A month ago we got the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, and a few weeks later we got Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon featuring dinosaurs of all kinds shining under neon lights. This happy coincidence provides us an opportunity to gather some of the most amazing video games with dinosaurs stomping around inside them.
Raptors, T-Rex and Pterodactyls all have their cool statuses safely secured, but they’re even more fearsome with mounted cannons or lazer guns on their back. You just don’t mess with that.
As we march forward in time the changes are easily noticable. In 30 years we went from the cute little Bubble Bobble characters to the most insane, blazing neon monsters with rocket launchers. And this is an awesome thing!
B.C.’s Quest For Tires (1983)
In Quest for Tires we have to rescue our girlfriend on a stone uncycle who has been kidnapped by a dinosaur, who apparently looks like a really cool guy.
Dino Eggs (1983)
Save the scattered dinosaur eggs from prehistoric creatures of all kinds as our time traveller main character.
Bubble Bobble (1986)
Taito’s classic, popular arcade game that was later ported to almost everything featured Bub and Bob, who easily can be considered as the cutest dinosaurs in video games.
Lizzie, once a young woman, is mutated into a godzilla-like dinosaur is one of the playable characters in Midway’s ’80s arcade game Rampage.
Super Mario World (1990)
Mario’s number one dinosaur buddy Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World as a mountable pet.
Jurassic Park (1993)
The 1993 movie resurrected the dinosaur craze with the speed of light that resulted in several video games linked to the film. Sega’s side scroller was among the better titles.
Jurassic Park Arcade Game (1993)
Sega also had a Jurassic Park themed arcade rail shooter that wasn’t half bad.
E.V.O.: Search for Eden (1993)
We have to navigate through Earth’s geological periods including the Mesozoic Era full of dinosaurs in Square’s really unique game for the SNES.
Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993)
Survivors in a post-apocalyptic Earth have to face dinosaurs in one of the best Capcom side scroller beat’em ups based on the comics of the same name.
Primal Rage (1994)
A traditional 2D fighter also set in a post-apocalyptic Earth featuring seven playable dinosaurs (mostly).
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (1997)
Acclaim’s dino themed first-person shooter was one of the first games that utilized the capabilities of the very first 3D graphics cards.
Dino Crisis (1999)
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s survival horror is set on a remote island where a failed military time travel experiment spawned hundreds of dinosaurs from another era.
Dino D-Day (2011)
World War II with a little bit extra mad. The dinos with cannons mounted on their backs or on their jaws look absolutely insane in 800 North’s first-person shooter.
Tokyo Jungle (2012)
Survival with dinos can be hard in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo, even when they are supposed to be at the top of the food chain.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria‘s 5.2 content patch (2013)
Azeroth had dinosaurs before (just think about Un’Goro crater or Epicus Maximus) but the latest content patch took it to another level with the Isle of Giants.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (2013)
Everyone wanted to hunt for giant dinosaurs in the vast jungles of Far Cry 3, and we finally got them in the standalone expansion.
Not enough dino craziness? Then you should post the most awesome ones you know from any video game in the comments below!