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Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone!

Jurassic Park III: Danger Zone!

Fall 2001 Software
Ages: 7 & Up
Price: $29.95
Platform: Windows 00/98/95/ME; Mac
Review:
The opening disclaimer on this game states it is appropriate for children ages 7 and older; that's more hype than help. Parents need not worry about inappropriate bloodshed or gore in this dinosaur-hunting adventure; rather, think repetitive stress syndrome and sore forearms from hammering the keyboard buttons in what's essentially an arcade-action game laid out like a board game. This 3D spin-off from the new Jurassic Park movie does feature all sorts of dinosaurs that leap out at players and roar their mighty roars. Some of them are prehistorically vicious, but nothing horribly scary. The challenge is to save Jurassic Park's later-day generation of dinosaurs from distinction by collecting dino DNA as you truck around various dangerous locations to dart the dinosaur assigned to your mission. Along the way, there are hazards to avoid -- from mud traps and quicksand to wind storms and dino dung. Land on a "challenge space" and play mini-games such as Raptor Rumble and T-Rex Extreme for points or supplies -- some of them pure arcade keyboard jabbing, others somewhat educational, requiring identification of dinosaurs by their traits and habits. Pitted against another player or against a computerized opponent, your goal is to reach the Jurassic Park Labs first with four doses of dino DNA. The treacherous trek is fun and can last for hours. One downside for parents to consider: The game targets kids aged seven and up and may inspire a desire to see the movie, but the flick itself is appropriately rated PG-13.
Don Oldenburg   ©2001 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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