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  • Summary: Telltale Games, the studio behind Tales of Monkey Island and the Sam & Max episodes, turns Spielberg's classic dinosaur movie Jurassic Park into an episodic adventure.
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Genre(s): Adventure, General, General, Visual Novel, Point-and-Click
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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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 7, 2011
    70
    These poorly implemented QTE sections cripple the intent of presenting an interactive storytelling experience.
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    Jurassic Park just feels like an iOS title, and it suffers on the PC because of it.
  5. Games Master UK
    Jan 12, 2012
    50
    A missed opportunity. Our advice is simple: stand very still and let this one pass. [Feb 2012, p.86]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 80
  2. Negative: 37 out of 80
  1. Dec 27, 2011
    10
    I am a huge fan of the classic graphic adventure gaming genre and a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise (read both books, loved the firstI am a huge fan of the classic graphic adventure gaming genre and a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise (read both books, loved the first movie, hated the second one, and didn't bother to watch the third one yet). Let me start out by saying that The Jurassic Park: The Game is a GREAT game. It's actually one of the best games that I have played in recent years.

    I had been putting off buying this game because of the negative press that Telltale was getting (i.e., the "Jeep" incident and the metacritic allegation), but finally made the purchase on Steam along with Batman: Arkham City at 50% discount. Guess which one of these games I found myself coming back to again and again? Yes, I enjoyed playing JPTG even more so than Arkham City, which I felt was basically a rehash of the excellent first game.

    Now to the game itself. First off, to me this game is the epitome of cinematic storytelling done right in a video game. I can't say enough about how immersive the gaming experience was. I haven't played Heavy Rain or Uncharted series since I don't own a PS3 (although I did play Fahrenheit), so I can't compare the game to those established franchises known for superb storytelling, but as far as I am concerned, the plot, cinematography, music, and dialogue were all excellent. This was no doubt possible only through JPTG's heavy reliance on the "quicktime" game play, which I understand has a lot of detractors. However, after playing through the game, I think this type of gameplay was the best (and possibly only) way to tell this story effectively since the JP franchise is so synonymous with thrills and actions. I admit that some of these action sequences were quite challenging and I died a whole lot. But even some of the death sequences (i.e., getting eaten by dinos) were satisfying to watch. The interface also allows "narrating" the story from different perspectives at the same time, which was quite interesting and ingenious in my opinion. Some adventure purists may feel that the inability to move the characters directly restricting, but I personally didn't mind this at all. I played JPTG with my XBox 360 controller and I do highly recommend playing with one. I'd imagine doing those quick time sequences with a mouse/keyboard would be significantly less enjoyable somehow.

    The puzzles are extremely well designed. They are logical and realistic, and are seamlessly integrated into the plot. As such, the puzzles don't require cartoonish logic (No "apply molasses to cat hair to make a fake mustache" type of nonsensical puzzles) and often objects that behave realistically like their real-life counterparts.

    One of JPTG's strongest suits is its dialogue. The game overall is very well scripted. Although you won't mistake it for a Sorkin flick, the quality of writing is far better than some of the drabs you find in today's Hollywood blockbusters. The characters are both varied and interesting. Each character has a back story, which gets developed slowly throughout the game, and plays an important role to advance the overall plot. The story is face-paced and thrilling at some points and emotional and thought-provoking at others. The scientific tidbits that are introduced throughout the game are both interesting and consistent with the JP lore. One interesting thing that Telltale attempts to do in JPTG is to correct some of the scientific inaccuracies that were introduced in the original movie by explaining that the frog DNAs that were spliced into the dinos by Dr. Wu had introduced these "anomalies" in JP's dinosaurs.

    Now for the bad parts, which aren't that many. The most obvious one is its graphics, which is the biggest gripe that I have had with virtually all of Telltales' titles. It's definitely not top-of-the-line. But, then again, it is certainly "serviceable." The animation is quite fantastic in many areas actually. I don't know if they used motion-capturing technology, but the animations in a lot of the action sequences are top notch and the facial expressions are certainly good enough to covey the emotional depths. But the character models themselves lack the details and look "plasticky" under certain lighting conditions. The jungle, which is pretty much everywhere in this game, looks quite cheap if you look closely. The swaying grass and bushes are simply 2D textures moving side to side. That said, this is certainly the most graphically advanced game that Telltale has created so far. (I don't know if that's supposed to be a commendation or an indictment, but hey.) For those of you who are fans of adventure games, scientific fictions, or just dinosaurs in general, I highly recommend this game. For the Jurassic Park aficionados, JPTG is truly a worthy (and might I say "essential") addition to the beloved but aging franchise that is in sore need of its own "resurrecting."
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  2. Sep 10, 2012
    9
    The games provides you with an amazing universe, if you love Jurassic Park you totally gonna enjoy the game. But certain parts like theThe games provides you with an amazing universe, if you love Jurassic Park you totally gonna enjoy the game. But certain parts like the technical problems and the fruststing quick time events may prevent you sometimes from having fun. However for that price its totally worth your effort in going out to buy this. Do it. Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2011
    8
    Lots of the reviews here are unjust: Some way too positve but most way to negative. I try to give a review that does justice to this game. ALots of the reviews here are unjust: Some way too positve but most way to negative. I try to give a review that does justice to this game. A game that has brought me much joy for about 10 hours I think.
    Some people mention that the graphics are poor, well I have to disagree. Ofcourse the graphics aren't top notch, but they still make the dino's and jungle realistic and impressive. I would say graphics are about an 7,5 Sound is superb, just like the movie. The soundtrack and the dino sounds are bone chilling. The voice acting is what is should be: believable and not stereotypical ( you know like in most shooters they have a super bad ass sounding macho man ugh) Sound is a solid 8,5 I think maybe even a 9

    This game is NOT however a DINO SHOOTER. I think many gamers were disappointed by that. I have thought about it, but giving guns to the lead characters would have destroyed much of the tension and fear you experience as a player. It would then have been another shooter, but with dino's. The thing many people didn't like was the lack of gameplay freedom: you can't walk around with keyboard and mouse like in gta 4 or games like fallout, far cry, or whatever.
    It bugged me a bit in the beginning, though I was aware of it because I read some reviews on here. I thought about it, and have come to the conclusion that this gameplay is the only way to make a game with dino's and WITHOUT guns possible. When the lead characters can't defend themselves, they can only run and hide. So either you make hundreds of points where people can hide: let's say narrow caves, or climb trees or whatever. Or you make the game scripted, which Telltale have chosen to do. I personaly feel scripted works out for this game, though I would have liked the 'hide and climb tree' way too.

    The game feels like an interactive movie, like a 10 hour movie of jurassic park, and that is what I loved about it. You still have dialogue options, though you can ask them all or just press the one that continues the story. It is not like in role playing games where your actions significantly change the story. Am not sure whether some conversation options changed something, will have to play it again to see that. Which I will probably do, just not now, I wan't to savour the second play through, so maybe in a year or so.

    So the thing is that the game isn't as active as most shooters, mainly because it isn't a shooter: it is a psychological horror story with dino's which captures the spirit of Jurassic Park the movie part 1. The other Jurassic park movies were garbage and luckily the game doesn't emulate those. I bought it for 15 euros about 20 dollar which I think is a fair price for this game. If you liked the movie you will like this. Unless ofcourse you are a hardcore shooter fan, than this game is not for you. My final verdict, an 8, or maybe 8-
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  4. Oct 10, 2012
    5
    I am a big fan of Jurassic Park and have had some playtime with many jurassic games and even own about 3 myself, but this game is muchI am a big fan of Jurassic Park and have had some playtime with many jurassic games and even own about 3 myself, but this game is much different than I expected and not in a good way. It's not the standard RPG, or side-scroller, or FPS, or anything I ever played. It's plays like you're watching an interactive movie. I admit it is fun, but I find myself just sitting at my desk, head in one hand at times, and watching the game unfold, and when prompted I press a buss or two. Some times I even get to move my mouse to investigate, but this is definitely not a action RPG. It's a story-driven action-prompting interactive movie and I cannot recommend nor can I recommend. My personal opinion is to try a demo first or go on youtube and see how the game works. this game might not be for everyone, unless you're a real jJurassic Park fan. I like this game for the aesthetics, entertainment and storyline. Expand
  5. Jun 12, 2015
    3
    Absolutely terrible. The game attempts to tell a story based off of the first and just goes insane with stupid sci-fi madness. On top of that,Absolutely terrible. The game attempts to tell a story based off of the first and just goes insane with stupid sci-fi madness. On top of that, it's really just a series of short animations separated by quick time events. Some of the background items were a little cool, but ultimately this wasn't worth the effort it took to make. The best part was the bonus T. Rex buddy I got for my XBox avatar as a preorder bonus. Expand
  6. May 28, 2013
    0
    Very boring game. Because you have no control over the characters, I mean, all you do is press buttons and watch what happens. And all theVery boring game. Because you have no control over the characters, I mean, all you do is press buttons and watch what happens. And all the great areas from the original film are gone or rarely seen, instead we get to see stupid places like a roller coaster, and the graphics are poor. Seriously, this game is more like an animated B movie then a video game, TT should've sent there ideas to a B movie studio because maybe it wouldn't be so bad then, playing the game is not fun and should not be recommended. Expand
  7. 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.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. Expand

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