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Scary-fun dinosaurs still rule the Earth in LEGO Jurassic World

People are eaten, but no one really dies in this humorous brick-building parody that organizes the four movies into explorable parks and story-driven levels. It manages to find an entertaining balance between the chases and jumps, scares that can be effectively frightening and the silly jokes about sausages, port-a-pottys and bad puns.

The main strength is in the variety of characters, which include children as well as adults, and their specializations that lead to hacking, tracking, para-gliding, diving into poop and of course, building dinosaur skeletons. All create co-operative puzzles fit for two players.

The dinosaurs come in an impressive range of sizes too, from rodent-like Compys that can travel through pipes right up to sauropods as big as whales that force the game’s camera to rise way up, up and up. There are underwater Mosasaurs and flying pterosaurs, I only wish the game’s vehicles could be so different. There’s plenty of them, but few stand out as the Gyrospheres.

Part of the joy of the LEGO games is the freedom to unlock and explore extras, which isn’t easy to do at first. The explorable parks won’t unlock until you’re at least an hour or two into the game and then the maps are so poorly labeled with incomplete information, it can take even longer to get settled in.

Although it doesn’t capture the same grand, cinematic feel of the LEGO Lord of the Rings games, which are bound to remain as the fan favourite, LEGO Jurassic World has to be commended for juggling the many different elements of its franchise into an activity adventure that’s fun on many levels.

LEGO Jurassic World

PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/Wii U

Rated: Everyone 10+

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BONUS: Play as Canadian Dino Hunters!

When you reach the Jurassic Park Visitor’s Center, use these codes to unlock character models representing Canadian Palaeontologists.

Philip Currie

Alberta

Jurassic Park’s Alan Grant was based partly on Currie who described some of the first feathered dinosaurs and helped demonstrate their origins from birds. (Grant’s comments about dinosaur migrations and herding patterns matching those of birds in the first movie are a nod to Currie).

Unlock Code: LxBKBCxBmBCVCRCC

Lisa Buckley

British Columbia

After excavating the fossil remains of a duck-billed Hadrosaur, Buckley and her research partner Rick McCrea made headlines last year when they removed the skeleton from the rock as one piece and airlifted home to their museum in Tumbler Ridge.

Unlock Code: BjBBBCGDXCCKCgBC

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Dave Evans

Ontario

When Evans asked the public to help nickname a new species of Ceratopsian dinosaur (think Triceratops) the popular choice was “Cornelius”. Just before Jurassic World’s release, Evans made headlines with new research indicating that dinosaurs differed widely between being feathered and instead having a range of scales.

Unlock Code: BDBKCCGBGBCDBDBC

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Victoria Arbour

Nova Scotia

You'll be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about Ankylosaurs than Halifax-born Victoria whose career now spans several institutions in her exploration as to how the armoured herbivores evolved and what secrets their biology may hide. You can read her blog here.

Unlock Code: cCCrBCVDjCCvCpCC

Note: The game doesn't support eyeglasses for custom mini-figs, but I've added them here using a glitch. Load the code into dressing room save slot "I" to activate.

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Rich McCrea

British Columbia

As well as working to excavate the first dinosaurs within British Columbia, Rich does important research on their footprints and information we can glean about dinosaur behaviour and lives through tracks left in the fossil record.

Unlock Code: dxBfBCqCMCCVCLBC

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Wendy Sloboda

Alberta

Wendy's reputation and fan following for being a keen fossil hunter has been given a boost this year with the discovery of a new species of horned dinosaur named Wendiceratoprs Pinhornesis, now on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Unlock Code: cXBXBCmBKBCGCgBC

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