There are many Jurassic Park games to choose from when you want a fun family night in. Jurassic Park: Explorer DVD game is a mix of classic board game and DVD game that teaches you about dinosaurs while having a good time with your kids.
The game is easy to set up … just lay out the board, and pop in the DVD and you're ready to go. Kids as young as 6 can play, and each player can select a different difficulty level for themselves which means no-one gets an unfair advantage just because they're older and (maybe) wiser! Even so, the challenges are pretty easy for adults, but great for kids up to about 12 years of age or so.
The basic premise of the game is that the players have to help the Jurassic park scientists explore the island of Isla Sorna, find bones, and create dinosaurs. The scientists want to fins samples of 25 dinosaur species.
The object of the game is to collect between five and seven dinosaur DNA cards, representing the DNA of one of the types of dinosaurs that the researchers at Jurassic Park can then try to bring back to life. You get cards by traveling around the board and playing mini-games. You play as a dinosaur: a Pteranodon, Triceratops, Velociraptor or T-Rex. You roll the dice, move your token, and depending on the square you land on you have to do a certain activity. That's where the DVD comes in.
The mini-games range from dinosaur matching, to quizzes, to jungle mazes, to bone digging. Some of the better ones are Jump The Chasm, where you have to jump over a stamped dinosaur and arrive safely at the other side, and The Screening Room, where you watch clips from the Jurassic Park movies and then answer questions based on the clip. When you win a mini-game, you get a dinosaur card that has information about a kind of dinosaur. Kids (and parents) do not even notice that they are learning something!
The game is flexible, allowing you to set the game length ahead of time by choosing how many cards a player has to collect to claim victory. Turns and points are tracked by the DVD, so no need to keep a score pad and pencil lying around. The best feature, I think, is that you do not need the board to play the game. You can choose 'in the car' mode and control the game with the DVD remote … great for portable DVD players and long car rides!
Replaying the game can get a bit repetitive for adults, because the same questions will come up again ever, but for kids it's a great way for them to learn and retain all those dino details. If they have a project in school, this game will shoot them to the head of the class.