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Color a Dinosaur

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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( ) (20%)

A parent could get a mountain of coloring books (with mazes and puzzles!) and a big box color set of 64 crayons (with sharpener!) for far less than the price of an NES cartridge.

2016 · NES

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I bought this game because it is very rare and I think a pretty cool idea. This is the only game I can think of that is made like this. It may be crappy, but at least it's a crappy original idea.

Jan 6th, 2002 · NES · read review

Questicle.net (F)

Color a Dinosaur is – or rather, was – a $50 coloring book for your NES, with less color options than a Crayola 50-Pack. It’s what critics and gamers would refer to today as “shovelware,” games that are made hastily and cheaply for a quick profit, and purchased by parents too uneducated to know what kind of games their child actually desires. The cover reads from ages 3 to 6, but I guarantee no toddler wants to color in a game when they could be sucking up foes a la Kirby, blowing fools away a la Mega Man or Contra, or squashing Goomba’s heads a la “The Sopranos” – er, Mario. It’s worth a download for chuckling purposes only.

Jul 2011 · NES · read review

Player Reviews

A boring and repetitive educational game

The Good
There are not many things to say for a coloring book video game like this one. This game was developed for younger audiences and produced by Dr. Stephen Clarke-Wilson.

The game is as simple as you can think, you choose your colors and patterns and you start painting the uncolored dinosaurs. You've got many colours but you can use all of them at the same time. You can only choose the colors from a palette (there are eight of them), and each palette has two different main colors, and the rest are just a combination of them.

There are many different dinosaurs to paint, and many of them has more things to be painted like flowers, the sun or clouds, which is something really good.

The Bad
The game doesn't need animations or anything, it's an interactive game for younger audiences, so, we can't ask too much because it's just educational.

Sound's bad, we've got only music when we're selecting our dinosaur to be painted and in the main tittle screen. No music during the painting (during the game), just a complete silence.

You've got two modes for painting. You can paint it by moving your cursor all around the screen by yourself (a free moving system) or moving your cursor automatically to every part of the dinosaur. If you use the first mode, there are some tiny parts of the dinosaur that requires precision or you'll ruin all your painting (and we don't have an analogical controller). Anyway I think that the first one is much better than the second one.

There are only two colors in each palette, so, you can't paint dinosaurs with many different colours, just two of them and their combinations. What's more, some palettes (four of them) are psychedelic, and the colours never works fine on the painting, so, we have a few combinations and nothing more...

The Bottom Line
Play this game as a four years old child and try it. The only question that you should think about is "Would I buy it for my children?" And my answer is an emphatic "No".

by NeoJ (398) on Oct 28th, 2009 · NES

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