Jurassic World Evolution 2, the sequel to the 2018 prehistoric park simulation, is doing the trick. While not everything is perfect, it has so far captivated gamers with its deeper gameplay and the lasting novelty of bringing dinosaurs back to life for tourist entertainment.
Of course, that ridiculous premise spawned a prolific franchise years ago. Five entries have enjoyed worldwide commercial success and a sixth is on track. As is the case with any series of this type, the creators have amassed a ton of iconic images and memorable lines that fans know like the back of their hand. Jurassic World Evolution 2 alluded to many of them through Easter Eggs. Some of them are buried deep, but it won’t be long before devotees dig them up.
The name of this marine carnivore sounds somewhat different from most. This is because it is co-opted from a person’s name. Specifically, it was dubbed in honor of David Attenborough, the famous nature documentary filmmaker. However, the animal is even more important to this franchise.
David Attenborough is the brother of Richard Attenborough, the actor / director who played Jurassic Park creator John Hammond in the movies. Yes, this underwater reptile shares a name with two prominent personalities, both associated with filmmaking and the animal kingdom. This particular animal probably doesn’t understand the importance, but fans certainly do.
The Cearadactyl It might seem like just another pterosaur at first, but it actually comes straight from Michael Crichton’s novel. Introducing his park, Hammond mentions having several specimens ready to go. The Cearadactyl is one of those, but it is oddly absent from the film. The details of the book get lost all the time in the adaptation, and jurassic park cut a lot of stuff. Better late than never, however.
This flying reptile is now back in the park for players to admire. The catch is, you can’t access it when using the original Jurassic Park aesthetic. It’s absurd and ironic, but a small presence is better than no presence at all. Fans and dinosaur experts alike will get inclusion regardless.
In the beginning there was the velociraptor
It may just be a coincidence, but it is worth mentioning nonetheless. A bit of casual storytelling reveals that the Velociraptor was the first dinosaur designed by Hammond and Dr. Wu.
Michael Crichton’s flagship novel says the same thing. It even involves the same two characters. Whether or not this is an intentional recall is a guess. Again, the raptor was the first dinosaur the public saw in the jurassic park movie, so maybe this line carries more weight than it looks.
A lot has changed between jurassic park and Jurassic World, but this little guy stayed. In the first film, Hammond plays a video presentation to explain the concept of cloning to everyone who stays at home. Hosting this segment is a aptly named speaking DNA strand, “Mr. DNA”. It serves the same function in the new park, as it briefly appears as an educational hologram for guests in the fourth film.
Jurassic World Evolution 2 maintains this trend. As the opening cutscenes bring fans up to speed, Mr. DNA crosses the screen. He helped introduce the premise into the original classic; it makes sense that he would do the same here.
T-Rex terrain guide for jeep destruction
The game’s marketing showcased this visual gem. Prior to release, Frontier posted field guide videos for their available creatures. This is basically storytelling played out over alpha gameplay footage. The Tyrannosaurus Rex the entrance may sound familiar, however.
One of the clips features a pair of them stalking a jeep. They arrive grimly on either side before the end of the scene. This is exactly the same way they ambushed Eddie’s vehicle in The lost World; it is even shot the same way. Hopefully this poor driver will not suffer the same gruesome fate.
Now this one is downright weird. In Jurassic Park III, Paul Kirby lends his satellite phone to the pilot of their plane. The Spinosaurus quickly swallows said pilot, but the survivors later hear the phone ringing. They turn to see their Saurian pursuer standing behind them. So much for the element of surprise.
Players focusing on this specificity Spinosaurus on Isla Sorna will hear this familiar jingle. Aside from the fact that it is still functional after all this time, the phone “left the premises” following the digestion of the animal. Anyway, the dinosaur shouldn’t be ringing, but at least that’s a convenient way to identify it.
Parasailing has gone wrong
Another curious holdover from the third film, this parasailing saw some action. First, the Kirby’s son used it to soar through the air and land on the island. Alan Grant’s friend Billy then retrieved the sail and wielded it during the thrilling ride Pteranodon hunt. Following this logic, he should always be in the large bird cage.
Instead, it’s just taken from the trees at Site B. The developers could have hid it in one of the aviaries, but it might not have been as visible to the naked eye. Moreover, he was tangled in the foliage earlier in the movie. Maybe this moment was the subject of this tribute. Either way, it’s an unexpected callback to a silly serial entry.
This mode featured simulation scenarios based on each movie. Naturally, it’s sprinkled with iconographies, characters and even plot rhythms from those films. The original classic visitor’s center and the San Diego Amphitheater The lost World are just a few examples. From this perspective, chaos theory can be thought of as a giant Easter egg.
It’s designed to bring back the past, inspiring fans to dive in and feel those warm, nostalgic feelings rooted in the series. Even the name is an ironic reference. Although it is a real field of science, chaos theory was an important topic of discussion for popular character Ian Malcolm. Considering he’s pretty high on himself, the eccentric cynic would likely appreciate the tribute.
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