A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
Designed to promote the Jurassic Park films, Lego building models.
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.
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.
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