Playing With Dinosaurs

When the people at Brighter Minds Media sent me their new DVD board game, Jurassic Park Explorer, my first thought was, “Oh no, not a DVD game. Those things never work right.”

I was wrong! Somebody must’ve figured out all the bugs in these games, because my kids and I have been playing this one for the past month and it’s worked perfectly.

The game is all about dinosaurs, so it’s fun and educational (always a huge plus). It doesn’t matter if your kids are familiar with the 1993 movie from Steven Spielberg. There are references to the island, and one quiz includes film clips, but you don’t need prior knowledge of the film story.

The basic premise is that each player or team must help the scientists to explore the island, excavate bones, and even create dinosaurs. Most of the action is controlled with the DVD remote. There are seven different games and puzzles on the disc, all easily played by my kids. Their favorites included the maze and the dinosaur lab.

The beauty of this game is that each player can pick a difficulty level, so the whole family can play without the little ones feeling left out. I found the expert level, which I played at, to be a real challenge. Which probably explains why my kids keep beating me. I need to read up on my dinosaurs.

The other great thing about this game is that the little magic elves who live inside the DVD player keep track of each player’s turn and points. I don’t know how they do that, but it sure is a nice feature.

If you have dino-crazy kids, this is the perfect game for them. It’s absolutely packed with dinosaur facts and trivia. It’s recommended for kids as young as six. That sounds about right, as my 6-year-old daughter has enjoyed playing it as much as her 9-year-old brother.

Check out Jurassic Park Explorer at Amazon. Get your Christmas shopping done early!

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