Jurassic Park Games That Are Perfect for Your Dinosaur-Obsessed Kid
Jurassic Park spawned dinosaur obsessions all over the world, and these games should make sure that obsession continues to thrive.
There are a lot of things about the Earth that are simply fascinating to study, and one of those things is the history of the dinosaurs. The prehistoric beasts may be long extinct, but their effects on the world are still felt in the fields of science and entertainment to this day. One of the biggest questions surrounding dinosaurs is what it would be like to live among them, and the Jurassic Park series has answered that question and shown why it's a bad idea a few times over. At the same time however, Jurassic Park has also shown just how cool dinosaurs are, and stoked the interest of generations of fans.
The popularity of dinosaurs is so prevalent, that it often becomes an obsession of young children. There's something undeniably enchanting about the massive size of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, or the incredible speed of a Velociraptor, and they're often so awe-inspiring that they can seem like a work of fantasy. Luckily for young fans of the prehistoric, dinosaurs have been brought back to life through the magic of video games on more than one occasion. It may not compare to the real thing, but these Jurassic Park games are the safest way to interact with a T-Rex without becoming its lunch.
LEGO Jurassic World
The LEGO franchise is known for adapting some of the most iconic film franchises to ever be shown in theaters, and Jurassic Park is one of many to receive such treatment. LEGO Jurassic World reimagines the original three films, as well as Jurassic World, with the charm of LEGO bricks. All of the iconic characters from each film are present and playable, as well as a handful of the different dinosaurs. Young players even get the opportunity to create their own LEGO dinosaurs using the game's character creator, mixing up pieces of different beasts to make one all their own.
Jurassic World Evolution
Just about every single Jurassic Park film has shown why it's a bad idea to make an amusement park filled with prehistoric creatures that could eat a person in one bite, but it still begs the question, could a "Jurassic Park" be run successfully? Well, the question doesn't have to linger in the air for too long thanks to Jurassic World Evolution. This building simulation game allows players to create and manage their very own Jurassic Park, setting up dinosaur sanctuaries and making sure nothing goes horribly wrong. Much like the Indominus Rex in Jurassic World, players can even alter the genes of dinosaurs to make new variants.
Jurassic World Alive
One of the hottest new video game trends is the location-based augmented reality genre that took the world by storm when Pokemon GO released in 2016. The popularity of that game has proven that the gameplay mechanic of using a phone to explore a world modified by AR has some staying power, and the Jurassic Park series has jumped on to this trend. Jurassic World Alive is a game very similar to Pokemon GO, in that players walk around the real world in search of dinosaurs to add to their collections. Players can then do battle with others to see which dinosaur is the strongest, and they can project their prehistoric pets on to the real world using their phone's camera.
As long as more information on dinosaurs is discovered by scientists across the world, the global fascination with the creatures is likely to never stop. Dinosaurs are often a gateway for children to get into the sciences, and the Jurassic Park series has further ensured that that interest remains solid. For any young dinosaur fanatics that also find themselves to be gamers, the world of video games fulfills the dream of interacting with some of the most fascinating beings to ever walk the Earth. It's also infinitely safer than actually being face to face with the beasts, as the Jurassic Park films have demonstrated.
LEGO Jurassic World and Jurassic World Evolution are available now on PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One. Jurassic World Alive is available now on iOS and Android devices.