In my continuing quest to make it through my Steam library, I played the first episode of Jurassic Park: The Game (and probably a third or so of episode two). What did I think? Well, it’s pretty fun to make fun of the game a bit while playing it! Just watch below!
In all seriousness though, the game is little more than short dialog trees and lots of quick-time events. The game is QTE crazy! Telltale Games (the developer) is known for making point-and-click adventure games, but I don’t know if I would consider this to be an adventure game. It’s more of a “press the buttons when it tells you to or you die” game. There are some puzzles, but they aren’t really that good. They’re pretty easy and because everything you can interact with on the screen is clearly marked there’s no real challenge. I only got stuck a couple of times, and that’s because I wasn’t expecting to be asked to solve a puzzle; I thought I would just find the right thing to select to advance the story.
As far as the story goes, it mostly coincides with the movie. A stupid (dino-bait) man and a tough woman who seems to want more than just the money are the “plan B” to Nedry’s “plan A” to get dino embryos off the island. Of course, the guy ends up dead, and the woman get a mysterious bite. It’s up to one of the Jurassic Park veterinarians and his visiting daughter to save her. You end up in a few familiar places, like the visitor’s center, and they make references to the movie for the sake of making the references. The story isn’t terrible, it’s just not good and it feels a little like fan service. Just do your own thing! You don’t need to reference lines from the movie just for the sake of it!
Long story short, if you like pressing buttons on a controller this is a great game! If you like interaction and good game design, pass.