The Lego games are some of the most popular games on the market. A game is made for all the biggest movie properties, and there aren’t too many movies this year bigger than “Jurassic World.”
“Lego Jurassic World” doesn’t just retell the events of the newest movie, it spans all of the “Jurassic Park” movies and has an epic amount of content to unlock.
Just like other games, it is a lot of fun to see the characters in Lego games and most importantly the dinosaurs made out of Lego. Everything being made of bricks gives every scene a charming family friendly appearance and makes it feel less violent and scary, because you can’t really kill plastic bricks. Even though the dinosaurs are made out of Lego, they have more lifelike actions than your usual brick characters, and the level environments are more lifelike looking than ever. It is really funny and charming to see the key moments in each of the “Jurassic Park” movies played out in Lego form.
The gameplay should feel very familiar for anyone who has played a Lego game. You still run around busting up things to earn pegs to trade in for characters and other collectibles. This time there are four different movies worth of content to play through and you can even unlock the ability to play as the dinosaurs. One of the funniest unlockables is the ability to play as Steven Spielberg himself. Other than unlockables there isn’t really anything new in this addition. The gameplay is the same and it’s the events of a different movie but it doesn’t elevate the Lego game series in anyway, but it is still family friendly fun.
Just like the movies most of the action entails running or hiding from dinosaurs, so you won’t find a lot of the fighting mechanics that were in previous Lego games. Even though there isn’t much combat, some of the platforming sections and puzzles are pretty good. There are tons of collectibles to find, but you have to replay levels several times with different characters to do that which can make the game feel tedious. If you play every Lego game you will already be familiar with how this works. The only problematic thing about having so many characters is remembering which one has the skill you need to gather the collectible you are after.
The Lego games are usually top notch when it comes to gameplay but for some reason “Lego Jurassic World” has a lot more technical issues than other entries in the series. It feels like they should have taken more development time to create the game, it feels rushed. There are some graphical hiccups and there were times I had to restart levels because my character got stuck to something in the environment or fell through the world. It doesn’t totally ruin the game but it can get frustrating to have to deal with technical issues.
Overall I liked “Lego Jurassic World.” It’s not as technically impressive as the other Lego games, and it’s quite buggy, but it is very charming to see all the scenes from one of my favorite series done in Lego form. If you are a “Jurassic Park” fan and looking for a family friendly game you might enjoy “Lego Jurassic World.” If you like all the Lego games you might not be blown away by “Jurassic World” but you will probably like it because it is more of the same formula that you have loved for years and just another Lego game to play.
Robbie Vanderveken is the digital operations specialist at The Times Leader. E-mail him at [email protected]
System: 3DS, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U
Rated: E for Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Games Developer: TT Games