When Michael Crichton first released a science fiction novel exploring the dangers of genetic engineering in 1990, it’s hard to imagine that he could have envisaged the size and scope of the franchise that would stem from his writing.
Turned into a Steven Spielberg film in 1993, the source material would go on to birth numerous blockbusters, and a whole host of video games, merchandise, and more that were inspired by the story at its heart.
Of these video games, many have proven to be massive successes, but some have cemented their place in the gaming hall of fame more than others. On that note, here are three of the best Jurassic Park titles ever made.
Jurassic Park Arcade (2015)
Released 25 years after the book it was based on, The Jurassic Park Arcade game was a perfect example of the fantastic content the franchise has spawned. The franchise is the inspiration for everything from toys to board games. There’s even an official online slot called Jurassic World available to play at the Canadian friendly Quatro Casino which makes use of music, characters and of course dinosaurs from the movie. Jurassic Park Arcade thus joined a host of noteworthy offerings, and still managed to emerge as one of the best of them. The story it tells is that covered within the first three movies, yet this arcade game has moved far beyond its predecessors. No longer a simplistic rail gun shooter, it puts the player in sole charge of their journey and gives them a whole host of weapons to choose from. Immersive and intensely exciting, its animations draw the player in, so that it feels as if you’re inside its sets and exploring a world of dinosaurs and danger for real.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
We have to travel back through the annals of time to find this next offering. Released in 1997, just four years after the first film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park may seem primitive to today’s audience, but it is as absorbing as ever in 2019. Taking the player on a journey through prehistory, it puts them in control of a character who’s been marooned on Isla Sorna and is searching for a way out. One of the best things about it is its complexity, with 19 levels to explore and a plethora of key cards and dinosaurs to collect along the way. Of course, like all good video games, there are also plenty of threats to take down, both human and reptilian. The visuals are great, the gameplay enjoyable, and the whole experience absolutely gripping from start to finish.
LEGO Jurassic World (2015)
It seems that 2015 was a good year for the Jurassic Park franchise, because of its top three video games of all time, two were released within months of each other. That’s right: LEGO Jurassic World takes our top spot, with TT Fusion managing to recreate the magic of their Star Wars LEGO offering all over again. Though there were many who doubted that they would ever be able to match the success of their first big hit, this was the game that proved they could, and it managed to impress almost everyone who played it. Tying in with that year’s movie release, it covered all of the games up to that point, and covered them well. Set in a magnificently animated world, it gives players plenty to do and see, keeping those who try it occupied for hours. The ultimate trophy hunter’s dream, it most certainly does not disappoint.
Isn’t it time you revisited the magic of Jurassic Park and enjoyed it in a new and exciting way?