Just when you thought it was safe to delve into genetic engineering again, Jurassic Park 2 comes along. Filled with standard platform action (but awesome sound and music), JP 2 isn't quite ready for extinction.
John Hammond is having some trouble in the Park. It seems that Bio Syn, the company that hired Nedry to steal embryos, has invaded the island. Now Hammond wants Dr. Grant to return to Isla Nublar to help control the dinosaur population.
The action takes place in a side-scrolling platform style much like Jurassic Park for the Genesis. This departure from the earlier SNESJP (which used a first-person perspective) also incorporates another player. You take on various missions (like Raptor Attack, High Ptera, and T. Rex Carnage) and fight Raptors, Pteranadons, and the most fearsome animal of all, humans.
ProTips: Remember to switch to a weapon that's low on ammo before picking up clips.
JP 2 is standard jump-n- shoot action: You try to make the dinosaurs extinct, and the dinosaurs try to do lunch with you...literally. The controls also follow a simplistic pattern -- shoot, change weapons, and shoot some more.
Dark and Deadly
The graphics are typical of Ocean -- the characters are squashed, the backgrounds are lifeless, and scenes where the light changes (underground, in a cave, and so on) become too dark. Even the dinosaurs look like they went through the graphical trash compactor. Fortunately, the variety and detail of the animals in the park compensates for the lack of imagination in the backgrounds.
- Look for strange openings in the background and foreground. Doorways are sometimes hard to see.
- Keep the Cattle Prod charged when moving into unfamiliar territory. The Prod takes out Breen Raptors in one hit.
The sounds are superb. Eerie, haunting music enhances the sharp, realistic dinosaur cries. Each dinosaur is easily identified by its roar. A feast for the ears, especially if your SNES is hooked to a stereo.
- Hanging from a ladder with no help in sight? Check other walls for protruding ledges or other ladders. Also check ceilings for help.
- Spitters always spit directly at you, whether you're hanging on a ladder or crouched on the floor. Stand up when the Spitter appears, then crouch and, shoot before it gets off another shot.
Although JP 2 is fun, you've seen this type of game play in a hundred other games; unfortunately, nothing new is added here to improve upon mediocrity. Whether or not you'll have fun depends on how good your excavating skills are.
Brown harder to kill than other park inhabitants. Shoot them, jump over them, and shoot them again from behind.