When Two Genres Collide
Love action-packed dinosaur games? What about management simulation titles? Dinosaur Land Hunt & Park Manage Simulator melds both genres. In this title, players capture wild dinosaurs and place them in enclosures in their park. The novel concept sounds intriguing. However, developer Wentiexi fails to deliver engaging gameplay.
A Disappointing Dino Hunt
The first thing you’ll need to do upon opening the app is capture a dinosaur. Capturing dinos is very straightforward and requires little skill. Hold down on the screen to zoom. Once you’ve got a dinosaur in your sights let go to shoot. You’ll earn a bit of money for each dino you take down. Once you’ve earned enough cash the level is complete. Usually, you’ll only need to shoot one or two dinosaurs to win.
I’ll admit the first few rounds were fun but the novelty of this aspect of the game wore off quickly. Aiming offers no challenge and dinosaurs move slowly. It would have been more exciting if you had to evade attacks while hunting them. Unfortunately, most of the dinos ignore you entirely. Some will charge you if they aren’t taken down in one hit but it’s incredibly easy to take them down before they reach you. However, if a charging dinosaur does get to you, you die immediately. The dinosaur hunts don’t offer enough of a challenge to keep you interested for very long.
Ads also put a damper on hunting dinosaurs in Dinosaur Land Hunt & Park Manage Simulator. After every level you’ll have to suffer through an annoying advertisement. I wouldn’t mind so much if they weren’t so frequent. Keep in mind, levels can typically be completed in under 60 seconds, so the ads really add up.
Manage Your Dinosaur Park
I would love to say that the park management aspect of the game made up for the ad-heavy dino hunting. Sadly, this is not the case. Dinosaur Land Hunt & Park Manage Simulator offers no tutorial concerning the park, so you really just have to wing it. Though it’s not overly complicated, I would have preferred a brief overview.
Once you manage to tranquilize a dinosaur it is placed in one of your park’s pavilions. Each pavilion can house five dinosaurs. Once all your pavilions are full, you’ll need unlock a new one or sell a dinosaur for extra cash. For extra cash, you can build food and game stalls. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to upgrade any of your buildings. This is surprising considering what a large role upgrading typically plays in management tycoon titles.
While you can’t upgrade your pavilions you can upgrade skills. There are five skills; Admission Price, Ad Speed, Food Price, Game Price and Number of Visitors. Upgrading the Price skills increases how much customers pay. I assume the Ad Speed skill decreases how long you must watch an ad before you can skip through it, though I didn’t notice a difference.
Dinosaur Land Hunt & Park Manage Simulator fails to immerse its players. In all honesty, the game feels unfinished. Capturing dinosaurs would have been exhilarating if there were a sense of danger. Unfortunately, it was simply too easy and repetitive to capture my interest. With few structures to build and no upgrades, the tycoon aspect of the game is even more disappointing. There are tons of great tycoon titles on the Google Play Store. This just isn’t one of them.
Is It Hardcore?
Dinosaur Land Hunt & Park Manage Simulator is a disappointing title that feels more like a demo than a finished game.