Coinciding with the release of the latest movie installment of the franchise, Jurassic World (congratulations on being the highest grossing opening weekend of all time, Indominus Rex!), LEGO Jurassic World combines the joy of the plastic brick with the love of dinosaurs and Steven Spielberg’s blockbusters that brought them back into popular culture and made them more believable (OK, according to the science of the time) and more wonderful to behold than ever before.
Saying that, they weren’t made out of LEGO on the big screen…
Developed by: Traveller’s Tales
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Music Composed by: Rob Westwood, John Williams, Don Davis & Michael Giacchino
Format: Xbox One (version tested), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Wii U & Nintendo 3DS
As if you didn’t already know, LEGO Jurassic World follows the plots from all four Jurassic Park movies; starting with the original and closing with Jurassic World. The storylines are condensed and pivotal scenes are recreating in glorious LEGO brick form.
Throughout the cut scenes, sound bites are used to capture the personalities from the main stars from the first three movies while Jurassic World’s cast adds their own flair to the game. There are 100’s of characters to pick from once Free Play is unlocked, including a range of different species of dinosaur, and there are also cameos throughout the chapters from significant characters from many of Spielberg’s other blockbusters (including Elliot, ET, Chief Brody and Quint!) as the madcap interpretation of the Jurassic Park saga is played out, brick by brick.
LEGO Jurassic World follows the movies but players can initially choose to travel across Isla Nublar by Jeep or Monorail depending on whether you choose to begin with Jurassic Park or Jurassic World. It follows the traditional format adopted by most other LEGO games – breaking blocks, collecting coins and solving puzzles – to progress through the campaign chapters.
Certain areas can only be unlocked by certain characters which you in turn have to unlock as you complete sections of the game. This adds to the longevity of the title as it ensures players will continue along the campaign in order to access the alternative routes presented.
LEGO games are all about collectibles and LEGO Jurassic World is no exception. There are the obligatory Mini-Kits to gather up as well a host of Mini-Figures and dinosaurs to pick up. As well as this, you can create your own figures and genetically engineer dinosaurs from the DNA of those you have collected.
The sheer expanse of this game is incredible – the maps are huge and the attention to detail is absolutely brilliant. Key scenes from the movies are recreated in LEGO to staggering effect and are each given a hilarious twist. There are great in-jokes and one-liners that all add to the games charm.
LEGO, while never breaking the mold, have perfected a gameplay that appeals to collectors, kids and casual gamers alike. Their games are witty, have their own indistinguishable flair and a loving attention to detail that never mocks but adds more character to each franchise they touch.
LEGO Jurassic Park is perhaps more charming than most especially with the addition of sound bites from the original trilogy. It’s always fun to pick up and, while it may not present a huge challenge to gamers used to Call of Duty, it’s refreshing to see a game that exudes joy and embraces just how silly it is – it’s hard not to smile with each new chapter as LEGO creates joke after joke to keep players entertained and invested in their product.
As daft as bringing dinosaurs back to life is, nothing prepares you for how much fun you’ll have running from a velociraptors dressed as Carmen Miranda.
(YouTube trailers courtesy of GameSpot, WBGAMES)