In addition to checking out some of the indie games at PAX 2011, I also took a stroll over to the Telltale Games booth to see the new Jurassic Park: The Game. I was expecting a crazy action-adventure title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. What I got was something different altogether.

For those of you who remember Dragon’s Lair from the 80s, the gameplay will feel familiar… except you’re trading in dragons and Dirk the Daring for dinosaurs and jungles. In playing the game, you have to quickly tap the right button or push the thumbstick in the right direction before it’s too late; otherwise, one of the dinos will get you. One difference is that there are some situations where you have a choice (sort of like the old Choose Your Own Adventure books). There are also parts where you have to mash on a button, typically to run more quickly, in order to survive.

Based on my 15 or so minute hands-on session, I can’t say that I’m all that excited. That’s really too bad, since the Jurassic Park franchise really could have so much potential. In any case, “Episode 1” of this rebooted franchise is expected to launch on November 15th as a downloadable game for Xbox 360 and PS3, as well as Windows and Mac OS X.

We’re still working through all the footage, so stay tuned to MEGATechNews and our YouTube channel for more interviews, hands-on previews, and other tidbits from PAX 2011.

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All-New Jurassic Park Game Roars to April 2011 Release

Catch the world premiere trailer now at and save $5 with pre-orders

SAN RAFAEL, CA. February 17, 2011 – This April, fans of Jurassic Park can experience what really happened to the Barbasol can of stolen dinosaur embryos lost during the first film. Developed through a publishing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, Telltale’s new game based on Jurassic Park will shed light on this mystery and much more.

The world premiere trailer and a special pre-order offer are now online at the game’s official site: Customers who pre-order for PC and Mac can save $5 and get the game for just $29.99. The full purchase price will be $34.99 when the game series launches in April.

An episodic adventure in five parts, the game is set during the events of the first film. The story unfolds through a film-inspired cinematic adventure crafted to stir mystery and tension while building to exciting climactic peaks.

The game storyline picks up on the stormy night as Jurassic Park began to fall apart – when Dennis Nedry stole a Barbasol can full of invaluable dinosaur embryos. He died trying to deliver it. He never knew it contained a tracking device. That same night, a desperate smuggler infiltrates Isla Nublar, hunting the canister and its precious cargo. She collides – literally – with park staff trying to evacuate. They are trapped together as the park collapses, left behind with the newly-freed dinosaurs. When InGen launches a perilous rescue operation, mercenaries, saboteurs, and survivors are thrown together in the struggle to escape the island. They confront T. Rex, Velociraptors and other dinosaurs in spectacular showdowns. As human agendas clash, secrets of the park are exposed, and a new threat emerges: an eerie, nocturnal predator stalking the group, hunting them relentlessly across the island.

Visitors to the Jurassic Park game site will want to be sure to sign up for timely news and updates on the game at as Telltale releases new information leading up to the game’s release.

Telltale Bringing Jurassic Park: The Game to Xbox 360 and
PlayStation 3

SAN RAFAEL, CA. – April 28, 2011 – Following on from its recently announced status as an official publisher for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Telltale Games, the leading independent digital publisher and developer of episodic interactive entertainment, today confirmed that Jurassic Park: The Game will be coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms as a simultaneous release this fall. The Xbox 360 version of the game will come to market in North America as a retail release containing the full series on disc. This release will be the first product published by Telltale on the platform under their recently signed Publisher Licensing Agreement with Microsoft.

On April 26th Telltale Games announced a release date change from April 2011 to Fall 2011 for the PC and Mac versions of Jurassic Park: The Game in order to maximize the quality of the game experience.

Keep checking in to for all release details and up to the minute news on Jurassic Park: The Game.

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