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[Nintendo Switch] Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review

[Nintendo Switch] Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review
EdEN
  • On December 22, 2023

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection from Limited Run Games brings us seven dinosaur-heavy video games in a single package on Nintendo Switch. Check out our Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection review!

 

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection from Limited Run Games brings us seven dinosaur-heavy video games in a single package on Nintendo Switch. We’re a big dose of Isla Nublar action with Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, and Sega Genesis versions of Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues, and Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition, which was only available on the Sega Genesis. Yes, each version had something different to offer. Yes, that’s a lot of dinosaurs to take on.

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review  - NES

Offering a bit of a similar experience are the NES, Game Boy, and SNES versions of Jurassic Park. This trio uses a top-down perspective for its action as you explore what – at the time – felt like a huge world packed with dangerous dinosaurs that could tear you to pieces in a blink. Running into a T-Rex when playing a game from a top-down perspective made it possible to showcase the dino at an even larger size, which made it even more fearsome a foe. All three games were released on separate dates in 1993, with the NES version leading the charge.

 

The Sega Genesis version of Jurassic Park did things a bit differently by moving the perspective to that of a more classic 2D action game from the era. On top of that, you had the option of playing through the game as either the beloved Doctor Alan Grant… or as a velociraptor! This made for a very different experience when compared to what the NES, Game Boy, or SNES versions did with the Jurassic Park license. This game was also released in 1993.

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review  - Genesis

The next game in the mix is Jurassic Park Rampage Edition for the Sega Genesis in 1994. It’s a direct sequel to Jurassic Park on the Sega Genesis and once again allows you to play as either Doctor Grant or a velociraptor. While Doctor Alan Grant manages to escape Isla Nublar, he notices that InGen is on its way to the island. Fearing that they want to collect samples to repeat the operation, he tries to stop them, but his helicopter crashes on the island. He somehow manages to survive and decides he must do whatever it takes to stop InGen before it’s too late.

 

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review  - JP 2

The final game in this collection is Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues, a non-canonical sequel to the previous Jurassic Park game on the NES, SNES, and Game Boy. Instead of once again going for a top-down view, this sequel is closer to what would come to mind if you thought of a 1990s video game movie tie-in. It was released on the SNES in 1994 and on the Game Boy in 1995. It’s a run’ n’ gun experience that tasks you with stopping InGen’s competitor BioSyn from gaining control of Isla Nublar… at least on the colorful SNES version. The Game Boy version is a bit more simple and just asks you to run from one side of the screen to the other as you shoot at anything that moves.

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review  - GB

There are some quality-of-life improvements to consider that help to enhance your time with these games. You can change the screen size between native and full, add a filter for that old-school CRT look, add a border around the playing area, and also make good use of save states so that you can save your progress at any time. There’s even a rewind function that you can use with the ZL button to fix any mistakes you make along the way. Something else that is very useful is being able to check out a map for the NES, SNES, and Game Boy versions of Jurassic Park so that you can get a better idea of where you are and where you should be going.

 

I can imagine how hard it was to get all of the licensing agreements to line up to have three different games – Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues, and Jurassic Park Rampage Edition that really amounts to seven different SKU in a single package. While I would have loved to have a behind-the-scenes section with some production artwork and promotional art used for each release, we’re getting what were seven retail games in one package for only $29.99, which is a good deal for Jurassic Park fans who want to dive into the past.

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection Review  - SNES

Disclaimer
This Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Limited Run Games.

Review Overview

A fun journey through Jurassic Park's earliest video games
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