Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues – “Raptor Attack ~The Jungle~” (Dean Evans)February 12, 2010
Yet another contestant for the longest title of a VGMDaily posting, “Raptor Attack ~The Jungle~” from Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues (1994) is a pretty cool song from an overlooked SNES title. In this game, Dr. Grant and some unnamed Costa Rican soldier (!? – Costa Rica has no army!) must return to Jurassic Park to tame the dinosaurs and keep the Biosyn army from taking over everything. “Raptor Attack” plays in the jungle levels where you shoot raptors and other dinosaurs or track down the T-Rex. The soundtrack is notable for its high production values – good synths plus long loops – as well as compositions that actually do a good job of following the feel of the original John Williams score. Oh yeah, it also had some sequenced voices: “Go! Go! Go!”
“Raptor Attack” is a pretty fun song, basic jungle action music, but with a nice development and good rhythm. The melody is run with the flute, which has a kind of exotic, mesmerizing twirl to it. Of course, we also have jungle bongoes, which are always good for hunting wild beasts in the heat of the jungle. There’s also a nice choral solo plus synth that gives the track a kind of X-Files feel. The song is also surprising because it is actually fairly long – the loop would normally be at 2:30, but there is a weird techno jungle soldier bongo solo added at 4:20, which means the loop really ends at 4:55 – quite incredible for in-game music of what is just a licensed game.
The other neat thing about this soundtrack is that Jurassic Park 2 has such great audio because the sound drivers were programmed by Jonathan Dunn (Renegade, Operation Wolf), who had been working with Ocean since the NES days. However, he did not seem to have done much composing on this soundtrack. Dean Evans, however, is still very active, having composed Black and Assassin’s Creed. His skill is certainly demonstrated in this SNES title.
Now I was never able to beat this game, try as I might. Jurassic Park 2 plays kind of like Contra, but is more mission-based and less run ‘n gun than the Sega Genesis sequel, Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition, which let you play as Dr. Grant or a velociraptor. However, the SNES version was two-player, which made the game pretty cool – that and my best friend was also a big JP fan, so we’d constantly try to beat this game. I made it as far as the mission where you have to capture the Biosyn spy, but could never quite figure out how to do it – guess it’s time to go back with save state or something! There was also a Game Boy version of this game that I never purchased (despite having two options to purchase a complete version of it), but judging by the screenshots, it doesn’t look like I was missing much.