If you are looking for a fun platformer to share with the entire family Gigantosaurus: The Game has entertaining elements for all ages. The game features the characters and settings from the popular television series which will help captivate young fans of the show. The plot, gameplay and overall pacing are aimed at an audience 6-years-old and younger. Although I’m a little more prehistoric, I still had a lot of fun with the game while playing with my 5-year-old son. Let’s join Rocky, Tiny, Mazu and Bill to explore all that Gigantosaurus: The Game has to offer.
Gigantosaurus: The Game Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Wild Sphere
Publisher: Outright Games LTD.
Genre: Platformer / Racing
Modes: Single player, Up to 4 Player Co-op Multiplayer
ESRB Rating : E for Everyone
A gigantic adventure
The game’s story is centred around collecting items in order to save our dino buddies’ world from extinction. A massive meteor has blocked up Giganto’s volcano and it’s up to the crew to clear it out and save the day!
The adventure will have you exploring jungles, volcanoes and snowy landscapes. You even engage in a handful of mini-kart races along the way. The primary goal is all about platforming to collect eggs that allow you to progress to new areas. There is a fun mix of activities that will definitely give your little one hours of fun in a cartoony prehistoric playground.
At the game’s core it’s a charming platformer that adds a few fun unexpected twists for little gamers. Each level has 10 eggs in total to collect, once you hit the minimum of four you are allowed to move on. There are also other collectibles available like seeds to grow plants and walnuts to feed Gigantosaurs himself.
The egg collection mechanic is fun for the first few hours of the game, but it does get tedious as you progress. Every time you find an egg, you need to pick it up and walk it back to a nest area in order to collect it. A majority of the game relies on this mechanic of search, collect and return.
Luckily, there are a few small twists in gameplay like being able to use mega-jump boots and propeller leaves to help you fly around levels that add interest. This variety really helped keep my son engaged, it was a nice add-in.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Rocky and friends will need to work together in order to reveal collectables and progress. You’ll navigate across rivers, search atop mountains and uncover hidden areas.
A frustrating element did present itself with camera angles, making it difficult to navigate the world. My son and I found ourselves falling off a ledge more than once as the camera position caused us to misjudge a jump. It took a few extra tries and added frustration, but it didn’t detract too much from an otherwise fun experience.
Solo or co-op
If you are playing solo, you can seamlessly switch between each of the four characters. You’ll need to swap out dinos as you progress, each one has a unique ability required to overcome certain obstacles. Playing with four players in total will require even more cooperation as you’ll need to work closely to advance. In this scenario you’ll need a particular character to activate a switch or access a higher area. It has the potential to make for some interesting family gaming!
Moving between levels is one of the most fun parts of the game as you kart race to your next destination. These races pit you against your other dino buddies and even have sections where Gigantosaur thunders around the track with you. The races themselves aren’t of any consequence, just some fast-paced fun to break up platforming sections.
I play tested the Nintendo Switch version of Gigantosaurus deeming it the most kid friendly platform option. Unfortunately, both docked and undocked the game’s graphics were quite muddy looking in comparison to other similar games on the Switch like New Super Lucky’s Tale and Super Mario Odyssey.
Thankfully, characters in cutscenes were a lot clearer and the cute dino’s designs looked a lot better close up. My son and I really enjoyed the environments’ vibrant colours and swapping between characters. He also loved running around the prehistoric playground exploring, where I kept leaning toward getting us to collect and progress. We both could find little fun things to do that piqued our separate interests making it fun for everyone.
Presentation and user interface
Getting into the action is fast and seamless, even if you have a party of four that wants to play. Set up was a breeze and all the menu options and tutorials give players step-by-step direction to play. Much of the game is introduced like an episode of Gigantosaurus which adds a level of fun for fans.
Outright Games kept the button control scheme very streamlined which was a smart move for a younger player base. You use the joystick to move around and two other buttons to navigate the world. I felt we spent more time playing than fiddling with controls or over complicated instructions.
Some licensed children’s games tend to have characters repeat taglines at nauseam, thankfully Gigantosaurus: The Game isn’t one of them. The sound design, although a little more basic was handled tastefully. The voice acting is in line with TV series and the narrator’s voice is paced slowly for a younger audience. Another nice touch was story is also presented in a cute rhyming format which your little ones will really enjoy.
Junior dino delight
If you are looking for a fun experience that is going to keep your little one occupied Gigantosaurus: The Game is a great option. I really enjoyed aspects of it too, the completionist in me went for all the collectibles I could muster. The game is not without its flaws, but it does offer solid gameplay for a younger audience. The variety of worlds, ability to swap multiple characters and kart races give a little something for everyone to enjoy. If you are looking for a giant dino adventure Gigantosaurus is a great option.
+ Fun colourful environments to explore
+ Multiple characters to play as
+ Dino races are a blast
– Repetitive fetch missions
– Graphics leave much to be desired
– Camera angle issues
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF GIGANTOSAURUS: THE GAME
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 3.5/5