Game music of the day: Jurassic Park

Game: Jurassic Park

Song: Gate Area / Jungle

Composer: Jonathan Dunn

Above: Gate Area from Jurassic Park

All the recent buzz around Telltale's upcoming Jurassic Park game got me thinking about previous trips to that ill-fated island, namely the adventure/FPS hybrid for the Super NES. It kinda got the shaft when it was first released, as the Genesis version was a 2D action game (starring a raptor, no less) that made this one seem plodding in comparison. However, I maintain this is the superior 16-bit Jurassic Park game, particularly when you consider its varied, high-quality soundtrack.

The above song is the first thing you hear - "Welcome to Jurassic Park" included (I assume someone on the dev  team recorded himself just for the cameo?). It starts with just background jungle noises, then slowly adds layers of percussion and wind instruments. Very fitting for a tropical island "off the coast of Costa Rica," and so damn listenable!

Above: I'm also quite partial to the Pure Moods-style Mountain music

Above: The River music is surprisingly funky. A beat 65 million years in the making

Above: When you enter an elevator in the first-person areas (which handle like butt, btw), you're treated to this suitably grating jingle (raptor at 1:20!)

So while I initally gravitated towards the Genesis version for its raptor gameplay, I eventually came to appreciate and ultimately complete the SNES version instead. There's a lot more stuff to see and do, almost like a Link to the Past rip-off with dinosaurs. And if that doesn't sound like fun, you're wrong.


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  • Spybreak8 - January 15, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    This brings me back. It was cool listening to it on TalkRadar and now I'm getting excited all over again. I rented this game as a kid, this and Super Metroid, and bought both when I got the money to afford it.
  • lucklesswonder - January 12, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Wow. This brings back memories. I was a big fan of the Genesis JP games, but I did get an opportunity to play this a couple times. Wish I'd had more chances, now.
  • AdonisX82 - January 12, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    It quit literally took me years to beat this game... When you have to block the raptors access to the visitors center: I knew where I had to go, what I had to do, but for the life of me, could'nt figure out how to move that box. then one day I rented it again, got to the part and, alakazam, moved the box. I was like "that was it" lol Great soundtrack though. Entering first person has great music, and i remember smiling when i first heard the elevator music. Great soundtrack to a great game
  • philipshaw - January 12, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    I remember playing this game as a kid but I forgot how great the music was, thanks for posting this Brett
  • luckyseven - January 12, 2011 9:49 a.m.

  • DarkPaladin - January 12, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    The FPS sections were pretty freaky at times, when you'd hear the dinos, but couldn't see them, as they were on the other side of the wall or something, then you'd turn around and OMGRAPTOR!
  • WillisTron - January 12, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    I played this to death as a little child, never had a clue of what I was supposed to do. I'd collect 2 eggs maybe and then die. I remember it being slightly scary and insanely hard
  • The_Tingler - January 12, 2011 2:17 a.m.

    I had the Amiga version which was basically the same. Got stuck in one of the later FPS moments and couldn't finish it AS IT DIDN'T SAVE BEFORE THE STUPID FPS BIT. The T-Rex moments in there were utterly epic.
  • FreddiexKruegerxinxmyxWetxDreams - January 12, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    I still have this game!
  • Eliath - January 12, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    Ampatent... why? I would have been better off not knowing that website existed.
  • Ampatent - January 12, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    For solidarity purposes, I present the International Jurassic Park Erotic Fan Fiction Writer's Association.
  • batmanboy11 - January 12, 2011 1:01 a.m.

  • Eliath - January 12, 2011 1 a.m.

    I have a love hate relationship with this game. The music was definitely solid. Still loving the music articles.

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