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Fossil Fighters



Pokemon-ish RPG substitutes fighting dinos for monsters.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Primary themes include discovery and friendship. However, the game glosses over the notion that innocent beasts are being pitted in battle against one another, rather like dogfights. The concept is similar to Pokemon, only the fighting isn’t quite as easy to dismiss since the animals are recognizable as creatures that once walked the Earth as opposed to purely fantastical monsters.

Positive role models

Our hero attempts to help others in need and is probably the most honest and trustworthy character in the game. His goal is simply to become the best fossil hunter and dinosaur trainer on Vivosaur Island.

Ease of play

The controls are intuitive. However, players need to wade through loads of text dialogue to learn the intricacies of the world, how to clean fossils, and battle strategy. Required reading level is second grade, minimum.

Violence & scariness

The dinosaurs brawl with one another by snapping their teeth and swinging their claws, but players never see impact. The creatures simply approach the camera with teeth bared. Defeated dinos disappear from the screen.


One scientist talks about extracting fossils from ancient pieces of poop.


Not an issue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this child-oriented role-playing game has players finding dinosaur fossils and reanimating the creatures so that they can be pit against one another in battle. It feels like a Pokemon game, but the notion of innocent creatures fighting one another is a vaguely off-putting. It feels a little like a dogfight (Pokemon avoids this issue because the creatures battling in those games are fantastical monsters rather than recognizable creatures that once walked the Earth). That said, the battles are very mild; players never even see the dinosaurs make contact with one another, much less draw blood. What’s more, finding and cleaning bones takes up much more of the player’s time than fighting, and may even spark interest in the field of paleontology.

What's it about?

FOSSIL FIGHTERS’ slogan could be “gotta find and clean ‘em all!” It’s a role-playing game involving the collection of animals that makes no bones about drawing inspiration from Nintendo’s popular Pokemon games. The primary difference is that rather than finding monsters and pitting them in battle against one another, players are instead digging up dinosaur fossils and cleaning them in a laboratory using a hammer, a laser chisel, and a their breath (they can blow into the mic to remove dust) before re-animating them and throwing them into the ring. All of the action takes place on remote atoll called Vivosaur Island. Players take control of a young fossil fighter in training who slowly learns the ropes from the locals while upgrading his fighter’s license and earning access to areas of the island home where he can find rarer fossils.

Is it any good?


Fossil Fighters is a polished and entertaining children’s RPG. Using a sonar to find fossils in fields is exciting, and the bone cleaning activity requires a very delicate touch in order to preserve as much of the dinosaur’s remains as possible. What’s more, the battles are fairly strategic. Players are required to manage teams composed of up to five creatures, each of which has its own upgradable abilities and is assigned an attack, supporting, or escape position on the battlefield. Later battles demand both thought and skill.

However, play is hampered by excessive text dialogue. Consequently, the game moseys along rather slowly. It will take most players better than a couple of hours to reach the first major battle to level up to a second grade fossil fighter. Plus, the cleaning, though fun, begins to feel repetitive once you realize that the vast majority of discovered fossils are duplicates of others you’ve already found. Pokemon lovers will have fun, but it’s unlikely they’ll consider Fossil Fighters a permanent substitute for their favorite franchise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about paleontology as a career. What do you think paleontologists do? Do you think hunting for and researching ancient fossils would be fun? Do you think the number of findable fossils is dwindling as more researchers head out into the field? Does that make a paleontologist’s job more difficult? Which would be more fun to investigate, plant or animal fossils?

  • Families can also contrast the game with Pokemon, a franchise with a similar concept. What are the major differences between these two games? Is one more appealing than the other? What do you think of the idea of using once-real animals instead of fantasy monsters in battle?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:August 10, 2009
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence

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Kid, 12 years old July 25, 2010

Simplified pokemon

Its a really fun game, but its just like pokemon.It is much simpler, however. All the dinosaurs have the same stats at max level, you don't have to worry about all the PP junk, and who doesn't like dinosaurs? The only downside is finding fossils, rarer ones are impossible to find.
Teen, 13 years old Written byCYaNiTY November 6, 2014

One of my most favorite games of all time

I played this game back in 2008-2009 when it came out and Ioved it. It is a great game for kids that are obsessed with dinosaurs (like me when I was younger). The combat system is very well done, and the characters are likable. Also, you can view interesting facts about the dinosaurs such as discovery sites and "Did You Know" type facts. I've heard adults dislike Pokemon because it "promotes animal violence". This game uses dinosaurs instead of real animals, so I don't believe that would be an issue. You can also use multiple dinosaurs when fighting to give the enemy disadvantages which can promote teamwork. The only problem I have with this game is the replay value after the main storyline is completed and you have an over-powered team. The multiplayer is what one would expect from an RPG of this theme. It's exactly the same when fighting characters in singleplayer with a little bit of waiting involved. So, yeah! Highly underrated game for kids that like dinosaurs.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byclownarm8 August 16, 2010


fun very addictin
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