Jurassic Park is a video game based on the film and novel of the same name for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The object of the game is to survive in the park where the dinosaurs have escaped.
The game is a top-down shooter.
The player must complete six levels/missions with objectives ranging from rescuing Hammond's grandchildren, destroying Velociraptor nests, turning the power back on and so forth. Each level consists of a varying number of stages where the player must collect a certain amount of dinosaur eggs and access cards to advance further into the level. He must battle a varying amount dinosaur foes such as the Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Compy's and the T. Rex as a end boss of a couple of levels. In order to kill the common dinosaurs (not all dinosaurs can be killed by the player, only avoided), he must pick up certain types of ammunition all ranging in firepower. There are also "mystery boxes" scattered throughout the game ranging effects. Some will give him health, temporary invincibility or a free life. However some will end up being a bomb and instantly take half the player's life away. Several levels end with a boss fight where the player either has to rescue the kids from being run over by stampeding Triceratops or being eaten by the T. Rex. The game gives him three lives and five continues.
The game's ending consists of the player walking around a small stage filled with the game developers names and an exit where the player can end the game.
The player take the role of main character Dr. Alan Grant.
Much like the movie and novel which it is based on, he is trapped on a island that is a dinosaur amusement park. The power has been knocked out and the dinosaurs are roaming free. The player's goal is to protect the parks' owner, John Hammond, grandchildren Lex and Tim and completing a series of missions that will eventually lead to him escaping the island without being eaten.
1. Rescue Tim from Stampeding Triceratops Herd.
2. Rescue Lex from T.Rex Paddock
3. Restore Power to Jurassic Park
4. Destroy Velociraptor Nests
5. Radio for Help from Supply Ship
6. Get to the Helipad and Defeat T.Rex
The background music on the first level is a cover of Martin Galway's Comic Bakery background theme.
The game has received mixed to negative reviews. Released late in the NES' life, criticism has been given to its average graphics, somewhat awkward and boring gameplay and difficulty. Many consider it to another average movie-to-game adaptation.
In episode 20 of the 1MorePodcastle, the game is discussed in great detail. The game is discussed as being bland, repetitive, and historically forgetful.