The upcoming Universal motion picture release of Jurassic Park III may carry a PG-13 rating, but the franchise’s popularity with younger viewers is always evident in the cornucopia of licensed merchandise and toys that appear whenever a new movie hits theaters. Knowledge Adventure is banking on this with two multiplatform titles that they recently announced the availability of (the games have been in circulation for the past few weeks, however). The two new titles are “Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender” and “Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone.” Despite the film’s rating, these titles are aimed at kids ages seven and up.
In Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone kids must collect a DNA sample and clone a dinosaur. To do so, kids maneuver an obstacle course filled with different activities that teach them the secrets of dinosaur cloning and get them closer to their goal.
Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender is more of a classic arcade-style platform game in which kids take the role of a Dino Defender, part of an emergency task team. The electric fences that keep Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs from preying on one another (and you) have been knocked down, and it’s up to you to restore them to good working order. You’ll have to trap, tranquilize and outrun renegade dinos along the way.
Both titles require a G3-based system such as an iMac or better; Mac OS 8.1 through Mac OS X (the games are supported in OS X’s “Classic” mode); 24x CD-ROM; 64MB RAM. The titles ship as hybrid CD-ROMs with support for both Windows and Mac OS.
Look for these games on store shelves now — they each carry a price tag of around $30.