DinoSawUs.com works by bringing its players into a colorful world inhabited by even more colorful looking dinosaurs. Just think how different the world would be if these interesting creatures were still around! While we will never know what dinosaurs would really be like, it’s pretty fun to play around and imagine. The game starts with the creation of your own dinosaur character and login name or as the game calls it your “secret-identity”. You start off as a free non-member with 5 credits, which doesn’t really give you too many options initially if you’re looking to buy something for your dino. There are a whole bunch of games that you can play for free as a non-member and areas for you to explore. The locations in the game range from the town-hall to the diner to the museum to of course the volcano site.
The museum section had a really great educational factor to it. There is a part titled “General Knowledge” and this section included information on volcanoes, digging up dinos, fossil finding, and pronunciation. Each location has its own games and activities within the game which keep any repetition to a minimum. The main toolbar for the game contains links for your own personal aspects of the game. These are located on the bottom right of the screen and include “Gunge, Friends, Party, My Stuff, Chat, Postcards, and Travel”. Chat is a preloaded assortment of conversational words that can be used to communicate with other players through your character. This is nice because it takes away any possible concern over inappropriate contact on this socially interactive site. Another cool part on that toolbar specifically is the travel section which brings you to a larger map and allows you to jump right to any place in the DinoSawUs world.
There were quite a few mini-games offered throughout the game. Just to name a select few of the games, there was a Rocket-Bolt game were you have to maneuver your dino character equipped with a jet-pack through a variety of maze type levels. In each level you collect balloons for points as well as added bonuses of health and avoid other objects trying to stop you. This game gets harder as you progress upward through the levels and requires some definite thinking and logic skills to figure out how to fly to success. Some additional games include a Rock-Band type game, a color memory game, a Burger Restaurant game, a hangman game, and a word search. The color memory game was pretty fun and reminds me of the electronic handheld game “Simon” that I played as a child.
This site did have quite a bit more available to players who became members. The membership does require a payment and they have three options available, a monthly payment of $5.95, a 6 month term payment of $24.95 or a yearly payment of $39.95. The additional features after becoming a member include stuff like special cars and costumes for your dino, the ability to buy exclusive dinos, and the use of the “Party” option on the toolbar. Your child will definitely want the paid version but the free version gives you enough experience to know whether or not the game is one your child will want to return and play.
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