Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure

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Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure
North American cover art
North American cover art
Developer(s) Nai'a Digital Works
Publisher(s) Kemco
Universal Interactive Studios
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s)
  • JP December 7, 2001
  • NA December 18, 2001
  • PAL May 3, 2002
Genre(s) Party
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Nintendo optical disc

Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure, known in Japan as Universal Studios Japan Adventure (ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン・アドベンチャー Yunibāsaru sutajio japan adobenchā?), is a 2001 video game developed and published by Kemco for the Nintendo GameCube. Set in the Universal Studios Japan park, the object of the game is to complete several mini-games loosely based on the real-life attractions Back to the Future: The Ride, Jaws, Jurassic Park River Adventure, E.T. Adventure, Backdraft, Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt Show and Waterworld. There is also a Movie Quiz, in which the player must answer trivia questions about the Universal Studios films.

Gameplay[edit]

The object of the game is to get stamps by going on rides throughout the park. To get on the rides, you need points, collected from picking up trash around the park and putting into trash cans. You can also meet with costumed characters inside the park for additional points.

The game uses a fixed camera that does not move or zoom in with the player. There are set camera vantages that you move in and out of by going outside of the field of view to go to the next camera point.

Minigames[edit]

  • Animation Celebration - Talk to Woody Woodpecker, who will give the player the choice of games he or she wants to play. In attraction mode, these games are available in VS. Mode.
  • The Universal Studios Quiz Answer Universal movie related questions. When completed, two extra games will be opened. Get all questions correct, and the player is rewarded with a Red Stamp.
  • 15 Puzzle A picture puzzle game in which the player has to match the picture as in the top right corner as fast as possible in as little steps as possible. There are 3 different settings to this game (3x3, 4x4 and 5x5).
  • Concentration Find and match a pair of cards within the fastest time in as little attempts as possible.

Theme Park Rides[edit]

When scoring points, players can use them to trade for an item that will give them instant access to rides or help in the park.

  • Back to the Future: The Ride - Biff Tannen has stolen a DeLorean Time Machine. The player must get into the spare DeLorean and travel through Hill Valley in the year 2015, the ice age and the Prehistoric era to stop Biff. This minigame is the closest to the original ride than any of the other minigames to their rides. This minigame is obviously inspired by games such as Chase HQ.
  • Backdraft - Enter a Factory building that is on fire with a portable fire hose and rescue the 15 people trapped in the blaze. The player must complete the game within the time limit or else its game over. This minigame is the lengthiest of the games.
  • E.T. Adventure - The player must get E.T. back to his ship before time runs out while avoiding many obstacles that either slow down the player or throw the player off the bike. This minigame is somehow influenced by Excitebike.
  • Jaws - On board the Orca, the player must throw barrels at the shark from Jaws before he can cause damage to the player's ship. Break the small crates to get effective items such as 10x bottles, bombs or Dynamite.
  • Jurassic Park: The Ride - Driving into the park itself, the player must fend off any dinosaurs that threaten to damage or destroy the player's vehicle with a mounted laser tranquilizer. First the player enters the gates and then enters Jurassic Park. Then the player must face the Tyrannosaurus, then find Velociraptors attacking, after the player faces them he or she drives through a herd of Triceratops, then Pteranodon will start attacking, after that the player drives towards the Visitor's Center of the park and be attacked by more raptors, then battles the boss, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • The Wild Wild Wild West - Go through 3 rounds with 3 different cowboys shooting at targets that appear on the screen. By the end of each round the player must get more points than the other player or else it is Game Over. This minigame can be played in VS. mode when in Attraction Mode.
  • Waterworld - Not really a minigame, but the player earns points for watching the show and can go on it for as much as much as desired (until dark).

Note: in one area the 1932 Ford from "American Graffiti" appears, but is unusable.

Reception[edit]

Reviews for the game have been mostly negative. IGN gave it a 3/10 with the review saying it has "Terrible graphics and is very boring."
UGO has rated this game #78 on their list of "The Worst Video Games of All Time." NGC Magazine UK gave this game 24/100 where it remained the lowest rated GameCube game in the magazines history before being topped by Batman: Dark Tomorrow which was rewarded 15/100.

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