There are many kinds of 3D platformers so here's one that's great for kids as well as folks simply looking for some lighthearted fun.
I never heard of Gigantosaurus until I saw the trailer for the game which made me excited to play it. For the unfamiliar, it's a TV series for children that stars a bunch of little dinosaur chums and in this game, you can play as Mazu, Rocky, Tiny, and Bill. The story primarily focuses on the gang collecting eggs that are scattered around a handful of themed areas before the dastardly Velociraptors get their claws on them. Along the journey, a massive dinosaur named Giganto assists them in clever ways. Every dinosaur except for Giganto speaks and you also get a narrator who helps set up the different situations that the gang find themselves in. All of this is obviously targeted to little kids. I even watched a bit of the show that it's based on before writing this review and as far as I can tell, it's a very close representation of what you'll find in the series. So, if you have kids who enjoy Gigantosaurus then they'll love this game.
When it comes to gameplay, Gigantosaurus The Game is incredibly easy to pick-up-and-play. You basically run and jump around while occasionally attacking things and using your chosen character's special ability. Speaking of which, you can swap to any character whenever you wish and they are each capable of a unique skill such as assembling levers, climbing vines, and ramming trees down. On top of that, you'll find loads of gadgets that you can use such as spring shoes, propeller hats, and beehives which keep bees distracted. There are also loads of fun stage elements such as gusts of wind, slides, and moving platforms so there's always plenty to see and do.
Now that I mentioned stages, allow me to discuss them in more detail. You'll traverse a bunch of open areas including Savanna, Jungle, Desert, Lake, Glacier, and Volcano. The main mission involves retrieving eggs from tricky locations then bringing them back to where they belong. Considering there are 10 to find in each stage and you only need 4 of them to progress, you're encouraged to explore the stages however you wish in order to move on in the campaign. There are oodles of other collectibles, too, such as Walnuts, Golden Skulls, and there are even pots where you can plant seeds then watch nifty vegetation grow. As you play, you'll unlock statues as well as pages in a Gigantopedia that you can browse through from the main menu so there is a substantial amount of replay value.
Gigantosaurus The Game features vibrant colours and the environments generally look good, especially when you're observing things from a distance. However, once you get close, the textures really start to look rough. On the plus side, the delightful music helps create a soothing yet fun atmosphere while the voice acting makes each dinosaur's personality shine and the effects are quite satisfying.
Finally, Gigantosaurus The Game includes 2 interesting supplementary components. The first is a kart racing mini-game that you play to reach each new area. There are 5 tracks total and you can select them from the main menu after unlocking them in order to play with your friends. That being said, the racing is super-simple which contrasts with the variety of the platforming segments. In fact, it's so simple that I can imagine that even some youngsters would get impatient with it. Last but not least, you can play the entire game with up to 4 players. Although this is great, especially if you want to play with toddlers who may struggle on their own, the multiplayer isn't implemented as well as it could have been. The main issue is that you can't move that far from your friends and the camera is pulled back quite a lot, too, which can make it difficult to gauge what's going on. It's still fantastic that they included the option, though.
Gigantosaurus The Game is a wonderful 3D platformer that definitely knows its target audience: kids. With that in mind, it's still a fun game even for adults, especially if you're looking for an easy breezy collect-a-thon to wind down with.
- + Solid 3D platforming that's intuitive and accessible for younger gamers
- + Features an impressive amount of variety
- + Lots of things to collect
- - Graphics are kind of rough up-close
- - Multiplayer could be handled better
- - Racing is a bit too simple