Gigantosaurus: The Game (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Gigantosaurus is a computer animated TV show with a unique art style aimed at younger viewers.  It airs on Disney Junior in the US, but I’m not sure if it’s still on there anymore.  Anyway, the show is set in prehistoric times and four young dinosaurs live together and learn life lessons.  Along for the ride is their friend Gigantosaurus.  He’s a huge ferocious dinosaur that sometimes helps them out, but the dino friends will keep their distance and run away lest they get squashed or eaten.  I’m not completely clear how their relationship works.  Anyway, the video game is based on the TV show and is a 3-D platformer.  An asteroid plugs up a volcano and is causing earthquakes and trouble, and you play as one of the four dinosaur pals to save the day.  The game is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

You play as one of the four young dinosaurs and can jump and swing your tail at enemies, as well as switch characters at any time.  Each of the four dinos has a special skill that you can activate at certain highlighted parts.  A small triceratops can use her horns to knock down tree stumps to create makeshift bridges.  Another one can climb vine covered walls, and another can fix things, etc.  Sometimes you may find items that can temporarily aid in your movement.  Like flowers you can hold to slow your descent, or spring shoes for higher jumps.

Your main goal in each area is to collect dinosaur eggs that have been scattered by quakes, and bring them back to their nests.  There are also side missions, but they are just fetch quests like the main goal, and are just as tedious and repetitive.  Once you collect enough eggs, you can move onto the next area.  But to travel there, the game turns into a simple kart racer.  You can race on these tracks separately, too.  Up to four players can join in simultaneously on the adventure and kart races, too.

While the graphics look almost just like the TV show, the floaty controls and repetitive gameplay make things frustrating and tedious.  I even got annoyed with it after the third world.  It’s a shame because this is clearly targeted toward younger players, but I really can’t recommend this game to them.

Kid Factor:

Gigantosaurus: The Game is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Cartoon Violence.  You can swing your dino tail at enemies, but you just swat carnivorous plants and bugs away.  If you get hit, you just get knocked back and flash for a bit.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger players may find the game too difficult, tedious, and frustrating.

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