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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 Game Gear First battle: mirror match. (BTW, you never knew Sauron was actually a T-Rex, did you?)
Primal Rage Genesis Choosing your fighter
Primal Rage Genesis Ancient-style view
Primal Rage DOS Exploded heart

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Primal Rage Magazine Advertisement Inner back cover

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An underrated classic DOS Medicine Man (374)
EXCELLENT Genesis Laura Rosenberger (7)
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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine SEGA 32X Nov, 1995 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) PlayStation Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Mean Machines SEGA 32X Mar, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Computer Games Magazine DOS Oct 16, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Players Genesis Sep, 1995 62 out of 100 62
Score DOS Sep, 1995 6 out of 10 60 Genesis Jan 31, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun Game Boy Aug, 1995 57 out of 100 57
Video Games & Computer Entertainment PlayStation Mar, 1996 5 out of 10 50


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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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