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Dino Run

rated 4.42 / 5 stars
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Jun 11, 2008 | 5:13 PM EDT
  • Frontpaged June 13, 2008
  • Daily 2nd Place June 12, 2008
  • Weekly 2nd Place June 18, 2008

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Whats up Dinos...
Here's the latest from Pixeljam. We hope the NG crowd enjoys it.

MULTIPLAYER mode is at run. Race your friends!
If you donate any amount to pixeljam, you get 50+ hats/helmets for your dino + many new colors, which show up in Multiplayer as well:

If the game looks weird or wont show a link, try the pop-up version.
INTEL MAC USERS: use Safari. Firefox will not play this game well.

All the basics can be found in HOW TO PLAY, but here are some pointers anyway:

Escape the pyroclastic wall of doom and find your dino sanctuary!
AWSD or Arrow keys move the dino. Or use a combo of both.
SHIFT key gives you a speed boost, which recharges every 20 seconds or so.
Press down while jumping for an air attack. Useful for many things.
You must duck to eat things on the ground.

The game can be played in CHALLENGE or SPEEDRUN mode. It defaults to challenge, which is a collection of 7 levels. Speedruns can be unlocked and chosen in the OPTIONS screen. You need Bones to unlock speedruns (and buy goodies). You get bones by eating critters and reaching milestones.

Earn DNA by collecting eggs and eating critters. Use your DNA to upgrade your dino.
The game auto-saves. You have 3 slots open for different dinos.

The game is DEEP so EXPLORE and have fun!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's great!

I can see all of the work you put in to the physics. I love being hit by an asteroid and being flung 130 feet forward. And graphics don't matter as long as gameplay is good.

But it's almost sad trying to scramble away from a horrible pyroclastic flow and falling meteors for survival when you know that in the end, only doom awaits for the little yellow dino that you have almost grown attached to.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty good!

Very nice game. I liked it. However, I didn't like how it takes so long to get any significant amount of DNA. (aside from getting milestones, but...) Still, I enjoyed it. I usually hate timed things in games, but you actually did it quite well, especially the ability to "doomsurf". :) There are just so many super eggs and milestones...could you give me a couple hints? :( I've gotten the Gigasaurus egg, the Iguana egg, and another one, and I also know where the black-and-orange spotted egg is, but I can't reach it... I think I need to improve my Jump, but that takes quite a bit of DNA...but yeah. Great replay value, I've played it multiple times to try and get stuff. Still in the middle of unlocking and finding everything, though. :) Some suggestions:

-Give a hint on how to find milestones/eggs
-Either allow the dino to collect DNA faster or reduce the amount of DNA needed to upgrade
-Some special abilities for your dino, like slowing down the doomwall for a few seconds, or flight for limited periods of time? Perhaps purchasable via DNA...
-More dinos/changes with DNA upgrades. (Maybe you could customize seperate limbs for different effects? Or add special awesome mutations? Possibly?)

Other than that, I think it's pretty good! :D Great job, it's an awesome game. Some help on the swag would be nice though... :(

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pixeljamgames responds:

Thanks! maybe try jumping into the mouth of the volcano to get some of those hard to reach super eggs, and use, say, a tricerartops to jump off of to get another hard to get one.

I'll list the cheats here again:

Super Strength CALCIUM
Goodbye Doom EXPLORE
Boulders = Balloons GOOFBALLS
Meteor Storm SMOKEY


Rated 5 / 5 stars

So fun...

I love this game, nuff said...


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A step away from perfection..

This game was totally awesum! All the possibilities, the graphics (wich should never be changes, no matter what anyone says) and the especially the theme. I loved the feeling that the colours and the background effects gave me when the wall of doom enclosed.
There is one thing i would wish for in a possible sequel though. Just like in "spore" one should be able to see the changes you make on your dinosaur wiht the DNA. It would be so cool to be able to add the horn of a Triceratops in to a body of an stegosaurus.
So just go ahead and make a sequel with more dinosaurs and customizable dinos, thats the only thing you can do to improve this game. Even if that never happens, this was so entertaining and fun that one cant just ask for more. This deserves full points, keep it up!

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


Over all a cool game.

What I really liked about it, was the level of interactivity. It seems every object can interact with every other object! A very cool physics engine! The randomness is neat too, and the fast paced action.

One thing that really irritated me however, was how I could lose my speed for stupd reasons.

For example, I could get "stuck" under about 3 pixels of ledge, meaning I can't jump up :( Everytime I jump up, I'd hit my head and fall down, meaning the lava gets me. The beast isn't very nimble enough to get back and then jump up and around it. And it can't grab onto ledges or anything.

Also, jumping into walls makes you BOUNCE off the wall. This is very unrealistic and very annoying. In real life, you would stick to the wall at least.

Also... you tend to slide off a wall whether or not you want to. In real life, sliding off a wall is hard to do unless you do it on purpose. This makes for slow falling, meaning the lava gets you.

Stupid little things like tiny rocks can totally kill your speed. AAARGH! In real life, he would just step over the rock or kick it or something, not lose 100% of his run speed and DIE.

Also, the terrain slows him down in wierd ways, when the ground goes up at even a 10% incline... he can sometimes "bump" into the ground and lose half his speed. It's so annoying.

For this reason, I get more speed jumping in the air all the time due to unreasonable obstacles.

Please fix the unreasonable obstacles!

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