"Plunge into a heart-wrenching race for survival! On a tropical island, a violent hurricane rips through the dinosaur preserve, trapping the tourists and freeing the most terrifying animals in prehistory! Two bigger-than-life ways to play: Be a dinosaur! As a Raptor, rampage across the island battling other beasts and eluding the traps and weapons of your human enemies. As Grant, the paleontologist, arm yourself with tranquilizer guns, and sleeping-gas grenades. Dodge the slashing jaws of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the paralyzing spit of the Dilophosaurs! 16 mammoth megs of nerve-shredding action!"
Jurassic Park has landed on almost every game system so far except BDO. This version of the movie is definitely the most educational and entertaining, but younger players may be bored by its detailed game play. Everyone else should enjoy this investigative first-person action/adventure game, which is both fast and intriguing.
Your helicopter has crashed on Isla Nublar, a remote tropical paradise and the home of Jurassic Park, a breeding ground for some of the most dangerous animals that ever walked the earth -- dinosaurs! The huge dinosaur theme park has been hit by a massive tropical storm, and most communications with the park have been lost. Now the "terrible lizards" roam freely, and it's up to you to delicately sneak past them, collect their eggs, and get them safely off the island... all before time runs out. But remember, dinosaurs are fiercely protective of their young...
- First things first. Open that helicopter door and get that Stun Gun.
- Check every vehicle for clues. This one seems to have a tool in It.
- Move the log to scare off the Gallimimus in front of you. Check the area for tools, and follow them down the road.
- Use the Bolt Cutters to open the storm grates. You can now travel from one area to another without being bothered.
- To find ammo for your weapons, use the Bolt Cutters on the box in the Visitor's Center.
- Take the road that goes to the Gallimimuses. Pick up the rock In front of you and turn until you see the floating log. Use the rock to steady the log, and walk across.
- Check the toolbox in the Visitor's Center, and get the Pliers. Go upstairs.
You begin with nothing but a headache from the crash as you trek to the Visitor's Center for clues. You have to search every area carefully to locate the items that can help you. Most importantly, you must establish communications with the mainland to receive directions, clues, and information.
Passcards, tools, and non-lethal stun weapons are strewn throughout the island, and these will greatly aid you in your mission. You also find information kiosks, each with a wealth of data about the predators hunting you. Dr. Robert Bakker, a real-life dinosaur expert, will enlighten you about the peculiarities, habits, and rituals of certain dinosaur species. Be careful, though. Not all dinosaur kiosks are danger-free, and some require you to find CDs to operate them.
Although this is a CD game, which implies that it will showcase powerful graphics capabilities, you won't see any particularly fascinating images jumping off the screen at you. The Bakker information, as well as your communication with the mainland, looks good, but both appear in half-screen video. Moreover, the dinosaurs are dangerous, but their looks won't strike fear into the hearts of many gamers.
The sound is another matter entirely; as advanced over the graphics as man over dinosaur. There isn't a single audio effect on this CD that won't fascinate or frighten you, and you hear every tree-shaking roar as clearly as you hear every drop of water.
Controlling the game is a simple point-and-click affair, but you'd better be armed with information before you click on the wrong thing. You must also use tools and items, and some require other items to make them work. If you've got a Jurassic jaw-breaker breathing down your neck, using your items feels abysmally slow.
- Check the nest near the Brachiosaurus. You'll find the White Card Key. Proceed to the Visitor's Center.
- Leave eggs where you find them until you find the Incubator.
- Go back to the entrance of the Visitor's Center and pull the card out of the pass box (use the Pliers). Now go back upstairs and check the second door to find the Incubator and another weapon. Go back to the entrance of the Visitor's Center.
- Power up the Stun Gun by holding down the Fire button for a few seconds. You need the extra firepower to take out the Spitters and charging Gallimimuses.
- Shooting a stunner at some animals causes them to flee (and opens up new roads for you).
This CD has appeal for those who like detective games. You must carefully search every wrecked vehicle, every dinosaur nest, and every possible nook and cranny before you get anywhere. Although this doesn't detract from the fun, it certainly slows down the action.
And dinosaurs are not forgiving creatures. One wrong move in any direction gets you trampled, thereby resetting the game. Unless you remember to save, you could very well wipe out a whole day's work. But be persistent, and you'll get the eggs, the helicopter, and the glory. If you don't end up as Dinosaur Kibbles and Bits, that is...
Now you'll be up to your armpits in Spitters. Take them out and turn toward the vehicle. Open the door and grab the Gas Can. Check the nest, then leave.
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The long-awaited Jurassic Park CD is finally about to hatch, and it looks well worth the wait. The story begins after the book and movie end. You're the first visitor to return to Jurassic Park, and you've got to find the dinosaur eggs and return them to the Visitors Center to be preserved. Of course, the island is still populated with dangerous dinosaurs, so you've also got to stay alive long enough to escape after you've completed your mission.
The game play is similar to other graphic adventure games, except that the graphics are highly involved and detailed -- so real you'll feel like you're actually walking through the steamy jungles. You have a 360-degree panoramic view of the action as you journey to more than 50 locations on the island. Lurking everywhere are beautifully detailed and animated dinosaurs, which were created with the help of the same powerful Silicon Graphics computers used to create the movie.
Q-Sound adds to the atmosphere, with actual reptile and jungle noises. In fact, you've got to listen if you want to survive, because dinosaurs and other dangers will come at you from behind, and your only warning is the sound of their footsteps.
In addition to having fun with the Jurassic CD, you'll be able to learn a lot about dinosaurs. Sega recruited Dr. Robert Bakker, a renowned paleontologist and dinosaur expert, to appear in the game. Jurassic Park looks like an exciting addition to the Sega CD library.
Just when you think you've seen enough of Jurassic Park, here comes the SNB entry. Although not the fast-paced run-n-jump game that the Genesis version was, this game still has a thrill a minute and you'll find yourself jumping out of your seat more than once. Added to that are two points of view -- the first-person perspective of Dr. Grant, and an overhead view. Informational tidbits about dinosaurs and the Jurassic Era round out this cool, multidimensional game.
I Was Spittin' in the Park One Day
You play as Dr. Grant (although also playing as the Raptor would have been a thrill), and you have a set of tasks to complete in order to shut down the Park and bring all concerned to safety. You have to find and turn on the power generator, secure the Visitor's Center, retrieve Security Cards, and collect Dinosaur Eggs to stem the 'saur breeding. Along the way, you'll find a variety of destructive dino weapons, like Gas Grenades, Missile Launchers, Shotguns, and Bolas Snare Rifles. When you get to an Information Booth or Computer Terminal, you can also get helpful hints from the other people trapped in the park.
So what's the rush in getting out of the park? A Jurassic jaw- snapping crew of dinosaurs are after your paleontological tail. These fanged fossils, including Raptors, Gallimusses, Spitters, and the T. rex, want to put you underground for a few million years so that their ancestors can dig you up and make a movie out of you.
A Sight for 'Saur Eyes
Jurassic Park for the SNB has all the earmarks of a winner. The compact (but detailed) overhead graphics are a true Ocean trademark, but it's what you don't see that makes this game so exciting. Dinosaurs have a tendency to spring out of nowhere, shocking the shirt right off your back. Although the ground you cover does get extensive, it's broken up by a variety of terrains (jungles, deserts, caverns, streams, and so on). The first- person view is the real graphic winner. Nothing can describe the feeling of going into a room and not finding out until it's too late that there's a dinosaur sharing your space.
The music and sound effects are all done in Dolby Surround, meaning if your SNB is hooked up to your stereo, you can hear sounds relative to their position in the game. If a Raptor is snorting hot air to your left, you'll hear it on the left. It's an awesome sound experience that greatly enhances the game.
Thankfully, controlling your character is not as hard as staying alive. The controls are simple and self-explanatory, although switching weapons can be a little confusing. The game is also SNES- mouse compatible, giving it even more depth. The only feature lacking here is a battery backup, which means you have to finish the game in one sitting, and unfortunately this is one big park.
You'll love Jurassic Park, regardless of whether you loved the movie. The game's features and unique perspectives give this game an edge over most SNES action titles. Because of its size and lack of backup, the challenge here is to stay interested for hours on end, which you will. Get in on the dinosaur hunt with this great Ocean game, and maybe you'll come home with a T. rex trophy.
- Use the Electric Prod only against the small dinosaurs. It's useless against big guys.
- You can jump across same waterways.
- Dr. Hummond's ID Card is on the roof of the Visitor Center.
- Try jumping into bushes to find hidden passages that reveal Dinosaur Eggs.
- If you pass by food or medical kits, they'll still be there later when you need to restock your life bar.
Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for 120 million years, give or take a few mil. That lesson in longevity wasn't lost on Ocean when they put together Jurassic Park for the NES. Not only have they revived the dinosaurs, they've revived a tried-and- true game style for this solid adventure game.
Don't Get Angry, Get 'Saur
Jurassic Park is an action- packed, overhead-view shoot- em-up based loosely on the hit movie of the same name. One or two players can star as dinosaur hunters.
There isn't much mystery here. Your task is to return the Park's prehistoric inhabitants to extinction as you save your friends Tim, Lex, and Ellie. To progress through the Park's six levels, you have to gather Dinosaur Eggs, which reveal computer Key Cards that open gates in the Park.
- You can't enter the Park's buildings until you collect all the Dinosaur Eggs outside of them.
- If dinosaurs are about to trap you, get to a computer terminal. You'll be safe there.
To keep the action maxxed out, the game's overrun with Jurassic critters. The movie's saurian stars are all on hand -- Raptors, Spitters, and baby Tyrannosaurus rexes. The dinos either chomp you or spit poison on you. Herds of stampeding Triceratopses and nasty adult T. Rexes are a few of the boss challenges. With no passwords and no continues, plan on being dead-meat often.
Be cautious around trees.
А-Hunting You Will Go
In this game, you have to be quick, or you're dead. The game, however, does give you a fighting chance. You're armed with a powerful dinosaur gun, but you have limited ammo.
- Conserve ammo. It only takes a few shots to waste most dinosaurs.
- You shoot from your right shoulder. Some dinosaurs have the same quirk -- they only spit from their right side.
If you don't want to take a shot, the crisp controls enable you to make some nifty open- field moves, too.
Dinosaurs represent a design by Mother Nature that worked for years. Jurassic Park's graphics represent a similarly venerable NES design. The dinosaurs look pretty good and the animation is quick.
JP doesn't pump out much for your ears, though. The sound effects are adequate, but the music's fossilized.
Old, but not Forgotten
Jurassic Park is a wild shoot- em-up that ought to make many gamers recall the good ol' NES days. Maybe you've got a bone to pick with the vicious dinosaurs of the movie? Just park Jurassic into your system.
If you can, run to save your ammo.
Jurassic Park isn't the first hit movie to be translated into a great game (Terminator 2: The Arcade Came and Super Star Wars come to mind), but this Genesis game certainly ranks among the best movie-to-video portovers. If you haven't seen the movie, rush out and do it now. Then, you'll be able to fully appreciate this awesome game!
ProTip: At the end of the forest caverns, leap down from these rocks and you'll see a Brachiosaurus who'll offer a little support.
Man or Beast?
Jurassic Park is a single-player action/adventure game that offers you the choice of being the hunted or the hunter. You can play as Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist who's been invited to tour Jurassic Park -- a prehistoric theme park environment constructed on a Costa Rican island, or you can play as a vicious Raptor, one of the Park's cloned predatory dinosaurs that's famed for its speed and bloodthirsty intellect. Either way, you'd better strap yourself in for a wild ride.
If you play as Dr. Grant, you've got a prehistoric problem. The dinosaurs are on the loose in the park and some of them are very hungry! To restore order, you must run and gun through eight stages of menacing prehistoric action through a forest, into a dinosaur-infested Power Station, down a river on a Raft, inside a Volcano, and other places.
- Take on the Power Station's fences, but time your climb. Watch carefully for little bolts of electricity that jump from link to link.
- You'll discover a small alcove just to the right of these rocks. Jump up and blast the spitting dinosaur, then grab the Gas Can and row the Raft to the far right. Turn the Raft left as soon as it drops down one waterfall.
To help you battle the carnivorous dinosaurs, you'll find weapons that inflict a range of damage from stun to outright slaughter. You get Sleeping Gas Bombs, mild and heavy Tranquilizer Darts, an Electrical Shock Gun, and more. Part of the game's strategy requires that you discover what degree of damage each weapon inflicts, and that you stay properly armed.
Push the wheel at the bottom of the Pump Station, but hang back. The wheel will roll down the ledge and then return. If it touches you, it will squash you flatter than a fossil.
If you play as the Raptor, then survival is the name of the game. You must avoid hunters who are trying to track you down, while you fend off other dinosaurs. You can jump incredibly high, and your formidable claws make the most effective defensive weapons since Press-On Nails. To maintain your stamina, you'll find meat to eat, or you can snack on something (or someone) below you on the food chain.
Whether you play as Grant or the Raptor, you encounter a gang of prehistoric foes. Small (but lethal) dinosaurs attack you in packs, Spitters splatter you with poison, and the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex puts a major bite on you. If you're Grant, though, you meet helpful beasts as well, including a Triceratops that provides a needed foothold and a Brachiosaurus that offers you a leg (or a neck) up.
Jurassic Park isn't just your regular thumb-pumping action game. With either character, you've got to make some smart moves if you want to keep your butt from becoming extinct. You must figure out how to open hatches, climb electrical fences, move boxes, and solve puzzles.
Use red Tranquilizer Darts to down the dinosaurs in the Stage 5's canyon. Using any other weapon is too time consuming.
Jurassic Park's packed with great features. The controls are generally crisp and clean. As Grant, you can quickly cycle through your arsenal, and you can pull an impressive number of moves, including climbing hand- over-hand across vines. However, you'll drown in your own tears as you try to guide your raft down the waterfalls.
Sega also pulled out all the stops when it came to the artwork in this game. This game's graphics are just as spectacular as the special effects in the movie. With its lush forest backgrounds and colorful, quick enemies, it closely resembles Flashback's great scenery. Dr. Grant's moves are fluid, even similar to the movements of Conrad Hart. Every dinosaur features completely animated movements, as well. You'll feel like you're seeing digitized images of the real things! The T. Rex is so big that only its head fits on the screen.
You can hang from the stalactites in the Volcano. Make your way carefully down the left-hand side of the screen, then cross to the right when you see the molten lava. You'll blow past this stage in no time.
Surprisingly, Sega was able to find enough memory to create great sounds, too. The music, some of which comes directly from the movie, is eery and evocative, although its repetitiveness does get tiresome after a few hours of game play. As for the sound effects, the dinosaurs have unique screeches, and the Tyrannosaurus's roar curdles your blood. Add the slick sounds of rushing water, blaring alarms, and falling rocks, and you've got a feast for the ears as well as the eyes.
- Red Stun Bombs keep T. Rex out of your face for a while. The stun effect wears off, though, and you don't want to be around when it does.
- Crouch and hit the B button and your Raptor will do a mini-leap to the place you want to be.
However, don't think that the graphic beauty, groovin' sounds, and great game play come cheaply. This game is hard, and younger gamers may need a hand with the problem solving.
Go Play in the Park
Jurassic Park won't disappoint you, even if you haven't seen the movie. Standing alone as a side-scroller, it's action-packed and fun for hours on end. This game even features the rafting sequence from the book, which was originally cut from the movie. So, you're getting a treat that moviegoers missed!
Can a video game be as popular as the blockbuster it's based on? This game will dino-score!
Sure, you're itching to get your claws on that Sega CD of Jurassic Park. While you're waiting, though, don't forget to make a trip to Jurassic Park, Genesis-style. Developed by Blue Sky, this game's an equally impressive adaptation of the Jurassic Park saga.
Sporting dinosaur animations that look as real as the ones you're gonna see in the $65 million Jurassic Park movie, this game stacks up with seven levels of one-player, multi-scrolling action/adventure game play. It also includes an evolutionary twist that none of the other versions has.
The setting: Jurassic Park. Science fiction meets science fact in this amusement park, which features exhibits found nowhere else on Earth. The inhabitants of Jurassic Park are genetically engineered dinosaurs. As visitors stroll and drive through the park, they view dinosaurs in their natural habitats. The only problem is that something's gone terribly wrong. The park's enclosures and security systems aren't quite as safe as they should be. Dinosaurs are on the loose and they're a threat to the park's visitors -- and that means you!
What makes the Genesis version of Jurassic Park stand heads and tails above the other games are its two modes of play. In the first mode, you play Dr. Alan Grant. You roam through the park in search of escaped dinosaurs in an attempt to rescue park visitors. Special weapons and tools at your disposal enable you to capture, but not destroy, the dinosaurs. To add to the challenge, Blue Sky built dynamic play into the game's artificial intelligence. This means the dinosaurs get smarter as you stalk them, so you have to get smarter, too.
In the second mode of play, you get to climb into the mind of a Raptor, a small but extremely dangerous carnivorous dinosaur. As one of the most dangerous predators in history, your main task is to avoid becoming a fossil in a museum. It's a crash course in survival of the fittest as you try to evade your Jurassic Park captors and locate the boat that's gonna take you back to the mainland.
These two modes of play double the challenge, as you experience the thrill of being both the predator and the prey. Suitably primal sounds and authentic graphics put the finishing touches on the prehistoric ambiance. Here's a preliminary stroll through the park. The rest is up to you.
In what's probably one of the most anticipated movie and video game releases of the year, Jurassic Park is finally roaming to the NES! Check out these sneak peek shots from the game. Jurassic Park transports you to a mysterious, fog-shrouded island off the coast of Costa Rica. It's a biological preserve, and the most incredible theme park of all time, filled with breathtaking behemoths-dinosaurs!