Primal Rage

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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 Arcade Player select
Primal Rage 3DO Intro movie - asteroids fall on Earth.
Primal Rage Jaguar Chaos farts in Armadon's general direction.
Primal Rage Genesis Ancient-style view

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User Reviews

An underrated classic DOS Medicine Man (367)
EXCELLENT Genesis Laura Rosenberger (7)
Street Fighter with dinosaurs. SNES Pixelspeech (955)
Mortal Combat just got an upgrade! PlayStation Indra is stressed (20016)

Critic Reviews

PC Joker DOS Sep, 1995 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Game Players Game Gear Oct, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Game Players PlayStation Feb, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Oct, 1995 72 out of 100 72
GamePro (US) Jaguar Apr, 1996 3 out of 5 60
The Video Game Critic Genesis Oct 03, 1999 C 50
The Video Game Critic 3DO Sep 25, 2005 C 50
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Mar, 1996 5 out of 10 50
NowGamer PlayStation May 01, 1996 4.1 out of 10 41


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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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