Given that the large majority of people seem to love dinosaurs, it’s still rather baffling that there aren’t more dinosaur-based video games out there. One only has to look at the movie Jurassic World to understand the confusion. The movie still sits 6th on the all-time highest-grossing movie list and is only surpassed by some absolutely titanic blockbusters (Titanic actually being one of them). As gamers, we feel that dinosaurs are sorely unappreciated into the video gaming world and so with this in mind, we’ve put together a quick list of our favourite dino-games in the hope that developers read this and get their T-Rex on.
LEGO: Jurassic World
Whether it be the actual building blocks, the blockbuster movies or video game franchises, LEGO are known for doing an excellent job. The game itself actually got mixed reviews but this was mostly down to bugginess, a few frustrating boss battles and lapse audio patching from the original films. However, in terms of gameplay, the game is well worth playing because you’re allowed to play as an actual dinosaur (something else which is lacking in the dino-gaming universe). In terms of Jurassic Park franchise tie-ins, it’s certainly worth a place on this list.
Raging Rex Slots
If you look hard enough, there are a few Jurassic Park-themed slot games in the online casino arena. However, Raging Rex Slots is a standalone dinosaur-based effort which incorporates a number of unique ideas into the gameplay. Developed by Play’n GO, Raging Rex uses meteorites and numerous dinosaurs as symbols which lead to free spins and other bonuses. When you play Raging Rex online, you’re greeted by life-like, virtual dinosaurs on screen as well as a prehistoric sounding soundtrack, which goes hand-in-hand with the overall feel of the game. In terms of dinosaur-based slot games, you can’t really go wrong with Raging Rex.
Primal Carnage: Extinction
What’s the one thing that the smattering of dinosaur-based games has been missing over the years? That’s right, you guessed it: a decent multiplayer feature. As well as being able to play as a dinosaur (we can’t overstate the importance of this), Extinction offers fast-paced combat in a class-based multiplayer shooter setting. Whether you want to go toe-to-toe with other dinosaurs or play the role of hunter, the back catalogue of dinosaurs is impressive, and true dino geeks will no doubt appreciate the effort the research that went into developing this game.
It really is difficult to fathom why more gaming developers haven’t gotten on the dinosaur bandwagon. After all, dinosaurs can be both terrifying and heart-warming in equal measure, and this creates the perfect template for many a good-vs-evil battle between differing species. Or perhaps a game where you have a dinosaur companion akin to Ash Ketchum and Charizard? OK. Maybe that one was a little ridiculous, but all we want is equality for dinosaurs and proportionate representation across the video game sphere. Make it happen developers. Please?