Dino Rex (Arcade) review
"Dino Rex is a cruel king. It's uncompromising in difficulty and relentless in its quest to rip you apart. Make one mistake and your opponent is all over you, cheesing you with the most difficult moves and connecting with ease. It makes itself look so easy that you wonder what you're doing wrong. Even as your dino struggles to its feet, the game continues and eventually concludes its merciless onslaught with an unbreakable chain of attacks."
So there I was: about eleven or twelve, a big fan of Ray Harryhausen movies, and peering into the screen of Dino Rex. Beneath the "insert coin" prompt were two dinosaurs snarling, clawing, ripping at each other while mangy-haired cavemen cheered them on. Rather than the standard pixels or semi-photographic visuals a la Mortal Kombat, the two creatures moved like stop-animation maniacs straight out of One Million Years BC. What I saw was a glorious amalgamation of Street Fighter and old school adventure epics. This had to be a view past the pearly gates and into the green pastures, and yet no one was playing it. For shame! This promised to be the perfect arcade fighting experience, and definitely was until I dropped my first quarter.
The first round, against an Allosaurus apparently high on PCP, ended quickly. Anything I tried, from button-mashing to calculated maneuvers, was not enough. I thought it was me, that I sucked and the only answer was to drop more quarters and improve. Little did I know that anyone who plays Dino Rex sucks except for the computer.
Community review by JoeTheDestroyer (February 26, 2012)
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