Last year, I met a man named Eitan Glinert of a very small game development team called Fire Hose Games. They had just one booth at Pax East cramped along the outskirts of the show floor. My, what a year does for some companies. This year they had two booths and a new game on display. The game they had on display was their new Tower Defense game Go Home Dinosaurs. There is one game that stands out in mind when playing this game and that is Plants Vs. Zombies. They are both the same genre, but I really feel that Go Home Dinosaurs has something really special that it’s working with. Well, without further ado, onto our preview of Go Home Dinosaurs!
Go Home Dinosuars is quite frankly an adorable game. You play as a gopher who is similar to a Bugs Bunny-esque type of character and the goal of the game is simple, you have to stop enemy or enemies from reaching the end goal. The way you do this is by collecting coconuts on trees, which can be redeemed to purchase weapons and power ups for your gopher. Those of you that have played tower defense games on the PC will be familiar with this. If you have played Plants Vs. Zombies on any of the other several platforms that it was released on you will already be a pro at this game.
The weapons and power-ups that you can get in the game are really fun and unique. I loved the fact that you can use science against these stupid dinosaurs and cause a comet to come crashing into them. It really is a lot of fun and this fun could keep you on your computer for hours on end. After you select a weapon, (barring you have the ample funds to purchase the weapon) you are allowed to place it on the map. Each weapon or item has a certain amount of space that it can take up. You can also rotate each item so that it fits in the spot you choose for it. This requires a lot of strategy as you don’t want to put your weapon in a spot where it will be useless.
The title of the game is Go Home Dinosaurs; this obviously means we can assume the bad guys we are going to be fighting are Dinosaurs. There were few Dino bad boys that I got a chance to fight in the demo; however I was also told that I could expect to see a whole lot more Dinosaurs. When you really think about it, there are literally thousands of dinosaurs alive in the prehistoric time. There is literally an undying source of Dinosaurs that could be in this game.
The game has a cute and innocent art style to it. Do not let that fool you though. I have seen their terror with my own eyes. I even kidnapped one to prove it! Ok, maybe not kidnapped but still, this game looks great.
Where this game excels at, is the fact that you can purchase new items for defending and power ups. The further you go along in the game the more unique and different items that will become available at your disposal. You will have to think quickly as well because the game will pick up and get faster as you play along. This also is great for upping the difficulty and enabling the quick thinking that most people should have.
Lastly, Go Home Dinosaurs is an absolute speculator game to play. The tower defense genre has never been so much fun. When this game releases later this year you had better get it, if not well when the Dino apocalypse happens we know who didn’t make it. If Go Home Dinosaurs does not entice you to make a purchase, than perhaps Fire Hose Games will. Be on the lookout later this year for Go Home Dinosaurs!