A more straightforward example of its genre would be hard to find. This isn't to say that Dylo's Adventure
lacks features or that the fun factor is low, just that there aren't any innovations here. Running, jumping and taking out enemies has long been a staple for platforming adventure, and companies like Nintendo have found new and different ways to gild their lily franchises. What I respond to in Dylo's Adventure
is the attempt to craft a very friendly, family-oriented game in a home computer setting. PC and Mac gamers both have fallen behind consoles in this genre.
Dylo's Adventure pits a lone dinosaur against invading alien hordes. The aliens, intent on turning the planet into a Martian theme park, somehow manage to corrupt the local fauna, which makes Dylo's job more difficult. Spiders, flies and the occasional beetle - who we assume were previously friendly - are out to make trouble for Dylo as he rambles through each level. Luckily, a bag of rocks and a good arm make Dylo more than capable of clearing a path. The aliens bring in bigger baddies, including giant robots and (yes, this does seem ill matched to an otherwise family-friendly game) gun turrets. Combine this with floating platforms, water obstacles and patches of dangerous ground to get the adrenaline pumping... Lather, rinse, and repeat.
To show that Dylo's Adventure is "in the tradition" of its classic forebearers, the developers have included some nice special bonuses and item collection that is more than trivial. Bonuses go as far as secret areas, discovered by a lucky jump in most cases. Items include upgrading that bag of rocks to cooler tools like the boomerang.