There’s no denying that the Switch is home to a lot of ports, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We sometimes get games we really like. That said, I must confess, when I first heard about LEGO Jurassic World being ported to Switch, I was a little surprised. There’s a whole library of LEGO titles that Traveller’s Tales could bring to the console. For instance, there aren’t currently any LEGO Batman or LEGO Star Wars games on the system. And only one of the LEGO Marvel games is on Switch.
Anyway, one person who is delighted that they chose Jurassic World is my dinosaur-obsessed little son. He has completed the game multiple times on Xbox One and is now looking forward to doing it on Switch as well. So, for both my son and our readers, I had to know: how does this port hold up?
Life will not be contained
Let’s start by talking about what is included in the game. LEGO Jurassic World spans all three Jurassic Park movies and the first Jurassic World. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t get a look, as this game was released in 2015 and that movie didn’t come out until 2018.
All four movies have their own campaigns and home worlds. These do a pretty good job of summarizing all the important moments from the films. Your first playthrough of each campaign will take you a few hours. And yes, I did say “your first playthrough.” Like most LEGO titles, this is a game that requires multiple runs to get anywhere near 100% completion.
The cutscenes have the great slapstick humor we have come to expect from the LEGO franchise. They all have a basis in scenes from the movies, which not only allows Traveller’s Tales to subvert them but also to use the real audio so that characters are voiced by the actors. The character models are also expertly done. It takes a surprising amount of skill to simplify the visual look of a character to that of a LEGO model yet still make them distinctive.
You bred raptors
When it comes to gameplay, if you’ve played a LEGO game before, you know exactly what you’re going to get here. You’ll solve basic puzzles, fight enemies, build objects, and destroy even more. The big new addition is the ability to play as a dinosaur. They don’t play that differently compared to the other characters, but there is a great selection of them. While the gameplay doesn’t exactly break new ground, it’s still quite compelling. There is something still deeply satisfying about breaking things to pick up studs and building objects.
Visually, the game is pretty solid. If anything, the cutscenes are probably the worst bit. It’s here I noticed a single framerate issue and a lack of anti-aliasing. I could understand this if they were done in-game, but they appear to all be pre-rendered. It does make me question whether they took these cutscenes from the last-generation edition of the game rather than the version released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Apart from these, though, the game handles itself pretty well. Even when you deliberately spin the camera around in two-player while in handheld mode, it maintains a stable framerate.
We have our first genetically modified hybrid
If you’re a LEGO or Jurassic World fan, then it is easy to recommend LEGO Jurassic World. If you already own it on another system, then whether or not you want to double dip will come down to how much you like it. This is a pretty solid port and the best mobile version of the game. The price accurately reflects that this is not a new game and provides numerous hours of LEGO fun for your hard-earned dollars.