The Lost World: Jurassic Park (handheld game)

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Game Boy cover art
Developer(s) Aspect (Game Gear)
Tiger (
Torus (Game Boy)
Publisher(s) Sega (Game Gear)
Tiger ( and R-Zone)
THQ (Game Boy)
Series Jurassic Park
Platform(s) Game Boy
Game Gear
Release Game Boy
  • NA: December 1997
  • EU: 1997
  • NA: Fall 1997
Game Gear
  • NA: August 1997
  • NA: 1997
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the title of several different video games released for handheld video game consoles in 1997. Four versions, each with their own gameplay variations, were developed and published by various companies for the Sega Game Gear, Nintendo's Game Boy, and Tiger Electronics' and R-Zone consoles. Each version is based on the 1997 film of the same name.


The Game Gear, Game Boy and versions feature side-scrolling platform-based gameplay.[1][2][3]

In the Game Gear version, several organizations have sent hunting teams to Isla Sorna to capture the island's dinosaurs and sell them.[1] The player controls a hunter,[4] who is sent to investigate the current state of the island, and to prevent the hunting teams from achieving their goal. Twelve levels are featured,[1] each one accessed by a world map. In two of the game's later levels, the player plays as a Compsognathus rather than the hunter.[5]

In the Game Boy version, the player's unnamed character[6] must prevent smugglers from removing the island's dinosaurs.[7] The game features eight levels, including jungles and a laboratory.[6][8] The player's character must collect 10 objects in each level, such as dinosaur eggs, data discs, and DNA vials.[6][8] The game includes a password feature,[8] and is compatible with the Super Game Boy.[2]

In the version, the player chooses to play as either Sarah Harding or Roland Tembo. Tembo is a hunter who wants to collect dinosaur eggs and take them off the island; Harding must collect the eggs before Tembo.[3] The game features six levels, each one divided into two sections: Game Trail and Nest Area. Each level begins with a Game Trail section,[3] which is a three-dimensional driving mini-game. The player chooses a vehicle, such as a motorcycle or Humvee. The player must then avoid stampeding dinosaurs and road hazards such as bushes and rocks while driving forward on a road of either dirt, grass or gravel.[3][9] Nest Area, the second portion of each level, plays as a side-scroller in which the player's character must avoid dinosaurs while searching for five eggs and attempting to reach the end of the level. At the end of each level is a mother dinosaur that must be defeated.[3][9] Both characters use tranquilizer darts against the dinosaurs. In addition, both characters also possess their own weapon.[3]

In the R-Zone version, the player must survive against Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Velociraptor in various jungle island levels. The player can use a motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle.[10]

Development and release[edit]

In June 1997, THQ announced that it had obtained the rights to publish a video game adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, to be released for the Game Boy handheld console in October 1997.[11] Later that month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Sega announced that a separate video game adaptation of the film would be developed for the handheld Sega Game Gear console. The Game Gear version, developed by Aspect Co. and published by Sega, was released in August 1997.[4] It was the final Game Gear video game released in North America.

By December 1997,[12] Tiger Electronics had developed and published their own Lost World video game for their handheld console.[13][14] Tiger also released a version of the game for their R-Zone handheld console in 1997.[10][15] THQ's version, developed by Torus Games,[2] was released in December 1997.[7][16]


Nintendo Power rated the Game Boy version 4.5 out of 10 and criticized the game's dinosaur and human characters for seeming "overly small." Nintendo Power wrote that the game "is needlessly awkward because of its poor hit detection and delayed trigger actions while using weapons." Nintendo Power criticized the "Very standard" sound effects and music, but complimented the "nice addition" of a password feature, and ultimately concluded, "The Lost World gives players an easy-to-grasp game world for some Jurassic fun. Once you get beyond the control issue, The Lost World can provide a nice escape."[8]

Victor Lucas of The Electric Playground rated the Game Boy version a 6.5 out of 10 and wrote, "Although T*HQ's The Lost World is far from the quality you'd find in a Nintendo developed platform game for the Game Boy, I still came away from this little tyke impressed." Lucas praised the game for its "formidable collection" of dinosaurs, but criticized its simple musical score and "irritating" Compsognathus enemies, writing "there's nothing worse than getting attacked by dinosaurs that are no bigger than a quarter of an inch." Lucas also noted the "slippery-slidiness involved in coming to a complete stop. There will be plenty of times that you'll overstep a nasty ledge because of this. The fact that your character can grab and hang onto these ledges is a definite plus in the control department, however."[6]

Brett Alan Weiss of AllGame gave the version two and a half stars out of five. Weiss wrote that the game "looks fantastic. The jungles are thick and detailed, huge dinosaurs roam the backgrounds and nicely drawn all-terrain vehicles cruise around assorted obstacles while dodging sprinting dinosaurs. Unfortunately, the over-abundance of graphical content can get in the way of the action. The foreground dinosaurs oftentimes blend in with some of the shorter trees, especially when the playfield is scrolling, and the busy backgrounds only add to the confusion.[...] Even if the graphics don't confuse you, it is hard to keep the dinosaurs from killing you." Weiss praised the game's sound effects, but criticized its "wimpy" music, calling it "lightweight for a game of this type." Weiss also wrote, "In terms of shear action, the game is mediocre. Searching for the dinosaur eggs is a workable and challenging concept, but poor controls steal much of the enjoyment. When you push the jump button, your character waits a moment before jumping. This can be very frustrating. The driving scenes are largely pointless, but they look good and they are a change of pace from the standard gameplay."[13]

Other versions[edit]

A number of other games were released under the title The Lost World: Jurassic Park for other systems, as well as an arcade game and a pinball game. These games were developed separately by different companies and featured completely different gameplay styles.


  1. ^ a b c "Something has survived.". Sega of America. Archived from the original on February 23, 1998. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Lost World". Archived from the original on February 5, 1998. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Weiss, Brett Alan. "The Lost World: Jurassic Park ( Synopsis". AllGame. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Universal Pictures and Sega bring The Lost World: Jurassic Park to Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Game Gear and the arcade". Sega of America (press release). June 19, 1997. Archived from the original on February 23, 1998. 
  5. ^ "The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Game Gear) gameplay". July 30, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d Lucas, Victor (February 10, 1998). "The Lost World (Game Boy) review". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on May 21, 1998. 
  7. ^ a b "The Lost World: Jurassic Park". THQ. Archived from the original on January 17, 1998. 
  8. ^ a b c d "The Lost World: Jurassic Park". Nintendo Power. January 1998. pp. 88–93, 99. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "The Lost World: Jurassic Park ( gameplay". October 17, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "The Lost World: Jurassic Park (R-Zone) advertisement". Tiger Electronics. 1997. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Enter the R-Zone's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"! Race for your own survival across a jungle island teeming with dinosaurs! Your choice of motorcycle or all-terrain special vehicle. T-Rex, Triceratops, Raptors and more! 
  11. ^ "THQ's Dinomite Deal". Next Generation. June 4, 1997. Archived from the original on June 5, 1997. 
  12. ^ "Video Zone". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 10, 1997. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Weiss, Brett Alan. "The Lost World: Jurassic Park ( review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Lost World: Jurassic Park ( back cover". Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Lost World: Jurassic Park (R-Zone)". IGN. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lose this game and you're lunch". GamePro. December 1997. p. 69. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 

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