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A Dinosaur's Tale is obviously a game designed for younger audiences: the dinosaurs are "nice," the characters you control are kids, and it's based on an animated movie. You would therefore expect a cute, whimsical adventure that lets young fans feel like they were part of the cartoon. Instead, you'll find a cute game that will probably frustrate children with cheap hits and repetitive gameplay.
A Dinosaur’s Tale isn’t egregiously bad, but it feels like they put in just enough work in for it to pass as a game. If the entirety of the gameplay had been platforming, I may have been inclined to classify it as average, but the tedious dinosaur stages knock it down a few notches. I can’t really recommend this game to anyone. For die-hard Genesis gamers, there’s already an abundance of platformers on the system much better than this, and although the subject matter is aimed towards them, I doubt kids would want to take a break from their current gen consoles long enough to play something like this. Retrospectively, even as a kid I believe this is one game I would’ve felt slighted by; it’s at best a ruinous weekend rental. While there are undoubtedly some diamonds in the rough that were overlooked in all of the dinosaur hullabaloo (I recommend checking out Dinosaurs For Hire), this is one fossil that should stay permanently buried.