What is LEGO Jurassic World?
LEGO Jurassic World is a drop-in, drop-out co-op adventure game that gives Jurassic Park 1, 2, 3 and the recent blockbuster Jurassic World a LEGO makeover, in a thoroughly family friendly adventure.
What do you do in LEGO Jurassic World?
LEGO Jurassic World lets you play through the major events of each of the Jurassic Park films, splitting each up into two, unique chunks. There's an accurate (if more plasticy) recreation of each film's island for you to explore, letting you hunt out collectibles, rescue employees in peril, and heal sick dinosaurs (amongst other cool things) - and a variety of more traditional, LEGO adventure style story based levels for you to play through, that take you through the events of each film.
Working together to bash baddies, and smash LEGO, before rebuilding it into something more useful at the touch of a button, the levels are a mixture of button mashing and puzzle solving, with an emphasis on working together. As each character has their own special ability (Lex Murphy, the girl from the first film, can scream and shatter glass, for example), you'll need to either switch between characters, or work together to make your way through the levels. Brilliantly, the game has full support for two player, drop-in drop-out co-op, letting another player join (or leave) at any time!
How easy is LEGO Jurassic World to pick up and play?
While it obviously helps if you've seen the film in question, it isn't essential to have a working knowledge of Jurassic Park to have a good time here, as, like most LEGO games, Jurassic World epitomises pick up and play.
In terms of things younger children may struggle with, there's really very little for parents to be aware of here. If you ever need a specific character in order to do something in a level, a handy little picture of the character's face will pop up, telling you who you need to switch to. Perhaps the only issue is, as there's a lot of guys with dark hair and stubble, it can be hard to tell them apart! Any requirement for reading is similarly light, as although there is the odd pop up to read, which explain some of the LEGO abilities the first time you use them, most can either be guessed at, or are in simple enough English that the reading requirement isn't too tough here. In terms of accessibility, the LEGO games are amongst the easiest to pick up and play, and great for two siblings - or parent and child - to play together!
Although the films its based on may be a bit on the violent side, LEGO Jurassic World is much more family friendly. It makes a point of having no-one really "die" in the game, with people walking away from helicopter crashes, A-Team style - and when several characters are swallowed by a giant dinosaur, the game later shows you them huddled around a campfire playing cards in the belly of a beast. There's no blood or gore, only suitably slapstick "violence", and nothing in the way of swearing and sex.
Format Reviewed: Nintendo Wii U