Jurassic World Alive: Everything you need to know!

Since Google announced it had opened its Google Maps data to developers to use for games and apps, a few big IPs came out strong saying they were developing AR games and Jurassic World: Alive was one.

Can you imagine living in a world where dinosaurs roam at the park down the street from your house? Jurassic World: Alive puts you in that world and challenges you to collect all the dinosaur DNA you can! If you're wondering how it all works, here's a quick breakdown of everything you need to know about the game!

When does Jurassic World: Alive launch?

Although Jurassic World: Alive is available in certain markets, like Canada and Australia, it hasn't been made available worldwide just yet. There's no word on when exactly that will happen, but Universal has stated it should happen around the June 22nd release date of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie.

Right now you can visit the Jurassic World: Alive website and pre-register for the game, meaning you'll be notified as soon as it is available in your region.

Pre-register for Jurassic World: Alive

How to play

The main point of the game is to study dinosaurs by collecting their DNA and then recreating them, and you do this by finding them in the map of the real world. If you've had the chance to play Pokémon GO, Jurassic World: Alive is going to be very familiar as you'll need to walk around and find dinosaurs in your neighborhood, town, or city.

How to collect DNA

Collecting DNA is one of the first things you learn to do in the game as it is the basis for everything else. Once you encounter a dinosaur in the wild, you can tap on it to release a drone.

Once you release the drone, you'll have to swipe on the screen to maneuver the drone into position to fire a DNA capturing dart at the dinosaur. On the dinosaur, you'll see two white circles, you need to hit the dinosaur with the dart within the outer circle to get any DNA, and if you hit the inner circle, you will get a lot more DNA. Of course, the dinosaur moves around after you hit it with the first dart, and the battery on the drone starts to run out, leaving you to get as much DNA as you can before your drone battery dies.

Creating your dinosaurs

Once you've collected enough DNA of a particular type of dinosaur, you then can create dinosaurs for yourself. It typically takes 50 DNA points to create a new dinosaur.

Evolving Dinosaurs

When you create a dinosaur, you will notice it has a set of stats including, health, speed, armor, damage, and critical chance. You can increase these stats by evolving your dinosaurs.

To evolve a creature you have, you'll need the required amount of DNA points as well as the necessary amount of coins, which you get in supply drops, more on that later. Evolving dinosaurs makes them more powerful, which will help you when battling them.

Hybrid Dinosaurs

Some dinosaurs can be used to create hybrids by combining two dinosaurs together. You'll need to compatible dinosaurs at the required level and the necessary amount of coins to create a hybrid.

Battling Dinosaurs

Once you have at least four dinosaurs in your collection, you can head to the training grounds where you can battle other players.

Each player can bring in four dinosaurs into a battle but only must defeat three of their opponent's dinosaurs to win. Winning battles not only gives you items but also increasing your battle level allowing you to challenge more difficult players.

Supply Drops

When you're playing the game and walking around your neighborhood, you'll notice points of interest on your map known as Supply Drops. These supply drops give you items such as, DNA darts, coins, cash, and batteries, which allow you to keep playing the game.

When you're close enough to a Supply Drop, you can simply tap on the box to receive your reward. These supply drops refresh every 15 mins.

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Luke Filipowicz
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  • So, basically a random dev copies Pokemon Go, changes it to dinosaurs with licensing, and sponsors this article? Nice.
  • No doubt, it uses the similar technology as Pokémon GO, thanks to Google Maps API and the games are quite similar; no question. More games like this are bound to start popping up, as even Niantic (the creators of Pokémon Go) are planning on releasing a Harry Potter game in the same vein later this year. Big companies, like Universal and AMC (which is producing a The Walking Dead game like this) will want to jump on the wagon. Hopefully, it is us, the consumers, who will win out in the end as more companies try to make awesome mobile games. Of course, not every game will be a hit with everyone or be as famous as Pokémon Go, but I'm always interested to see how this genre of game will progress. One more thing, I can assure you this article was not sponsored, just a game I thought would be worth letting people know what it's all about. Thank you for reading!
  • Apparently it will cost a $9.99 per month subscription fee. Stuff that. Ill go play a PC or console game for the money I would spend
  • by now you probably realize you don't have to pay a subscription fee. Most companies are jumping on the band wagon of free to play and you can add money if you want "perks".
  • What's that green patch on the map???
    What does it do???
  • It’s a park, like how parks are indicated in PoGo.
  • How do you you recharge the battery of the drone?
  • I don't think you recharge it lol The battery of the drone represents the amount of time you have to collect DNA. the further you are from the Dino the less battery your drone will have and the less time you'll get (I think you can relate this to how the drone has to fly that distance first...). But I don't know, I just started playing today
  • How does Battle work? you create a deck of 8 cards and then it takes a random 4 from that deck to take in battle?
  • I am on arena 2. How can I go back to the previous arena to do more battles and collect more dna for my dinosaurs?
  • Is there anything else you can do with the coins? I've got so many, I don't know what to do with them all...can they be converted into Cash or purchase Darts or buy Incubators?
  • u use it to evolve dinosaurs when you have enough dna
  • I got this paper that says scan to get a free t rex and i want to know how to scan it can you help me
  • I'm not positive but I would think you just have to use your camera on your phone. Sounds like an awesome perk!