Jurassic World Evolution

Release date: June 12, 2018
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Jurassic World Evolution Beginner's Guide

A guide on how to start the game, which dinosaurs to breed first, how to build and manage electricity and what should you do in order not to waste your in-game budget

When you’re getting started in Jurassic World Evolution, it can be a little bit difficult to know where to start. The game doesn’t offer a lot of instructions on how elements of the game work and you’re left figuring it out for yourself. But we’re here to help make it a little bit easier for you with our beginner’s guide to Jurassic World Evolution.

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Building Placement

  • Placing a building is quite a challenge in Jurassic World Evolution. You have to contend with terrain constraints, building obstructions, power management, path access…the list goes on. When you’re placing a building, the first thing you should always do is make sure the entrance is facing toward an already existing path. Once that’s done it’s a matter of positioning the building in a place that the game will accept. That means you can’t have uneven terrain and there needs to be plenty of space. Other obstructions can come up from time to time, though the cause of them isn’t always obvious. When the building turns blue, it’s ok to build.
  • But, before you put that building down you need to look at power. Buildings require substations to be nearby to power them. The green circles when you’re placing a building will show you where you can build to be inside a substation that already exists. If where you want to build isn’t near a substation, don’t worry, you can go to the power management section and place a new one.
  • While your building is under construction take a look at the path. If you’re lucky, you were able to place your building right up against the already existing path and don’t need to build more. But chances are you’ll need to construct at least some path to connect your new building to the main walkways of the rest of the park.

Spend Wisely

  • When you’re first starting out, money is going to be a little hard to come by. You won’t start with very much and making dinosaurs is expensive! Start with a herd of the cheapest dinosaurs, the Struthiomimus is only $30,000 each, so they’re a great place to start while you’re building up your park. In these early days make dinosaurs your focus. Though if a contract comes in, by all means do that. It will get you a lot more money than you’ll spend doing it.
  • While you’re building up your first dinosaur paddock, be sure to send expeditions out to get more dinosaurs unlocked. Focus on the locations that are cheaper to go to at the start. Once you’ve got a genome 50% unlocked, you can move on to a different dinosaur. At the start, it’s more important to have a variety of dinosaurs than having high quality ones. Once you have a steady stream of people coming to your park, go ahead and put in your first food court. That will help you bring in even more money from each guest.
  • If you still find that you’re running low on money, take your ranger jeep out to your paddock and get photos of dinosaurs. That will give you a little boost in cash to help you get going.
  • Finally, if you are earning money every minute, remember that it is ok to let the game run for a little bit while you build up a cash reserve. It’s a great time to check social media or read more Jurassic World Evolution tips.

Complete Missions

  • Not only will missions and contracts help you by giving you money, they also offer a guide for what you should do next. While you don’t have to follow what they say, they are the best route to follow.

Electricity Management

Perhaps one of the most annoying and needlessly complicated parts of the game is the electrical system. It won’t be long into the game before you find yourself needing a second power station on your island.

  • Small power stations are exactly that, small. They need to be connected to the power grid and the lines may or may not go over buildings depending on what kind of building it is.
  • Being close to a powerline isn’t enough to power a building though. You’ll also need to put in substations to get the power to the buildings. Substations will allow power to get to any buildings within their radius circle.
  • These circles are green and they can be incredibly difficult to see with so much green already going on in the scenery. Buildings can be partially outside the substation circle but there is a line where too much of a building is uncovered and you’ll have to put another one in.
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Just having dinosaurs in your park isn’t enough. People need to be able to watch them. This is where the viewing gallery comes in.

  • Viewing gallery placement is very important for keeping them busy. Make sure they’re placed where guests will get the best view. Open grass is better than a bunch of trees in the way. Right in front of a watering hole is great too. You can also attract dinosaurs to the viewing gallery by putting their food source in its line of sight.
  • Feel free to put in more than one viewing platform for a paddock. That just means more people will be able to watch your dinosaurs and spend more time in your park. More time in your park means they’ll spend more money.
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While you’re building up your park, don’t forget that you have to keep your dinosaurs happy and comfortable. This means making sure they have food, water, enough space to run around and a good amount of both grass and forest in their enclosure. Some dinosaurs are also very social animals and don’t do well if they don’t have another of their species to keep them company. It’s a delicate balancing game.


There is a sandbox mode available in Jurassic World Evolution, it’s Isla Nublar, where the first Jurassic Park was located. On Isla Nublar you don’t have to worry about money, you have an unlimited amount. This is the place for you to build the park of your dreams. But, before you can unlock that island you have to get the very first map Isla Matanceros up to a 4-star rating. This means playing on that map for a while. You may not want to jump to the sandbox mode right away though. You’ll only have access to the buildings and dinosaurs you’ve unlocked in the other part of the game. So if you want to get the most from your sandbox park, consider it your endgame.

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Shannon Doyle