26 January 2018
One player controls the dinosaurs while the others try to survive as humans
The team behind the surprisingly solid Harry Potter deckbuilder Hogwarts Battle has announced its latest movie tabletop spin-off: Jurassic Park.
The premise to Jurassic Park: Danger! Adventure Strategy Game isn’t nearly as unwieldy as its title, following the basic plot of the first film in the series based on Michael Crichton’s novels.
Unlike Hogwarts Battle, though, this won’t be a wholly co-op affair, as one player takes control of a T-rex, Dilophosaurus and Velociraptor and tries to chase down and eat the remaining group of humans, who will be playing as characters from the movie. Dibs on Jeff Goldblum. Er, we mean, Dr. Ian Malcolm.
As in Spielberg’s adaptation, the survivors will be trying to get Jurassic Park (aka Isla Nublar) back up and running in order to ultimately escape.
The first pictures of the game show a Catan-style map of hexes, a player board for controlling the dinosaurs, what appear to be wooden dinosaur and human meeples, some decks of cards, a die and the human characters available – including Dr. Malcolm, Dr. Alan Grant, Tim Murphy, John Hammond, Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dennis Nedry, Ray Arnold, Donald Gennaro and Robert Muldoon. The game plays with two to five people in just under an hour, so you’ll be able to mix and match the characters to your choosing.
Behind the design is studio Forrest-Pruzan Creative, which has teamed up with publisher Ravensburger to get the game out this May.
It’s not the only new take on Jurassic Park stomping its way onto the tabletop this year, either – Infection at Outpost 31 creator Mondo previously announced its plans to release Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene, another asymmetric board game where one player plays as the T-rex, another takes control of a pack of raptors, a third is cast as the scientists responsible for resurrecting the dinos and the final role involves attempting to survive as visitors to the park.
That’s not to mention Dinosaur Island, which isn’t directly based on Jurassic Park but is clearly very heavily inspired by the classic tale and unsurprisingly picked up quite a bit of momentum on Kickstarter as a result.