Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone! is a virtual board game that can be played against the computer, but it is even better with a friend.
Here’s the setup: a violent earthquake has just rocked Jurassic Park and destroyed all the stored dinosaur DNA. Kids race around a game board that looks like the Jurassic Park Island trying to be the first to collect enough DNA to clone a dinosaur.
Players take turns moving their trucks the number of spaces designated by a spinner. Here is where the fun begins—most spaces on the game board lead to mini-games or challenges including memory games, games that identify dinosaurs, and arcade-style games. At certain spaces, players can earn the DNA needed to win the game.
This software earned a “Violence” descriptor along with its “E” rating because the mini-game, “Raging Raptors,” is a fierce and brutal battle between two dinosaurs. Players use the keyboard buttons to have their dinosaur bite, claw, dodge, or tail-whip its opponent. This mini-game may not be appropriate for some children.
Our boy-testers (ages 11-14) loved this software, but their enthusiasm waned the longer they played because the novelty of finding new games disappeared. This software would have provided better replayability if the programmers had randomized the mini-games so that the board changed in subsequent play-throughs.
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