The premise of Jurassic World is about splicing genes to create new dinosaurs. Therefore, it is fitting that the location-based AR game is a clone of Pokémon GO fused with the DNA of the Jurassic Park franchise.
Jurassic World Alive, which is now released on the App Store and Google Play, is the first Google Maps API-bred game to be released.
Developed by Ludia, the game has all the features of the genre-defining game of Niantic. As such, the game has two main attractions: hunting and fighting.
Players hunt dinosaurs over a map of their surroundings as determined by GPS. Instead of throwing balls, players pilot a drone over the dinosaurs and shoot arrows at the beasts to collect their DNA, with more accurate shots that yield more DNA. Once the players have collected enough DNA, they can breed the dinosaur in the Creation Lab. Players will also hit Supply Drops (the game version of Pokéstops) to collect items and currencies in the game.
Once the dinosaurs are created, players can then see them in different scales in Augmented Reality. (Honestly, when we play dinosaurs in AR, I'll scale them to at least life-size.)
Like Pokemon Go, players can also turn their dinosaurs into high-profile beasts. Matching the source material, Jurassic World Alive also facilitates cross-breeding, where players can combine compatible dinosaurs into hybrids, which in turn can be crossed with other non-hybrids to create super hybrids.
After players have four dinosaurs in their collection, they can fight other players by starting the combat mode. Once ready to fight, players are compared to challengers in a similar ranking based on trophies earned in the game. Players win trophies by winning battles, but they can also lose them if defeated.
The game also takes a page from Niantic's In-App Buyers Playbook with certain in-game items for purchase with in-game currency, which can be earned via gameplay or bought with real money. Incubators, for example, that can be purchased or purchased through gameplay, provide resources after a certain amount of time (while the eggs in Pokémon GO hatch Pokémon on a step-by-step basis).
Ludia also adds her monetization with a VIP subscription. For $ 9.99 a month, players can access perks like an expanded battery for their drone so they can hunt dinosaurs from a distance.
The game first uses the Google Maps API. Announced earlier this year, the Google Maps API is a platform that allows developers to create location-based games using Google Maps location data. Games of the Walking Dead and Ghostbusters franchises are to follow.
"With Google Maps data integrated into Unity, we were able to focus our time and energy on creating detailed virtual experiences for our users to find virtual dinosaurs in the real world," said Alexandre Thabet, CEO of Ludia Announcement regarding the platform.
The game comes just in time for the marketing blitz for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the latest film in the franchise, which will be released on June 22nd.  Will it have the legs to stand alone, or will the game be doomed to extinction among other Pokémon GO pretenders? Well, as we know, life … finds a way.