I think few franchises have ever captured the imagination of the public like the famous Jurassic Park trilogy by Steven Spielberg. Books, toys, even theme parks – the world has seen it all. And even a couple of video-games, though they weren’t really worth mentioning. Until now that is! Telltale has struck again, taking an age-old intellectual property and twisting it in new and interesting ways. As a serialized interactive movie adventure none-the-less.
Not surprisingly the second installment of the series (TMA review of episode 1) continues the interactive movie approach to adventure gaming with a dab of the traditional point and tap. A couple of mercenaries have been sent to the island to find and rescue the missing scientists we acquainted ourselves with in the previous chapter. Meanwhile, we get a bit more of the story of the mysterious thief and the scientists themselves.
Jurassic Park captures the spirit of the movies thanks to the fast-paced action sequences where you have to swipe and tap in time with the hints on-screen to avoid danger and keep your protagonists alive. The difficulty is well balanced and most of the time the game is quite forgiving if you miss your timing, only bringing down your score a notch. I was pleasantly surprised how immersive the experience was – a few times I all but dropped my iPad startled by an unexpected move from a dino.
The story bits are portrayed through the more relaxed adventuring scenes, where you get the chance to look around, explore the environment and do some talking. Oh yes, and solve some puzzles while you’re at it as well. The dialogues are well written and give a good feeling of the characters’s backstories and motives. If you’re not deep into adventure games – don’t worry. There is no inventory or anything like that and the puzzles won’t offer much of a fight.
The graphics in Jurassic Park are excellent – rich colours, detailed models and backgrounds – the dinos come alive under your fingertips. Unfortunately this comes at a price: even on the New iPad I noticed a lag here and there. The audio work is excellent, both the music and voiceovers; this is definitely a game I would recommend playing with headphones on. The controls are simple and intuitive both in the action sequences and the adventuring scenes. I do have to note the parabolic gestures are not always recognized completely as you’d like in the action portion, so it’s a good thing there is room for error.
Jurassic Park 2 is an excellent followup to the first chapter, keeping the same immersive cinematic experience and advancing the story of our heroes. The adventuring scenes allow ample time to catch your breath between the swashbuckling finger-twisting, tapping and swiping of the action sequences. And the graphics and audio further work together to bring the experience ever closer to the mid-90s vision of what television in the future would be like. If you enjoyed part one there’s no reason not to pick this one up.
With this I declare Jurassic Park: The Game 2 HD officially touched!
Note: As of writing, Ep.1 is still free on the App Store, with episodes 2 to 4 on sale at $2.99 a pop.
|Title:||Jurassic Park: The Game 2 HD||Developer:||Telltale Inc|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.1||Min OS Req:||4.2|