tycoon games to really be considered in that genre either.
  51. Jun 20, 2018
    50
    While Jurassic World Evolution has a great concept, it fails to achieve anything close to greatness once you get past the first day of gameplay. Excellent graphics and nostalgic euphoria can only carry a product so far.
  52. Jun 11, 2018
    48
    Besides the fact that there’s absolutely no evolution involved in it, Jurassic World: Evolution is a bad game because it’s just a bore of a park sim. Sure, the dinosaurs look nice enough, but the process of unlocking new species is beyond tedious and actually running the business is shallow and quickly gets stale. It beats getting mauled by raptors, but after careful consideration, I’ve decided not to endorse this park.
  53. Jun 19, 2018
    40
    Unfortunately, the act of doing all this research and genetic splicing amounts to the same level of involvement as a mobile clicker game. It’s just plain tedious. No one is saying that science has to be exhilarating, but it should at least feel more fulfilling than snoozing your morning alarm clock.
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  1. Jun 20, 2018
    While the game does eventually die to repetitive cuts, it’s a slow death. The game’s charm, visuals, and novelty hold up for a quite solid few hours of fun, and the premise isn’t completely wasted. But it’s also not utilized to its fullest potential. Maybe an expansion or two can bring this one back from extinction down the line.
  2. Jun 14, 2018
    Don't get me wrong; I loved my time in Las Cinco Muertes, and there's immense satisfaction to be found in just sitting back and watching your creations roam. But with a brutal learning curve, weak tutorials, and a lack of meaningful gameplay once your parks are mature, even the most ardent paleontologist may struggle to keep coming back for more.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    In Jurassic World Evolution, you can finally create a Jurassic Park to be proud of.
  4. It’s a greater disappointment because it falls so short of Planet Coaster. Frontier has already made the game that shows Evolution where it went wrong. It’s not that Evolution couldn’t have forged its own path, but it throws away lots of proven systems, often without substituting them for anything else. I don’t want to bad-mouth cool dinosaurs, but cool dinosaurs can only carry a game so far.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 148
  2. Negative: 22 out of 148
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    1
    Pros:
    +Fantastic graphics
    +Great looking dinosaurs +Good variety of dinosaurs +I like the "idea" of modifying the genes +Different island
    Pros:
    +Fantastic graphics
    +Great looking dinosaurs
    +Good variety of dinosaurs
    +I like the "idea" of modifying the genes
    +Different island types is a nice idea.
    +UI/Park Map
    +Dinosaur Stats

    Cons:
    -Small maps
    -Gets boring pretty fast
    -Bad Ai
    -No Managing (financial etc etc...)
    -Guests are useless because you cant do anything with them
    -Money is growing on trees...
    -No difficulty
    -No decoration
    -No Mod Support
    ---No Content..

    Conclusion:
    This game is not Worth 60$ more like 30$ it was such a good concept but they F***** it up ,for a Frontier game this is a disappointment..

    sorry but wait until its in a 50% Sale
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  2. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    It's ou finally. And in my opinion it's a great game. Yes some things are missing and it will come later i'm sure (decoration air dino etc).It's ou finally. And in my opinion it's a great game. Yes some things are missing and it will come later i'm sure (decoration air dino etc). As everyone know thirst Dlc will be free which can compensate for the things missing at launch.
    Game is running fine, graphics are good. Frontier is a great studio and i'm sure they will keep improving it.
    Of course it could have been better but i think Universal is a bit responsible for a premature realease.

    Nonetheless great Game. Should Buy it it's our only chance i think to have a great Jurassic Park Game.
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  3. Jun 12, 2018
    9
    Great Game, graphics are good, there is still somes features missing like more decoration and so on. But first DLC is gonna be free and willGreat Game, graphics are good, there is still somes features missing like more decoration and so on. But first DLC is gonna be free and will add some of the things we miss. Certainly the game could have been more polished but i'm sure it will be even better. Despite that it's a great game Full Review »