Lego Jurassic World – Review

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Travelers Tales has been making the Lego games for many years now beginning the franchise with their creative spin on Lego Star Wars.  These first few games were limited in dialog and only contained the characters humming and hawing.  I became a bigger fan of the TT games when they began to introduce dialog into the scenes and even the game play aspect of their many games.  If you have played one of these games then you have played them all, as they all work off of the same “goal” of collecting all of the lego coins you can in order to buy red cheat bricks and extra characters.

Lego Jurassic World follows in suite from the previous Lego games and stays true to the fun aspect of it.   I like these games because they allow my kids and I to sit down and play a game or two together and not have to worry about language or anything else.  I enjoy the classic slapstick comedy you find in them just as much as they do.

The game opens with the first movie in the franchise Jurassic Park.  This was a movie marvel back in it’s day and the game doesn’t deviate from the movie at all really.  They do make graphics scenes that come from the movie exciting and able to be played by kids of all ages.  The raptor scene is you standard Lego puzzles and it is followed by Dr. Sattler jumping out of the jeep and they all go to inspect the Triceratops that is sick.  Just as Dr. Sattler put her hand in the dino droppings in the movie, in this game she takes a swan dive into the dino droppings and that is how you are able to find things to assist with sick dinosaurs.  I really got a kick out of this and my kids laugh at the swan dive every time we play.

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Once the dinosaurs are revived they become unlocked with the amber cubes that are picked up in hidden places in the level.  I found this very cool as I’ve been able to play as T-Rex, Velociraptor and many others.  They each have their own special abilities and add a fun aspect to the game of being the dinosaur.

The game continues with the famous T-Rex scene with Dr. Grant rescuing Tim and Lex.  It is concluded by the survivors turning the power back on and being chased through the park by the lovable dinosaurs.

Once Jurassic Park is done the game moves on through the story mode into The Lost World.  As you’d expect, it continues in the same fashion with very little deviation from the movie.  Ian Malcolm is “tricked” into going to the island because his girlfriend is already there.  Once on the island he finds his daughter hitched a ride and the player continues the adventure going through other Lego obstacles solving them with the different characters.  I enjoyed Ian’s role that he is able to light dark holes or hallways in order to obtain necessary items to solve the puzzles.  I love how TT Games has now added the “abilities” of the characters on the character select screen, it makes it really handy to make sure you have the right character.

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After The Lost World you are taken to Jurassic Park 3 and again allowed to play as Dr. Grant and the rest of the crew as they attempt to rescue Erik from the island.  I enjoyed the game play of each of these episodes as it seems that TT Games has become very inventive in bringing new ways to solve puzzles.  An example of this is now to turn a handle the left thumb stick must be used and as dinosaurs “pop” out at you and knock you to the ground you are required to press a certain button on your controller multiple times in order to get the dino off of you and proceed to the next part in the story.

After completing Jurassic Park 3 players are then taken to, yes, you guessed it, Jurassic World.  This is done on the monorail and again follows the movie.   Owen is the main playable character getting many more as you go.  There are “cameos” from Back to the Future seen in this part of the story as well as others.

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Lego Jurassic World is one of the best games in the TT Games Lego franchise due to enhanced game play with new and innovative ways to solve puzzles and open doors.  It is backed up by fresh approaches on ways to make things entertaining and funny.

GRAPHICS

These are on par with the rest of the series and doesn’t require too much extra muscle in order to run the game on a PC.  These are generally simple game requirements and basically all of the Lego series look the same.  In Lego Jurassic World they have introduced night time mode with the rain and such that you would expect from the first Jurassic Park movie but that is about it as far as changes.

SOUND

There are many voice-overs that follow the 4 movies directly.  These don’t vary at all from the movies as there is no extra voice acting done by the characters which, I guess, is better than none at all from the humming and hawing that used to be done by TT Games.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Lego Jurassic World is easily great to play with multiple people including children.  In my opinion it has great replay value as there is opportunity to go back after the story mode is complete to play the game over again in “free play mode” thus unlocking new items and dinosaurs.  The DLC for the game is cheap, at least on the PC/Steam side, at 1.99 for Jurassic World and .99 for each of the Jurassic Park packs.  The DLC offers extra characters that were not available in the original game and thus continues to add value to the game.

Style – 3rd Person “kids” game

Publisher – TT Games/Universal

Developer – TT Games

Release – June 2015

 


 

JUNKIE SCORES

 

  • 4.6 – Gameplay
  • 4.0 – Graphics
  • 3.5 – Sound
  • 5.0 – Entertainment
  • 4.2 – Replay Value

 

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