As Dominion Premiere Approaches, A Look Back At The Jurassic Empire

As Dominion Premiere Approaches, A Look Back At The Jurassic Empire

As Dominion premiere approaches, a look back at the Jurassic empire

For Jurassic Park fans, the end of an era is approaching. On 10th June, the final instalment in the franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion will hit screens around the world, promising to tie up the sprawling plotline for good. The film will see Chris Pratt return in his starring role as Owen Grady, but what fans are really excited about is the full return of the original cast, including Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.

Although it is the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy, it also ties up storylines that were left open in the previous Jurassic Park trilogy from the 1990s, merging the two together to wrap up the whole franchise for good. If this truly is the end, it’s worth looking back over the Jurassic multimedia empire, which has grown to encompass all genres of entertainment and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. 


For many millennials, the most beloved JP interactive content will be the series of arcade games that spread like wildfire throughout the 90s and early 2000s. The most well-known of these are the 1994 game Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World, both released by Sega.

The games were among the first to utilize the rail shooter format, where players would sit in a moving chair with a railgun attached to it and fire at rapidly moving targets (in these cases, velociraptors and T-Rex).

Konami also released another similar game in 2001 based on the film Jurassic Park III, but this enjoyed nowhere near as much success as the Sega instalments. If you went to a video game arcade between the years 1995 and 2005, you know. 


The JP franchise has also seen considerable success within the world of online gaming. The most famous of these is probably Jurassic World: Online released to coincide with the launch of the rebooted franchise. It’s a park-builder simulation game, where players can compete with others around the world to build the best park possible, while also contending with the occasional dino escape.

Another surprise hit comes in the form of an online casino game. Released in 2015, the Jurassic World Online Slot is a five-reel video slot that features all of the characters from the film of the same name, as well as the opportunity to win real cash prizes. The title forms part of a growing tradition of popular dinosaur-themed online slot games, some of which are likely capitalising on the cultural impact of Jurassic Park. One prominent example here is the Jurassic Party slot by Relax Gaming, one of the top-ranked entries on online slots reviews platforms, which features appearances from many of the dinosaurs from the JP series, including a fair share of T-Rex and raptors. Thanks to the dino-love that JP has stoked, there will be plenty of games like this in the future. 


There have also been plenty of best-selling console games from the JP franchise. The best performer in this regard is probably the 2018 game Jurassic World: Evolution, a park building simulator that sold millions of copies.

Another example that didn’t sell as well but garnered rave reviews is the 2020 game Jurassic World: Aftermath, a VR stealth game in which players must survive terrifying encounters with raptors in dimly-lit underground maps. 

While the Jurassic film series might be drawing to a close, the rich world it created will certainly live on in the world of gaming. 

As Dominion premiere approaches, a look back at the Jurassic empire

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