Dinosaur King

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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A Pokemon-style collection/fight game with dinos.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Save the world and its people as an assertive hero.

Violence & Scariness

Dinosaurs engage in battle, but there's no blood.


Promotes the CW4Kids cartoon show on the box.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a Pokemon-inspired game that imparts some knowledge about dinosaurs as you collect them. While there is violence, you never see blood or even the dinosaurs hitting each other.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTrickortreatboy August 5, 2018

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written bydinosawus May 4, 2010

Perfect for older kids

Hey I really Like This Dinosaur Game it's Perfect for older kids
Kid, 8 years old June 30, 2011

ages 9 to 12

good game bit violent.
Teen, 15 years old Written byDiligo December 27, 2010

Kids would love this game

I think this is the best dinosaur game for the DS and I think lots of kids would love this game, It came from the show Dinosaur King and the Arcade, then SEGA m... Continue reading

What's it about?

Imagine video game executives sitting around a table, making pitches. One says, How about Pokemon meets dinosaurs? And the crowd goes wild! As the latest riff on Pokemon-style game play, DINOSAUR KING tells the story of TV cartoon heroes Max and Rex as they traverse the globe to collect and trade over 100 dinosaurs with 240 special moves. Oh, they also save the world from the evil Alpha Gang, who have stolen a DinoShot, a fancy gadget that brings dinosaurs to life.

Basically, the game is a save-the-world RPG that uses collectible dinosaur cards to fight against other dinosaurs. You use the touch screen to pit dinosaur versus dinosaur in a Rock-Paper-Scissor-type game, with the ensuing bloodless battle shown in nice detail on the top screen. The game has one terrific twist on the old collect 'em all premise that is Pokemon's trademark. By scratching the screen with your stylus, you mimic digging and uncover dinosaur fossils. You even blow lightly into the DS mic to rid the bones of dust, a fun touch that's somehow realistic.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to use dinosaurs to save the world. Which prehistoric beast would you use to help the world out of a jam? Could you use a dinosaur around the house to help you with your chores? Which one? Would a dinosaur make a good pet? Why? Why not?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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