Codex Gamicus

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First-person view of a Velociraptor inside the Visitor Center.

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Alan Grant character is protected from a Dilophosaurus by a large containment fence.

Jurassic Park is a video game for the Super NES/Super Famicom based on the movie adaptation of the book by Michael Crichton. It was developed by Ocean Software and released in 1993, and 1994. The game is viewed from a top-down view for most of the game reminiscent of the Zelda games. When the player enters a building, the gameplay perspective shifts to a first person view. The game is significant for combining two different perspectives and a 3-D game for a fourth generation videogame console, and for being an early game mastered in surround sound (Dolby Pro Logic).


In the game, the player controls Alan Grant, and the objective of the game is to complete certain tasks in order to escape, such as clearing a raptor nest of eggs, and turning the generator on in a utility shed, allowing for opening and closing of gates and the like. Communication ports set up around the island allow characters in the game to communicate advice to the player, though some advice is deliberately malicious. Jurassic Park supports the SNES Mouse when playing first-person sequences or operating computer terminals. The game's soundtrack consists of various music that corresponds to the area the player is currently exploring (except the two Tyranosaurus Rexes who have their own theme track). The game typically takes 2–3 hours to complete, though some objectives, such as collecting all 18 raptor eggs, can slow down a player's progress. The current world record for fastest completion, however, is one hour and nineteen minutes, held by Paul Inglehart.[1] There is no way to save the game, however, there are an unlimited number of continues available. The player, therefore, is required to play through the entire game in a single sitting.

Other games named Jurassic Park exist on the NES, Game Boy, Mega Drive, Game Gear, DOS, and the Commodore Amiga. No two games feature the same kind of gameplay, though they focus on roughly the same storyline. All versions, excluding those on the Sega Genesis, Game Gear and Sega CD, were developed and published by Ocean Software.


The player starts out at the gates of Jurassic Park. As the player investigates the area, he or she will rescue the kids, Tim and Lex, from the dinosaurs. Players will then restore power to the island and radio the mainland that they need to be rescued. A helicopter will land. Throughout the game, players must fight off dinosaurs and capture eggs. Interestingly the plotline of the game shares more in common with the novel than the 1993 film.


The enemies are:

  • Brachiosaurus
  • Compsognathus
  • Dilophosaurus
  • Dimetrodon
  • Ichthyosaur
  • Stegosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Velociraptor


The background music on the first level is a cover of Martin Galway's Comic Bakery background theme.

NES Port[]

An unlicenced NES port of the game titled "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" exists and retains most of the mechanics and the first-person segments. However the objective in that version is to collect all the Jurassic Park tokens scattered across the game and find key-cards in order to reach the rooftop of a building and collect all the dinosaur eggs there.

See also[]

  • Jurassic Park video games
  • Jurassic Park


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