Jurassic Park (Mega Drive)
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- For other games with the same name, see Jurassic Park.
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
Ballistic (US re-release)
|Developer: BlueSky Software, Sega of America|
|Distributor: Majesco Sales (US re-release)|
|Licensor: Universal City Studios, Amblin Entertainment|
|Sound driver: GEMS|
|Number of players: 1|
Jurassic Park (ジュラシック・パーク) is a Sega Mega Drive action platform game developed by BlueSky Software and published by Sega. Based on the 1993 film Jurassic Park, the game was first released worldwide in August 1993, and was later followed by an evolved sequel, Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition, one year later.
Jurassic Park is a rain forest island preserve filled with dinosaurs bioengineered from ancient, preserved DNA. When a sudden violent hurricane hits the island, the park's systems fail and the dinosaurs rampage freely across the island. The paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant must safely escape the park, while an escaped Velociraptor stalks him.
The game is a side-scrolling action platformer that can be played as either Dr. Grant or a Velociraptor. The objective of each level is the reach the end. Both characters move with and . They can push some objects (such as crates) by moving into them. They duck with and move while ducked with and (to fit into tight spots). They jump with and jump down from some platforms with +. They automatically grab ledges when they jump near them.
Playing as Dr. Grant, his objective is to navigate through seven areas of Isla Nublar and make it safely to the Visitors Center to escape via helicopter. He must contend with the various dinosaurs that roam the island, now free of their enclosures. Grant can use various weapons, including a tranquilizer gun and gas grenades, which all require ammunition refills that are scattered throughout the island. Grant cycles between weapons (for which he has ammunition) with and uses the selected weapon with . Fired weapons can be shot directly upwards with +. He climbs ladders and operates elevators with and . He hangs off overhead lines by holding and moves across them with and . He drops off overhead lines when the D-Pad is released. He cannot use weapons while on ladders or lines.
Playing as the Raptor, its goal is to elude (or eliminate) the Jurassic Park security guards and corner Grant at the Visitors Center. It only plays five of the game's levels. It fights stray dinosaurs as well as the park guards, who are armed with similar weaponry as Grant. The Raptor can jump higher than Grant and run much faster. Instead of using weapons, it attacks from close-range using its teeth and claws. It bites with and bites and shakes with + or +. It kicks with and jump kicks with + or +. It pounces with +. Jumping on enemies also attacks them. Unlike Grant, the Raptor cannot climb ladders or overhead wires, but it can jump especially high with +.
As either character, the player starts the game with three lives, depicted as separate health bars. When a health bar is emptied (or the character falls down a bottomless pit), the player restarts at the beginning of the level. High fall harm Grant but not the Raptor. Grant can recover his health by finding First-Aid Kits, while the Raptor can find meat to eat (including eating Compys by biting them with +). Grant loses his weapons and ammunition and starts over with the default load-out upon losing a life. The game ends if the player runs out of lives, but there is a password system for continuing.
The game has three selectable difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard), which affects how much damage is taken from enemies.
Weapons are only used by Dr. Grant. He starts with a supply of Blue-Banded Darts and a Stun Gun and gains additional weapons when he collects their ammo pick-ups. All weapons are nonlethal and only stun dinosaurs temporarily. Weapons have limited ammunition, and the ammunition quantities are retained between levels.
Characters automatically pick up (or eat) items that they come near.
|Fully replenishes Dr. Grant's health.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Blue-Banded Darts weapon.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Red-Banded Darts weapon.|
|Provides more energy for the Stun Gun weapon.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Gas Grenades weapon.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Flash Grenades weapon.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Concussion Grenades weapon.|
|Provides more ammunition for the Rockets weapon.|
|Refuels the raft in the River level.|
|Replenishes a small amount of the Raptor's health.|
For a while, BlueSky Software were producing two games concurrently: Jurassic Park, which saw the lion's share of the team's attention, and a version of Disney's Aladdin, with both projects sharing some staff. BlueSky's version of Aladdin was inevitably canceled and replaced by a re-worked version by Virgin Games, however a homage to this period can be seen in the North Western part of Jurassic Park's map, where an upside-down genie lamp is disguised as a mountain range.
Within two weeks of release, Sega had sold 2.2 million copies of the game in the US, raising $13.5 million.
The split gameplay of Jurassic Park was continued in Sega-produced Jurassic Park games to follow, namely Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition released the following year and The Lost World: Jurassic Park for the Sega Saturn.
- Developed By: Blue Sky Software
- Produced By: Jesse Taylor, SEGA OF AMERICA
- Lead Programmer: Keith Freiheit
- Programmers: Brian Belfield, Heinrich Michaels, David Cartt, Karl Robillard, Rich Karpp, Jason Weesner
- Art Director: Dana Christianson
- Lead Artist: Douglas Tennapel
- Artists: Mark Lorenzen, Elizabeth Anderson, Matt McDonald, Rob Cuenca, Kevin McMahon, Ellis Goodson, Tom Moon, Jeff Jonas, Joe Shoopack
- Sound and Music: Sam Powell
- Special Thanks: Jennifer Haney, Mark Dobratz
- Lead Tester: Vince Nason, SEGA OF AMERICA
- Tested By: (SEGA OF AMERICA), Jason Kuo, Richie Hideshima, Jeff Todd, Dave Forster, Tony Lynch, Dermot Lyons
- Main article: Jurassic Park (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.
- Main article: Jurassic Park (Mega Drive)/Promotional material.
|Mega Drive, US (Cardboard Box)(Majesco Sales)|
|Mega Drive, US (Cardboard Slipcase)(Majesco Sales)|
|Mega Drive, GR (Zegetron)|
|Mega Drive, CZ (Datart)|
|Mega Drive, CZ/SK (DDC Agency)|
|Mega Drive, AS† (PAL)|
|Mega Drive, AS† (NTSC)|
- Main article: Jurassic Park (Mega Drive)/Technical information.
- File:JurassicPark MD JP Box.jpg
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|Jurassic Park (Mega Drive)|
|Jurassic Park games for Sega systems|
|Jurassic Park (1994) | The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) | The Lost World: Jurassic Park Special (1997)|
|Jurassic Park (1993) | Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition (1994) | The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)|
|Jurassic Park (1993)|
|Jurassic Park (1993) | The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)|
|Jurassic Park (1993)|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)|