Dinosaur King is a video game for the Nintendo DS that is based on the Dinosaur King anime and was released in November 2007 for Japan and September 2008 for America and Europe. It features a very different storyline, battle mechanics very similar to the arcade game, and other overall mechanics reminiscent of the Pokémon games, such as a chibi sprite overworld interspersed by 1v1 battles triggered by both boss confrontation and random encounter, though has many different or absent stats and mechanics compared to that franchise, such as how new dinosaurs are acquired and the lack of stat variance between individuals.
One day, Max and Rex find stones that allow them to summon dinosaurs. They create Dino Shots to make summoning job simpler and enables them to show their feelings to the Dinosaurs. However, an evil group called the Alpha Gang steal a Dino Shot (which may have been Zoe's) where they plan to rule a dinosaur empire. Now, the D-Team must stop them.
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Reese creates a DinoShot, which will allow them to restore the dinosaurs to life, when the Alpha Gang attacks them and steals one of the DinoShots, using it to summon Tyrannosaurus. Max or Rex use another DinoShot to summon Triceratops or Carnotaurus, respectively, and defeat Dr. Z and Tyrannosaurus, but he escapes, the Tyrannosaurus pleading for them to stop it. He then sends his minions to retrieve the Stone Fragments from across the world. Max and Rex, with the help of locals and the D-Lab's people, eventually take down the Alpha Gang and vhegerhv
- Max Taylor (player option)
- Rex Owen (player option)
- Zoe Drake (support)
- Dr. Spike Taylor/Dino Man (support)
- Reese Drake (support)
- Minmi (support)
- D-Site Regional Branch Heads (Europe, Asia, Africa, N. America, S. America) (support)
In order of first battle:
The DS game features many old and new battle mechanics compared to the arcade. Players may carry up to three Dinosaurs in their DinoShot at a time, each with up to three compatible Move Cards (with default Moves filling unassigned slots).
Being a story-based RPG, it also features new out-of-battle mechanics not needed for the arcade or TCG, such as a money system. The currency is called "chell" and uses the euro symbol "€". Small amounts are received after every battle won or by selling various valuable items found by drilling, and can be used to buy healing or field effect items at Item Shops.
As the game lets one collect multiples of dinosaur species, the Send Back option exists to send any Dinosaur back to its original time period to remove clutter in the D-Site's Dino Room, losing it from the game forever; this cannot be done to a Dinosaur currently loaded into the player's DinoShot. Players can also use their DinoShots to teleport back to the current continent's D-Site from anywhere in the field, and can teleport between D-Sites they have already visited.
Battles can be initiated either by random overworld encounters outside of towns with Alpha Droid opponents controlling a single random Dinosaur from the area's set encounter table, or by interacting with a visible Alpha Droid or Alpha Gang member who use predetermined Dinosaurs and Moves (warnings are given before encountering a boss battle, allowing a player to back out if they are not prepared). Opposing dinosaurs often differ from those available to the player through that continent's fossils.
In battle, players must choose one move button (Rock, Paper, Scissors) to attack with, the result of the turn determined by how it matches to their opponent's choice; many enemies on many turns will give some dialogue hint as to what their play will or might be, which get more vague and less frequent as the player progresses. Most Alpha Droids follow one of several predictable patterns on most turns, though Alpha Gang bosses follow no pattern and must be read turn by turn to win without luck.
The battle screen options are Fight, Change, and Escape. Fight is used to select a move button, as described above (see also MP section below). Change is used to switch one battling Dinosaur for another, though doing so counts as not attacking and gives the opponent a free hit (this differs from the arcade's switching mechanics). The Change menu lets you see your other Dinosaurs' HP and MP meters, but not their Moves. Unlike the arcade game, there are no Partner Effects from sidelined Dinosaurs. Escape is used for fleeing random encounters and is unavailable in static and boss battles. Fleeing is not guaranteed, however, and a failed attempt counts as not attacking and gives the opponent a free hit; the exact mechanic is unclear, as fleeing can fail even at several levels above the opponent, but appears to be chance-based, as a player can fail to flee and then succeed the next turn. Though healing items exist, there is no Bag menu during battle, so healing is impossible outside of Move effects.
If a player's Dinosaur runs out of HP, the next Dinosaur in line in the DinoShot is automatically sent out without player input, so choosing a good order ahead of battle is helpful, such as one with an advantage over the Attribute strong against the Dinosaur ahead of it. If all of their Dinosaurs run out of HP and the player loses the battle, they are returned to the nearest D-Site and their party is restored. They do not lose any money and, if it was a static battle, it is available to be triggered again.
- See also: Drilling
Fossils are one of the possible items discovered through drilling, and are kept in a separate pocket. New radar and drill upgrades are needed on each continent to find its respective fossils, though other items are still available with older equipment before unlocking the upgrades.
Fossils must be taken to a D-Site to clean them, a process overseen by Minmi, who repeats the cleaning instructions every time. Players must use the DS's touch screen (stylus recommended) to etch away the rock covering the fossil, using up their pick's durability as they go; the cleaning is done when either the fossil is fully uncovered or the pick breaks. The quality of the fossil cleaning job determines the level the Dinosaur will be revived at (see also Level below). Clearing the rock also produces dust which partially covers the surrounding area and which can be blown away using the DS microphone, but this is merely a visual distraction and does not affect the quality of the clean. There are several standard fossil skeletons, each of which can be found flipped or rotated along the cardinal axes, and each of which can end up being several different but skeletally similar dinosaurs (generic theropod, spinosaurid, ornithopod, stegosaur, sauropod, etc.). Fossils are named after the continent they are found on (European Fossil, Asian Fossil, etc.), with no identifying features until the cleaning process begins.
Some valuable items are also fossils (Knightia, Conodont, etc.), but belong to non-dinosaurs and can only be sold.
As Dinosaurs level up, their numerical stats (HP, Attack Power, and Technique) will increase according to preset curves. All Dinosaurs of a given species at the same level will be identical in every way, with no factors being influenced by prior battle activity. All Dinosaur species of the same Rarity will share most of the same numerical stat curves, though other factors may vary.
- See also: Attributes
Much like other media, Dinosaurs are assigned to one of 7 Attributes (Fire, Water, Lightning, Earth, Grass, Wind, or Secret). The first six form a ring of effectivenesses, where each Attribute is good against the next but bad against the previous, and neutral to all others. Considering the Attributes of the attacking and target Dinosaurs, using any Move (Normal or Super) will result in 80% damage to a bad match-up (e.g. Fire attacking Water) and 120% damage to a good match-up (e.g. Fire attacking Wind). Dinosaurs can only be assigned Super Moves that match their Attribute, but Normal Moves ("no attribute") can be given to any Dinosaur.
- See also: Signs
Like the arcade game, Sign (termed as "hand sign" in the DS) quickly identifies the Dinosaur's Critical Move, its strongest Attack. The Critical Move determines what Sign of Move Cards they will create while leveling up, and many enemies will give hints to their upcoming move in reference to either their or the player's Critical Move. On the stat display screen, a Dinosaur's Critical Move is listed twice, once by Attribute (also visible from team overview menus) and once by Attack Power (only on the full stat screen).
Unique to the DS game in this manner (compare TCG#Level). A Dinosaur's level increases as they reach experience milestones and increases their HP, Attack Power, and Technique. A Dinosaur's level upon being revived from a fossil is determined by how good a cleaning job the player did, but the maximum revival level is set by game progress and gradually rises. For example, initial revives are around level 1 (finish cleaning in red pick durability or broken pick) or level 3 (finish in green durability) in Chapter 1 and increase to levels 5, 6, and 7 with Chapter 2 story progress. The starting Triceratops or Carnotaurus is always at level 1.
- See: Strength#DS Game
HP indicates a Dinosaur's health and how much damage they can take. Outside of select Move Card effects, there is no Defense stat, and the damage formula involves only Attack Power, Move or effect multipliers, and HP, with no passive hidden values. For every step a player takes outside of battle, each of their Dinosaurs' HPs replenish by 1 point. All Dinosaurs which faint in battle are revived after the battle with 1 HP. When a Dinosaur levels up and their max HP increases, their current HP does not increase to match, leaving them with the same numerical HP as before but which is now less than 100%. HP is fully restored upon entering a D-Site.
A system of 1-5 stars indicating how rare a Dinosaur's fossil is to be discovered. Rarity and Battle Type combine to determine which stat curve group a Dinosaur belongs to. All Dinosaurs of the same Rarity have the same Technique curve, and most Battle Types also share HP and Attack Power curves; Attack Types have higher Attack Power and Defense Types have higher HP than other Types within the same Rarity.
- Main article: Types
Much like the arcade, each Dinosaur has one of several Battle Types: Attack, Defense, Tie, Crisis, Blitz, and Counterstrike, seemingly being shared with the arcade's 2006 and 2007 editions, though for slightly different effects. Certain Battle Types simply indicate stat differences among Dinosaurs of the same Rarity (Attack Type indicates an inherently higher Attack Power curve, Defense Type indicates an inherently higher HP curve), while other Types (Tie, Crisis, Blitz, and Counterstrike) belong to Dinosaurs who all have identical stats, but possess unique passive effects.
- See: Attack#DS Stats
Attack Power determines how much damage a Dinosaur deals. Each Dinosaur has three: two identical and a higher Critical Move. A rough total is also displayed for quick reference, but is not used for any calculations.
- See: Technique#DS Stats
Technique determines how much a Dinosaur's MP meters refill at the end of each turn, seemingly by 1 for 0-299 Technique, by 2 for 300-599, etc. by passing multiples of 300. Technique is the only stat to scale inversely to Rarity, being highest when the other stats are lowest and vice versa, and no Battle Type signifies an increased Technique.
Dinosaurs gain experience for defeating opponents, and the stat page shows how much is needed to reach the next level, but does not indicate how much has been gained. All Dinosaurs have the same Experience curve regardless of Rarity, and reaching each level requires a sometimes inconsistent amount more experience than reaching the previous level. Every Dinosaur who both participated in and survived a battle will gain the same experience payout; it is not divided if multiple Dinosaurs gain experience, each gets the maximum. Experience is only awarded at the end of the battle, and any Dinosaurs who are defeated before that will gain none, even if they defeated a Dinosaur during the middle. The experience payout is determined by the opponent, being 10 times the level of a random encounter opponent, or a set amount often less than twice the expected payout for static and boss battles. Various Book items can temporarily influence the gaining of experience points.
Upon reaching certain levels universal to all Dinosaurs from a given continent (Mystery Fossils are sometimes exceptions), a Dinosaur will create a Move Card which usually matches their Critical Move sign. The Normal Moves are the same for all dinosaurs of the same Sign, and Super Moves appear at the same levels though vary by Attribute. The specific levels and Moves also vary by the continent the fossils can be found on, with later continents' Dinosaurs not learning any Moves until a level closer to their maximum revival level. Once created, Move Cards are kept in the DinoShot and can be assigned to any Attribute-compatible Dinosaur rather than being locked to only the Dinosaur which created it; however, they must be manually assigned outside of battle through the DinoShot menu. Each card can only be assigned to one Dinosaur at a time, making players train multiple Dinosaurs of the same Sign to get multiple copies of the same Move. Leaving a Dinosaur in a D-Site will automatically remove all Moves from it, making them available again.
Players begin with 9 copies of each of the base-level Moves for each Sign (Tail, Ram, and Throw), even though only 3 could ever be in use at once; these Moves are automatically assigned to any Dinosaur added to the DinoShot until the player replaces them, and will be reassigned if they leave the Move selection menu while a Dinosaur still has empty Move slots. In the DinoShot menu, Moves are listed in a preset order regardless of acquisition order, and are sorted into successive branched folders by Sign and then Attribute.
Upon reaching North America (Chapter 3), Reese upgrades the player's DinoShot to fit a fourth Move onto each Dinosaur at or above level 15; this Move can be of any Sign and either it or that Sign's main Move can be selected to indicate attacking with that Sign, the advantage being that the player can assign a situational or high-cost Move but can instead use a substitute Move for bad-fit situations. Static enemies also gain this fourth Move at the same time, but the Move' Sign is hidden from the player.
Most Moves are part of a related trio, each Sign featuring its own version either being identical in all but animation or slightly varied in effect. However, these Moves are not learned at the same levels between Signs; for example, Serial Slash (Scissors), Double Deal (Rock), and Hack and Slash (Paper) are identical in effect, but learned at levels 10, 12, and 17 respectively. Some trios are even divided between Dinosaurs from different continents, such as All-Out Blow (Paper, level 7, Europe) and All-Out Strike (Rock, level 11, Asia).
Move Card StatsEdit
Move Card statistics are listed in this order: MP, "color box", Sign, Attribute, and effect, which includes the Attack Power increase.
Each Move Card features a cost of MP (Move Points), draining its Sign's MP meter upon attempted use, whether successful or not. The meters have 10 MP and refill by at least 1 per turn (more by higher Technique). If a Move requires more MP than is available, that Sign cannot be selected until enough turns have passed to sufficiently refill the meter. As enemies are restricted by MP just like players and their MP meters are visible, this can lead to player advantages when enemies have Moves with high MP costs. Higher MP Moves are usually better or feature stronger effects. MP meters are completely refilled after a battle ends.
Not featuring an obvious name, this "colored box" indicates something inherent about the Move. A red burst indicates a Damage Move, which lets the Dinosaur attack with a multiplier on their Attack Power for that Sign. A blue ring indicates an Effect Move, which lets the Dinosaur attack, typically with their unboosted Attack Power and the Sign's default Move animation, then trigger a stat or other extra effect, such as increasing their damage given or reducing their damage taken going forward. A yellow spiral appears on some Super Moves and seems to indicate summoning an elemental battlefield or having the chance to inflict a status condition after the attack.
Each Move Card has a Sign and Attribute, much like the arcade game. A Move's Sign determines what Dinosaurs can create it (those with the same Critical Move) and which move slot it can be assigned to (the matching Sign). A Super Move's Attribute (Normal Moves are labeled as Attribute "None") also determines which Dinosaurs can use it, needing to match Attributes; they will only be created by Dinosaurs matching Attribute and (usually) Critical Move.
Instead of giving a numerical base increase like in the TCG, DS Move Cards boost the Dinosaur's Attack Power with a decimal multiplier (possibly like the arcade), sometimes giving a higher multiplier if a special condition is met (similar to many TCG Moves).
Many of the DS game's battle animations are copied from the arcade game, but with minor changes in camera angles, and numerous "reskins" of a Move to make weaker, stronger, element-themed, or other variants (sometimes the same animation with a new camera angle is the only difference between numerous Moves). Some new animations are also introduced, which are likewise augmented for use in many Moves each.
There are notably many quality issues with the animated dinosaur models while attacking, including clipping through opponents, not touching opponents when hitting them, mouths not being hinged at the right point on the skull (herbivores especially), and even separately rendered elements of a single dinosaur (back spine ridges, inner toes) sliding away from the rest of the model while moving, or limbs flattening when bent. Size discrepancies between dinosaurs are also common, such as many sauropods being far too small or select species (Fukuisaurus, Alioramus) being far too big.
All items (159)
- Alpha Droids
- Aqua Vortex
- Aqua Whip
- Death Grind
- Dr. Z
- Electric Charge
- Element Stones
- Max Taylor
- Minmi (character)
- Mole Attack
- Move Cards/Fusion
- Spike Taylor
- Thunder Storm Bazooka