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, Playstation Two, and Xbox. The player's goal is to build Jurassic Park and make it a profitable success.


This game provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The Kentrosaurus, which is perfectly capable of killing large carnivores.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Along with the classic genera 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 movies (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.
  • 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!