Each year gamers are presented with TT Games’ latest Lego development, and 2015 is no different. First up on their release schedule is Lego Jurassic World, and I was fortunate enough to attend a first-look of the game from associate producer Tim Wileman.
Though the title is named Jurassic World, there’s a heavy focus on representing the original trilogy as well. With four movies to cover, each one has a total of five levels chronicling their most memorable moments. The first one that was presented to us was the scene in which Ellie Sattler must cure a sick Triceratops. Anyone familiar with that scene will remember that she has to investigate its droppings in order to surmise what the problem is. As you’d expect, everything is represented here in classic Lego humour.
My first task was to find three items that would cure the dinosaur: a carrot, a lollipop and an apple. Through the use of a tracker named Gerry, I could use his unique ability to find the scent of an item, and switch between him and Ellie to use both of their different skills. Once cured, I was able to take direct control over the Triceratops and use its charge ability to help proceed through the environment. I was told there’s over twenty dinosaurs to find and control in the game, each with their own set of abilities and characteristics.
The next level showcased one of the more popular scenes, wherein both children Lex and Tim Murphy are trapped by a T-Rex whilst in a car. With the main audience being a lot younger than myself, each scene has undergone slight alterations to adjust its tone. Moving past the intensity of the original scene, I continued by constructing a musical box that played the Jurassic Park theme song, distracting the T-Rex and allowing me to save the children. There’s no doubt that TT’s classic Lego humour is alive and well here.
Once again, each character’s unique abilities were showcased, and Lex Murphy even had the use of her signature scream to help her overcome certain obstacles. It’s important to note that if you’re having trouble figuring out what to do next, there are strands of DNA dotted around each location to provide helpful hints and tips. There were two more levels, one that saw our main characters being chased by at the T-Rex whilst they were in a car, and the other taking place during a moment in the second movie.
While the original actors from the first three movies haven’t returned for voice overs, the good news is that TT Games have instead taken all the audio direct from each movie. It works seamlessly and it made the action on-screen seem all the more authentic. Beyond the base twenty levels, both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna are also fully represented, allowing fans to explore and discover new locations through their expansive grounds.
Players with a penchant for creativity will be happy to know that the character customiser returns, but this time for dinosaurs. Through utilising a wide array of abilities, once your dinosaur is constructed, you’ll then be able to pit it against others on specialised paddocks.
TT Games’ expert ability to capture the essence of whichever property they take on, makes me excited to see more. If you’re a fan of the original set of movies, or are just looking forward to seeing Chris Pratt in Lego form, this game’s going to satisfy your Jurassic needs and add a dash of Lego humour for good measure. I look forward to seeing what other significant moments are captured in Lego form, but in the meantime you can catch my interview with associate producer Tim Wileman, as I discuss the finer details of Lego Jurassic World.