The LEGO series has brought us a wide range of enjoyable games that include standalone titles but also films that have been adapted into LEGO form. The latest film to get an adaptation is Jurassic World. Does LEGO Jurassic World live up to some of the top games in the series? Let’s find out.
The plot of the game takes a trip through the four Jurassic films. In true spirit of the LEGO games, LEGO Jurassic World takes the most iconic scenes from the four films, recreates them in LEGO and then adds a bit of a humorous twist to the proceedings. It’s all rather fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Some alterations have been made to the scenes to make them more family friendly with the signature LEGO charm; it works really well and is enough to cause the player to snigger here and there. The Jurassic World part of the campaign does have some spoilers within so if you are yet to see the film, best hold off from playing this part of the campaign until you have done so.
Gameplay wise, LEGO Jurassic World features similar gameplay featured in previous games from the franchise. It involves a significant amount of brick breaking, coin collecting and interacting with the environment. LEGO Jurassic World features quite a bit of basic puzzle solving by utilising the various characters’ skills or special abilities. They aren’t amazing abilities but they suit each character’s role within the universe.
Each of the films is split into about five levels, allowing players to quickly make their way through some of the more exciting moments from each film. From evading the T-Rex in a jeep to sneaking around the pair of Velociraptors in the kitchen, it’s really quite enjoyable to relive these moments in LEGO form.
There isn’t as much combat in LEGO Jurassic World as there is in other LEGO games and this makes sense simply because all of the films pretty much focus on the characters running away from the dinosaurs. However, there are some sections that do feature combat and these are executed nicely with a great deal of style. They really are some of the more entertaining parts of the game and break up the somewhat tedious sections. However, not all of them are fantastic escapes from the puzzle solving. From the levels for the second film, the Compsognathus or Compy rears its ugly head. These little critters are just as annoying as in the films in that they are quick and once a pack of them swarm you, it’s over. They have a knack for dropping your health really quickly, requiring the player to really focus when encountering them. It’s a bit of a cheap move, especially when there seems to be an infinite of them and stopping them spawning requires a little trial and error.
Additionally, it’s very much like previous LEGO games. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s a good thing because it’s really easy to pick up and play, it’s a bad thing because not much has changed since and it just feels like more of the same.
What I also found a little weird was that while both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World were available to be played after the prologue, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III could only be played after completing the preceding film’s adaptation.
Visually, the films have been adapted well and are quite pleasurable to look at. However, the game does seem to suffer from the odd graphical glitch.
The audio part of the game is on par with the visuals. Voice clips have been used from the first three films and enhance the experience. In addition, hearing the Jurassic Park theme is a nostalgic trip in itself.
LEGO Jurassic World has its fair share of issues but is a treat for any fan of the Jurassic films. It takes what made the films great and adds in that signature LEGO charm to make it really unique. While it does feature some unfortunate Compy encounters and feels like more of the same, LEGO Jurassic World is still an entertaining experience including fun puzzles, great storytelling and thoroughly enjoyable combat sections.
Lasting appeal: 7/10