Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novels and their adaptations serve as a warning against playing God, but the new Let’s Build a Zoo expansion Dinosaur Island (opens in new tab) reminds us: it’s not really playing God very tight?
The standalone management simulator Let’s Build a Zoo already has Godless genetic experiments and exotic meat sales, so it was only a matter of time before developer Springloaded added the full Jurassic Park experience on top. The expansion adds over 50 new specimens to track and display, including the titular dinosaurs, cavemen, saber-toothed and woolly mammoths, all accessible through fossil digs and morally dubious cloning.
Speaking of questionable ethics, the base game’s merging of creatures and selling exotic meat returns, with promotional screenshots showing the sliding scale of the quality of “caveman meat” you can feed your guests, as well as some hybrids. alarming genetics, such as a triceratops-headed pterodactyl.
The expansion comes with a substantial free update (opens in new tab) for Let’s Build a Zoo, including controller support, employee-only areas, and the ability to plant and harvest trees. I am particularly interested in the new, eco-friendly and waste storage options. Beginner keepers can now use animal droppings (complete with unique sprites for each species!)”
Let’s Build a Zoo and Dinosaur Island are currently on sale, with the expansion for $9, and a bundle of the two for $21.