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Gameplay 8.2
Graphics 8.1
Sound 8.0
Value 8.1
Developer: Mindscape
Review Date:
July 2008
Reviewer:
Josh Nelson
Classification: G

8.1


Save the Dinos - Kids Zone!

Dinosaurs and children and almost go hand-in-hand and Mindscape have created an educational game for kids that contains a variety of mini-games and also some historical accurate information on these ancient creatures.

The story revolves around Professor D, a Paeo-Genius who has collected one of the world's most extensive fossil collections for his Paleo Park. Unfortunately for Professor D, things are not what they seem and when a Bone Monkey invasion threatens the future of Paleo Park, it is up to the gamer to ensure that these bones don't fall into the hands of these mischievous primates.

Key Features

  • Enjoy more than 30 monkey-bonking dino-saving levels.

  • Use skill and knowledge to save the dinos from extinction.

  • Powered by the DinoMorph™ engine used in National Geographic and Science Channel documentaries and exhibits at major museums.

  • Over 60 entertaining voices keep you learning and laughing as you test your Dino knowledge.

  • Use beach balls, banana cannons, oversized ice cubes, bowling balls, and more as you try to save the Dinos from the bone stealing, ill-mannered monkeys.

So how does the player ensure that these bones don't fall into the hands of the nefarious Bone Monkeys? Fortunately for Professor D, his giant beach-ball firing cannon allows the player to shoot these monkeys in order to prevent them from stealing the fossil collection of the good professor. The realism of the dinosaur fossils is unparalleled due to DinoMorph engine that is used by the National Geographic and Science Channel documentaries to animate these giant creatures. Check out the next screenshot!

The gameplay of the title is definitely suited for the younger gamer due to the simplicity of the games contained in the title. And with that said, the control system is rather easy to use which is perfect for the younger gamer as they shoot beach balls at these primates to scare them away from the bones. In actual fact, it is quite entertaining and the title does contain three different difficulty levels with a variety of varied levels to keep the gamer entertained.

What makes the game so entertaining is the edutainment aspect which is the Dino Quiz that when the Dino Quiz target appears, you can shoot this symbol to go into the mini-quiz game that asks you a question about the dinosaurs.

If you answer correctly, the gamer is then awarded with new weaponry to assist in defending the fossil collection of Professor D. Once again the questions are aimed at the younger gamer with its multiple choice aspect that generally puts in a few bogus answers to make the choices easier.

Graphically, the title is extremely "cartoonist" on the PC, except for the DinoMorph technology but these two graphical formats work quite well. The Bone Monkeys are quite well animated and the background environments although a little sparse are quite colourful and does suite the genre. The voice acting of the title is perfect and is quite hilarious at times as is the catchy music that will have the younger gamer dancing to the tunes.

In conclusion, Save the Dinos is a great game for the younger gamer that will also teach them some facts about dinosaurs in a fun and entertaining format. Good graphics, brilliant sound effects and addictive and "cute" gameplay will make Save the Dinos a game that can be played time and time again.

Definitely a winner!






 
 



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