Cadillacs and Dinosaurs


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 8

Sound: 8.5

Gameplay: 9.5

Overall: 9

Mere words cannot describe the sheer joy that is Capcom's (sadly) underappreciated Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. For many a year fans of this overcrowded genre waited for their savior and it arrived in an unexpected form. As harsh as it may seem, more people are familiar with the FMV rendition of this popular comic (on the Sega CD) than any other. Rest assured, THIS is the rendition that should be played.

As far as one can tell, the story revolves around a power mad evil scientist type whose experiments in genetics have gone a bit too far. 4 heroes, each with the now expected variables in speed and power, step up to the plate to take on the madman and as always, save the planet. 3 players can join in the melee at any time setting up a superbly playable game.

There's a wide variety of weapons to choose from if using your fists becomes tiring. Guns play a prominent role, ranging from handguns to Uzi's. Also tossed in are torches, knives, rocks, two by fours, clubs, grenades, and dynamite. Of course, you can't forget the bazooka which sends the opposition high into the pieces. Yes, this game is relatively violent, though by no means on the same level as say Mortal Kombat II. Just a slight spray here and there, nothing that will turn your kids into stark-raving lunatics who run around and shoot people because parents these days suck and don't understand how to really raise a child (end poorly written run-on social commentary).

Each of the 4 characters are completely useable, something so many other games in this same genre fail to do. The combos come fast and hard from all of them, never leaving the player at a disadvantage. There are a few bosses who simply overwhelm you with their speed, but fans of this style of game are used to this by now. The number of standard enemies is, of course, limited. Again, you simply have to expect these limitations and enjoy yourself. It's not hard to do here.

Though so many other arcade games fall victim to insane difficulty levels, C & D has found a perfect blending of challenge and fun. With the exception of the bosses mentioned above, you'll never feel like your being cheated out of your credits. There are a few too many stages (8 to be exact), and it's not that the game becomes's the simple fact that no one has thumbs that can last that long. By the start of the final stage, rest assured cramping will be setting in and you'll be praying for a quick finale.

Sometimes, even as an experienced reviewer, you find it hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes a game so damned good. This is one of those games. The graphics are certainly not substandard, but there's no mode 7 or other gimmicky effects so many other games use to ridiculous levels, so we can rule these out. The soundtrack is superb, occasionally drowned out by the on screen action. Nothing outworldy here either. Honestly, I don't know. It's one of those games that hooks you in a matter of seconds and you won't give in until the final chapter.


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