Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Nov 29, 2011
    90
    While it may not be the deepest entry out there-its mid-range budget and development schedule means that it lacks the branching plot and multiple endings that encourage replayability-it is unmatched in its ability to draw players into the story, and carry them along right through to the thrilling end.
  2. Dec 6, 2011
    78
    The production values of the game are excellent, and I enjoyed returning to Jurassic Park and learning some new things about it, but the gameplay mechanics leave a lot to be desired, and the price for the game is little high given the 5-10 hours of content it provides.
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    72
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. 70
    As great as Jurassic Park is to watch, it sucks as a game by itself. But if you let it – thrilling atmosphere, catching story and soulful characters will help you forget that it's all about quick-time events. [Christmas 2011]
  5. Dec 7, 2011
    70
    These poorly implemented QTE sections cripple the intent of presenting an interactive storytelling experience.
  6. Nov 23, 2011
    69
    Jurassic Park would be a great movie, but the added gameplay ruins the experience.
  7. Apr 22, 2012
    65
    The game is most certainly not for everyone - especially not with a $30 asking price for a massive pile of Quick Time Events - but those who loved the classic film back in the '90s should find it worthwhile, with a nicely thrilling tone, strong use of the setting, and just a hint of TellTales' sense of humor.
  8. Dec 27, 2011
    65
    It's more of an interactive movie than a game, because you don't really get the sense of influencing the events. What Telltale Games concocted is a huge QTE sequence interrupted by dialogues and very easy puzzles. I can recommend it only to casual gamers still in love with the movie. [January 2012, p.62]
  9. Nov 28, 2011
    65
    It's hard to rate Jurassic Park: The Game as an actual game. While it's a terrific movie, when it's sold for PC at $30 for an experience only slightly more interactive than watching the original movie on DVD, it's a pretty terrible game. It'd be worth chipping in together with friends and gathering around to play it together, since it's a genuinely wonderful experience, but alone, it's incredibly hard to justify.
  10. Nov 21, 2011
    65
    Unfortunately, like the cars that shuttle people around the island, this game is on rigid tracks and offers you no control over where it goes or how it gets there. You're just along for the ride.
  11. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    I have to give Telltale a nod for at least trying something ambitious and coming up short. The Jurassic Park setting has room for new stories, but they needed to bring out the varsity for this one and they didn't. Here's hoping they take the lessons to heart and try again.
  12. Nov 28, 2011
    60
    In the end, this is certainly not a bad game, but it feels cheaper than a Jurassic Park game should, and the gameplay is sure to be divisive among adventure fans.
  13. Nov 25, 2011
    60
    If Jurassic Park were a film, it could have been a very good one. Unfortunately it's a videogame, where interaction is paramount.
  14. Nov 24, 2011
    60
    Has its selling points if you're a fan of the series. The storyline fits into the bigger picture nicely and Telltale has handled the licence well. Unfortunately, its simplistic puzzles and action segments mean that it's unlikely to find favor among the adventure demographic.
  15. Nov 24, 2011
    60
    Playing this game you can feel the love the devs have for the original movie, and this is the only thing that saves it from total mayhem. There's some good deja vus here and there, but the gameplay and the graphics are definitely too rough to satisfy.
  16. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    After Back to the Future, Telltale travels again back in time for its next project. This time to the filmic past of the 90s, a time of really iconic movies like the memorable Jurassic Park, one film that this studio dares to deconstruct through its new game.
  17. Nov 20, 2011
    60
    Jurassic Park: The Game is recommend only to fans of the original film: they will appreciate the quotes and the plot. But they will also see old graphics, a poor gameplay and a shallow work in general.
  18. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    Jurassic Park just feels like an iOS title, and it suffers on the PC because of it.
  19. Nov 25, 2011
    57
    Telltale Games brought back to life Universal's dinosaurs, but something must have gone tremendously wrong during the process.
  20. Dec 24, 2011
    55
    The game based on Jurassic Park shouldn't be monotonous and boring, but here the events unfold slowly, with no initiative for you to follow them. One of the worst games made by Telltale. [January 2012, p.84]
  21. Nov 18, 2011
    55
    I wouldn't call Jurassic Park a bad game as it works and does take us back to a time when dinosaurs (stiffly) roamed the Earth, but the story, animations and general gameplay keep it from being able to contend with most titles on the market -- and that includes other Telltale titles.
  22. Jan 12, 2012
    50
    A missed opportunity. Our advice is simple: stand very still and let this one pass. [Feb 2012, p.86]
  23. Dec 15, 2011
    50
    I think Jurassic Park is a game that can be skipped. A couple of great moments with the T-Rex cannot help this 6-8 hour long treacherous journey through Isla Nublar.
  24. Dec 4, 2011
    41
    Dear interactive movies: Go away, go away, go away. And get eaten by dinosaurs. Thank you very much.
  25. Nov 30, 2011
    40
    Jurassic Park just doesn't live up to Telltale's legacy.
  26. Nov 25, 2011
    40
    The cinematic approach makes sense on paper but it means Telltale Games aren't able to play to their strengths and the end result seems doomed to extinction.
  27. Nov 23, 2011
    40
    Ironically for a series based around the idea of a carefully staged experience that collapses into unpredictable chaos, you're always more passenger than participant on this visit to Jurassic Park.
  28. Nov 23, 2011
    40
    It's a solid effort to be dour compared to Telltale's cartoonish games, but the cinematic illusion comes to a halt every time someone pulls an odd face, or when the music stops abruptly between scenes.
  29. Nov 20, 2011
    40
    Some moments of Jurassic Park: The Game evoke the atmosphere of the films quite well, but unfortunately it's a game where the player ultimately feels unnecessary.
  30. 39
    Jurassic Park has as much to do with adventure games, as dinosaurs have to do with modern times. Save your money and don't encourage its developers, lest they decide to make a sequel… [February 2012]
  31. Feb 14, 2012
    37
    Jurassic Park is trying its best not to spoil the player with variety. Its three pillars of entertainment are "alternate between two buttons", "press one button to fill a gauge", and "press the same button, but very, very quickly". If not for a few primitive puzzles and the ability to select replies in conversations, it would be not a game, but a collection of movie clips.
  32. Jan 24, 2012
    30
    As a game, Jurassic Park is pretty bad. Both the action and puzzle sequences are uninteresting at best and obnoxious at worst.
  33. Jun 9, 2012
    25
    Jurassic Park: The Game is a bad interactive B-movie that takes place in Jurassic Park, in which you'll mindlessly and without any tension ram buttons. A historically bad game.
  34. Dec 22, 2011
    25
    More a series of QTE cutscenes than an actual game, Jurassic Park: The Game is hopefully not a sign of where Telltale Games is heading in the future.
User Score
4.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 76
  2. Negative: 37 out of 76
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    4
    Not so great. All the characters are hard trope-bound archetypes, and when TellTale was dealing with cartoony games ala Sam & Max or the heavily stylized Back to the Future adventure games, it was easy to get away with that. The graphics are bad, and even though TT have demonstrated their ability to frame their games attractively, there's a lot of places where the weakness of their engine is put in center stage even though it looks like it should something in the side or behind the parts that have more than 5 polygons in them. Also, yes, the gameplay is heavily derivative of Heavy Rain where it's nothing but Quick Time Events, but it's done BADLY. In regard to Heavy Rain, say what you will about the game, the motions you were directed towards actually translated quite naturally to the actions of the characters. In Jurassic Park, the actions are tedious, you will be tapping the same two or three buttons rapidly OVER and OVER the moment you start the game. When you're not running from dinosaurs, it plays very similar to TT's adventure games where you have to accomplish a goal by click on certain things in a certain order before you find a cutscene (lots of tapping) and move on. But one consistent annoyance is when you look at something, the camera will want to pan up/left/right to acknowledge a clue. To pan the camera, you have to tap a button for 5-6 seconds fast enough EVERY time. Whether you're looking at footprints or a window, whatever else, the game finds a way to annoy you with repetitive, immersion breaking button tapping. You're also given dialogue options, but it's all filler until you find the one that actually moves the story along and it's usually one off lines to reinforce how much of a jerk a character is or is some callback to the movie. The game has some charm to it, but the style and actual gameplay do little but suck away what enjoyment I could have for the game. It's through and through a love letter to Jurassic Park, from the faithful music to the Dodgson jokes, taking place alongside the movie, and it tries hard to be likable, but playing it is just not fun and cannot be recommended. Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    0
    Very boring game. It may have good spelling and complete sentences but that is about all it has going for it. Not the game I was expecting. Many more interesting and compelling games out right now, do not waste your money. Full Review »
  3. Nov 17, 2011
    0
    Since Telltale took to Metacritic to inflate their own user score i thought i'd throw my opinion in too(the 10s here are from TT employees, they were called out on gaming forums for this). I got this terrible game for reupping my PS+ but if i had paid i'd probably be seeking a refund. The "gameplay" is a joke. Imagine if heavy rain ended the game after every mistake rather than change the story to fit what occurred. Now imagine if Heavy Rain gave you no control whatsoever, you simply did quick time events to progress everything, with basically no choices throughout the entire game. Now imagine if Heavy Rains framerate was so bad that you could easily miss a QTE happening (in fact i had an entire scene where no button prompts even showed up, i simply had to restart.)

    I'm not just being rude, its really that bad. It makes a complete mockery of the book/film, the voice acting is horrid ( and seemed to have very little direction in the actors defense), the few throwbacks to JP humor are so poorly presented that you may think its some 4th wall breaking satire. Its not. Its a development house thats used the very last of its creative juices, and long ago at that.

    The framerate isn't the only technical problem. The game hangs on the end of nearly every scene. I actually thought it had crashed a few times only for it to recover and chug along. I can't imagine it EVER reaches 30 fps. When restarting some checkpoints, a QTE will start and never show the button prompt, leaving you to guess while you burn through lives.

    All in all this is an absolute embarrassment for TT, and they should be ashamed. This game would take another 6 months to polish, but the concept is so bad that it wouldn't have been worth it.
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