Publisher: Hi-Tech Expressions
Developer: Funcom Productions A/S
Size: 8 megs
No. of players: 1
Ok, as I've not ever seen the movie I have less than no fucking clue as to what's going on. As far as I can guess(from the game's various level outlines), some alien picked up some dinosaurs in his ship, kept them for all these billions of years and has now decided to let them loose in what appears to be New York City around the 1930s or so. I guess if you want the full story, go rent the movie...I'm going to go watch the orgy scene on Eyes Wide Shut again, now leave me alone!

What's it all about?
It's a sidescrolling adventure title with hot graphics, technically impressive feats and some smooth music. Using one of the main characters, Cecilia or Louie, you'll make your way through each level by stomping enemies, scaling buildings and even taking a ride with the dinos themselves. The kids aren't any different in abilities, and though they both start on different levels you end up going to the other character's initial starting level anyway. The game's inventory system is pretty interesting, using these weird bubbles that enemies release when you've stomped them you can buy items from the purchase screen(brought up at any time via the Start button). Items include shoes that let you run and jump higher, a boomerang you can use to attack with, icons that restore health, a bubble shield for protection and even extra lives. The game flow goes from a sidescrolling to a 3D-like ride with the dinos about every other level or so.
During the dino riding levels, you'll take to the skies, on a Pterodactyl, avoiding angry pigeons, balloons and kites(you know, everything your typical Pterodactyl is vulnerable to). You'll also have the opportunity to ride a scooter with a Centrosaurus through downtown New York, as well as skate on a pickup with the king of dinos himself, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The main objectives on these levels is to simply make it to the end alive, all while being shot through with a very Space Harrier-like rush of speed.

Graphics - Gorgeous! Aladdin-quality animation and excellent use of color really make this one shine. Everything, from the two main characters to the enemies, to the levels themselves is just plain pretty; solid detail and an interesting art scheme really makes everything pop out at you. As if that's not enough, then there are the dino riding levels...and they *will* have your jaw on the ground. No matter if you're flying through the skies or racing down the street, the mix of polygons and sprites will just amaze you.
Sound - The soundtrack is made up of really mellow beats and is just, in general, a really high quality production. Most pieces seem to fit the levels spot-on and even those that don't do a decent job on conveying the light and playful mood of the game. Sound effects are also spot-on with the cartoony look and feel of the title.
Control - Smooth, like Nicole Kidman's ass. The characters get around easily and immediately respond to whatever it is you're wanting them to do. In a game with such a high level of animation, it's good to see the developers didn't decide to lag the control just to sync it with the full animation of turning around, landing from a jump, etc. The control on the dino riding levels is equally as responsive, helping you keep up with the high amount of enemies they are constantly throwing at you.
AI - The AI itself isn't that rough, but it's the cheap hits and stunts the programmers pull that make this one tough at times. They'll pull stunts like having an enemy come at you on the ground while there's an enemy flying overhead. If you don't jump, you take a hit...if you jump, you take a hit. In addition to stuff like that, another dirty trick they pull is not allowing your character to fall from any sort of distance. Say you jump for a platform, you miss it and you fall. Normally you'd just fall to where ever you jumped from, or perhaps an area under that. Not here. Falling, even just a little, causes your character to immediately die. I mean, there are times when you can see the area you just jumped from and if you happen to fall off whatever platform you were on down to it, you're dead. It makes you real weary of trying any sort of acrobatics in the levels...
Replay value - Moderate. Though it's a fun game, it's also a very short one...and the fact that it's not that different at all between the two characters adds to it. I can see going through it once or twice(and, in fact, did), if nothing else just to gaze at the awesome dino riding stages.
Tips for better gaming experiences:
In the dino riding sections of the games, NEVER stop moving. Your dino is just so damn huge that it really impairs you view of what's coming up, so moving around constantly is about the only way to get a good idea of what's headed your way.

Buy the Boomerang whenever you have the money to do so. It's your only means of an offensive attack other than stomping.

Though the Red Shoes(running) will get you around faster, they can also get you in to trouble. The Blue Shows(jumping) are a much better buy.

Bosses who don't throw anything at you can be defeated simply by jumping on them and then continuing to bounce on their head until they die.

My rating: 85(out of 100) - A really colorful, fun and graphically impressive title for the Genesis. Smooth animation and a quality soundtrack go perfect with the solid control and playful atmosphere. Points are only lost due to the fact that the game is almost exactly the same for each character, the dirty stunts the programmers pulled and the length(or lack there of).

Kitty says:
Dinos are big, real big, like bigger than my scratching post. I saw a dinosaur once, I really did, he was hanging around outside the apartment one night. I said "Hey you damn dinosaur, what are you doing!?". You know what he said, do you, do you, do you!? He said, um, I forgot what he said, but I saw him, honest, he was big, real big, like bigger than my scratching post!

These Plaza Hotel guys mean business!
I really want to assume that's not monkey poo he's throwing...
While you're in New York, why not do the city a service and stomp a few rats?
Where to go in New York when you're a 13 year old little girl? Why, the Plaza, of course!
Gameplay Videos:
All four Dino riding stages - 5:36, 71.6 megs

Immediate Streaming - YouTube
Description: A run through of all four of the dino riding stages. Watch as I clumsily make my way through these highly impressive levels. Quick note: The dithering lines on the buildings don't show up when playing the game on an actual TV(the way it was meant to be seen).

River Docks, The Parade - 5:46, 49 megs

Immediate Streaming - YouTube
Description: The River Docks level play through with Louie and The Parade with Cecilia. In The Parade, you'll see what I mean about not being able to fall from any sort of distance...
Note: You'll need the most recent Divx codec to watch these videos. Also, slowdown and jumps in the playback may not necessarily be the fault of the game so much as the method I am using to record them. If you are having problems watching the videos in your browser, just right-click and download them to your hard drive...