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Prehistoric Isle in 1930 (PSP Minis) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . While I have great love and appreciation for classic 2D shoot-em-ups, I'll be the first to admit that most lacked originality. With the exception of Air Zonk and Parodius, too many shooters involved little more than a spaceship exploring the universe, collecting power-ups and killing aliens. BORING! Thankfully SNK's latest PSP Mini flips the script on the traditional side-scrolling shoot-em-up and gives us a gimmick we can really get behind. Rating: 92%
Prehistoric Isle in 1930 (PSP Minis)
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While I have great love and appreciation for classic 2D shoot-em-ups, I'll be the first to admit that most lacked originality. With the exception of Air Zonk and Parodius, too many shooters involved little more than a spaceship exploring the universe, collecting power-ups and killing aliens. BORING! Thankfully SNK's latest PSP Mini flips the script on the traditional side-scrolling shoot-em-up and gives us a gimmick we can really get behind.

Introducing Prehistoric Isle, a game that combines the best elements from World War I and Jurassic Park. You take control of a fighter pilot who is tasked with investigating a mysterious island. As you approach you notice something weird -- dinosaurs roaming the Earth as if they never went extinct. Thankfully these ferocious baddies play using traditional side-scrolling shooter logic. Pterodactyls fly in an easy formation, dino eggs offer power-ups and you'll have to pay attention to the cavemen throwing things from the ground. Dig deep enough and you'll see a few familiar faces show up in end-level boss battles.

Even though the game pilfers from a number of popular shooters of the era, Prehistoric Isle manages to hold its own thanks to a solid theme and memorable level designs. If the idea of shooting dinosaurs doesn't already excite you, then there's little about this arcade classic to interest you. However, I found the tongue-in-cheek approach refreshing, especially after spending so much time playing SNK's past shooters (HAL 21, Alpha Mission, etc.). Sure Prehistoric Isle is silly, but I would rather see another installment of this crazy idea than yet more Metal Slug games. After suffering through Fox's Terra Nova and Telltale's Jurassic Park, it's about time somebody gets dinosaur action right!
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