Although it debuted in 2015 for almost every console under the sun, Lego Jurassic World is now available for Switch and it's great fun.
In recent years, TT Games has been branching out their Lego formula to include open-world sandbox games and action-packed titles along with plenty of awesome game mechanics. However, Lego Jurassic World is a classic entry in their long-running line that also happens to be one of the best games they've ever made. The campaign consists of traversing an overworld then progressing through stages. There are 20 levels total and the 4 films are represented with 5 stages each. Playing iconic scenes from the films is great fun, especially while controlling the familiar cast of characters as well as many recognizable dinosaurs. There's a lot to see and do throughout the campaign and the classic TT Games Lego formula shines brightly as you uncover secrets and progress through the memorable stages.
One thing that makes Lego Jurassic World a great game is its gameplay variety. You'll find yourself performing typical tasks such as building objects with piles of pieces, using character-specific abilities to interact with certain mechanisms, and aiming at targets in order to throw things at them yet there's so much more to it than that. For starters, you can drive around in vehicles and even control tons of dinosaurs. I personally found it very satisfying to stomp around as a Triceratops while charging through breakable walls and you can even control a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Whether you're mastering a tricky segment or beating on enemies, there's a ton of fun to be had.
Lego Jurassic World's presentation is spot-on for a humorous family-friendly adventure. I absolutely loved the cutscenes, especially while observing the small details in the backgrounds where you can witness all sorts of minifigure mishaps. That being said, the fact that the dialogue is mostly ripped from the films is a bit weird. I mean, it's definitely funny but often, it just feels out of place and clumsy. There are some voice clips that seem like they were recording specifically for the game and those sound way better than the audio from the movies. Aside from that minor complaint, watching all the hijinks ensue is a joy and suitable for the whole family.
If there's one thing that can be frustrating about Lego games, it's not knowing what to do in order to progress. To remedy this, Lego Jurassic World implements a hint system via the charming Mr. DNA who assists you with basic controls and is usually located right next to an interactive scenario. Although this is fantastic, I still found myself completely lost on a few occasions. Once, an NPC-controlled vehicle just wouldn't move even after I cleared a blockade in front of it. After putzing around for what felt like 15 minutes, I eventually spawned a vehicle at a terminal and that made those NPCs get their blocky bums in gear for some reason. Other times, I simply missed something in a segment so I ran around aimlessly only to realise that I had to interact with something earlier so I could advance.
Finally, considering this is a review of the Switch release, I'm glad to say that it plays wonderfully on the console whether you're enjoying it on the big screen or portably. Considering the visuals are so detailed and high quality, I'm impressed that it plays so well undocked. Of course, the best way to enjoy it is cooperatively with a friend and it handles that beautifully as well, especially with the way the screen splits so you can always focus on your character while keeping an eye on what your partner is doing. Another aspect that I appreciated was mid-game save terminals. Sometimes, playing a Lego game requires long stretches of uninterrupted gameplay but here, you can simply save your game in mid-level at a save spot as well as whenever you wish in the sprawling and fun-filled hub world.
When it comes to the classic-style Lego formula that TT Games is famous for, Lego Jurassic World really captures the magic fantastically. From the charming world to the variety of fun gameplay scenarios, you're bound to enjoy your stay in Lego Jurassic World.
- + Fantastic classic Lego gameplay with tons of variety and great characters
- + Huge campaign that spans 4 films
- + Plays beautifully on Switch
- - It's sometimes difficult to figure out what to do in order to progress
- - Audio clips from the movies sound weird