Review: Lego Jurassic World – A Jurassic Adventure
Nowadays, there’s a Lego game about everything including Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and much more.
The latest installment in the Lego video game franchise is Lego Jurassic World, which revolves around all the Jurassic Park movies including the latest Jurassic World.
However, the game has modified the storylines to fit the events into five levels per film and notable scenes from each movie have been recreated in the game. Additionally, just like the previous Lego games, Lego Jurassic World features gameplay mechanics from the original franchise, ranging from the characters’ own abilities and skills to the ability to play as Dinosaurs.
You will be able to play as many different characters from the franchise as well dressed them in a variety of costumes. These characters include Dr. Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, and Owen Grady. Additionally, Jurassic World producers Pat Crowley and Frank Marshall appear as unlockable characters. Even Steven Spielber is an unlockable character.
The game also features a variety of dinosaurs to play as, which are unlocked by collecting each level’s Rapter Fossils. Just like the regular characters, each dinosaur will possess a unique ability.
In addition to the pre-set characters, you will be able to create your own custom human character or dinosaurs which use the pre-set characters as options, such as Face, Hair, Hat and more. However, the custom dinosaur creating is more customizable as you can change their colors.
The game gives you the option to play between the original movie and the fourth movie; however, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III can only be played after completing the preceding movie’s adaption.
Unlike the previous Lego titles which feature more combat sequences, Lego Jurassic World is more authentic to the films as it features less combat since the movies are about humans avoiding dinosaurs. At least the very few combat sequences are well done, such as the brutal T-rex vs Spinosaurus battle from Jurassic Park III.
Additionally, the game features the voiceover work of some of the original actors of the film, including the latest release Jurassic World‘s Jimmy Fallon cameo. Sadly for the first three films, you can easily tell that they were ripped off from the movies, which can be rathet annoying sometimes.
Just like the previous titles in the Lego franchise, the game has fun puzzles that can only be solved if you have the right characters, which means some optional puzzles will be left unsolved until you unlocked the correct character.
Another big annoyance I have is that the main game hub is a mess to navigate, especially when I had to explore the islands to find the entrance to a new level. It is much easier in other Lego titles, so really was a chore for me.
While Traveller’s Tales did a good job tying in the game with the movies, it isn’t really one of my favorite titles in the franchise since one of the reasons I enjoyed the Lego series is because of the combat.
Regardless, the movies are well adapted into this game — despite modifications to the plots to better fit a game — and the gameplay is solid as well. I would definitely recommend the game if you’re both fan of the Lego series and the Jurassic Park movies.