Planet Zoo Arctic Pack DLC Adds Four New Furry Animals

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Planet Zoo welcomes its first paid DLC pack next week on December 17, for $9.99. The Arctic Pack adds four new winter-themed animals and two new scenarios.

The four new animals are the Arctic Wolf, Dall Sheep, Polar Bear, and Reindeer. Each animal has specific needs and preferences for terrain, temperature, social groups, and habitat size.

The two new scenarios utilize the winter theme in two new biomes – snowy tundra and arid desert. In Norway, zoo managers will build a remote animal sanctuary for arctic animals. In Mexico players will be challenged keeping native arctic animals comfortable and happy in a warmer climate.

The Arctic Pack also adds over 200 new foliage, building, and other scenery items.

The DLC will launch alongside a free update to Planet Zoo. The update adds a number of new features and tools, such as an aging slider, heat maps for crime, and new nature assets and enrichment items.

If you like numbers, Frontier Developments released some fun stats based on the first month of play time:

  • 62 million animals born
  • 23 million staff hired
  • 5 million enrichment items placed
  • 7 million animals released into the wild

Planet Zoo is available on PC (Steam). It’s rated E10+ with Crude Humor, Mild Blood, and Mild Violence.

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Herbivore Dinosaur Pack Adds New Dinosaurs to Jurassic World Evolution

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A mini-DLC pack has been released for dinosaur park sim Jurassic World Evolution. Much like the Carnivore Dinosaur Pack that released earlier this year, The Herbivore Dinosaur Pack adds three new dinosaurs for $4.99. It’s available on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Here are the official descriptions of the new dinosaurs in the Herbivore Dinosaur Pack:

  • The Dryosaurus is a forest dweller who relies on speed and dexterity for survival, using its stiff tail as ballast to swiftly change direction while running.
  • The Homalocephale gets its name from the smooth, even shape of her head. It sports a flat, wedge-shaped skull used as a tool for head-butting.
  • The Nigersaurus is one of the smallest Sauropods discovered. It measures 9 meters long and despite its long neck, the Nigersaurus is a grazer, feeding from plants close to the ground and near riverbeds.

Also releasing with the Herbivore Dinosaur Pack is the free 1.10 Update, which adds a sandbox mode to every island. Previously only Isla Nublar was used as a sandbox park.

Islands must first be unlocked via the campaign (or purchased for DLC islands). Once unlocked the other islands can now be played in sandbox mode from the main menu. Note that research levels are still unlocked via the campaign.

In sandbox mode, feeders can be set to infinite. The 1.10 patch brings a much requested feature to immediately refill all feeders, rather than wait for rangers to restock them.

Jurassic World Evolution and the Herbivore Dinosaur Pack are available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

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Jurassic World Evolution Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fifteen years ago I fell in love with Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. It was the original dinosaur park sim that let me prove that breeding dinosaurs for consumer entertainment is a totally valid business strategy.

Now from the makers of Planet Coaster comes Jurassic World Evolution. Like the current era of Jurassic World films it’s not quite as good as the original. But Evolution does feature all the joy and danger of breeding and housing dinosaurs for entertainment that makes the concept so richly compelling.

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