Jurassic Park (arcade game)

Jurassic Park is a rail shooterarcade game developed and released by Sega in 1994. It is based on the 1993 film of the same name. The game cabinet resembles the rear of the Ford Explorer tour vehicles used in the film. The player, equipped with a joystick, must shoot dinosaurs that appear on-screen throughout the game.

This article is about the 1994 arcade game. For the 2015 arcade game, see Jurassic Park Arcade.
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1994 video game
Jurassic Park
Developer(s) Sega-AM3
Publisher(s) Sega
Director(s) Juro Watari
Kenji Kanno
Programmer(s) Takeshi Goden
Toshikazu Goi
Kenji Yamamoto
Mari Tsuruzoe
Hideshi Kawatake
Akira Ōe
Composer(s) Saeko Sasaki
Maki Morrow
Series Jurassic Park
Platform(s) Arcade
Release 1994
Genre(s) Rail shooter
Mode(s) Single-player or multiplayer
Arcade system Sega System 32

The game includes a moving seat,[1] also used in Sega’s 1991 light gun shooter Rail Chase. The seat is powered by hydraulic pistons to move the seat according to action on the screen. The game’s graphics blend two-dimensionalsprites and three-dimensionalpolygons to give the sense of movement. Jurassic Park was the first game of this genre to include 3D environments.[citation needed]

The game was followed by two arcade sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, and Jurassic Park III in 2001. Another arcade game, titled Jurassic Park Arcade, was released in 2015 and is based on the first three films in the Jurassic Park series.

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The game takes place on Isla Nublar a few months after the events of the film.[2] The player fends off a vehicle from dinosaur attacks with automatic weaponry. A joystick is used to play, rather than a light gun. Dinosaurs include Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Gallimimus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops, Ichthyosaurus, and Pteranodon.

Fences and large rocks that block the player’s path must be shot at to avoid running into them. The game ends with the dinosaurs being caged once again.[2]

In Japan, Game Machine listed Jurassic Park on their April 1, 1994 issue as being the third most-successful upright/cockpit arcade game of the month.[3]Edge called the game a “shameful Line of Fire/Rail Chase-style shoot ’em up,” concluding that it was, “Very disappointing.”[4] Reviewers for Games World: The Magazine rated it 63 out of 100, and also compared it to Rail Chase. They commended the graphics but found that the gameplay soon becomes repetitive.[5]

Shacknews reviewed the game in 2016, and found the graphics outdated compared to other arcade games of the mid-1990s. Shacknews considered the gameplay to be “pretty mindless” for an on-rail shooter, stating that the game could have used more time in development.[1] In 2021, Daniel Kurland of Comic Book Resources called it an “excellent cooperative experience” and stated “the Jeep-like arcade cabinet is a simple but effective touch”.[6]

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