Anyone who knows my wife knows she loves Jurassic Park. When I found an article about Jurassic Park Danger, I knew I had to get it for her. Am I the best husband? Obviously.
So Jurassic Park Danger is a cooperative board game by Ravensburger where one player plays as the dinosaurs and everyone else plays as 1 of 10 characters from the first Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs (T-Rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophosaurus) have to kill 3 characters to win while the characters have to activate the command center, maintenance shed, and control center, complete their unique character quest, and escape to the helicopter. The board is set up by randomly arranging the hexagonal tiles on the island. The 3 key places are always in the same location, as is the start location. The characters will move from tile to tile, but the borders of the tile will dictate how that’s done. open space is run through, while cliffs and fences have to be climbed over. You are also given the option to sneak which lets you move to a secret space the next turn. Movement is decided secretly with your card hand and revealed on your turn. You may perform one action (the move actions) and any free actions. When you’re out of a deck, you’re dead!
The mechanics are pretty simple, but effective. The game is fast and easy to learn. My wife and I did a 2-player game so she had the 3 dinos and I had 2 characters. With just 2 characters running around on the board, its real hard to do all the missions and not get swarmed by the dinosaurs. On the other end of the spectrum, have 4 characters and 3 dinosaurs has the opposite effect. Seems like having 3 human players and 1 dinosaur player is the best way to go and keeps it balanced. I also didn’t realize how sneak worked so I never used it until it was too late and there was no way for me to win. That seems to be the key to not getting ganged up on! Its a surprisingly great game that can get pretty exciting. And at a price tag of $25, you really can’t go wrong! I highly recommend the game. If there’s a diehard JP fan in your life, get this game!