APP NAME: Jurassic Park: The Game 1
DEVELOPER(S): Telltale Games
RELEASE DATE(S): November 15th, 2011
Jurassic Park is a great film, but sadly the two following movies weren’t nearly as good. Jurassic Park: The Game picks up in the middle of the first film, and connects with the shaving cream can of dinosaur embryos that Dennis Nerdy dropped after being killed by a dilophosaurus. The storyline for the game revolves around another company, and Dodgson, trying to get the can. This is episode one of a four part series, and it comes from TellTale games who created the great Back to the Future games, Monkey Island Tales, and Puzzle Agent series.
Once you launch the app, you’re truly grabbed, and the game doesn’t let you go. There’s an extremely engaging storyline, great voice acting, and some of the best visuals seen on the iPad. As the story progresses, there’s never a point where you’re ready to stop, and you just want to keep going to find out what’s next. The game itself is more of an interactive movie than anything else, but there’s absolutely no problem with that. The game has been designed with the iPad in mind with all types of touch controls as you draw lines, tap buttons, and drag to investigate each scene.
You can’t help but compare the game to Back To the Future as they’re very similar experiences, as you perform a few actions here and there to progress the outstanding story. The storyline does the original Jurassic Park proud, just like the great Back to the Future game storyline. The game isn’t without it’s problems though, and it mainly revolves around performance. The game doesn’t run silky smooth, and there are slight hesitations from time to time, but it never interrupts the storyline. This is a very powerful game that the iPad 2 even struggles with at times, but it’s well worth it in spite of any of the small pauses along the way.
Jurassic Park: The Game 1 ($6.99, iPad 2 only) is an outstanding experience for the iPad that you will love every minute of. The story is superb, and it’s sad when you come to an end, left anxiously awaiting episode 2. The game does so many things well, but there are definite hiccups, though they’re at a minimum if you clear out the multi-tasking tray. When there are pauses in the scene, it never skips ahead, so you don’t miss out on anything either. It’s similar to playing Back to the Future on iPad 1, but again the experience is not to be missed for iPad 2 owners.
Jurassic Park: The Game 1 is worth the price of admission, though it would be nice to see some updates for a smoother overall playback.