Lego Jurassic World

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Fun, commercialized movie game takes kids on dino adventure.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn a bit about dinosaurs and practice socializing in this simple action-and-adventure game. Loading screens provide unusual facts about dinosaur sizes, behaviors, and abilities for players to read between chapters. A cooperative mode gives players a chance to socialize with friends while playing and encourages kids to communicate with one another to solve puzzles and complete tasks efficiently. Lego Jurassic World provides trivia nuggets for dinosaur-obsessed kids to chew on as they socialize and cooperate with friends and family.  

Positive Messages

There's a message about respecting nature buried in there somewhere. Could spur kids' interest in dinosaurs. Promotes cooperative social-gaming experiences, may spark kids to create with real-world building blocks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Human characters -- most from the films -- often portrayed as bumbling but well-meaning, always interested in helping friends, family. 

Ease of Play

Standard Lego game difficulty. Players have unlimited lives; being defeated by enemies doesn’t erase progress. It's possible to get stuck on certain puzzles, enemies, but finding a solution is usually just a matter of trial and error.

Violence

Characters punch, kick, shoot enemies with a variety of guns. Dinosaurs attack by ramming, biting. A T. rex eats a character whole (the character takes time to brush the dinosaur's teeth while in its mouth). Defeated mini-figures simply break into blocks that scatter across the ground.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Designed to promote the Jurassic Park films, Lego building models.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Jurassic World is based on the four Jurassic Park films and acts as a promotional tool for both the movies and Lego buildings sets, which means kids likely will want to watch the movies and buy more Legos after playing the game. Violence includes guns and dangerous dinosaurs but is relatively tame since characters are plastic and simply burst into building blocks when defeated. As with any Lego game, kids will have fun cooperating and playing together on a couch in the same room, making for a positive social experience. The action also may pique kids' interest in learning more about dinosaurs or prompt them to pull out a bin of real-world bricks and start building from their imagination.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byzeekattacklee July 9, 2015

A lego game that was actually great..

The game can get a little frustrating at moments, and I think it is due to a lot of areas that make it whole lot easier not to play alone . On the other hand,... Continue reading
Parent Written bymmmaria November 19, 2017

Amazing adventures with dinosaurs

We were playing an App on iPad. Sometimes it was hard to go through chapters. However my daughter understood how to play and completed the game successfully.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySpencer15 June 25, 2015

Fun

I love this game, I have all the Lego video games and this one is one of the best. It is fun and pretty easy for kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byAnonymous100 April 27, 2016

Fun!

Very fun game! I enjoy the gameplay, there are lots of things to do, and the game seems to be almost endless! It can be very pricey though...

What's it about?

LEGO JURASSIC WORLD follows the stories of all four Jurassic Park films, though players can jump straight to missions based on the most recent film, Jurassic World, if they like. The action is very similar to that of the 20 or so movie- and comic-book-themed Lego games that preceded this one. Player-controlled Lego mini-figure characters -- and, for the first time, Lego dinosaurs -- move about levels reminiscent of scenes from the films, where they fight enemies, solve puzzles, and collect a wide variety of items ranging from Lego studs (the game's currency) to hidden treasures, such as mini-kits. The objective is always to progress. That might mean breaking one or more objects into bricks to build something new that paves the way forward, or it could simply be a matter of defeating all enemies or making it to the end of a stage that has players driving a vehicle. Kids can use the stuff they collect in the hub world, an island-based dinosaur theme park where they can buy more playable characters and engage in side activities, such as rescuing park workers. As usual, two-player co-op is supported, so a pair of friends or siblings can enjoy the experience together on a couch in the same room. 

Is it any good?

The interesting thing about Lego games is that though they rarely change much from one to the next, they remain perpetually popular among children. Older kids may grow tired of these games' repetitive nature, but there's always a fresh batch of younger players who get to experience their charms for the first time. And make no mistake: Lego Jurassic World is just as charming as any of the licensed Lego games that preceded it. It captures the excitement and vibe of the films extremely well; many scenes even pull dialogue straight from the movies. Smashing apart everything around you remains as satisfying as ever -- as does figuring out the game's nearly endless stream of little puzzles by applying the right character's skill (Ellie can dive into huge piles of dino poop, and Lex can scream so loud she shatters windows) or building a tool from scattered bricks that saves the day.

Unfortunately, as with other Lego games, this one suffers its fair share of technical trouble. Getting stuck behind an object or suffering a freeze-up is never fun. And, aside from getting a chance to control some powerful dinosaurs, there really isn't much new added to the formula (it'd be wonderful if the developers could figure out a way to give players a little more creative control over the items they build). But none of this will stop younger players -- especially those who've fallen in love with the films -- from having a blast. Lego Jurassic World is an easy recommendation for families with little Jurassic Park enthusiasts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dinosaurs. Why are people so fascinated with creatures that lived millions of years ago? Is it because they're almost like monsters? Is it because it's interesting to imagine a world in which there were no people?

  • Discuss screen time. Lego games, with their hidden loot and strong replayability, can lure kids to keep playing for hours, so can you make a strategy that balances virtual and real-world play?

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