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ZOOM Dino Island
$19.95 (Win98/2000/Me/XP) (DVD Case) (DINOISLEPR)

Publisher: Monte Cristo / Strategy First

Comic Mischief

Ratings:

7.5 from Gamershell

Thrilling Rides, Mesmerizing Shows and a Giant T-Rex ?!?

This is one theme park that will never be extinct. Dino Island is the hottest ticket in PC games, letting you mix and match a kind-hearted stegosaurus with a terrifying T-Rex, give him horns and some teeth, and create a custom-made Dino Island resident. But be careful! One or two dinosaurs and a couple of rides don't necessarily mean colossal success. You have to manage the entire park, building and maintaining the dino enclosures, feeding them, and ensuring they are safe and comfortable.

You also need to make sure your visitors are getting their money's worth, offering food, shelter and plenty of rest areas and finally, you have to take control of all the details, overseeing the budgets, planning the shows and making sure your restaurants and gift shops are frequent shopping stops. It's up to you to keep the crowds coming in... and the dinosaurs happy!

Two exciting types of gameplay. Be a mad scientist and create your own dinosaurs and get involved in the management aspects of a major theme park.

A game for the whole family, fun for children and detailed micromanagement for adults.

Original approach to the creation of dinosaurs; a base of 20 dinos that leads to billions of possible combinations with 30 skin types and 50 cool extras.

Dino-creation lab lets you mix and match different species to make new creative hybrids such as horned tyrannosaurs or long-necked stegosaurs.

Six all-new sporting events: dino race, steeplechase (walls, fences, cars, traps, etc.), dino fighting, destruction derby, team sports and capture the goat.

Over 250 amazing cartoon animations: dinos somersault while winning, scratch their hind legs while waiting, imitate King Kong, and a lot more.

Four exotic themes (African, Polynesian etc) with their own vegetation and ambiance (including music) are available to design a unique DinoPark.

All the well-loved park simulation elements plus exclusive DinoPark extras: dino burgers, fast-food stands, haunted houses etc.

Two game modes: Campaign mode – complete a number of objectives before moving onto the next ones; Free mode – free reign over the park, create and customize as you see fit!

Requirements:

Windows 98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium II 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 16 MB, 3D Video Card DirectX 8.1 compatible, Windows compatible sound card, 4X CD-ROM drive, 400 MB hard disk space.

Reviews:

Gamershell by James Kinnear

",,,However, what really grabs their attention is the dinos. There are 20 species of dinosaurs including the Stegosaurus, T-Rex and Dipladocus. You can cross the dinosaurs in your lab, to create your own brand new dinos. Your new dinosaurs can then either be stored in the cooler or placed in to an enclosure. With the opportunity to keep crossing dinosaurs and creating hybrids, the possibilities are endless and this feature should never get boring. In the lab, you can also clone dinosaurs and edit the genes of your dinos to change certain features."

"You can get to know each of the dinosaurs' personalities. There are over 250 cartoon animations that add to the game's charm. For example, when a dinosaur wins a race in a show, it may jump up and do a somersault. You can put on a variety of dinosaur shows for your park visitors. These include races, dinosaur fights and destruction shows where dinosaurs attempt to destroy items such as cars. As well as making your own customizable shows, you can also choose from a variety of pre-made ones. The dinosaurs in your park are the stars of the shows."

"Like many other titles in its category, to fully appreciate the game you have to spend a fair amount of time getting to grips with the controls and all the game has to offer. Dino Island is a game that is suitable for all types of people. Kids will enjoy the fun cartoon-like graphics and gameplay, and there is also enough variation to keep adults playing for along time too. It is also worth checking out if you are a fan of sim-management games such as titles in the Tycoon series."



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