Daily Archives: June 22, 2015

LEGO Jurassic World Review

LEGOs and dinosaurs: somehow it’s taken well over three decades for those two great childhood pastimes to join together in an interactive on-screen adventure. Life finds a way, however, and the two elements are together in a package that may not be the best LEGO-branded adventure, but one that still brings enough to entertain over the course of four fast-but-fun campaigns. The format of this puzzle-focused adventure is as old as dinosaurs — developer TT Games has used this formula more than 20 times since 2005’s LEGO Star Wars — but like the pre-historic creatures themselves, there’s still a ton of charm.

Anything in the world that’s made out of LEGO bricks that isn’t one of the 100-plus playable characters can be broken into studs to be spent on bonuses or rebuilt within the environment to progress further in the world. Anyone who’s uttered a line in a Jurassic Park movie can be unlocked eventually, from Ian Malcolm and that annoying kid at the raptor dig site to the dino-wrangling, motorbike-riding Owen Grady and, awesomely, Mr. DNA himself. Unlike most LEGO adventures where characters have distinct weapons or superpowers, LEGO Jurassic World’s suite of skills are a little more subdued; paleontologists can dig, zoologists aren’t afraid to dive into piles of dino-dung, and hunters can set off targets from afar. It’s mostly well balanced, though it’s weird to see the meek husband-and-wife couple who funded Jurassic Park III’s expedition using a grappling hook and gymnastic moves. Also, why are the only characters with scream-based powers women? There’s been plenty of screaming men in Jurassic Park films.

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Yoshi’s Woolly World Review

Editor’s Note: Yoshi’s Woolly World is out in Europe on June 26, but won’t be available in the U.S. until October 16.

Yoshi’s Woolly World is surely a contender for the cutest game ever made. Dozens of knitted dinosaurs inhabit an island crafted from felt, foam, cotton wool, and sequins. While Nintendo has already played with this style before in 2010’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Yoshi’s Woolly World does a much better job of exploring its potential. It’s always a pleasant adventure with interesting mechanics dotted about, but occasionally it pulls it all together and creates some really great levels, which feel specifically designed around Yoshi, and those really make it worth playing.

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