A Prehistoric Tale
The Lost Boys are one of the biggest names to ever grace the Atari ST demoscene and in 1990 they ventured forth into the commercial gaming industry with A Prehistoric Tale. Released by the mighty Thalion, it might first appear as a rather poor old skool game, but do not let the visuals fool you!
You have been teleported back in time to the place where dinosaurs roam, a constant threat of being eaten alive and sexy cavewomen who happen to all look like Raquel Welch (I hope). Your job is to collect dino eggs and ultimately rescue all mammals from becoming extinct in the future. It’s a long story, so grab all the eggs and bring them back to the teleport for keeping.
Unfortunately, there is a time limit and you can only carry only three eggs at once (unless you pickup an egg basket) plus the levels rapidly increase in difficulty which helps introduce a great panic element as you frantically search the screen looking for eggs. To make matters interesting, your teleport changes location after each use and lots of spiders and other various prehistoric critters constantly appear - watch out for Pterodactyl swarms!
The in-game graphics are cute yet very simple but they do their job adequately. It's the audio which excels, thanks to Jochen Hippel and I'm sure you'll be tapping your foot along to the gorgeous chiptune beats!
Overall, A Prehistoric Tale is actually very, very simple at heart but hiding underneath that humble exterior is a rather enjoyably (and often frustrating) challenge for even the most gifted gamer. If ever there was retro gaming marmite, this is it, I can understand why some people either loved or hated it. However, I advice you give it a go especially if you are old enough to remember Dino Eggs on the C64. Incredibly good fun with a frantic, old skool gameplay style!