There is something about Lego games that I love. Whether it’s the humour, the gameplay, the re-playability, or the heart and soul that obviously goes into each property, there is just something that makes me keep coming back for more.
Lego Jurassic World is really no exception now that it has felt the brick shaped love that TT Games lavish upon this and the bajillion other franchises that have come before it. From the music, to the achievement names being quotes from the franchise, and all the recreation of much loved scenes, everything is given the Travellers Tales lustre.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here. This is by the numbers Lego fare. Where each instalment prior to this took the TT Games / Lego formula and either added to or improved what went before, Lego Jurassic World doesn’t really do anything to push the brand forward. It just feels more streamlined.
The gameplay is standard Lego fun, break bricks, solve a puzzle, move onto the next section, but this itself has been stripped back to the point that puzzles don’t really exist. I used to love working out which characters I would need to solve a tricky conundrum, yet there is no need in Jurassic World as the characters face flashes up on the screen if you attempt to do anything with the wrong character. If I was missing a cog or a brick then I simply had missed a pile of poo to rummage through somewhere.
Everyone loves playing with dinosaurs and this really could have been the big highlight of Jurassic World. Unfortunately nearly all the Dino fights are quick time or button mashing events with the levels structured to keep the playable dinosaurs contained to particular areas. The bonus levels which have you replaying certain levels as the dinos are almost identical to the standard level but with just a swap of character models.
The chase levels are the exception and are great fun – think back to Crash Bandicoot’s boulder chase levels – and require multiple playthroughs to earn enough studs as you memorise where the blue studs are actually going to appear.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Lego Jurassic World is the easiest of all the Lego games with even the Boss fights passing by without any real challenge; Jurassic Worlds end is probably the best out of the four movies but even still it is in no way comparable to any other Lego title.
Once you finish the story, Lego Jurassic World opens up into free play mode with the levels open to play with any unlocked character – as I said the game will tell you which one you will need to find a golden brick or any other collectible – and these come with their own mini-missions to help you collect more studs and well ummm collectibles.
Thankfully, at the heart of it all is a Lego game and as such all of these flaws cannot dampen the experience fully. Like their movie counterparts, “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III” are pretty forgettable but wandering through “Jurassic Park” is awesome due to it being godamn-Jurassic-Park and who doesn’t want to re-enact the T Rex scene (with a little bit of creative license).
It makes sense, that the titular movie is the one that has the most variety and activity included in it with it being the main focus of the game but a little more love on the historic titles that came before it wouldn’t have gone amiss either.
Overall if you are a Lego fan, Lego Jurassic World will appeal to you because of the first word in the title however it will not impress you in the same way other Lego titles have. Unless you have bought and played through all of the other Lego titles or a massive Dinosaur theme park fan then there is absolutely no need to purchase this game until it drops in price or there is a sale. Save those pennies, you’re going to need lots of them for Lego Dimensions.
MLG Rating: 6.5/10 Format: PS4/PS3/Vita/3DS/WiiU/XboxOne/Xbox360/PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a copy of Lego Jurassic World by the publisher for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of one week. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.