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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gigantosaurus: The Game is an adventure/racing game that's downloadable for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The game is based on a cartoon and is geared toward younger players. There are some small puzzles and platforming challenges that can be difficult for some young gamers, but the emphasis is really on making progress through each level. Players will also face occasional hazards that they'll need to avoid, as well as attacks from other creatures. Fortunately, characters can use a tail whip to defend themselves. Apart from this, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.
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What's it about?
There's a problem in the land of GIGANTOSAURUS: THE GAME, and it comes in the form of a giant meteor that's blocking Giganto's volcano. It falls to four small dinosaur friends (Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill) to avoid the obstacles, advance through the land by solving small puzzles along the way, and save the day. Of course, the world is prowled by the tyrannosaurus rex, Giganto, but that big roaring character may actually help the mission. Featuring puzzle-driven (but directed) missions and some kart racing between map areas, Gigantosaurus is geared toward younger players. It allows up to four players to team up and solve the game together or to race against each other.
Is it any good?
Geared toward the younger player, with a colorful and fun look based on the cartoon, this is a game parents can feel good about. Gigantosaurus: The Game features charming characters, a storyline that's easy to follow, bright and happy sounds, and easy missions that have players trekking through five settings collecting eggs (10 total scattered across a stage) and restoring them to nests before kart racing to the next area. Each of the dinosaurs has a different ability, so players may need to switch between the four to get through a level. For example, Tony the triceratops head-butts objects or opponents, while Mazu the anklyosaurus can fix broken levers. While players can advance by collecting three eggs, it will take some work to collect all 10, and that's where the game gets its length.
Although this is very much a wash-rinse-repeat formula, it's meant for younger players and the emphasis is on succeeding. The platform elements are simple, and children should get the hang of it all quickly. The game scores on looks (not as bright as the cartoon, but still nice) and sound effects. There's even an easy mode for the youngest players. Where the game falters, although just a little bit, is in the repetitive nature and the lack of replayability. The kart racing element borrows heavily from other games like Mario Kart but provides a different element that players should find fun. It's not perfect, but Gigantosaurus: The Game provides children with a nice entry point to adventure games with platforming elements, helping them succeed as they build hand-eye coordination.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the world of dinosaurs and what that world may have looked like. Which dinosaurs were dangerous? Which dinosaurs are the four main characters (Rocky, Tony, Mazu, and Bill) based on?
What did players like about the story? How did the story draw them in to the game and make it fun?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Outright Games
- Release date: March 27, 2020
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Adventures
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: June 5, 2020
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