The Lost World: Jurassic Park (arcade)

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (arcade)
"Something Has Survived"
Genre: Light gun shooter
Platforms: Arcade
Release Date: 1997
Developer: Sega AM3
Publisher: Sega
Franchise: Jurassic Park
Previous Game: Jurassic Park (1994 arcade)
Next Game: Jurassic Park III (arcade)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (ロストワールド ジュラシックパーク Rosuto Wārudo Jurashikku Pāku) is a 1997 arcade game by Sega AM3. It is a follow up to Sega's Jurassic Park arcade game from 1994, and is based on the film of the same name, itself based loosely on the Michael Crichton novel The Lost World. It is considered to be one of the best light gun games ever made.

A (much rarer) special edition was released in 1998 as attractions for Sega's GameWorks and Joypolis, featuring an immersive gameplay, and a story that is more accurate to the film.

A Dreamcast port with larger levels was announced in 1998 and set for a 2000 release, but ultimately canceled.

Plot

Four years after the Isla Nublar incident, Ian Malcolm and Sarah Harding have been sent to investigate Isla Sorna, InGen's former Site B, where the dinosaurs were cloned to be transported to Isla Nublar. However, they've gone missing.

Another team has been deployed to the island to rescue the two, and the players are a part of this team.

Why It Rocks

  1. Provides challenging, intense, and fast-paced gun-play.
  2. Lots of hostile dinosaurs, such as Velociraptors, Pachycephalosaurus, Compsognathus, and Dilophosaurus. There are also hostile Deinosuchus, which are prehistoric alligators and hostile pterosaurs like Pteranodon and Geosternbergia.
  3. Plenty of minigames that can affect your progress, such as shooting a large raptor to stop it from calling more raptors to attack you, or rescuing a Triceratops from being killed by raptors.
  4. There are power bars scattered throughout the game. If you can collect four of them, you will be awarded with an extra life.
  5. If you succeed in rescuing a fellow hunter, he will give you (or one of the players in a two-player game) either a special weapon that has infinite ammo that lasts for a limited amount of time, or an extra life in the form of a super power bar.
  6. Awesome boss battles. Not only do you get to fight the T-rex in two separate levels, you also fight other species that aren't present in the film, such as Deinosuchus and Carnotaurus, who was present in the original novel that the film was based on.
  7. Plenty of references to the novel. Not only does Isla Sorna resemble its novel version rather than the one seen in the movie, the Carnotaurus also has camouflage abilities, just like in the novel.
  8. Very respectful to the film it was based on, such as the male T. rex having green-colored skin whereas the female T. rex is of a dull brown coloration.
  9. An awesome soundtrack.

Bad Qualities

  1. Mediocre voice acting, though this is to be expected with Sega arcade games.
  2. Both the Pachycephalosaurus and Deinosuchus respectively reused the T-Rex's roar.
  3. The special edition is incredibly rare nowadays; there are no gameplay videos of it anywhere in the Internet, and it is impossible to emulate it at the moment due to a lack of dumped files (though the original version can be emulated).