Lost World: Jurassic Park, The ( 1997)
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(Anonymous) (Game Gear review) 27th Mar 2012 08:50
"The Lost Game"
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - You either love it, or you hate it. The film version got a pretty bad rap, but I thought it was entertaining (definitely milestones better than the third movie that can't even be considered a movie). Sorry about the repetitive rant that I've already made on the Trespasser review about part 3. I'm done now. And yes, I know it is amusing that I'm writing a review for another Jurassic Park video game, but this one doesn't have a review yet and it's been out for years. I think it's time a review came along, especially for those of you who have seen the game at used stores and were tempted to buy it, but unsure if it's worth it. Well, fellow gamers, read on.
Not too big a deal, honestly, but not bad. If you seen the movie and/or read the book, then you know the stories (note the plural, lol). The game itself seems to borrow elements from both, or maybe just the book. The story, however, seems to be different from either. Basically, you take control of an unnamed hunter (at least, that was the impression I got, I don't believe he has a name according to the instruction manual) who ventures into Site B for some reason that I can't remember. And for some other reason, you have a compsognanthus (you know, those little cute, but ferocious chicken dinosaurs that ate the one jerk known as Dieter Stark in the second flick) as a pet who becomes useful later on in the game. Again, I don't quite recall the motivations behind the hunter, other than just giving us a game to play. The introduction of the game is quite nice and spooky with flashes of lightning, glowing yellow eyes in the dark that are revealed to belonging to a raptor, and the tagline "Something has Survived." That's basically it for a story based on the introduction, but I guess they figured everyone's at least seen the movie by that point. All you need to know is that it involves dinosaurs.
The graphics are nothing special, but there's nothing wrong with them either. They accomplish what they set out to do: Give you some backgrounds to run around against and some enemies to shoot at. They look good on the game gear and that's all that really matters. There's nothing more to it than that. I think the jungle areas look nice, the dark alleys and spooky visitor centers have a creepy feel to them (even for a handheld), and the dinosaurs look like dinosaurs as best they can for the handheld system. Visibility is perfect, although, that may also be due to the fact that you could control the brightness of your screen on the Game Gear. Even so, I had no problem with the graphics. Everything is perfect as is.
Music and Sound 10/10
I like the music and the sound effects. Some musical scores in video games really don't accomplish much, making them difficult to want to listen to, while others are nice and easy on the ears. The latter is true for this game. I liked the music, it was very entertaining, especially the exciting score for the boss battles. It was the same for every boss fight, but it was nice enough to listen to that the repetition didn't bother me. The sound effects were decent. Some dinosaurs chirped or roared while most only made noise due to their gargantuan stomps and landings upon jumping. The t-rex accomplished almost all with having in-game roars and stomping sounds. Unfortunately, the raptors didn't make much noise, except when they leapt out at you or broke through an air vent, but not a huge deal. And the rest had stomping noises and that was it. The shooting is okay. Sounds like a classic video game sound. Although, it does sound pretty similar to the stomping noises, which probably limits their use of sound, but they included the rex's roar from the films and stuff and that's pretty neat, so, I won't complain about that. Aside from the boss battles, the rest of the levels each have their own musical score.
I enjoyed playing this game, but I do have one complaint: It's tooooo short. I can beat this game in like ten to fifteen minutes, it is so short and easy. Basically, you have one weapon throughout the entire game. That's it. Your life consists of five colored body vests. Each hit knocks you down a vest, so, basically, five hits and your dead. However, you have unlimited continues, which added to the easiness. They probably put that in there because there is no save feature, but there doesn't need to be because it is so easy. There probably doesn't need to be unlimited continues either. You'll find some colored vests along the way to replenish your health. So, basically, it's a simple platforming shooter, very minor puzzle solving, but kudos on some level variety as you won't always go through the levels to a boss. There are a couple of chase levels and one where you get to play as the compsognanthus pet (yes, you do have to fight a boss as the compy, but he's different to play as, then, the hunter, too bad, you only play as him once). There aren't too many levels either. However, it is still enjoyable, especially if you want to kill some time. And if you haven't played the game before, it might take you longer than ten to fifteen minutes to get through it. But once you've been through it and decide to go back through it again, it'll be a quick play. But hey, maybe you can impress your friends with how fast you can beat a video game.
The controls, ah yes, the controls. Being a basic shooting platformer, you would think the controls would be simple as shoot and jump. Most of the time they are, but as I have stated above, some levels are slightly different than others. There are not too many differences, except, there is a chase level where you have to keep going, but there are some obstacles in your way that require you to slide and you have to perform a well-timed A & B button combination. That's really the only complaint, because that can be a real pain to get right sometimes. The rest of the controls are fine, since, most of the time, they are jump and attack, but the sliding could have been better executed.
Okay, so my reasoning for such a high score is that I do occasionally go back for another play. It's a fun little gem that's worth a look as well as another play through if you enjoyed it the first time around. It's definitely nice, if you just want to park your brain at the door and just go through it. And the music is nice to listen to.
In closing, I would say that if you happen to come across this game at a used store, it's worth buying. If nothing else, you could add it to your collection of video games that you may be saving up. Who knows? it might be worth something in the future. The kids might like it too.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10, Originally Posted: 10/07/08
Game Release: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (US, 1997)
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