Average movie tie-in
The inspiration for this game really shouldn't need any introduction, based as it is on the phenomenally successful book and movie, and although this doesn't do much for the poor reputation that licensed games have, it is somewhat better than other movie tie-ins but far from perfect. The story here loosely follows the plot of the film, wisely ignoring the more overt speculative science aspects of the book. Chaos has descended upon a tropical paradise as cloned dinosaurs escape from the confines of their man-made prisons and start munching on their creators. As heroic palaeontologist Alan Grant you must explore the island, blasting dinosaurs and their eggs to ensure they do not escape to the outside world. Jurassic Park has all the ingredients of a classic action/adventure game, with dinosaurs, big guns, gadgets and plenty of opportunities for exploration. Unfortunately, a few niggles prevent it from being worthy of more than a short investigation. Gameplay is initially fun enough, with lots of shooting action and with everything presented via a mix of chunky and attractive 2D and 3D graphics. However, the sluggish controls make progress slow and frustrating where it should be fluid and exciting. Exploration is an enjoyable aspect of the game and there is plenty to discover, including some meaty weapons and vicious dinosaurs, but ultimately Jurassic Park is little more than a simple, somewhat repetitive actioner. It's fun while it lasts, but rather unmemorable.