Color a Dinosaur is a coloring book for your NES, despite including less color options than a Crayola 50-Pack. It’s what critics and gamers refer to today as “shovelware,” games made hastily and cheaply for a quick profit and purchased by parents too uneducated to know the types of games their child actually desires.
The title states the obvious: in the game, you color dinosaurs. Essentially, Color a Dinosaur is an outdated version of Microsoft Paint, except you can only color in the provided dinosaur templates with horrendous colors (pastels? Light pink?). There is no drawing of any kind, no adding or subtracting from the dinosaur templates, no coloring anything other than dinosaurs.
The dinosaurs themselves look basic, traditional, cutesy, boring. Sometimes there’s color lag when you’re trying to fill out larger sections of the dinosaur or background. The cover reads from ages 3 to 6, but no toddler wants to color in a game when they could whip the undead, shoot evil robots, or squash goomba heads.
Not even Tommy Tallarico’s kickin’ soundtrack can save Color a Dinosaur from the bargain bins of eternity.
PUBLISHER: Virgin DEVELOPER: FarSight GENRE: Art simulation
RELEASE DATE: 07/1993 – (US)