Life finds a way... and in this case, the concept of Parkasaurus took it's first breath when the wife of one of the joint creators at WashBear Studio filled a binder full of dinosaur management ideas using colourful construction paper. From there, this dino-management simulator naturally evolved.
From construction paper to virtual dino-pen, the stylistic design of Parkasaurus has seemingly retained a visual influence from its colourful origins. Because of this, Parkasaurus sets itself apart from other titles within the dinosaur management genre, in which the focus falls primarily on escaping Dinosaurs reaping havoc on the unsuspecting guests and trying to keep them under control within semi-serious looking landscapes. Escapee dinosaurs in Parkasaurus are still capable of popping out for an all you can eat tourist takeaway, but they'll just look cute and colourful as they do so and may even be wearing a hat. What a way to go.
One of the shining features within Parkasaurus is maintaining the balance between privacy and spectacle. On the one hand, you're running a business and on the other, trying to keep your dinosaur pals happy. Building public paths too close to enclosures will create a severe lack of privacy, whilst a couple of concrete walls or areas of long grass will increase their ability to get out of the limelight for a while and relax. It's not enough to build a couple of wooden fences around your creatures, they'll also need an environment suited to their natural living conditions, encouraging you to care about the dinosaurs under your keep whilst continually updating your park's aesthetic.
Parkasaurus is still in Early Access (released September 25th) and as such, there's still a way to go in regards to development, however, there's a solid framework here for an enjoyable management sim game where costs and park design must run efficiently. As you might expect from the genre, you'll be able to perform the usual tasks such as hiring additional staff, roam the park in 1st person and research and develop new materials to utilise within your park. Here's more on the additional features:
- Exhibit Design: Each dinosaur requires a unique biosphere - the shape of exhibit, materials used, ecology, plants, elevation and humidity all make a difference
- Park Creation and Management: Wisely spend resources to build the ultimate Dino Park and turn a profit to ensure future stability
- Guest Monetization: By reading reviews and observing your guests, fine tune your parks flow and arrangement to maximize happiness
- Employee Management: Level up rookie hires or bring on established veterans to help run your park smoothly
- Time Travel for Dino Eggs: Go back in time to retrieve the hottest (and oldest) Dino Eggs
- Chaotic Dino Escapes: Handle with care your Dino rampages by switching into first person view
- Year Round Challenges: Manage unexpected weather disasters and the expected demands of each season
Parkasaurus was released recently on Early Access on the 25th September 2018 and is currently available on Steam (Windows).
Can you maintain a park whilst keeping both your guests and dinosaurs happy, or will it all be a Tyrannosaurus wreck? Invest in Parkasaurus and find out!