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Jurassic Park: The Lost World (Arcade) review


"I usually dislike games that are based on movies, especially if the game seems to follow every aspect of the movie accurately. The gameplay is just a rundown of what you’ve already seen and you know how the story is going to be resolved and also you know the twists in the story. However, a lot of movie games nowadays tend to lead off from the main story and create sub-stories that follow the real plot from behind. "



I usually dislike games that are based on movies, especially if the game seems to follow every aspect of the movie accurately. The gameplay is just a rundown of what you’ve already seen and you know how the story is going to be resolved and also you know the twists in the story. However, a lot of movie games nowadays tend to lead off from the main story and create sub-stories that follow the real plot from behind.

Jurassic Park: The Lost World is one of those light gun games that tend to populate most arcades at the present. The premise seems to follow the gist of the movie but from perspectives of new characters that weren’t involved in the plot. It focuses on two members of InGEN who are trying to find the main characters Ian Malcolm and Sarah Harding. The search throws you into am epic journey duelling with countless dinosaurs in a variety of scenarios ranging from a murky lakeside to an old and rusty warehouse.

Any way the entirety of the game involves you riding around in a jeep with a partner blowing the local wildlife to bits with your light gun. Obviously the creatures being blasted are a little more dangerous then your usual critters, a large amount of dinosaurs are hot on your tail ready to rip your throat out, or bite your head off or just kick your ass. You’ll encounter most of the beasts seen in the movie and a variety of ones that didn’t make the big screen but lay in the pages of the book.

Throughout your journey you’ll be ambushed by countless raptors who run like the wind and can be blown away with one shot. Raptors can either cannon fodder or money guzzlers, where they will just keep on jumping on you one after another and picking away at your valuable health. Raptors will always attack in groups and will swiftly attack in waves. Basic raptors will take one hit to kill and green ones may take up to three and on occasion you’ll get attacked by heaps of them which can be hard alone.

Other dinosaurs can be a bastard and a half to kill, such as the Dilophosaurus, seen in the first movie. The guys attack at close range and in quite large numbers, spitting venom at you. Aiming your shots accurately and high speed without having to fully reload is a strategy that you’ll have to consider but you won’t have time to think about this as you’ll be slaughtered immediately. Compys, the little guys that attack in groups will also be a frequent and annoying force that will attack in large groups. Since they’re so damn small you’ll find it hard to actually hit them, although they’ll have no trouble hitting you.

When this game comes to bosses it really hits the spot. You’ll have to kill so many gargantuan lizards with a miniscule little peashooter of a pistol that the challenge is amazing. Bosses will have specific targets where you will have to shoot but once again timing is an extreme necessity and you’ll find that bosses will take a protracted amount of time as your shots will do nothing but chip away at the health of the boss. The insane difficulty is something that will really thwart your progress, especially since one boss hit will take one health bar away from you and out of the three you treasure dearly. When you’re alone the bosses will be rock hard to break though so I have to recommend a steady stash of back up money for extra credits.

Although the game itself is entertaining to say the least it can be a little on the unfair side on occasion. Raptors will burst out of nowhere and get a cheap shot in and when you kill that raptor another will appear and kill you. This will happen a lot of the time and you’ll just have to overcome it, it’s a massive attack on your reflexes, Also it seems that most enemies will charge at you in large groups and if your not a quick shooter then you will DIE a quick and ultimately funny, (to those who are watching) death! One really bad part of the game was the Carnotaur boss who is a “chameleon type dinosaur” who can turn himself invisible!!! Okay, I can’t find a place to begin telling you what’s wrong there. I like variation but Sega took it way too far! That boss reeked though and he took such a long time to kill.

The Lost world is a fun and addictive game that is easy enough to find and fun to play. It is full to the brim with action and has enough challenge factors to keep you gasping for more. Although the game can be a bit on the hard side alone, even on the easy difficulty it is a really fun challenge to play though. Take a lot of coins with you though because it’s remarkably entertaining and a nice challenge to play through. It isn’t perfect at all but playing through alone is a great way to kill time and with a partner it’s fun all the way.

Rating: 8/10

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Community review by goldenvortex (August 01, 2004)

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