PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 12:00am


'INGEN, the company behind the original Jurassic Park, has hired you to design, build, and supervise their latest island theme park. You're responsible for constructing secure enclosures, hiring staff to maintain your park's appearance, taking care of your living biological attractions, and making sure your visitors stay entertained, while keeping them safe from dinosaur break outs or other emergencies.'

Tester 01

Name: Ronnie Z

Age: 18

Console: X-Box

Storyline: A park simulation game with one hell of a bite. It takes some studying at first, but the Exercises option (on the start screen) helps you to learn tourism and safari basics, and prepares you to manage the beasties. But the real fun is the park building in Operation Genesis.

Gameplay: Your view of the park contains lots of useful at-a-glance information, and it's a how you access staff and systems data. Everything you need is at your fingertips. You can improve your park by manipulating research methods, construction priorities, and by paying attention to the mood of the tourists, going on fossil hunts, and getting important feedback from your staff about the state of the park. The threat of devastating typhoons gives a touch of realism that can really mess up your plans!

Graphics: The game emulates the groundbreaking special effects seen in the Jurassic Park movie series and does a great job. The background music is pleasant.

Overall: It's a great idea for a game but the slow pace might deter action addicts. If you like strategy and planning, then Operation Genesis is for you.

Tester 02

Name: Oscar

Age: 17

Console: X-Box

Storyline: A great adventure/simulation game which tests your judgement and ability to manage ancient creatures on a random island in the North Pacific. Before you take the plunge, practice on the Missions option, where you can develop expertise in diverse species and become a skilled dino-ranger. Then get stuck in and attempt to create the greatest five-star theme park in history!

Gameplay: You get around in a helicopter or jeep, and all the information you need is available at the touch of a button. It takes a few minutes of concentration to master the controls, but after that, all your efforts go towards creating the dinosaurs (with fossil DNA collected from sites around the world), and building and managing the park.

Graphics: For what is essentially a management simulation, the detailed graphics are great. The dinosaur sound effects are cool, and the orchestral background music is relaxing.

Overall: A must-buy for fans of the movie and simulation genre addicts. You could play this for days.