Pocket dinos incidental to their own game

Spoiler alert! If you like making tricky shots, Pocket Dinosaurs 2 HD offers plenty to challenge you. Lively colors and a variety of shooting conditions add to the fun. Don’t count on fighting dinosaurs, however, because they provide little more than ammo for your slingshot. Still worth four stars.

When you have a game idea and you want to grab buyers’ attention, add dinosaurs. You could add zombies, but some people will avoid zombie games on principle. Dinosaurs can be cuddly if they look like Barney or scary if they eat you. You can attract people experiencing bloodlust withdrawal and fans of Winnie the Pooh.

Or you can simply decorate the game with dinosaurs and fool people into thinking that’s what the game is about. Maybe Kongzhong, the game’s developers, thought that if they combined dinos and the pocket concept (after Pocket God) people would jump right in.

For all the dino hype, the only dinos in Pocket Dinos 2 HD are the ammunition. They have a smaller role in the game than the angry birds play in Angry Birds.

But if you want dinosaurs, you can forget Pocket Dinosaurs 2 HD. They’re in the game all right, but as tiny little dino bullets that you shoot from a slingshot into free floating flying saucers. They could just as easily be peas, little chocolate bunnies or angry birds. That’s right, angry birds, because the game seems to have borrowed the flying creature ammo motif as well.

Pocket Dinos 2 is not an Angry Birds rip off, however. You don’t have to figure out the physics of materials and trajectory. This is more like tricky target shooting with bank shots. The game offers 5 different stages with six levels each. In some challenges the saucer moves erratically, in others it hides behind barricades, often it does both.

The first levels of each stage are easy to unlock, later levels are far more expensive.

The game also provides players with thirty coins a day to unlock new levels and buy cooler ammo and saucers. The more points you rack up in a level, the more additional coins you can put in the bank to open up new challenges. You can also buy coins, if you get impatient.

The shop allows you to upgrade the gifts inside the levels. You can add up to three enhancements to your ammunition, the target and completion time provided you can afford them.

You can buy the ability to temporally unlock three-dino bullets, change the course and visibility of the saucer, and even extend the time available on a level. The catch is that none of the bonuses are reusable. So you have to keep earning coins to buy more bonuses.

The real challenge comes in the stage variations. One stage is low gravity, another underwater, in a third dino bullets travel further and bounce off the edges of the screen. Once you dust off your basic trick shot skills, you can experiment with the stages in a mirror-effect, shot-by-shot accuracy, and rapid fire mode.

Want a real challenge? Try low gravity shooting in mirror mode. Or rapid fire underwater shooting.

The art work is pretty good for a free game. The backgrounds are pleasant and the game objects never interfere with game play. And the dino-bullets are cute enough that you’d let your pre-school daughter play. The design in cuddly and absolutely non-violent.

There are much bigger dinosaurs in the original Pocket Dinosaurs, but the game is kind of dumb. Basically you stack as many dinosaurs as you can without stacking other animals. If it sounds pretty first-grade level stuff, it is. But if you want to play a game just for the dinosaurs, you may be happier with the original.

I have to admit that, even for someone who isn’t fond of arcade-style shooting games, Pocket Dinos 2 HD really does provide some fun moments of play. I usually pull it out when I need to kill five minutes, but my son and granddaughters could play with this one for hours.

Jenny Manytoes rates Pocket Dinos 2 HD

Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Pocket Dinos 2 HD. The colors are dazzling, the game challenging and fun. If it only had more dinosaurs, and bigger ones, it might even be worth a biscuit.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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