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Jurassic Park: The Game Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Jurassic Park: The Game is Telltale Games' first major disappointment. After completely scrapping the traditional point and click gameplay, the developers have trouble figuring out what to do with one of the most promising properties of the year. Too bad they turned it into an unholy mash-up of Dragon's Lair and Heavy Rain! Rating: 20%
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I'm not one of those people who is burned out on the Telltale Games formula. While Back to the Future and Monkey Island aren't exactly the freshest ideas, I still had a great time going through some awfully familiar motions. Perhaps that's why I'm so disappointed by the company's newest episodic series. Jurassic Park: The Game certainly tries to give fans something new and different, but roundly fails at nearly every T. Rex-sized step. If Jurassic Park is the future of point and click adventure games, then this is officially the beginning of the ice age.

You can't blame Telltale for thinking this would be a homerun of an idea. The idea of mixing traditional adventure game elements in with the dinosaur-filled world of Jurassic Park is perfectly sound. Better yet, having the action running concurrently with the movie/book sounds like a great idea, as it allows the storytellers to use familiar sets, situations and even characters. But good ideas and intentions can only get you so far, especially when the rest of the design feels as disjointed as Jurassic Park: The Game.

Jurassic Park: The Game (PC)

Like most other Telltale releases, this dino-themed adventure is told over several different episodes. We are introduced to Gerry, one of the straight-laced veterinarians on the island. He's aided by his 14 year old daughter, Jessica, who is the dangerous combination of curious and mischievous. With a storm coming and dinosaurs on the loose, all he wants to do is get his precocious daughter on the next boat off the island.

On the other side of the island is Nima, a machete-wielding badass who shares more than a passing resemblance to Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil, Lost). Her plan is smuggle a batch of dinosaur embryos back to the mainland and make a healthy profit. Then there's Billy, one of the mercenaries sent in to rescue Gerry, Jessica and an old hippie doctor who shows up about half way through the game. Billy is accompanied by a large, tattooed killer that looks like he just got back from his tenth tour of Vietnam.

At first these characters are only concerned about survival. Nima has been infected by a mysterious dinosaur, Billy is a man down and the father/daughter team is being tormented by a spiteful T. Rex. But when the dinosaurs are gone the real fangs come out. It turns out that not every one of these characters should be trusted. We're constantly put into situations where the "bad guys" make selfish decisions that hurt the rest of the survivors. The game's twists and turns will keep you guessing all the way to the final episode.

Jurassic Park: The Game (PC)

As a story, Jurassic Park: The Game kind of works. I didn't always believe motives and actions of the characters (especially late in the game), but it fits right in with the narrative of the three Jurassic Park movies. Where the game falls apart is when you have to control both sides of a particular scene. There were several instances where I was forced to play against my own best interest to keep the story going, something that took me completely out of the experience.

Weird character interaction aside, the real problem with Jurassic Park: The Game are the brand new gameplay mechanics. This is not a traditional point and click adventure, so fans looking for a dinosaur filled Sam & Max will be sorely disappointed. Instead this game has more in common with Heavy Rain and Dragon's Lair. The result is decidedly mixed.
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