Dino City

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a game by Irem Corp.
Genre: Action
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6.8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Prehistoric Games

Timmy and Jamie, an all-American kid duo, were hanging out in Dad's lab checking out a dinosaur video when they accidently activated an experimental transfer device. Pow, whammo, blam! It's back to the past for prehistoric action/ adventure in DinoCity by Irem.

Get On Your Bad Dinosaur and Ride

Fortunately, T & J hooked up right away with a fun-loving pair of "saurs" named Rex and Tops. In this medium-challenge, one- or alternating two-player game, you can be Timmy and Rex or Jamie and Tops. Climb aboard your prehistoric ride and gear up for six stages, each with five areas of horizontally- and vertically-scrolling side-view gaming.

ProTip: To warp to Level 1's ice area, jump into this dino's mouth.

The baddies in this prehistoric saga are a bunch of goofy Neanderthal villains called Rockys, as well as the fiendish flora and fauna of prehistoric Earth. The Rockys have snagged a powerful fuse (don't try to figure out how they got it). They're planning to blow your dinosaur buds, and their scaly friends, clear to the moon. Your task is to stop the Rockys and prevent the dinosaurs' premature extinction.

Dino Doors

In each stage area, you must start at the beginning and fight your way to a pair of doors at the end. The order in which you tackle the areas depends on which door you take. Every area is a hop ‘n' bop challenge that requires fast thinking and quick reflexes. There's a final boss battle for every stage.

To beat the bosses, look for easy patterns. For example, jump until you see where the Stage 2 snake bosses erupt from the ground. Position yourself safely, crouch, and wait for them to fire. Then blast one of them in the mouth. Annihilate one and the other is easy to take out.

Know Your Dinosaurs

Each kid totes a weapon that freezes ancient beasties and human beings in their tracks. Rex packs a punch that enables him to duke it out with enemies in fisticlaws, while Tops has a long range arrow device.

  • Earth Angel goes with Jamie and Tops. It's easier to nail enemies from afar than to wait until you're nose-to-nose with them.
  • Put your dino bud on a platform in the middle of Stage 3's rolling wheel, and then freeze flies as you hop from platform to platform.

While the kids are on-board, the dino dudes can walk, jump, climb, and use their special weapon. When the time is right, the kids can hop off the dinosaurs to perform a tricky maneuver, or use their special freeze weapon. When the kids dismount, Rex and Tops crouch and use their scaly hides to take hits without damage.

In Stage 2, use your kid to help you get past the dropping platform section. When you reach the 1-up on top of the skull, hop off the dinosaur to go around the skull and grab the 1-up. Jump on the skull to lower it enough for your dino pal to get by.

Keys to this City

DinoCity is a fun little prehistoric romp that, in spots, bears more than a passing similarity to Mario World. The colorful car- toon-style graphics create an ancient, humorous atmosphere. Cutesy tunes have a nice flair, although they occasionally sound prehistoric. Challenge-wise, the game's a good go for intermediate explorers. However, thematically it seems aimed at the younger set. The best part of the game is using your highly evolved cranium to figure out how to best use both your human and reptilian companions. Just don't make your dinos sore.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

Timmy and Jamie are two sweet little kids that are in a heap of trouble! They wandered into their father's lab and accidentally triggered a time machine that warped them into an unreal world! Timmy and Jamie have found some dinos that have agreed to help them. Six levels of prehistoric fun with cartoon graphics and kooky sounds highlight Dinosaurs. You can also jump off the dinosaurs to fly by yourself!

People say:


Although this game enjoys some of the nicest Super NES wallpaper yet, the theme is less than exhilarating while the pace remains stuck in molasses. If does posses many of the proven play concepts that have sent titles like Mario the moon, but the overall execution of this title was cooler than it should be.


What the Super NES needs is more fun games like this one! Even though it looks cute, and it will definitely appeal to the younger player, it is a game the parents can sit down with their children and have fun with. It's not extremely difficult but it does play well and has a difficulty curve that won't frustrate the younger crowd.


This game reminds me of Blaster Master with cute dinosaur characters. The theme of the game is geared to the younger audience, but the gameplay speaks for itself. Plenty of techniques and great control are complemented by colorful graphics and cute animation. The music is good and the originality is a plus.


Dino City is another excellent title that seems geared for kids, but adults can play too. I loved the animations and flippant music throughout each adorable level! It may not be ground-breaking or a blockbuster hit in the video game scene, but Dino City can more than hold its own in the flooded marketplace.

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