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Jurassic Park: The Game

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Description

Jurassic Park: The Game is an adventure game based on the Jurassic Park franchise that started with a first movie in 1993. The game takes place both concurrently and after the events of the first movie, but has none of the original characters or cast. It is set on Isla Nublar, the original island where the Jurassic Park with living dinosaurs is established. The story starts with different scenes that introduce the characters in a mixed-up chronology. It has Gerry Harding, the chief veterinarian of the park who shows his daughter Jess around. There is also Miles Chadwick and the professional smuggler Nima Cruz, two contacts sent by Dennis Nedry (from the original movie) who has a plan to shut down the park and run off with dinosaur embryos. But when the park's security systems go down and the dinosaurs roam freely, their plans are foiled.

The game is largely presented as an interactive movie. It consists of different animated scenes with visual clues where the player can interact, similar to the controls in Heavy Rain. These are used to manipulate items, examine objects in the environments, choose topics for conversations, but also include many quick time events where the player has to react quickly or perform quick actions such as centering a dot to steady someone's mind or adjusting the frequency of a radio. If a sequence is successfully performed, the story continues until another opportunity to interact arises. There is no complete freedom of movement, instead it consists of a series of linked scenes similar to the flow in a rail shooter game. There are however opportunities where players can observe the environment in any direction (to find the location of new clues or hotspots) and often there is a choice between different locations to go to. Unlike earlier Telltale games players can die if a sequence is not performed successfully. The game then automatically restarts at an earlier checkpoint to retry. This can be done an unlimited amount of times. As expected there are many encounters with dinosaurs, in fighting or escape sequences.

The game consists of four episodes that are played one after another. Each episode focuses on different characters and often alternates between them until their paths converge. In the first episode for instance it follows Gerry, Jess and Nima as they find their way around the island, while the second one introduces a paramilitary rescue team. For these four platforms the episodes are bundled together, but on the iPad they are released separately.

Screenshots

Jurassic Park: The Game Windows Gerry must move out from under the gate before he's squished by the T-Rex
Jurassic Park: The Game Windows Another puzzle on the way to the visitor's center.
Jurassic Park: The Game Windows Gerry arrives at the visitor's center, witnessing the aftermath of the first movie's climax.
Jurassic Park: The Game Windows This is the result of me messing up the quick time events

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Alternative Magazine Online Windows Nov 21, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
Thunderbolt Games Windows Dec 06, 2011 7 out of 10 70
JeuxActu Windows Nov 21, 2011 12 out of 20 60
JeuxActu PlayStation 3 Nov 21, 2011 12 out of 20 60
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Jul 14, 2012 C+ 58
IGN Windows Nov 18, 2011 5.5 out of 10 55
IGN PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2011 5.5 out of 10 55
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Nov 21, 2011 10 out of 20 50
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 23, 2011 4 out of 10 40
Out Of Eight Windows Dec 10, 2011 2 out of 8 25

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