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Dino hunt is a product of its time, and I'm not talking about the Jurssic here. No, I'm talking about the mid 90's that era when trading card games had a glorious future that would make profit forever. Then along came thousands of games like Dino Hunt and the bubble burst.
Dino Hunt is not a bad game. It can be fun, but don't expect deep gameplay or strategy. It's a light and frothy luck fest as you travel through time and try to bed those dinos, all the while trying to dodge the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune aimed at you by your rival, in the form of "chance" cards. This game would be lauded if it was a "cheapass" style game, but a trading card game - you've gotta be kiddasourosing me.
The game comes with colourful bits (and many many cards of course), and whilst the box is compact, a fair sized area is required for playing on.
Each turn a player recharges to 10 energy, which can be used to move between time peroids and hunt and send back through time captured dinos. A die is the rolled to determine the number of dinos to be placed this turn. When you don't ahve the energy or will to move or capture any more dinos your turn ends. To capture a dino you simply roll a die and consult the card of the dino in question, which has a list of results. Genrally options are: Capture dino, miss dino spend 1 energy, or stuff up lose one energy, dino escapes, end your turn. Each dino is worth a specific number of points, generally higher scoring dinos are harder to capture and cost more energy to send back.
At the beginning of your turn you also pick up a chance card. These are also awarded if you clear a tiem period of dinos. These cards are played to stuff up other players or aid your own captures. Some are quite inventive and amusing.
Whan all the dinos in the dino deck have been captured, the game is over and everyone adds up how many points of dinos they have. The person with the most points worth is the winner.
All in all not a bad game, but it should never have been a trading card game. If you're looking for a game relying more on luck than skill and like dinos, this may be a good addition to your collection.