There’s a new game out in the streets called Jurassic World Alive – and it’s very, very, very similar to Pokemon GO. The folks who made Pokemon GO, Niantic, do not appear to be associated with this new game. Niantic will very likely be interested to find out where the developers of Jurassic World Alive got all their good ideas from – not least of all because they’re using several major game mechanics that look like they’ve been lifted directly from Pokemon GO.
Jurassic World Alive looks like a great concept. The creators of this game suggest it’ll be released this Spring on both Android and iOS, and pre-registration is available right this minute. Of course pre-registration doesn’t do a whole lot aside from assuring the game-makers that you’ll download the game.
ABOVE: In-game incubators for in-game collectable creatures. We don’t yet know for certain if the exact same game mechanics will be used here, but given the egg hatching nature of dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park / World movies, there’s a pretty good chance these incubators will be basically the same as they are in Pokemon GO.
ABOVE: Creatures can be evolved, creatures can be collected. Creatures are listed with their stats and buttons that allow them to be upgraded and evolved. BELOW: Creatures can be used to battle other creatures owned by other players in the game. Battles include the user’s creature battling in the lower left-hand side of the screen while their opponent is in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
They DO offer a free “in-game incubator” with registration. That should set off a few alarms for Pokemon GO gamers, all of whom should be readily familiar with their own in-game incubator game feature. This is but one of several features for which this new Jurassic World game seems to have been extremely, very much, in a large way inspired by Pokemon GO.
• Augmented reality element
• AR photography of in-game creatures
• Evolution of in-game creatures
• Creature egg incubation
• Capture and collection of in-game creatures
• GPS mapping
• User Interface
• Map Graphics
• Landmark-based box-shaped in-game elements
• Ring graphics emanating from base of creatures appearing on GPS map
• Creature battles
• Arrangement of creatures in creature battles
ABOVE: AR Photography of in-game creatures – Pokemon GO and Jurassic World Alive. BELOW: GPS mapping with exceedingly similar graphic elements including rings around creatures and landmark-based box elements.
If Niantic was not involved in the development of this game in any way at all, they might well be calling up the folks at Ludia Inc. right this minute. In the meantime we’ve reached out to Niantic to see what they’ve got to say about the situation. Stay tuned!
ALSO: None of this is to say that the game doesn’t look like it has some potential to be fun. Given the appearance of both paper money and coin money elements, it’s quite likely we’ll see our fair share of in-game purchases. If the game is LESS reliant on in-game purchases than Pokemon GO, however, we might have a winner on our hands. Cross your fingers and your claws!