@Lora_Mote: as you level up, more and more of the game will open up to you: aquatic creatures in the lagoon, cenozoic creatures, tournaments, etc. One piece of unsolicited counsel: don’t rush the game. Take your time and enjoy it. There’s no end to this game, like most freemium games, and the further you advance the more you’ll feel pressure to get this dino or rush that upgrade. Just enjoy it as you have it.
@DinoByeBye: for my part, I have not paid for VIP, and I don’t regret it. The other folks have made excellent points, and it’s ultimately your decision (you could always trial it for a week or month and then decide); I’m just weighing in with my opinion.
The bottleneck currency for me is not DNA. I’ve shared in another thread how to get it. I wait for the sale on creatures in the market before I buy any (and the only creatures I buy are hybrids and occasional Uniques I’ve unlocked; everything else can be won either through PvE or PvP).
My bottleneck currency is dino-bucks, and several others have pointed out that VIP doesn’t really grant many extra dino-bucks. They’ve pointed out how backed up their hatchery is; as a non-VIP, I currently have 24 dinos in-queue for my hatchery, most of them legendary. No way I’ll get around to hatching them all; other dino cards come in faster than I can hatch them. So getting even more dino cards through VIP tournaments and such does not interest me.
Yes, there is a slight moral dilemma in that I’m not paying Ludia for this game with my money, but I am paying with my time; I watch a lot of commercials via the DNA button and second PvP victory spins and ticket claims. Plus I try to be a helpful contributor to these forums. Not sure about that latter position, though…
Long & short: make your own decision, but I do not currently think the VIP subscription is worthwhile. Good luck regardless!