Video Game: Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

It's your's: Jurassic Park! It's your job to make it work. Just build the Park and populate it with dinosaurs. Lots of dinosaurs. This will be the greatest theme park in the history of the world! Your job is to keep the Park gates open. Prove to InGen that the Park is viable...and safe....Oh yes, you have a T. rex. But don't forget, she's a hunter! Design it. Build it. Breed dinosaurs. It's your's: Jurassic Park!
John Hammond

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis is a business simulator developed by Blue Tongue Software, based on the Jurassic Park franchise, and released in 2003 for PC, PS2, and Xbox. The player's goal is to build Jurassic Park and make it a profitable success.

This game provides examples of:

  • The Aloner: Kentrosaurus will panic and run away at the sight of any large herbivore, and is happiest when living with its own kind, or with other Stegosaurs (or Ankylosaurus).
  • Artistic License Paleontology: Utilized as an in-game mechanic, no less. If you stick dinosaurs from different time periods and different continents together in the same enclosure, some of the more nerdy visitors will point this out, and their enjoyment of the park will subsequently go down. And of course any inaccuracies from the movies are carried into the game, including large raptors, poisonous Dilophosaurus, featherless theropods, etc.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Both of the African Dig Sites: The dinosaurs from each individual site cannot stand its neighbors at all, and they are expensive.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: You can put different carnivore species in the same habitat and watch them fight each other, up to and including the chance to recreate the famous T. rex versus Spinosaurus fight from Jurassic Park III.
  • Demoted to Extra: The movie characters, since this is a game about what you do with Jurassic Park. In fact, John Hammond is the only character whose dialogue is not limited to very brief voice clips.
  • Dummied Out: LOADS of content, as one can see in the files or the trailer.
  • Follow the Leader: The structure of the game is based heavily on Zoo Tycoon: Dinosaur Digs. Which is ironic, since that game itself drew lots of inspiration from Jurassic Park. The chief difference is that Operation Genesis tries to be more realistic and detailed with its portrayal of mundane exhibit maintenance, even such basic activities as keeping the animals regularly fed.
  • Game Mod: Due to the files being editable with just Notepad, modding the game is extremely easy. ADDING actual content, however, is not that easy, due to the strange way the models are coded.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Peter Ludlow, the Big Bad of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, could be considered at worst a non-hostile Obstructive Bureaucrat here with the quarterly reports he presents alongside his uncle.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Carnivores have no problem feeding on fallen members of their own species.
  • The Juggernaut: Brachiosaurus, which absolutely nothing can kill thanks to it's immense size. It can, however, die of malnutrition. Large carnivores may accidentally bite it, but they will usually simply flee from it.
  • Lighter and Softer: Operation Genesis is about making JP into a financial success and bringing dinosaurs to the public. In a way, the game is what Hammond saw in the park in the first place - wonder. As such, the game is far more optimistic and trouble free than the film.
  • Multiple Endings: There is a "good" and a "bad" ending.
    • If you succeed in making your park a successful venture and get up to five stars, John Hammond will announce to the world that you now own the greatest theme park in the world.
    • If you are in deficit for a prolonged period of time, Peter Ludlow will fire you, and your park will be abandoned to the dinosaurs.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The Kentrosaurus, which is perfectly capable of killing large carnivores.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Along with the classic dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park trilogy, we also see Acrocanthosaurus, Albertosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Dryosaurus, Homalocephale, Kentrosaurus, Ouranosaurus and Torosaurus. Among the Dummied Out dinosaurs there's Alioramus, Chasmosaurus, Panoplosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Wuerhosaurus and Yangchuanosaurus.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Seeing as how this is a Jurassic Park game, we get all the animals that appeared in the original trilogy (except Mamenchisaurus, Compsognathus, and Pteranodon)and some genera that haven't appeared in the films at all. This includes Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Corythosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Gallimimus, Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Styracosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor. Among the Dummied Out dinosaurs, there's Apatosaurus, Baryonyx, Compsognathus, Deinonychus, Diplodocus, Iguanodon, Maiasaura and Ornithomimus.
  • The Team: Your command staff.
    • The Leader: You.
    • The Lancer: Ray Arnold, who keeps track of visitors and your buildings.
    • The Big Guy: Robert Muldoon, your game warden who alerts you to dinosaur rampages and escapes.
    • The Smart Guy: Dr. Henry Wu, your chief geneticist who not only oversees extraction of dinosaur DNA and dinosaur cloning, but also research regarding improving park amenities and facilities.
    • The Heart: Jane Powers, your public relations assistant who keeps tabs on the visitors' feelings about the park.
    • Team Mom: Dr. Ellie Sattler, who maintains the hatcheries and alerts you to health issues regarding your dinosaurs.
    • The Team Benefactor: Both John Hammond and Peter Ludlow, your bosses.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: This game can make even some sadistic choices in other simulation games look benevolent. Want to lower entrance fees to very low to entice park goers just as you take down a gate letting out a few T. rex and maybe a couple dozen raptors for kicks? Go for it!
  • What the Hell, Player?: You get fined for when visitors are killed and Ludlow will rip you a new one. Likewise, your visitors will leave en masse, and they will be furious if you kill a dinosaur for no reason (you can only kill a dinosaur in emergency mode without penalty).

Alternative Title(s):

Jurassic Park Operation Genesis