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Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles is a 2002 video game Mon-style Fighting Game developed and published by Vivendi Universal for the PC and based in the Jurassic Park series. It is one of the several spin-off titles of Jurassic Park III, alongside games like Dino Defender and Danger Zone.

An expedition team conducted by Harrison Manly to find and discover new lands and animals and consisting of five winners of the Harrison Manly Junior Explorers Expedition Team goes horribly awry when on their way to the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve accidentally make their way to Site B. There, unaware that the island is infested with dinosaurs, the group is suddenly attacked, leaving them separated all across the island. An InGen agent arrives to help and stumbles across a laboratory, finding the notes of Dr Irene Corts, an InGen scientist who states that she is able to not just clone and genetically engineer dinosaur, but also control them. The agent also discovers a DinoVoc, a device created by Dr Corts that allows the user to control dinosaurs and order specific commands.

The agent eventually obtains a Velociraptor and eventually sets out to find and rescue the five lost kids and discover what is going on regarding Dr Corts.


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  • Adaptational Badass: Not too surprising for the Velociraptor, given that it already has that treatment from the film series this game comes from. However, if equipped well enough, the Velociraptor is capable of taking on and defeating dinosaurs larger than itself all on its own, even the Spinosaurus.
  • Adults Are Useless: Aside from maybe the agent sent to rescue the kids, the adults are either cowardly (Harrison Manly) or outright malicious, (the Primos and Dr Corts, although the former pull a Heel–Face Turn and help the heroes).
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: All of the dinosaurs have a selection of skins and they look bright and colourful.
  • Animals Not to Scale: The Velociraptor, which is traditional, given it's a Jurassic Park game. Otherwise, this is subverted as the other dinosaurs look to be around the same size as their real-life counterparts.
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  • Artificial Human: The Primos turn out to be the clones of an ancient group of people that lived in Isla Sorna centuries before InGen began working on cloning dinosaurs. One of Dr Corts's works was known as Project: Primo where she cloned three different Primos who would look after the island and fend off any opposers, even if they're told they were the only Primo cloned and were unaware of the other two... until near the end.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Stegosaurus and Triceratops look badass and are fan-favourite dinosaurs for a reason, but their large size makes them an easy target plus their speed isn't all that great. The Stegosaurus especially suffers from this as many of its moves are slow in delivery, the Triceratops fares better partly because it does attack fast and many of its moves are specifically designed to combat against the Ankylosaurus.
  • Bigger Is Better: Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus. See Lightning Bruiser below.
  • Big Bad: Dr Irene Corts is the main antagonist, with plans of world domination using the DinoVoc and doing her best to prevent you and the kids from escaping Site B.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Velociraptor. It is easily the smallest and visually least-striking of the playable dinosaurs, complete with a rather dull skin colour. Yet, it is also one of the best dinosaurs to use in the game as it's fast enough to outrun larger opponents and use "Rest" from a safe distance. That, and it has a good variety of moves, including "Piercing" moves that can bypass the Ankylosaurus's Spiked Armor.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Like Warpath: Jurassic Park beforehand, the general premise seems to be dinosaurs fighting against one another, except in a fashion that seems somewhat similar to Mon games like Pokémon.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Upon realizing that they were tricked and betrayed, the three Primos eventually come together to work with you and stop Dr Corts from taking over the world.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: While they do get lost and, in the case of one of them, kidnapped, the five kids (aged between 12-15) are all unharmed when you find them and eventually manage to escape Site B.
  • In Name Only: Downplayed as Jurassic Park is named-dropped by Olivia and Dr Corts is openly stated to be an InGen scientist. Beyond that, however, there's hardly anything related to the franchise beyond the dinosaurs.
  • Island of Mystery: A traditional example, given that the game takes place in Site B. The six maps provided has some lore scattered around, which includes the existence of an ancient group of humans before the cloning of the dinosaurs and abandoned laboratories with notes left behind by Dr Corts.
  • Kids Love Dinosaurs: Of the five kids, Gabriel, the first one the agent comes across, is the only one who seems to be interested in dinosaurs.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Tyrannosaurus rex and Spinosaurus have generally decent speed (not as fast as the Velociraptor, but definitely more speed than the herbivores) and are easily the most powerful dinosaurs to use in the game. This is also helped by having a large amount of health and boasting a wide range of attacks.
  • Mighty Glacier: Stegosaurus and Triceratops are not as fast as the other dinosaurs, but make up for it with very good offence and move-pool. Oddly enough, the Ankylosaurus subverts this by being a lot faster than how the dinosaur is usually depicted in media.
  • Mighty Roar: All of the dinosaurs roar if they win a match, with all of them having unique voices that are unheard of in any Jurassic Park game. The sole exception is the Tyrannosaurus, which retains its Signature Roar.
  • Mon: The game's general premise of the DinoVoc allows the agent/player to obtain and command at least six dinosaurs throughout the game, complete with their own unique set of moves and abilities.
  • Natural Weapon: Each dinosaur has its own selection of moves based on their body size and their weaponized body parts. For example, Velociraptor would have moves that are linked to swiping and pouncing while Triceratops has move revolved around its horns and body-slamming.
  • Raptor Attack: The Velociraptor is the common dinosaur you encounter and fight throughout the game and the dinosaur with the most variants. Given what franchise this is based on, the raptors are obviously larger than they actually were and are featherless.
  • Red Baron: "The Great Protector of Air, Land and Sea", who happen to be a Pteranodon, Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus respectively. The latter two happen to be the end bosses of their maps.
  • Regenerating Health: Every dinosaur has the "Rest" ability that allows them to gradually recover their health and stamina. It is usually positioned on the "Defensive Posture".
  • Stance System: There are four stances in-game, which can be changed with the click of a button.
    • "Offensive Posture": The dinosaur goes in for the kill. Keeps them close enough to attack, but burns up a lot of stamina closing the difference.
    • "Neutral Posture": The dinosaur keeps a reasonable distance from its oppponent, giving you time to gauge them and figure out how best to proceed.
    • "Defensive Posture": The dinosaur keeps as far away from its opponent as possible. While this can cause it to burn up stamina rettreating, you can use the "Rest" skill in this posture to heal up and restore your stamina.
    • "Flanking Posutre": The dinosaur tries to circle around and attack the opponent from the sides. Extremely useful against herbivores, especially Triceratops, as it circumvents their strongest armor and forces them to turn to fight you.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: All the dinosaurs featured in the game are well-known in their own right: Velociraptor, Gallimimus, Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Triceratops, Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus. four of which were made Stock by the franchise this game was based upon.
  • Tropical Island Adventure: The game takes place in Site B with an agent sent in to rescue five children who have gotten lost and later alongside trying to stop Dr Corts from taking over the world.