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Gigantosaurus The Game is based off of a popular children’s TV show that was inspired by John Duddle’s book, Gigantosaurus. The show initially released on Netflix in 2017 and is now available on Disney Junior. Other than the title character, Giganto, this game focuses on and lets you play as the four curious dinosaur youngsters who complement each other with their personalities and abilities. Together they can do anything they put their mind to, even saving their island from a meteor that landed in and blocked-up a volcano.
While Giganto is heading towards the volcano to investigate, the youngsters are tasked with a different problem. With all of the commotion and tremors, many dinosaur eggs got displaced and need to be put back in their nests so they can hatch properly. Each area has ten eggs to find, but only four need to be returned to progress the story. Keep in mind that once you leave an area, you cannot go back so make sure you’re happy with your progress. Other than eggs, each area has twenty acorns to find (Giganto loves them!), and designated places to plant trees with the thousands of seeds scattered all over the place to collect. If you don’t plant all of your seeds, you can spend them on collectible statues in the game menu.
When you are ready to head to the next area, a kart race will commence. There are hot peppers to give you a temporary speed boost and five dinosaur skulls to collect in each race. The skulls are often on the side roads so don't be afraid to ignore the arrows and take the side paths. If you really enjoy the kart races you can jump right to them from the main menu.
Every area has a different theme and unique obstacles, but your goal is the same throughout. Collect and plant seeds and return the eggs to their nests. The location of the eggs are marked on the map and you can see a beacon of light coming from them in the sky. The challenge is typically getting to the eggs. Occasionally an egg will be guarded by an unfriendly foe like a giant bee, or scorpion. More often than not, you’ll have to retrieve the eggs from elevated areas. Reaching these places will require your typical platform jumping (sometimes platforms crumble) and using temporary items like bouncy springs, petal propellers, and leaves that let you glide through the air.
Each character has their own life bar and unique ability that may be required to locate the eggs. Mazu the Ankylosaurus is used the most for her ability to activate lifts and moving platforms. Tiny the Triceratops is useful for knocking over logs and making bridges out of them. Bill the Brachiosaurus can wear disguises and sneak around patrolling Velociraptors. Rocky the Parasaurolophus can climb walls that have vines on them.
Some of the eggs are tricky to get to. Thankfully, you only need to collect four out of the ten to move on to the next area. There are two difficulty levels with the easier difficulty offering more hints. I probably should have played on that mode because I didn’t know what to do with the bee’s nests right away. I later found out that they’re used as a distraction to get what the bees are often protecting.
The controls are pretty straightforward and easy to learn. The exploring sections have reminders in place to let you know how to switch out characters and activate their abilities (B button). In the final level where you control Giganto, you'll have to complete several quick time events to clear up the volcano once and for all.
Visually this game is very colorful and nicely detailed. The characters and art style stay true to the TV show. The camera controls can get in the way sometimes, but they’re mostly fine.
As far as I can tell the voice acting is the same and is well done. The sound effects are cartoony and fitting for the slapstick humor in this game. I was impressed with the orchestral background music, it’s well done and pleasant to listen to.
The dinosaurs can take damage from mean creatures and environmental hazards like cacti and huge snowballs. Whenever a dinosaur gets injured they flicker a little bit and no blood is shown.
Gigantosaurus The Game is great for younger audiences and fans of the show. The mechanics are a little repetitive, but the overall gameplay is fun and teaches some good concepts about helping others and planting trees. The asking price is a bit steep at $39.99, but I have seen this game on sale for $15.99 which is a good deal.