Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates Review

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Graphics: 8.0
Sound : 8.0
Gameplay : 6.0
Multiplayer : N/A
Overall : 7.0
Review by Andreas Misund Berntsen

TDK, a company who I have mostly thought of as a company that makes quality storage media recently released the game Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates. The story of this platform game takes place in an alternate world where people coexist with dinosaurs. The planet, which both the humans and the dinosaurs live on, resembles ours during the Stone Age, yet a good deal more advanced on some accounts. There are two groups of people, the good ones who work hard but then there are the nasty pirates, who happen to be up to no good. In fact, their latest scheme is to steal a good load of dinosaur eggs, which they will use to further their cause. But what's worse is that they're planning on stealing a mysterious "timestone", which can be used to slow down time around the person who possesses it.

However, on the good side there is a "dinosaur operator academy" of some sort, where you happened to graduate on top of your class. And then, you are commanded by the town elders to set out and retrieve the stolen egg, which proves to be a challenging mission.

Throughout the game you play in somewhat diverse missions, which range from regular platform gameplay to flying dinosaurs. You're armed with a staff, which has several modes of use; regular bashing, using a laser beam, stunning your enemies and a powerful ground smash. You have a kind of a "mana meter" (only with a red color), which decreases when you use a special power, but increases when you pick up a red jewel. Since the villains you face, attack you in different ways you can survive longer if you become skilled with the powers, and cycling through them is merely done with the push of a button.

What annoyed me the most is that some of the things you jump on doesn't feel very realistic. Granted, huge rocks may be floating in space but the edges sometimes "aren't" there. Secondly, to exit a level you MUST have found the egg of the level you're on, and there is no easy way to pinpoint the location of it. That way I found myself sometimes aimlessly wandering around, only to, ten minutes later, discover it being on a platform you couldn't normally see. Perhaps they could've used a radar of some sort to help you out, maybe a circle representing your smell that would expand as you got closer.

Luckily, while playing you're accompanied by some pretty catchy tunes, and TDK also made a smart move by using a lot of sound effects. The music and the sound effects helps entire game more fun, and I'm sure kids, who this game was made for, will appreciate the work put in.

Conclusion:

Even though this game isn't the longest, the most innovative or the one with the best plot, it's still an entertaining platform game, with kind of mini games to make you not go bored quickly. I'm sure kids will have the most fun with this game, so if you've grown tired of Mario and the likes then Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates might be a game to look for.