LEGO games tend to get a worse rap than they deserve. It might be because, since 2001, 31 licensed LEGO video games have been released. Each following a very similar premise, using near-identical gameplay mechanics and being very easy. However, these games can be tonnes of fun and a great way to introduce younger games to LEGO, movie properties they’d otherwise not know about and video games in general.
My son is still too young to play video games at only 18 months but, it won’t be too much longer before he’s able to play LEGO Jurassic World. I can’t wait to play with him, watch him work out the puzzles and learn how to play.
LEGO Jurassic World on Switch is a re-release but it’s a worthy one. The recent movies may have been average at best, however, the game takes all four films (minus Fallen Kingdom) and presents them in quirky, bite-sized chunks.
LEGO Jurassic World Switch Review
LEGO Jurassic World includes 20 levels, with five levels based on each movie; Jurassic Park, Lost World, Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World. Dialogue for each of the characters is ripped straight from the films, which sounds a bit weird but it helps bring the games to life.
In true LEGO game fashion, you play through levels as characters from the films who each have a special ability. For example, Alan Grant can dig up dinosaur bones and Ellie Sattler can jump high.
Getting through the levels requires players to solve simple puzzles with these abilities while also building LEGO and collecting studs to unlock more content.
There are over 100 characters in the game which you’ll need to fully complete it. Levels are filled with secrets and areas that are inaccessible until you unlock the right character with the right ability.
In addition to human characters, LEGO Jurassic World also lets players take control of a number of dinosaurs. Each of them also has a special ability which is needed to get through certain areas.
While the Jurassic Park/World film series can be quite violent and graphic, the game tones everything right down. Instead of losing an arm, a perk employee loses his giant sausage to the velociraptors at the beginning of Jurassic Park. Slapstick changes like these make the game appropriate for young players as well as being hilarious to dad’s like me who love lame humour.
Essentially unchanged from the previous releases, the Switch version comes with the added bonus of being portable. LEGO video games have never been visual stunners but they have a charming style and artistic quality that has been honed over the years.
On the Switch’s smaller screen, the game looks great. The lower resolution hides some of the flatter textures and helps to make the visuals look smoother. In TV mode, LEGO Jurassic World on Switch looks fine too.
You’re not playing these games to have the graphics blow you away and they’re just fine.
LEGO games are about playing together and having silly fun which is exactly what LEGO Jurassic World provides. If you missed it before and are a fan of either LEGO, Jurassic Park or both, then grabbing it on Switch is a no brainer.
A digital version of LEGO Jurassic World on Switch was provided to PowerUp! by the publisher.
Game Title: LEGO Jurassic World
- Lots of simple, silly fun - 8/108/10
- Play with your kids - 8.5/108.5/10
- Super simple, maybe too simple - 6/106/10
- Nothing new - 5/105/10