A bumpy ride back in time.
The title of this app says it all, this is a rollercoaster game supposedly set in a Jurassic theme park.
The game is played using the phone’s accelerometer/motion sensor to increase or decrease the speed of the rollercoaster as it runs through the track, tilt right to increase and left to decrease speed. You can turn the motion sensor off and use the indicators on the lower left of the screen to increase and decrease your speed so you have two ways of playing the game. There are 40 tracks in the game and you unlock the next track by finishing the one before it.
After you play the track you can then race against a ghost rollercoaster that replays your last or best time. In each track there are a total of four stars that you can accumulate and at the end of the track you receive a score. After a certain number of tracks you reach a gate that can only be opened once you have accumulated the required number of stars indicated. If you haven’t, then you need to go back and play the tracks again. You accumulate points and stars by finishing the track in the quickest amount of time and providing your passengers with a thrilling ride.
The tracks have twists and turns, hills and dips; if you go over a hill too quickly and jump the track the rollercoaster might land on a right angle and you may lose either one or all your carts and therefore your passengers. If you lose all the carts then the game is over and you have to restart the track. The more passengers you keep at the end of the ride the higher the number of points you can gain as their cheers help you win those points. After you pass a gate you are then given an extra cart which not only means more passengers to cheer you on but also one more cart to lose should you not land properly on the track after a big jump.
The graphics are very good, with a decent bit of detail, although, certainly not the best I have seen in a mobile phone app. The gameplay can be somewhat tedious at first but they do up the ante by increasing the number of twists and bumps on the track and therefore increase the chances you lose passengers or the whole rollercoaster itself. It’s very easy to maneuver using the accelerometer as its sensitivity is adequately calibrated and using the indicator instead works as well, but I found it better to use the motion sensor. Initially I didn’t think this game would be very exciting as it does start off poorly but it becomes more challenging once you pass the first gate and the bumps and twists increase. You can also invite your friends to play the game but sadly I don’t see a head to head race here which would have made this more exciting.
Overall I think 3D Rollercoaster Rush Jurassic 2 is a good game that offers quite a lot especially since it is free. The tracks aren’t too hard to master once you’ve figured out how to handle the big dips in them; but there are plenty of tracks to keep you interested for a while and racing your ghost also adds a bit of value there. I do recommend you try this game out, you won’t be sorry and you might even get addicted to it, I certainly was when the tracks got harder. Surprisingly good replay value for a free game.