Jurassic World Alive

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Dinosaurs rule the streets in location-based AR adventure.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Game play is pretty straightforward, with tutorials in place to get players started. Decent variety in play. Harvesting DNA from dinosaurs feels more like a matter of skill than luck.

Violence

Battles between dinosaurs are bloodless but have a realistic look. Attacks include visual effects to represent things like slashes, shields, and more.

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Consumerism

Although there's an occasional push to watch an ad or spend money on a special deal, it's not forced on you. You can also buy extra resources or a sign up for monthly VIP subscription, but it's possible to play steadily without feeling you have to spend additional money.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jurassic World Alive is a location-based augmented reality (AR) game available for iOS and Android devices. Players search for virtual dinosaurs in the real world via their device's GPS and then harvest DNA to clone their own collection of prehistoric beasts. In Battle mode, dinosaur teams can fight against each other. Though the characters look realistic, there's no blood or even contact between the sparring opponents. Due to the game's location-based nature, parents need to be constantly aware of where their kids are when they're playing, so they don't risk wandering off. While there are occasional pushes for watching ads, paying for a monthly VIP subscription, or spending money on special deals, you can easily play without paying for anything.

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What's it about?

Life finds a way, and in JURASSIC WORLD ALIVE, it's found a way to your neighborhood. Dinosaurs of all kinds now roam the streets, and it's up to you to find them, collect their DNA, and add their ferocious might to your collection. If you need a little extra strength in your lineup, you can combine the DNA of certain dinosaurs to create powerful new hybrid species. Put together your own unique team of dinosaurs, and pit them against other players from around the world in global tournaments. And when you're not facing down packs of wild prehistoric creatures, take a few candid shots with your favorite dinosaurs using the augmented reality (AR) camera features.

Is it any good?

This augmented reality (AR) game takes dinosaurs out of the park and into your home via an engaging adventure that's sure to shake up the mobile gaming world. Jurassic World Alive puts a prehistoric spin on the augmented reality formula, bringing itself into the player's world with a few new twists. Collecting dinosaurs feels more like an act of skill than a stroke of luck, with players launching darts from a drone at moving targets to harvest enough DNA for cloning. The drone aspect also gives players more range in terms of what they can interact with -- albeit in exchange for a shorter time limit, represented by the drone's battery charge. This can help keep players from wandering into places they shouldn't be to add some rare creature to their collection.

In the game's Battle mode, players duke it out in 4v4, best-of-three rounds, with turn-based fights. It's interesting to see what the different dinosaurs are capable of, weighing strengths and weaknesses to come up with unique strategies. That said, there are a few minor frustrations. For starters, players choose their top eight dinosaurs for their "team," but the four picked from that group to fight are selected at random. Also, since the matches take place against live online opponents, fights can drag on while you're waiting for other players to make their moves -- or get dropped due to connection issues. It's still a lot of fun, but it's far from perfect. Still, if you're interested in wrangling and raising dinos, Jurassic World Alive gives you a good taste of controlling the beasts without them getting out of control.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How does the lack of blood and gore in Jurassic World Alive affect the impact of the combat between dinosaurs?

  • What are some of the potential dangers of location-based games like Jurassic Park Alive and Pokémon GO? What are some ways to stay safe while playing these types of games?

  • What can we learn by studying dinosaurs? What's the appeal of dinosaurs, and how are they portrayed in media?

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