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Dino Wars is a strategic board game with some similarities to chess, with combat decided by action scenes. If you ever played Archon you know the idea behind this game.

On a chess-like board (9x10 pieces in this game) you move different sorts of dinosaurs. If you hit an square on which an opponent dinosaur stands, the game changes to action mode. This is played as a beat-'em-up, in which you must beat the opponent dinosaur to win the square. Each dinosaur has it's own strategies, movement restrictions and different combat skills - which are roughly based on the historical properties of the real dinosaurs. As a result, knowing which dinosaurs are likely to win combat is crucial to the strategy.

The action scenes can be played independently of the main strategic game.


Dino Wars Amiga Title screen
Dino Wars Commodore 64 Main menu
Dino Wars DOS The game comes with a dinosaur encyclopedia.
Dino Wars DOS Intro (CGA)

Promo Images

Dino Wars Magazine Advertisement
Dino Wars Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "DinoWars" -- Alternate spelling on disks

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1991 9.8 out of 12 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1990 9.8 out of 12 82
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1991 39 out of 100 39
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Power Play Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 8 out of 100 8


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Sound effects

Some of the sound effects look like they are inspired or taken from old Ray Harryhausen films. Especially the sound of the dying T-Rex in the movie One Million Years B. C. .
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