Dinos are getting hip – again. Robert Kirman (The Walking Dead) and artist Jason Howard (The Astounding Wolf-Man) aren't the only ones to credit this fact with their latest kid's comic book series "Super Dinosaur". In December 2012 the release of Dino Storm, a brandnew 3D multi player browser game immediately became a success. Saurians dating back to primitive times aren't as cool as zombies - yet - but still: the game was able to attract more than 100 international media partners and even got nominated for Germany's Games Developer Award 2012 as "best browser game". Ever since then a growing number of cowboys and girls are adventuring in and around DinoVille, and the guys at Splitscreen Studios are delighted. Their developer's diaries offer some interesting insight into the game's background and the creative process of mixing western and dinosaur elements.
As we can read there, this is virgin soil for Splitscreen's creative team who usually sticks to clearly defined themes like mere Science Fiction or Steampunk. A coincidence started it all: the funny sketch of the 90s TV animation series "Dino Riders" caused some attention. The serie's Sci-Fi heroes are waving their laser pistols while riding on dinosaurs. Quite a picture. Splitscreen's "dinosaur weekend" brought about a prototype followed by a playable test version of the game only three days later. The western setting soon brought about the creation of DinoVille and the gold rush of the 19th century seemed a good time frame for a huge number of exciting stories all about heroes and villains, their adventures and hopes for the big coup and infinite riches. The game's browser based 3D graphics offer an easy approach and great fun and will probably attract all kinds of different players. Get going!