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Three years ago a brilliant scientist disappeared while researching a new form of energy. The government that funded his research wrote the whole affair off as a loss, which made it all the more upsetting when reports of Dr. Kirk's good health and nearly finished research came in. A special forces team is sent to the doctor's private island laboratory to extract him and his research, but they are totally unprepared for some of the side effects of his developments. Side effects that come from 100 million years in the past.

Dino Crisis is a survival horror game that is very similar in both control and gameplay to its sister series, Resident Evil. As in that series, protagonist Regina will have limited supplies and ammo with which to fight deadly enemies while searching rooms for keys (some figurative, some literal) to open locked areas. Unlike Resident Evil games, Regina will find very few actual supplies laying around, and will instead find "plugs" that are used to open caches of emergency supplies located around the complex. There are only enough plugs to open some of these caches, however, so care must be taken to decide what items are really needed. In another change from Resident Evil, the game is rendered in 3D, allowing the camera to rotate or pan, although camera angles are still out of the control of the player. Even the dumbest dinosaur is smarter than the undead, and enemies can chase and disarm Regina, and even occasionally follow her through doors. Regina can use the force fields in the complex to block her enemies.


Dino Crisis PlayStation Entering the storage room.
Dino Crisis PlayStation Ventilation system
Dino Crisis PlayStation Control room
Dino Crisis PlayStation First dino to be killed in the game.

Promo Images

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Dino Crisis Screenshot
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Dino Crisis Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Dino Crisis: Нашествие тварей" -- Russian spelling
  • "ไดโนไครซิส: ผ่าวิกฤตไดโนเสาร์" -- Thai spelling

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User Reviews

Shinji Mikami's finest hour. AkibaTechno (254) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Jurassic Park meets Resident Evil ETJB (450) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Dino-Riffic Peter Vincent (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Cool. I was drooling when it landed on my bedroom desk. Jamie Hall (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Games Aug, 1999 4 out of 4 100
PSX Extreme Oct 07, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
IGN Sep 30, 1999 9.2 out of 10 92
Spel för Alla Jan, 2000 9 out of 10 90 (UK) May 30, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Nov, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Quebec Gamers Nov 13, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot Jul 16, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
The Game Hoard Oct 06, 2018 5 out of 7 71
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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According to publisher Capcom, Dino Crisis has sold 2.4 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).

Version differences

In Japan Regina is a very cute pre-rendered model. But for the USA release she was redrawn to look much tougher.

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Grant McLellan (622) added Dino Crisis (PlayStation) on Mar 31, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (25922), Charly2.0 (252859), Kartanym (12738) and Grant McLellan (622)