After almost a year #Dinosaurisland is finally out of shrink wrap! Its my goal over the holidays to get through all of my unplayed games and so I thought I’d start with this little number. My first observation is that you should burn the insert, what a pain in the arse it was to unpack everything with tokens stuck inside it and what not. It’s also hard to put everything back in the box so I turfed it almost immediately. As for gameplay I enjoyed it quite a bit. Not surprising since I’m a huge fan of thematic euros. The colour scheme is something a lot of people have complained about but it didn’t really bother me. I enjoyed collecting DNA, making dinosaurs, balancing park security with threat level and of course pulling stuff out of bags! It’s nice to see everyone lining up to enter your park as well (unless of course they are hooligans as they don’t pay to enter & don’t generate victory points or income). The production quality is great but I personally don’t like the plastic dinosaurs or worker meeples. Im definitely in the wooden meeple camp when it comes to this issue. That’s a very minor gripe for an otherwise solid game though!
I do wonder whether I’d play this over Dungeon Petz 🤔 as it’s my go-to mid-heavy zany euro. I also get my theme park fix from #unfair but overall I don’t regret buying #dinosaurisland because there is a lot to love and the designers have done a brilliant job incorporating the theme into the mechanics. Eg you’re not just selecting dice, you’re shopping for DNA! I also felt bad when my park patrons were eaten but I guess these things happen when you grow giant dinosaurs and don’t hire enough security guards... 🦕 🏃♀️ 🦖 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀