Since Konamis signing of the Jurassic Park 3 video game license, the old Dinos have been emerging left, right and centre across almost every platform. And with the release of Dino Attack for Game Boy Advance, there seems to be no stopping them... not that we want to, of course.
Officially labelled an adventure game, it comes as no surprise that you play the helpless human in an attempt to escape from the ravenous dinosaurs. Nowt new there, then. But as old as the being chased by Dinosaurs theme is, it still works very, very well. Theres no denying that Dino Crisis was a terrifying game, and Dino Attack is very similar, except its played on a handheld in 2D format.
While Dino Attacks environments may be pre-rendered and scrolling, they are amazingly lush and detailed, and the character visuals and animation are such that they blend in nicely with the backdrops. It all adds up to a genuinely atmospheric experience: for a handheld game, thats some achievement.
Its all well and good for us to wax lyrical about aesthetics. The actions what really matters. Within about five minutes of beginning the game, after narrowly escaping a pack of Raptors, you will find yourself on death row, chased by Jurassic Park 3s T-rex-beater. Finding asylum in a nearby workhouse, you begin your survival operation. By this point, youll have become accustomed to the relatively simple game controls and be ready to face the rest of the Dino-infested game.
So, its a survival horror game, really. But we love em, and we love Dino Attack so much, its scary.