Jurassic Park: The Game

Common Sense Media says

Disappointing dino adventure has blood and scares.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is primarily about survival on an island, but there are other messages about loyalty, trust, dependence, greed, and love. The six characters overlap in the story, and the messages are mostly positive. However, there are those who want to steal dinosaur embryos for personal gain.

Positive role models

The characters each have their own motivations, and they can be positive or negative. For example, there's a caring father who wants to connect with his recently caught shoplifting daughter, a hired gun out to steal the embryos, and others who want to help people get off the island safely.

Ease of play

The game is very accessible. Players simply press buttons on the controller when they appear on the screen. If you don't do it quickly enough, however, you may need to repeat the sequence.

Violence

The game shows many scenes of violence and blood, and a little bit of gore. The action is mostly dinosaurs fighting other dinosaurs or biting and eating humans. It's not overly gory, but you can see people's flesh torn, and blood stains skin and other objects (like an I.D. card). There is also a scene where a man shoots another man, as well as some scary moments that might bother some younger gamers.

 

Sex

There is some suggestive dialogue between some of the characters, such as the rebellious teenage girl who says to her dad, jokingly "What, mom didn't tell you I was stripping... and pregnant." At another time, a character starts telling a joke, which includes a "stripper."

Language

There is quite a bit of cursing, but nothing too profane. Players will hear words including "damn," "ass," "bitch," and "bastard."

Consumerism

The game is based on the book (and adapted film) Jurassic Park.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character smokes a cigar in the game and a teenage girl sneaks a cigarette away from her father.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jurassic Park: The Game is a teen-rated, violent and bloody adventure game based on the movie of the same name. The characters are animated and not actors. That said, there are scenes that show bloody corpses and dinosaurs eating humans. Some terrifying sequences might upset younger players. The game also has some mild profanity, sexual references, and images of smoking.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Based on the book and movie of the same name, JURASSIC PARK: THE GAME is an action-adventure hybrid that brings players back to Isla Nublar, the island that houses Jurassic Park, during the events of the original 1993 film. The game picks up on the rainy night when Dennis Nedry (played by Wayne Knight of Seinfeld fame) meets his fate while trying to steal invaluable dinosaur embryos hidden inside a can of shaving cream. You'll play as a half-dozen characters in this four-episode game. Each has his or her own reasons for being on the island and wanting to get off, but all must fight to stave off the vicious dinosaurs. While there's plenty of atmosphere and action in this game, you don't directly control the characters or the camera. Rather, you're presented with button prompts on the screen -- icons such as A, B, X, LT, and RB -- and have only a second or two to press the corresponding button to perform the desired action. In some cases, you're tapping a button rapidly, rotating the right analog stick or pushing forward on the sticks for a closer look at an object.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Passersby who glance at Jurassic Park: The Game will no doubt be impressed with the game's graphics, strong writing, and sound effects. But those holding the controller will likely tell you it lacks in the interactivity department, ultimately leaving players unfulfilled. This is especially disappointing for fans of the film franchise hoping for a deep and immersive dinosaur experience. Players might feel the game reminds them of Heavy Rain or Dragon's Lair, where you're nudged along a pre-written path instead of feeling like you're at the heart of the adventure.

Gameplay is broken up into action, puzzle-solving, and exploration. In the game's first chapter, for example, you'll press various buttons to run from escaped dinosaurs by sliding under (or hopping over) various objects in your way and figure out how to open the gate of a fence by unlocking it elsewhere. It could be that the developers wanted to create a more accessible experience, something for those who simply want to push buttons and see things happen, but it's so dumbed-down that even casual players might feel it's simply a "choose your own adventure" game with little bite.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Telltale Games chose the right kind of gameplay for this franchise. Does this sort of game feel like an interactive movie? Or do you want to do more than just tap buttons on cue?

  • Families can also discuss scariness in games. Does the interactive nature of games make them more or less scary than movies? Do you like to be in control of the action? Are you distressed when game characters suffer because you failed to perform the right actions?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows, Mac
Price:$19.99 - $39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Telltale Games
Release date:November 17, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Dinosaurs, Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence (Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent Written bysherlock1701 November 19, 2014
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9
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Clean but badly made

Well, if you let your kids watch John Wayne at eight or nine (as I did growing up), then this game is considerably less violent and bloody. I'm honestly confused as to why this is even rated T, it should be E10+. The sexuality is mild and at worst par with anything kids begin to encounter at school at this age (let's be realistic here). That said, you still shouldn't buy it. It's barely classifiable as a game, it's more like a series of QTEs (interactive video clips where you mash buttons, press a thumbstick, etc, with little to no direct control over the gameplay). I'd suggest buying the Jurassic Park movies instead. You'll get the same experience without the letdown.
Kid, 12 years old July 1, 2014
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12
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No blood

This is a cool game.If there was blood in this game,it would be rated m.There is also a super bad word that a lady says in Spanish.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 8 years old June 10, 2015
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16
QUALITY
 

Awful, and gory game is insanely violent but dull and hard.

My rating:M for strong graphic violence.

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