ARK: Survival Evolved (PC)
Action 29 August 2017
A sandbox survival simulator set in an open world, which draws inspiration from productions such as DayZ. Unlike in the aforementioned title, this time we fight against powerful prehistoric creature instead of zombies. The game is the debut of an independent studio called Wildcard, founded by a former employee of Microsoft Game Studios. The player begins the game defenseless and naked on an unidentified island, and his or her task is to survive in this new, harsh environment. In order to do that, we must hunt and gather various raw materials which will be used to create the much needed weapons and tools. One of the most fun aspects of ARK: Survival Evolved are the meticulously depicted creatures – the game features more than 60 species of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. Since the title features o multiplayer experience, meeting other players in the game world will happen and, depending on their attitude, we can fight them or establish valuable alliances.
LEGO Jurassic World (PC)
Action 12 June 2015
Another reincarnation of the highly popular action-adventure game franchise originated in mid-90’s, sporting a license on the world’s most famous brand of toy bricks. This production by Traveller’s Tales Studios was created for the premiere of the film Jurassic World, however, the game’s story spans across the whole bestselling Jurassic Park trilogy. The game is set on Isla Nublar, an island known from the movie, which is actually a one of a kind amusement park with prehistoric reptiles brought back to life through cloning processes. As a result of a chain of experiments, a new dinosaur species was created by scientist, which is a combination of a Tyrannosaurus and a Velociraptor. Unfortunately, the beast escapes, becoming a direct threat to all visitors. When it comes to gameplay mechanics, the game employs the traditional solutions used in the series, with action-adventure elements and a gallery of characters known from the original movie.
Jurassic World: Evolution (PC)
Created by the seasoned developers from Frontier Developments – a studio known for creating the RollerCoaster Tycoon series) – Jurassic World: Evolution is an economy strategy game set in the universe created for the movie series of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World. The action of the game takes players to a near future, in which human scientists managed to develop a technology allowing them to recreate the DNA of prehistoric reptiles. During the game, a player assumes the role of a manager of an amusement park, in which visitors can see with their own eyes the dinosaurs brought back to life. As befits a tycoon game, the player is tasked with creating and exhibiting new species of the reptiles as well as taking care of the entire park’s infrastructure, visitors’ security, and a number of additional attractions. The main aspect of Jurassic World: Evolution is economy – all actions a player takes have to be aimed at the constant development of the park and increasing the venture’s profitability.
ARK: Survival of the Fittest (PC)
Action 29 August 2017
An online action game focused on PvP competition and a spin-off installment of the ARK series. The title started out as a fan modification which was eventually made into a standalone production with the support of Survival Evolved’s developers. The gameplay premise of ARK: Survival of the Fittest was directly inspired by the popular movie series The Hunger Games. As many as 72 players divided into several six-member teams can play simultaneously. While playing, the participants can make use of a rich arsenal of weapons, armor, and traps. Taming dinosaurs and using them as mounts is also of great importance. The competition takes place in specially-designed closed arenas, up to the moment when there is only one team left standing. The tension is increased by the constantly shrinking circle of death which forces the players to clash more frequently as matches progress.
theHunter: Primal (PC)
Action 31 March 2015
A standalone expansion to the online hunting simulator The Hunter, prepared in collaboration between Expansive Word and Avalanche Studios (Just Cause creators). Gameplay combines all features you would expect from a hunting simulator with MMO elements focused on online multiplayer competition. Unlike the original game, in which you hunted ordinary animals living in our times, in theHunter: Primal you hunt all sorts of bloodthirsty prehistoric dinosaurs. With them the game brings along unique hunting equipment designed to deal with new types of opponents. As you play theHunter: Primal you traverse vast open spaces, and there is even more stress put on sandbox and survival features than before. Similarly to the original game, interactions with other players are an important gameplay aspect. The developers made it possible for players to join hunting parties and take part in a variety of tournaments and competitions.
ARK: Aberration (PC)
Action 31 October 2017
ARK: Aberration is a non-standalone expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved, developed by Studio Wildcard. The basics of the gameplay remained the same, blending a multiplayer action game with sandbox and survival elements. Instead of introducing revolutionary mechanics, the expansion focuses on new content. ARK: Aberration allows you to visit a new ark with irradiated areas and expansive underground sections. It is inhabited by mutant animals and a humanoid monster race known as the Nameless. The DLC also features many new items, adding e.g. climbing equipment, wingsuits, zip-lines, and previously unavailable crafting and building resources. There are also new challenges to complete, as well as new threats, such as earthquakes, gas leaks, or radioactive zones.
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered (PC)
Action 16 March 2017
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered is a remaster of the cult FPP shooter, developed by Night Dive. Many changes were made in the game: visuals, interface, gameplay mechanics, etc. The game now runs on Kex Engine 3.4, the enemies' A.I. was improved (now they can attack in groups and run away if required) and so was the character's movement (i.e. the hero can now climb onto some of the environmental elements). Quicksave option was also implemented, and the possibility to teleport back to the portal we have already discovered. The core of the game in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Remastered remains the same. This is still a fine FPS where we play as Joshua Fireseed, the dinosaur hunter, and our goal is to defeat the Primagen. The game offers a single player campaign and a competitive multiplayer mode.
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn (PC)
Action 27 May 2015
A new version of the classic FPS with dinosaurs, which was first released in 1998 on personal computers. The new version combines the plot of the original game with modern graphics and technical features that were used in newer ports of the game. The newest edition was developed by a team that consists mostly of the creators of the first version. The action of the game takes place in a distant future. During the exploration of remote areas of the space, a planet with similar environment to Earth is discovered. Powerful dinosaurs inhabit it. Despite the fact that colonization of the planet is impossible, DinoHunt Inc. decides to take advantage of the opportunity and organize an unusual safari for the rich, during which the participants can hunt prehistoric creatures. The gameplay mechanics combine features of classic first-person shooters with typical hunting games. The title offers a wide variety of weapons and hunting trophies. The centerpiece of the game are carefully-recreated dinosaurs.
ARK Park (PC)
Adventure December 2017
An exploration game designed exclusively for Virtual Reality headgear – ARK Park takes players to a futuristic Jurassic park. The action of the game includes references to the popular online survival game called ARK: Survival Evolved. In the game, one can observe the natural habitat of dinosaurs, and even ride the gigantic reptiles. The locations one gets to explore are much diversified – there is a tropical jungle, snow-capped mountain peaks, and even vast steppes. During his journey, a player can use a camera, solve relatively simple puzzles, and learn about over 100 dinosaur species – their genes serve as collectibles. Moreover, ARK Park introduces a zoo, in which one can play with the animals the genes of which he has acquired – this means stroking, feeding, and even painting them. The game is based on Unreal Engine 4, thus the visuals featured in the game are of high quality.
Action 31 October 1998
A first-person shooter, developed by DreamWorks Interactive, that references the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In Trespasser, we assume the role of a young woman by the name of Anne, who ends up on an island full of dinosaurs as a result of an airplane crash. Looking for means of transportation that would allow her to go back to safety, the protagonist is forced to face many species of prehistoric reptiles, such as Triceratops, Velociraptor and the famous T-Rex. While fighting the beasts, we can make use of a weapon arsenal consisting of several kinds of pistols, a shotgun and a machine gun; should we run into a larger group of dinosaurs, however, the best course of action is to flee. The game features high-quality graphics (especially the dinosaur models), realistic physics engine and suggestive gameplay atmosphere.
Turok Remastered (PC)
Action 17 December 2015
A remastered edition of the cult first-person shooter from Iguana Studio, released back in 1997 for Nintendo 64 and PC. The comic book-inspired character of Turok, a Native America named Tal Set, fulfills a centuries-long tradition of his people, serving as Mother Earth's protector from dangers posed by the inhabitants of the Lost Land. When the so-called Campaigner attempts to use an army of modified dinosaurs to conquer the entire universe, the protagonist has to journey across 8 worlds, and find all fragments of an ancient weapon, which is the only chance of defeating the evil. Turok Remastered was designed by Night Dive Studios, who specialize in re-editions of classic games. In terms of game mechanics the title does not differ from the original 1993 game. All changes can be boiled down to increased screen resolution and adjustments necessary for the game to support wide-screen monitors.
ARK: Scorched Earth (PC)
Action 01 September 2016
The first big expansion for the survival-oriented action game ARK: Survival Evolved. The developer of the base title, Studio Wildcard, once again takes the players on a journey to a completely new world. The players are taken to varied, sun-burnt locations such as sand dunes, mountain tops, canyons, no man’s land, oasis, or finally, deserts. Each of the locations has an distinctive ecosystem, while the traveling around the world is expedited by the ability to create caravans, or even fly on a wyvern’s back. The add-on expands the crafting system, incorporating the ability to craft boomerangs, or even chainsaws, as well as items necessary for survival in inhospitable areas, including tents and wells. ARK: Scorched Earth introduces new dangers such as sand storms, while too much exposure to sun may result in a stroke. The expansion requires the base game to function – but thanks to that, the players can transfer the new content – domesticated animals, equipment and buildings – to ARK: Survival Evolved playthroughs.
The Curious Expedition (PC)
RPG 02 September 2016
A roguelike game set in the 19th century. The Curious Expedition combines elements of adventure, strategy, and action role-playing games. We assume the role of the head of a scientific expedition that searches for legendary places such as Atlantis or El Dorado. Our party can consist of such famous 19th-century scientists as Karol Darwin, Nikola Tesla, or Maria Skłodowska-Curie. Each of them works for their own reputation and uses a unique weapon. While playing, we move through procedurally generated maps divided into hexes. Once we reach an interesting place, the perspective switches to the view typical for classical adventure games. In our travels, we can encounter local tribes and hidden treasures guarded by traps and various enemies — from wild animals and cannibals to dinosaurs or zombies. The title puts emphasis on logistics and planning. Selecting the right equipment and skillful management of our resources are key elements to the success of every expedition. The Curious Expedition features old-school pixel-art graphics.