Parents' Guide to

Fossil Fighters: Champions

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Pokemon-ish sequel makes dinosaur-hunting less repetitive.

Game Nintendo DS 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+


It has a great storyline throughout the thing engaging with children and has various strategies put into it Including having a Percision to clean fossils just right so you don’t damage them too much

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 8+

Fossil fighters review

Reviewing some of my favorite games when I was a teen/kid and Fossil fighters champions was another classic for my DS collection. This is a sequel to the first Fossil fighters and it was much better when it came to storyline and action. There are more vivasaurs in FFC than the first game. There are more vivasaurs to dig and clean up as well ares more moves during battle. The characters are fun and have interesting personalities. There is fighting in FFC but the dinosaurs don't actually make physical contact with each other. The dinosaurs make their move and the damage just shows up on the screen above the opponent dinosaur. So there is no blood or crazy violence. FFC is good for kids who love dinosaurs and want to have fun digging up and fighting with dinosaurs with special powers. For kids who are older such as teens, the characters in the game develop into better people and they teach the player not to be afraid of taking chances and to look out for friends.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

"Pokemon with dinosaurs" is still an apt description for the Fossil Fighters franchise, but the fossil excavation and cleaning aspects are interesting enough to help set Fossil Fighters: Champions apart. Battles are strategic, and success relies on becoming familiar with each dinosaur's strengths and weaknesses. The dialogue in the game can be quite lengthy. However, unlike the original Fossil Fighters, where cleaning fossils became a repetitive experience because duplicate fossils were thrown away, in Fossil Fighters: Champions duplicate fossils are donated to the lab to earn "Donation Points" that can be traded in for rewards.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 14, 2011
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Dinosaurs
  • ESRB rating: E for Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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