What is it? Lego Jurassic World, another of those Lego games we're always getting, this time covering the four Jurassic Park movies (including this summer's Jurassic World).
Who is making it? TT Fusion, who previously made the superb Lego Movie Video game.
Did we play it? Yes, briefly during a demo session at a hotel in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. Publisher Warner Bros. likes to invite reporters who are in town for Game Developers Conference to check out games. Not quite what GDC was made for, but I had a spare half hour open before a Nintendo indie developer showcase to drop in, so I went. I am a Lego gaming aficionado after all (I still like either the Lego Movie one or Lego Star Wars III the best). Plus, sometimes it's just a hoot. I sat through a short presentation from one of the members of the development studio that involved a playthrough of some of the levels you see in the trailer and a lot of references to what kids like about these games. Then I played the T-rex chase from the first movie and a level involving raptors.
And? It plays like a Lego game. After so many of these, a demo of a new one is the definition of What You Would Expect. Not too helpful, I know.
Anything stand out about it? Most of what I know about the game checks off the usual Lego-game boxes: levels are based on scenes from the movies and are connected through two big hub islands; you'll be able to play as over 100 characters (including Mr. DNA); there's optional local two-player co-op. One new thing is that you can play as some of the dinosaurs, though that wasn't an option at this demo. Oh, and there are some weather changes as you play.
Got a fun detail? Sure. The Lego version of Laura Dern's character, Ellie, has the special ability to dig through dinosaur dung. Said TT Fusion's Mike Taylor while showing us the game recently: "We do a lot of focus testing, and this mechanic was very popular especially with the younger audience."
Platforms: -deep breath-… PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, Vita, 3DS
Release date: June 2015
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