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Three years ago a brilliant scientist disappeared while researching a new form of energy. The government that funded his research wrote the whole affair off as a loss, which made it all the more upsetting when reports of Dr. Kirk's good health and nearly finished research came in. A special forces team is sent to the doctor's private island laboratory to extract him and his research, but they are totally unprepared for some of the side effects of his developments. Side effects that come from 100 million years in the past.

Dino Crisis is a survival horror game that is very similar in both control and gameplay to its sister series, Resident Evil. As in that series, protagonist Regina will have limited supplies and ammo with which to fight deadly enemies while searching rooms for keys (some figurative, some literal) to open locked areas. Unlike Resident Evil games, Regina will find very few actual supplies laying around, and will instead find "plugs" that are used to open caches of emergency supplies located around the complex. There are only enough plugs to open some of these caches, however, so care must be taken to decide what items are really needed. In another change from Resident Evil, the game is rendered in 3D, allowing the camera to rotate or pan, although camera angles are still out of the control of the player. Even the dumbest dinosaur is smarter than the undead, and enemies can chase and disarm Regina, and even occasionally follow her through doors.


Dino Crisis Dreamcast Helicopter from the intro
Dino Crisis Windows Map screen with instructions for your target location.
Dino Crisis PlayStation Another cadaver
Dino Crisis Windows The mix screen: here you can mix items to make new ones.

Promo Images

Dino Crisis Concept Art
Dino Crisis Screenshot Did I leave my Anti-Aliasing cream in another purse?
Dino Crisis Screenshot
Dino Crisis Render Western face mode!

Alternate Titles

  • "Dino Crisis: Нашествие тварей" -- Russian spelling
  • "ไดโนไครซิส: ผ่าวิกฤตไดโนเสาร์" -- Thai spelling

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User Reviews

Shinji Mikami's finest hour. PlayStation AkibaTechno (254)
Jurassic Park meets Resident Evil PlayStation ETJB (450)
Dino-Riffic PlayStation Peter Vincent (3)
Cool. I was drooling when it landed on my bedroom desk. PlayStation Jamie Hall (5)

Critic Reviews

Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Nov, 1999 91 out of 100 91
Spel för Alla PlayStation Jan, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Dreamcast Nov, 2000 78 out of 100 78
IGN Dreamcast Nov 13, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Dreamcast Sep 19, 2000 7.1 out of 10 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Dreamcast Jan 25, 2001 7 out of 10 70 (UK) Windows Oct 19, 2000 5 out of 10 50
Gamekult Windows Oct 10, 2000 4 out of 10 40


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According to publisher Capcom, Dino Crisis has sold 2.4 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

Version differences

In Japan Regina is a very cute pre-rendered model. But for the USA release she was redrawn to look much tougher.

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