By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on January 26, 2017
Don't you just love the Jurassic Park movies? I sure know I do! Coincidentally, this weekend my eye fell on Telltales: Jurassic Park. So instead of watching the movies for the thousandth time, I decided to play this prehistoric Telltale adventure.
The first movie is still the best (in my humble opinion), so I was very happy to see the first episode of this game brought me one of the most memorable scenes of the first movie. You start this game by playing Nima, a mercenary on a mission. Together with her employer Chadwick, she's send to fetch Dennis Nedry. Nedry has the can with the dino embryo's as you might remember from the movie. But he didn't show up at the boat that who would take him to the main land. So now Chadwick and Nima are off to find him and more importantly, the can containing the embryo's.
They end up at the spot where Nedry's car has stranded. But unfortunately they can't find the can. If you remember this scene from the movie, you'll know exactly where it is! It's very, very cool, the way the developers did this. You know where to look, because you saw the movie. But the characters in the game don't have this knowledge and will have to find clues and explore the area in order to solve this mystery.
Although you might recognize scenes and references to the original movie, the story will go its own way, with new interesting characters who all have their own reasons to be on Isla Nublar. The main characters are the earlier aforementioned Nima, veterinarian Gerry Harding and his daughter Jess. At a later time, this trio will be joined by two members of the InGen security forces and a scientist working on Isla Nublar. The best part about this is that you don't get the control only one character, all of the characters will be playable at some point during this game.
The characters will have to cooperate to continue their way or to solve a problem. But you should let them perform the necessary actions, by switching between locations. At these moments, switching between character is something you decide for yourself. At other times it depends on the moment in the story, which character you control. Seeing things from another perspective givesquite a bit more depth to the game and the people in it. It can also make you doubt: who can you trust?
The choices you make in this game don't have consequences, like in other TellTale Games, for example The Walking Dead series. Other characters will not be effected, or at least the game is not telling you that someone is happy or sad with what you did and if they going to remember it later on. Telltales: Jurassic Park is more action orientated; filled with quick time events and puzzles to solve. This perfectly suits the Jurassic Park story, though I must say that sometimes quick time events are very quick. So pay attention, because you can easily miss a button and yes, then you die!
Each scene or encounter comes with its very own rating. You start off with a gold rating and, depending on how accrately you perform the quicktime events, you end up with a rating that is either gold, silver or bronze. Funny thing is, this rating alone is enough to make you want to try your best. And although its quite hard at times, you will want that gold rating, which enhances the game's replay value.
Jurassic Park was originally released in 2011. By today's standard, it might be a little rough around the edges, but nonetheless; it's still a lot of fun to play! Yes, certain animations end well before the scene ends and the overall game is not as polished as some of TellTale's later titles. On the other hand; the environments, characters and dinosaurs in the game all have that certain TellTale-look, which suits the game perfectly and looks good. Because the story of Jurassic Park still captures the imagination of millions of people, the game is still really fun to play and you'll forget about its minor flaws really quickly.
I must say, I'm not sure at this point which I like best; watching the movies or playing this game. They're both so awesome! As mentioned earlier, the graphics are really good, especially considering we're talking about a game from 2011. The voice actors did an awesome job and the story is showing a side of Jurassic Park, no one had seen before. If you're a fan of the movies and you like the Telltale games, you won't regret playing this one!
November 15, 2011