Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game - a Windows Phone game of Jurassic proportions

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game is a recent release in both the Windows Phone and Windows Stores. You play the role of Dino, whose is seeking vengeance against an evil tyrannosaur who killed his mum.

The game is played out in platformer style with five stages that represent segments of Dino's life. You start out with Dino being a small dinosaur pup and as you progress through the game, he will grow in size and strength.

While the game is available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices, there is no means of saving your gaming progress between devices. Still, after playing the Windows Phone game version of Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game it comes across as a nice refresh for platformer games and not a bad time waster.

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game

The primary menu for Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game greets you with a host of options. These options include your game play button along with buttons to give you access to achievements, the game shop, Dino's cave, game settings, game hint videos and the about screen.

Settings cover your sound/music levels and a choice of gaming control layouts. The game controls include a jump, duck, slow down and bite buttons. Personally, I like the jump/duck controls to the side of the screen (as opposed to the top/bottom).

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game

Game play includes multiple levels of play spread out across five stages. Each stage represents a period of Dino's growth and you start out with the dinosaur as a young pup. Each level has multiple goals to achieve (travel a certain distance, eat a number of drumsticks, etc.) before you can advance to the next level.

There are a few tutorials that pop-up before each level to walk you through any new game mechanics that will come into play. Additionally, you can view four tutorial videos off the main menu for Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game.

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game

You have a host of obstacles to avoid such as rolling boulders, thorny tumbleweeds, bottomless pits and rival dinosaurs. The biggest challenge seems to be the timing of your jumps. You can jump to an upper platform to collect drumsticks or avoid rolling boulders, but you'll need to be careful jumping off those higher levels or you'll jump into an endless pit. Missing a jump is instant death while hitting a boulder, thorn bush or another obstacle will cost you health points. Run out of health points and the game ends.

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game

As Dino grows larger, he will eventually get the opportunity to chase down other dinosaurs and gobble them up. There are also boss and mini-battles that will pit you against rival dinosaurs. These fights are basically a "tap as fast as you can" styled competition. These fights are a nice break from the platform running.

Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game

The drumsticks you collect during game play can be used in Dino's cave to buy power-ups to help you survive the game play. The game shop is for in-app purchases where you can give your drumstick count a boost or pick up power-up packs. Power-ups include a thick-skin, extra bounce, slow time and more that will be available for use on the game screen.

Overall Impression

In playing Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game for the past few days, it comes across as a fun, time waster of a Windows Phone game. There is enough variety in game play to keep you on your toes and the graphics aren't too shabby either.

The game does play out nicely on either a Windows Phone or Windows 8 tablet. It would be nice to have the means to save your game progress between devices. While the first couple of levels goes quickly, the rest can take a little effort to complete. Cross-save support would help avoid having to manage two games at once.

The biggest downside to the game is the lack of a trial version. At $.99 the cost of the Windows Phone game will not break the bank, but I think the game would have more success if you had a trial version. Maybe a trial that could let gamers play the first 3-5 levels and get a taste for things before investing in the full version.

Overall, I liked Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game. While we have an extensive collection of platformer games in the Windows Phone Store, the pre-historic theme helps this game stand out a little. At last check, Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game is pulling down a 4 Star rating in the Windows Phone Store and a 4.3 Star rating in the Windows Store. Both scores are about right for this game and if you give Dino the Beast: Dinosaur Game a try, let us know what you think of things in the comments below.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

44 Comments
  • I want jurassic world game pleaseee T_T
  • Unfortunately we can't do it. But you can play Dino the Beast ;)
  • hey! add buy option via SMS with fortumo! sorry for my bad english.
  • Hello. Good idea :). Now we have published a trial version of this game. It will we available today. So please, check it and write is if it is ok :)
  • I already did, and is a awesome game! Please add buy option via SMS! Hahaha
  • Thank you! Maybe in the next update :)
  • Very very good
  • Thank you! :)
  • Is this a port from other OS?
  • I wanna know too!
  • Yes. The game is a port of Android
  • This porting thingie is awesome !
  • It's a game made in Unity. This programme allows to published game for many OS. So in fact, it;s not a port :)
  • Why are scripts scrolling along 1/3 the screen when playing? What a complete mess.
  • Could you explain how it looks like? We are working on the update now (trial version will be available today).
  • Scrolling text on the left lower 1/3 of the screen. Its code.
  • We have fixed it! (we hope... :) ) It will be available in 1 hour. Please, check it and write us if there is everything ok :)
  • Why can't they release official Jurassic world game for WP !!
  • Simple, licensing rights - costly or not possible.
  • Not available here in Brazil. Developers, I can help you with this. The process is really simple.
  • We are working on trial version now and Dino is not available. Please wait a moment (2 hours?) and this version will be available on Windows Phone store! (in Brazil too). Could you tell me with which process could you help? :)  
  • The process to make your game available here in Brazil. You need to upload an ESRB or PEGI certificate in the place of the brazilian one (DJCTQ), check Brazil in the countries list and them your game will be available here. I can send you more instructions if you want. I already helped hundreds of developers with it.
  • Ok, thank you very much for your help. I have updated the game and it will be available in Brazil today :)
  • Great! Thanks!! Is already available. :)   Ahh, you can use the same method to publish in the Windows 8 Store.
  • Ok, good to know :). As I know the version for Windows 8 is available in Brazil, isn't it?
  • Yes, it is! Sorry for didnt check it before.   Do you have a Twitter account? I want to mention you when I spread this news with some brazilian sites. :)
  • Thanks! That's great. :) We have Twitter account: @Netigenpl  
  • Hello all, We are working on trial version (Dino the Beast) for you. Please wait a moment (2 hours?) and this version will be available on Windows Phone store :)
  • Great to see a developer that engages with the community. You'll get a strong following with such gestures :).
    By the way, is this a direct port of the Android version using the Microsoft tools that allow you to keep much of the same code? Or has it been written from scratch for Windows Phone?
    Thanks
  • We have made this game in Unity 3D. This programme allows us to publish game for many OS. So, it's not a port. :). So now this game is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8. 
  • Hi Netigen, you seem to have published a development build in your last update. Change your visual studio settings to "master" instead of "release" before building. Good luck with the game!!
  • Thanks! We have corrected it :)
  • Scripts are scrolling with the game in same screen, in landscape mode you need a magnifier to watch what you are doing (Lumia 930)
  • We are working on it and today the update will be available on the store. Please, check it. Unfortunately we were working on the update of the game and in fact it's hidden on the store (but the link works... :) ).
  • @Bleekie, we have fixed it. Please check it and write us if it's ok now :)
  • Reading the comments and seeing how responsive the developer is, I'd gladly buy this game. I promise it's not because of my love for dinosaurs :P One question though. Did you build this as a universal 8.1 app in Unity?
  • It's nice to read comments like that :). Yes, we have build it as a universal 8.1 app!
  • By engaging with the community you will get lots of support :D great job guys.
  • Thank you! :)
  • Just in time for Jurassic world.
  • Great to see the devs out there being active to the comments.  Great job.    However, until cross-platform saves are implemented, I will pass on this.  Otherwise, if you implement, you'll have my dollars.  I personally won't invest in games that do not save status across platforms as I have way to many devices and cannot handle always starting over on a new device.      
  • Thanks for your comment. We will try do add it to our next update. It's our first game on Windows Phone so we need time to learn more :)
  • Cross save b/w devices is a must for any Universal app.
  • It's our first game on Windows Phone and Windows 8. At the moment we don't know how to make it well, but we'll try to check it and make it for you.