Review Dinosaur Simulator
Unleash the T Rex within
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 19 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Atmospheric soundtrack, decent animation, simple controls
Aggressive ad system
Dinosaur Simulator for Android is a game that lets you take control of a T Rex in the middle of a city. The objective is to smash things up by running into them. The more things you smash up in the allocated time (2 minutes), the higher your score.
The biomechanics seem fairly realistic, in that theT-Rex starts moving with a slow walk, and gradually begins to run faster as s/he gains momentum. I mean, you only have to look at reconstructions of a T-Rex to figure out that it must have needed to pick up a bit of momentum to reach its top speed. I’m sure there are paleontologists out there who might pick holes in the game; claim that a T-Rex couldn’t have run so fast for 2 minutes, or taken tight corners with such dexterity, but that would be greatly missing the point. The point of this game is to smash things by running into them.
It’s a very satisfying game to play. When the game starts there’s no music playing, but as you move the dinosaur the music picks up, and gets louder as you run. And it’s great stomping music that really makes you want to run fast and smash into things with your dinosaur. The sound effects are satisfying too. Gas canisters explode, cars honk their horns in confusion, fire hydrants spray water into the sky. Speaking of which, there are a LOT of fire hydrants in this town, I mean they are really all over the place. If the city had put a tiny fraction of their fire planning budget into dinosaur preparation; they might not be left in such a mess!
Dinosaur Simulator can be a bit glitchy at times, but generally the play is quite smooth. The ads in the free version are very intrusive, and include some dubious services like antivirus and dating. Doubtless you can unlock bigger maps etc. in the paid version. For all that it’s a satisfying game, with simple controls, there seems to be a little something missing from Dinosaur Simulator. There isn’t much to keep you coming back. Maybe if there was say a global highscore for the game, not just a personal one, we might feel more incentive to smash as much stuff up as we can? Maybe if at the end of the game, it showed us the whole map, and the full extent of our destruction?