Jurassic World: The Game

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Toothless, cash-hungry dino-fighting game; some strategy.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

There's a lot going on here that can be hard to follow after a very brief, disjointed tutorial. 

Violence

No blood, but one focus is pitting dinosaur against dinosaur in battles. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Heavy push for in-app purchases and timed gameplay system, encouraging fans to pay rather than waiting for dinosaurs or systems to recharge. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jurassic World: The Game is a tie-in to the summer movie and the overall Jurassic Park franchise. Though there is a mild strategic element in the form of building out your park, the main focus is on winning fights and leveling up your dinosaurs as much as possible through feeding them and successfully completing battles. The game pushes in-app purchases fairly heavily and is on a timed system, which encourages players to pay rather than waiting for dinosaurs and items to recharge. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymalvig May 14, 2015
Parent of a 3, 5, 9, 10, and 12 year old Written bySteven I. June 22, 2018

Overpriced Money Pit

The game itself is fun, as you can layout your own part with pre-designed features, farm your park for resources, evolve creatures through a set evolutionary pa... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2018

Good game but you need good internet

Great games but it works works better on android devices than with Apple devices. Otherwise perfect game. But it does have a little bit of violence. There are a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGoldH2O January 11, 2018

Fun, But heavy on purchasing and data

I love this game, and am currently very far into it. It is appropriate for kids under 10, but I rate it this way since, from personal experience with little kid... Continue reading

What's it about?

After a brief tutorial, players jump in to one of the two core components: building or battle. For building, players "hatch" dinosaurs in the park's lab after unlocking them in battle or via collectable cards, create food for them (helping them level up), build structures, and clear additional land for their park. There's not a lot of incentive to expand the park unless you choose to focus solely on that aspect of the game, which is pretty hard. For battle, you'll select one or more of your dinosaurs to face off in an arena. Players can choose to attack, block, or save their move for the next turn (giving them several options). The battles are quick but require an iPhone 5s or iPad 3 to play. There is a player-vs.-player option, but it only works sporadically and is completely anonymous; there's no communication between players.

Is it any good?

If nothing else, JURASSIC WORLD: THE GAME is surprising. Although an app tie-in to the film was expected, no one was looking for a dino-fighting app. Sadly, the battles really aren't all that fun. They're over quickly, and then you have to wait five or more minutes before you can use those dinosaurs again in battle. Even if you have several dinosaurs, you'll still find yourself waiting. The purpose, of course, is to encourage people to pay to keep playing, but the fights just aren't compelling enough.

The park-building elements might keep some people around, but they'll find those elements are just as half-baked. There's no strong incentive to expand your park, other than to aid you in the fights. Add in the push for additional in-app purchases and the game's lack of direction, and you've got an app that seems destined for extinction. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dinosaurs and what scientists have learned about them. Which types do you already know, and what do you know about them?

  • Families also can talk about the difference between fictional presentations and history and why movies and games sometimes alter the truth for entertainment purposes. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 29, 2015
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Dinosaurs
  • Size: 319.00 MB
  • Publisher: Ludia
  • Version: 1.1.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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