Another review, another beat ’em up. Only do you see something odd? Yep, the title, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, this is one of the stupidest titles for literally anything media-centric. It’s like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, such as silly title and sounds like someone got stoned and made this title. But like the Turtles it worked, but unlike the Turtles it died with the 90’s. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, developed and published by Capcom and was released in 1993. Believe it or not, this is a licensed property, I say this because this is a little known game. It is based on a comic book called Xenozoic Tales that was published by Kitchen Sink Press…I’m being serious it really was being published by a Kitchen Sink; though later would be published by Dark Horse Comics.
So the plot is based off the comic in which we annoyed Mother Nature so Earth has gone to waste so now everyone has to live underground…then dinosaurs appear out of nowhere and live with humans. We have our main characters Jack Tenrec, a mechanic who restores Cadillacs and make them run on Dinosaur Guano (and this is where I look up on the Internet to find out what Dinosaur Guano is…it’s faeces…ew), and Hanna Dundee, a scientist whose a love interest of Jack. A gang called the Black Marketeers hunt and kill dinosaurs for unknown reasons. But the dinosaurs have had enough and are going back to their natural habitat, and when I mean natural habitat, I mean attack villages and the people inhabiting there. So Jack, Hannah, and some other guys Mustapha and Mess team up to defeat the Black Marketeers. This story is…so 90’s, it sums up the 90’s down to a tee, as in anything goes when you’re trying to make a franchise to compete with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
You play as four characters, Jack, Hannah, Mustapha and Mess. Jack is the all-around guy, he is the main character after all, Hannah has skills (and the character I played the most), Mustapha is the speedy character, oh yeah, he’s black and therefore all black people are fast (and if you make a Baltimore joke I’ll do…absolutely nothing), and Mess is the heavy guy, let’s cry some more.
If you played any other Capcom beat ’em up, it’s going to be similar. In this game you beat up the Black Marketeers and…DINOSAURS? damn, I don’t think there is any other game where you use your fist to smack dinosaurs until they become tolerant and friendly again…just like dogs on shock collars. You got the bosses, hard, tough and the usual business. Similar items like food and weapons are here and they will be useful in tough situations. My favourite part is riding on your Cadillac running over people and using it to battle a boss, so much wacky fun will be had in this game.
Overall, this is an over the top game that lives up to it’s name for the most part, I wholly recommend this and make sure you get a friend to play it with you. The graphics are what you’d expect from Capcom games, crisp, clean and dynamic. And you get to beat up dinosaurs, what more could you ask for.
You can get it in the Arcades.