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Jurassic Park: The Game - Dissected

Trailer Analysis: 62 screens from the trailer for Telltale's adventure game...

In this week's trailer analysis we're heading back to the Jurassic period with a short but sweet teaser of Telltale's upcoming Jurassic Park adventure game.

This isn't the first time the Jurassic Park property has taken a bite out of video games. So far there have been seven interactive titles based on the popular franchise.

We've had everything from an on-rails arcade shooter developed by Sega, an action-adventure game for the Super Nintendo, a PC real-time strategy game called Jurassic Park: Chaos Island to Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, a theme-park simulator developed by Konami.

If you're not at all familiar with Jurassic Park we have one question for you: honestly, what have you been doing with your life?

Here's a quick recap of Michael Crichton's basic story. Jurassic Park is set on Isla Nublar, more specifically in a tourist attraction created by InGen that's filled with dinosaurs. These have been cloned and recreated from DNA that has survived 65 million years.

After a little bit of corporate sabotage the Islands defences are deactivated, freeing the park's inhabitants to run rampage, gobbling up humans and getting into fights with each other. Seriously, just watch the films.


The trailer for the game opens with a shot of a murky looking stream. After a few seconds a canister of 'Barbasol' is swept into the shot. Jurassic Park aficionados will remember that the canister contains an assortment of stolen Dinosaur embryos - and combined with a dilophosaurus to kill off chunky idea thief Dennis Nedry.

Fun fact: after some digging, it has been established that the canister has the capacity to hold 15 DNA samples.


In the next scene a man can be seen speaking to someone on the phone. "Where the hell is Nedry?" he barks. We're guessing this spectacled chap is in the employ of BioSyn, corporate rival of InGen.

Telltale has confirmed that the game will not be focused on the characters from the movie, though players should expect cameos. Perhaps Nedry will make his return.


Following this we're given a flash of a large menacing creature shrouded in darkness. Whatever could it be?

"We have to get these embryos off the Island, the boat is leaving any minute now," says the BioSyn thief.

"It's time for plan B," he adds. We're guessing plan B is the focus of Telltale's adventure.


The next shot features a young lady walking through a forest area. She looks strikingly like Alyx from Half-Life 2 and carries a backpack. The camera quickly pans to the right to show a Jeep that has crashed into a tree before focusing on the young lady's boots as they walk past empty bushes.


But bushes are never empty on Jurassic Park. After a few seconds, a number of yellow glowing eyes appear in the foliage. You know what that means...


The pace then increases with the next scene which briefly shows a head-to-head clash between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops before cutting to a man walking towards the camera saying "This isn't supposed to happen".


This man is Gerry Harding, chief veterinarian of Jurassic Park and one of a number of protagonists in the game. While Gerry a large role in the first Jurassic Park novel he only appeared in the film briefly.

Once again the woman who was walking through the forest earlier appears, she's obviously not very familiar with what's going on in the park. "What the hell kind of zoo is this?" she asks Gerrie.

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