Another Lego game, another classic movie series. Did they spare any expense here? Are there enough gameplay modes and movie references to keep you hooked? Hold on to your butts and read on.
|All the big scenes you remember are in there... just different.|
|Do you like to create dinos? You can mix and match dino DNA to splice new species to use in the paddocks.|
|Stuff like this in the movie would end with someone's limbs lying around. Here, you can fend off a raptor by smashing the "X" button.|
And I hope you like diving into big piles of dino poo, because a lot of key items are in them. Just cycle to Dr. Ellie Sattler or another poo diver skilled minifig and there you go.
|Dive in, Doc.|
|One of the places you can hit up in the main world hub. Yes, that is my platinum moment. Everyone is wearing a Hawaiian shirt thanks to "Nedry" mode.|
Upstairs is the Lego shop, available for buying minifigs, Red Bricks (with the standard stud multipliers and silly modes, like "Malcolm" or "Nedry" modes), and mini kits.
Here is also the medium and large dino paddocks. Come back here after you unlock some dinos to play with.
And how about the movie levels? There is a standard way these Lego games work nowadays. In each movie there are 3 main areas, and each chapter has 3 levels in it, with their own series of unlockables/challenges (True Survivor (a brick challenge), Red Bricks, Minikits, Amber blocks, and other level specific challenges).
|Levels each have 5 challenges to hit up. Go back with other characters later to pick up the missing ones!|
Nope. The level ends before any dino does any damage. Movie moment one missed.
Hey, remember them feeding the raptors? They load up a cow and pop it into the cage and it gets THRASHED? Well, you spend the entire (short) level finding the cow, luring it out, hooking it up to a crane, and then bringing it over to the hungry dinos. AND the level ends before you can finish the task.
Movie moment 2 missed. Sigh.
|The kitchen raptor scene is actually a fun and tense moment|
And the T Rex chase scene? Sure, you knew they were going to do this one, too. There are MANY chase sequences that follow the same pattern. Run, roll, drive, etc. from your pursuer! Collect things as you run! And it's over in less than a minute. You'll be heading through them multiple times to collect all the hidden things, though, so the completionist is going to enjoy this game.
On the plus side, you have 4 movies to go through (although I had forgotten almost EVERYTHING about The Lost World (part 2)). The locales are pretty, the framerate doesn't dip and everything stays smooth... but it just feels a little empty. I didn't have the sense of awe I was hoping to recapture here, but it is a Lego game after all.
|Lots of different mini-games to keep you interested|
|A simple but interesting code breaking game|
|and some more types of timing puzzles.|
So what else do you expect from a Lego game? Lots of backtracking through levels with unlocked characters, each having new skills necessary to get to that one spot to complete that challenge. I actually found this to be a lot of fun. Characters have a paraglider for getting to those hard-to-reach places. Some can scream so loud they can break glass. Sometimes you just need to control a dinosaur to get through an area. There are a lot of different types of characters with diverse skills when you go back through in "free play" mode.
|William H Macy at his finest.|
So who is going to play this game and like it? Kids will certainly enjoy the dino crafting and exploring through the paddocks (sort of a mini land just meant for exploring with dinosaurs). Adults who like the movies will appreciate most aspects of the game. If you're looking for a big action game with scary and dangerous dinosaurs, however, you might be a little let down by the lack of challenges. Yes, there are plenty of mini-game type sequences, lots of QTEs with dino fighting, and even chances to control the big old T. Rex, but it all feels a little distant and not immersive.
Another fun Lego romp with another franchise, plenty of movie throwbacks and one-liners you were hoping for, but may leave a big fan of the original movie feeling a little flat and wanting more.
|Great reproduction of classic characters|
What about you, readers? Have you played it? Are you interested in another Lego game?