The Flintstones: Dino: Lost in Bedrock is a platform game based on the famous animated show. Fred Flintstone's pet dinosaur, Dino is, well, lost in the city of Bedrock. Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble try to find him. The game is divided into several levels. You walk as either Fred or Barney through Bedrock, and you must avoid enemies such as crocodiles or turtles; should they catch you, you lose a life. You can pick up rocks to throw at them. At the end of every level, you encounter a boss - always a big prehistoric creature. There is a time limit on every level, but you can get coconuts out of the trees for extra time. Sometimes, however, there are spiders instead of coconuts in the trees.
OK, so it's not a great game, it's not even a pretty good game and it's fun for only a little while. Still it's one of the few games made for DOS which is based upon the Flintstones, the modern Stone Age family.
Hi-Tech Expressions usually made fairly simple side-scrollers. Still, this game is a let down. By the year 1991 graphics and sounds were already way ahead of what this game has to offer, so it's easy to say this game was obsolete when it came out in 1991. There are 16 colors and there are some very simple sounds to it. It does support joystick, although the keyboard is more user friendly. The picture seems to be choppy and I don't have the feeling it's due to the emulation, it seems to be this bad for real. All in all this would be hardly anything more then a mediocre game if it would see daylight even half a decade earlier.
Now apart from the technical downsides the game hasn't much of an upside either. It's mildly amusing before it gets frustrating. You need to jump and duck over and under obstacles while avoiding or stoning (with real stones - they don't call it the stone age for nothing) the animals which are trying to prevent you from finding Dino.
You can play either Fred or Barney, but that has no effect on the gameplay itself, or you can even select a two player option (hot seat) where each player plays on of the characters. Even that doesn't really improve the game. Now the creators of the game were trying to capture the spirit of the cartoon Bedrock, so they added some prehistoric animals (like the ambulancesaurus of the fireplugosauphant) but they didn't succeed at that either.
So unless you're a big fan of the Flintstones and wish to add this one to your collection, or if you can view this game as a challenge you need to complete (so you can say there's no game you could beat) there's not really much point in downloading this one. The only reason I gave it a 2 not a 1 is that it's not complete crap and that I've seen worse games out there (although there weren't all that many).
Yabbadabbadoo! Oh Fred, what have they done to you? I can hardly remember seeing a game failing to miserably to be playable. While obviously aiming at being a jump 'n run game this game was obviously written by someone who has never played one himself. While the controls themselves are accurate the reactions of either Fred or Barney are... stupid. When Fred jumps he takes aaaallll the tiiiimmmeeeee in the wooooorld. It's not a technical problem here - everything moves at normal speed... he's just a damn slow lazy bugger. It takes less than 5 minutes to see this game simply lacks what it takes to become at least a somewhat nice game. You run towards a monster, you want to jump over it and Fred again starts to sloooowwwwlllyyyy lift off ground. Stupid. You got to time your jumps so long in advance that it kills the whole jump 'n run atmosphere - no real action in it.
Anyway - if you're still convinced you HAVE to try this game - the Flintstones' pet dinosaur Dino has wandered off and Fred and Barney set out to find him. Doesn't seem to make the slightest difference whether you choose to play Fred or Barney. Extremely boring and a good example of a game that tries to make money just from the name.
One of the few games based on the popular cartoon series and later real movies. While The Flintstones isn't impressive at least it follows and looks very similar to the original cartoon. You play as Fred Flintstone of course and have to get passed several different things on each level. The one thing I don't really like with the game though is that the things you have to do have nothing to do with anything regarding the original story which is a bit weird.
While the developers might not have been very original in creating challenging levels with interesting things they have at least managed to included a lot of weird dinosaur like animals as we know it from the cartoon. The game in general is easy to learn like many other arcade games but the controls are poorly done as the character animation is very slow. An example is when you jump you stay in the air for several seconds.
Overall Fred Flintstones is an average arcade game and not offers anything new compared to other arcade game. True fans of the cartoon might find the game funny but that is also it in my opinion. The graphics are also average for it's time and when you take a look at all the other great games from 1990 you will quite fast find a better game - even in this genre.
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