Parents' Guide to

Dinosaur King

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

A Pokemon-style collection/fight game with dinos.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Dinosaur king review

I played this game when I was about 9 years old when my parents got me it for the holidays. Dinosaur king was one of my first ever DS games I played and it will always be in memory. Yes, this game does contain fighting of dinosaurs and some of the moves can be violent, but there is no blood or gore! It's just dinosaurs fighting with special powers from the elements of fire, water, wind, grass, lightning, and earth. I think kids shouldn't be too alarmed with playing this game as it did not affect me as a kid. I loved this game and it was a classic for me. But if you are concerned about violence then maybe rethink it since dinosaurs were violent creatures. There isn't anything to be concerned about with Dinosaur king. Any kid who loves dinosaurs might have fun playing this game.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+

Perfect for older kids

Hey I really Like This Dinosaur Game it's Perfect for older kids

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
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As you move from country to country to collect dinosaurs, you talk to fearful folk who've been dealing with nasty dinosaurs wreaking havoc. Then you use a good dinosaur you've collected to fight the reptile that's causing trouble. But this concept becomes dull after a while as do the admittedly detailed and life-like animations in the top screen.

Dinosaur King has some true positives going for it: well-rounded characters with personality, triumphant trumpets sounding your kingliness and the aforementioned ability to dig fossils. Plus, you can play wirelessly against folks who have another DS and via a WiFi connection. But it's just too much like Pokemon to make it seem completely new. Plus, you have to do your own saving constantly, which is a royal pain. The Dinosaur Encyclopedia just doesn't have enough interesting dino facts to warrant the name. Finally, you wish the battle system had a bit more variety and nuance to it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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