Hold on to your butts because life finds a way. Dinosaur Island is almost certainly inspired by a film about a theme park of animals from the Jurassic era… But it hadn’t been done before so why not? In the game you will be far to occupied asking if you can create dino attractions to ask if you should…
Thankfully the game isn’t the biggest pile of… poop you’ve ever seen. Instead it takes the mechanics of dice drafting and worker placement and turns them into your vehicles for creating the kind of theme park that attracts lots of visitors. Of course visitors are key to making money so you need to be dangerous enough to attract them, but a dino getting loose and chowing down on the tourists won’t get you good press either. At least not if it happens more than once…
Each round you will be acquiring DNA through dice, assigning workers and left over scientist to create dinos, paddocks and generally keep the park safe. Each dino you bring in will have an effect on the danger and attractiveness levels of the park and for you to succeed you will need to balance these carefully.
You could be a total wimp and just breed herbivores and build rollercoasters, but as soon as you see some of the carnivores you can create you might just realise you wanted meat eaters all along!
Dinosaur Island has quite a few parts, but no expense was spared in making it accessible as well as deep. The mechanics on display make sense and the gameplay is nice and smooth. It is a great game for those wanting a bit more worker placement depth. Oh and remember – women inherit the earth!
Player count: 1-4
Time: 90-120 minutes
Age rating: 8+