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Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis - PC

by Vivendi Universal
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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Platform: PC

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006662V
  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,099 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

From the Manufacturer

Now is your chance to fulfill Dr. John Hammond’s dream by successfully designing and managing the ultimate dinosaur theme park. Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis allows gamers to create the most amazing theme park the world has ever seen. As the first ever fully 3D action-sim, Operation Genesis gives players two games in one. Either build the ultimate dinosaur theme park or engage in 12 action-packed missions that will truly test your gaming skills. Dream it. Build it. Survive it. This truly is Jurassic Park... your way!

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The powers of modern science have resurrected the extinct dinosaur and now it's your job to control their fate! Operation Genesis gives you two gaming styles in one: A theme park simulation and engaging action-adventure gameplay! Build the most magnificent dinosaur theme park the world has ever seen or take on 12 action-packed missions that will truly test your gaming skills. Jurassic Park is yours for the making!

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game, but maybe a little too easy March 15, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
Operation Genesis is an economic sim where you create your own dinosaur park, but a few real-time elements breathe some new life into the genre. Think of it as a game of Theme Park, where the main attractions can kill you.
You start off the game on your own custom island, researching DNA, building exhibits, and of course constructing huge fences to keep the dinosaurs contained. As your research progresses, you are able to create bigger and badder dinosaurs that generate additional customer interest. Of course this raises the danger level as well. To provide research material, you hire teams of archaeologists to dig up bones and amber. As more material is collected and researched, the DNA of each dinosaur becomes more complete and the dinosaurs live longer as a result.
I think the developers struck a nice balance of keeping the money management focused mainly on dinosaur research and less on the park itself so it doesn't turn into yet another economic sim. You do have to monitor some areas like food and park cleanliness, but that's about it. The majority of money is spent developing dinosaurs and their needs. For instance, the dinosaurs need to be vaccinated to prevent a number of diseases that can afflict the animals. Once the vaccines are developed, you need to build a helicopter station so they can be shot with the vaccine (or shot period if they go nuts and start attacking everything.) You can't spend the entire time focused only on the dinosaurs, though. You also need to spend time researching new and better exhibits, such as balloon rides, viewing towers, and the ever-popular jungle safari tours in the woefully inadequate Nissan pickups, so the customers can see the dinosaurs better and improve your park rating.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Run Jurassic Park! October 28, 2004
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is great! And I found it very pleasing to be watching the dinosaurs.

First off... the dinosaurs. The way they moved was incredible. They're motion gave the reality that they are actually there.They're behavior also created a dynamic form that they were all different, and not the same dinosaur in another's costume. Some seem to like to hunt a lot, While others played and fought in territorial fights. Some examples of aggresion include spinosaurus. Spinosaurus will fight for territory many times, while others such as tyrannosaurus will flee before challengers after it loses just one territory fight, meaning that spinosaurus always has confidance while tyrannosaurus gives up. Allosaurus doesn't fight at all, though they are incredibly stupid and keep on going after the same dangerous prey even though it is seriously damaged. Allosaurus run from other large carnivores, but the other large carnivores don't eat them.

The fact that many dinosaurs played a lot is very annoying. Because they will practically starve themselves to death or play to the point of dying of dehydration. They're too stupid to even survive. Plus they constantly run in circles around the predator, meaning that the predator could easily get them.

Herbivores tend to have a very different behavior than carnivores. Corythosaurus tend to run long distances and separate from their herd. But Camarasaurus does sort of have the same behavior, except they do it to join other herds of camarasaurus or brachiosarus. Hadrosaurs like the edmontosaurus and ouranosaurus like to make another hadrosaur into their leader.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream it, Build it, Survive it. February 22, 2003
Platform for Display:PC
Though I have only played the demo, I feel that this is truly a game that fans of Jurassic Park, dinosaurs, and even that "Tycoon" series alike should at least look into. Dinosaur models, sounds, activities, and how realistic the activities are preformed are extremly accurate. (Such as herbivorious dinosaurs will make herds, and carnivores will become stressed if they don't have running space or are denied the ability to hunt, and carnivores will fight over territory.)
You go to dig sites and fossil markets to extract dinosaur D.N.A. from items such as amber and fossilized bones, though you may only get 5-15% of a certain dinosaur's D.N.A. at a time from the bones, yet from a piece of amber, you may get up to 65% of a dinosuar's full D.N.A. After you get 100% of any given dinosaur's D.N.A., you can then clone your dinosaurs into a living, breathing dinosaur body. The process is done by removing an alligator's D.N.A. from an egg, and inserting the D.N.A. of the dinosaur.
Due to a 'scientific process', the dinosaur grows to adult size in 4 days, then is released into the confined area you have made for her. (All dinosaurs are females to protect against uncontrolled breeding.)So, the good thing is: you don't have to wait for the dinosaur to grow up. The bad thing is: you don't get to watch the dinosaur grow up. (To same this is a good thing.)
In compliance with the realism, the dinosaurs can also get sick. The main diseases they may get include: Gastric Poisioning, Bumblefoot, Tick Infestation, Rabies, Dinosaur Flu, and Dino Belly. If you do not vaccinate the infected dinosaur(s) then a major outbreak will occur throughout the park. Luckly for us though, there is a "Cure All" button, so now we won't have to cure each individual one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, Disc was in great condition. 2 thumbs up
Published 27 days ago by BBK
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I love this game so much! Its so much fun and it has WAY better graohicsbthan the ps2 and Xbox versions. You can get more dinosaurs and do many more things. Read more
Published 18 months ago by christian toucey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Customer Service - Son loves the game!
My son wanted this game so badly - it's pricey so I bought it used. Which is always a risk. Well, we get it for Xmas, install it and it keeps throwing an error. Read more
Published 20 months ago by HeatherJoy77
5.0 out of 5 stars operation genesis review
The graphics were high quality. Each dinosaur has it own unique sound. Easy to set up. Great options to select from.
Published 22 months ago by schapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game . . . If you can get a copy.
I bought this game the day it came out and loved it. Years later it's packed away in a box in my storage unit so I figured I would just buy a new copy for a couple of bucks . . Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars I had this game and I want it back
This game is awesome I had it but lost it or my brother got rid of it not sure but now I want it back and it's pricey for something that's a couple years old and the used is up... Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by Armynman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kid's review
This game has very Good graphics, with Beautiful Herbivores. And the carnivores are very scary. and the sound effects sounds so real. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis - Incredible!!
The game itself is incredible and the person I bought it from was just as wonderful. All-in-all, it was a great purchase.
Published on December 28, 2010 by Dolly Pez
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this game
There was some concern from the seller, but I had no problem loading it onto a computer with Vista. It was all my boy wanted for Christmas, and now he has it. Thanks again -
Published on March 5, 2010 by Daniel Stivers
3.0 out of 5 stars A Step in the right direction
Graphics are good, sound is okay, gameplay is simple. However, the Carnivore AI needs work BIG TIME.
Published on February 12, 2009 by Justin R. Germond
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