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A meteor struck the Earth, and caused great chaos. Seven gods from ancient times awoke, and are now attempting to take control of the post-apocalyptic world.

Primal Rage is a one-on-one fighting game featuring dinosaurs and giant apes as the fighters. The graphics are done with digitized stop-motion animation. Gameplay is similar to Mortal Kombat in that it is viewed from a side perspective, and features deadly finishing moves at the end of the match.


Primal Rage Genesis Battle in a cave
Primal Rage Genesis Snowy landscape
Primal Rage Genesis Volcanic battle
Primal Rage Genesis Title screen

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EXCELLENT Laura Rosenberger (7) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Sep, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Mega Fun Aug, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Thunderbolt Games Jul 04, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Sep, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Aug, 1995 68 out of 100 68
Game Players Sep, 1995 62 out of 100 62 Jan 31, 2011 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Oct 03, 1999 C 50
Defunct Games Feb 22, 2013 D+ 33


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Continuing with the Mortal Kombat fiasco, Nintendo censored this game as well. Chaos' Golden Shower finishing move (you can figure it out) has been 'fixed' so that a CENSORED bar appears across the screen and Chaos freezes in his 'relief' position.

Planned sequel

There was going to be a sequel, Primal Rage 2, but due to poor sales it got cancelled. However, Atari felt it needed a sequel in one form or another, so a book written by John Vornholt, called Primal Rage: The Avatars, was created instead of a second game.

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PCGamer77 (3001) added Primal Rage (Genesis) on Jun 08, 2002
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