Parkasaurus is the type of game where you're never wondering what you should be doing, but never overwhelmed by the number of tasks. Coupled with the colourful graphics and the fact it doesn't take itself too seriously, this is a wonderful version of a park management game.
Parkasaurus is a charming take on dinosaur theme parks, but it has some small shortcomings that keep it from being a truly great experience.
Over the many hours that I played Parkasaurus, I have to say that I did feel very relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the simple yet goofy style picking out appropriate hats for all my dinosaurs.
For my 4-year-old, he had a sandbox where he could screw around and set up whatever dream-like dinosaur scenarios he wanted to. We were able to do all this with a charming-as-heck visual aesthetic and a complex but workable user interface. Life finds a way.
I can happily say that I have enjoyed my time with Parkasaurus. It’s less about beholding the majesty of the dinosaurs, and more about silly fun. Park management elements feel much tighter and snappier than I expected. I watched new exhibits populate the map. Arranged flowerpots, donation boxes, and benches. I witnessed my losses slowly turn to profits. And most importantly: I put hats on my dinosaurs! Sure, there are some drawbacks with the Switch version, including occasional stutters, small text, and inexact controls, but none of those detracts from the irresistible charm of Parkasaurus.
Parkasaurus is a management game that does the job, with a very worked free mode and a fairly high amount of challenges. Its difficulty at certain times does not measure up, and that can scare more than one.
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Parkasaurus is a solid simulation that is fun and not too hard to get into. Don't let the looks of this game fool you if you enjoy simulation games like I do as you will most likely enjoy your time with it.
Parkasaurus is a game full of heart, with a colorful and light hearted mood, but that doesn't mean its mechanics are not deep. All in all, one of the best tycoon games in recent times.
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Parkasaurus is a light-hearted, cheerful and slightly derpy management game starring alien dinosaurs. The game has a story, but that is otherwise not really interesting or logical. The game is easy to pick up and offers enough possibilities for more depth. This is unfortunately underused, especially in Campaign mode, so you won't be penalized if you don't micromanage everything. This in turn ensures that the game remains light at all times. Digging for fossils through the puzzle minigame is a nice addition that provides some variety, but in my opinion they could have exchanged the first-person mode for ultrawide support. All in all, the game mainly provides liters of light-hearted entertainment and that is of course the most important thing. Oh, and something about hats.
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Beyond a weird bug or two, Parkasaurus is a genuine treat to play. From a genuinely surprising number of management systems through to one of the silliest cartoon aesthetics ever seen in a park simulator, the game holds a wonderful amount of unexpected surprises belying its cutesy storefront presentation. In more ways than one, the game hearkens back to 90s classic cartoons like Dink, The Little Dinosaur. Overall, it is an amazing title with a lot of promise, and has the ability to eventually become one of the best park simulators available.
Overall, Parkasaurus is a wonderful management simulator. There are intricacies to the management system that will delight hardcore sim players. That said, simplified building mechanics, specifically the grid feature and color-coding biome environment elements help to break down some of the more daunting characteristics of the game-type for newcomers. Plus, who doesn’t want an exhibit of T-Rexes in witch’s hats?
It’s a great creative park builder, with a deep simulation system that the game fails to ever properly use, the lack of challenge means you never need to use any management skills which is missing the point of a business simulation game. Even if it’s one about cartoon dinosaurs.