Category: Adventure game Seller:Telltale Games Requirements: iOS 4.2 or later Compatibility: iPad 2 File Size: 317 MB Version Reviewed: 1.0 Price: $6.99 Age Rating: 12+ (infrequent/mild mature/suggestive themes, infrequent/mild realistic violence, infrequent/mild profanity or crude humor, infrequent/mild alcohol, tobacco or drug use or references)
And things looked so promising.
When we last left Isla Nublar, vet Gerry and his daughter Jess had survived a T-Rex attack but were being held at gunpoint by the very woman they’d rescued. Nima is a smuggler, after all, and although she’d narrowly escaped death and was sick and frightened, she had a job to do. Okay, what next? Well, episode two, Cavalry, begins with three mercenaries, loaded with weapons and ammunition, arriving on the island.
Do you see the problem here? When you’ve got three scared, vulnerable people who don’t really trust each other trying to survive dinosaur attacks, you’ve got interest. Introduce the military, more or less, and suddenly everything seems so…safe. Granted the game goes out of its way to let you know that they are not at all safe, but most of us can relate to a daughter and dad. We can even relate to the lone smuggler trying to cope with what’s going on around her. Can we relate to the macho mercenaries? Not as well, no. Horror and dramas are much more effective when you don’t load the heroes up with guns and people trained on how to behave in crisis situations.
Worse, the mercenaries are cliches, and when they’re not being cliches, they’re speaking in them. I’m not sure if there’s more dialogue to work through in episode two or if it just seemed like there was because it was so bad. Plenty of talking and looking around areas, not as many dinosaur attacks and wonderful death scenes when you do things wrong.
And why the hell would an amusement park with living dinosaurs as the main attraction also need a roller coaster? “That T-rex and triceratops fighting to the death down there is pretty cool, but come on! Double loop!”
Hopefully we got most of the exposition out of the way in episode two and we can once again look forward to some perilous situations and better (read, not quite as goofy) action sequences with episode 3, The Depths, which was just released yesterday. We did get a dual cliffhanger out of Cavalry, so despite this setback, things do once again look promising.