18 November 2019
Welcome To Dino World
Welcome to Dino World brings together two of the hottest trends on the tabletop right now: roll-and-writes and dinosaur theme park management. Though, as anyone who’s been playing Yahtzee and watching Jurassic Park for the past two-plus decades knows, they never really went out of style.
It’s a broad surface, but there’s plenty of depth underneath. This is a longer and heavier roll-and-write than much of the genre, with players laying out an arrangement of dino pens, paths and attractions on their grid while having to manage the power generators needed to keep the electric fences buzzing.
The basics are still familiar enough to pick up in a few minutes – roll dice, write things in boxes – but the need to carefully plan your layout and pursue varied scoring options here give plenty to consider. Do you build a bunch of big ol’ carnivores for big points, cram in smaller herbivores, fill out the park with features or try to strike a balance? A random selection of public objectives introduce a little bit of indirect player interaction through a race to claim them first, as well as shuffling up the options each game – even so, the otherwise limited sense of other players means you do play in a bit of a bubble.