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'Dizzy Dizzy Dinosaur' Board Game Review | A Childhood Favorite

Updated on February 11, 2015

I vividly remember playing this game as a child, and I loved it so much that I've kept my original 20-year-old version in my possession (which you can see photos of below). And the wind-up dinosaur still works too!

This super fun family game was first released in 1987 - the year I was born no less - and now it is back and newly revamped and updated.

The game is 5* rated on Amazon and really is a funny game for both kids and adults. Made for 2-4 players, it has very simple game play with few rules so it's easy for kids to understand and play, yet the simplicity is not at all boring.

The aim of the game is to get all of your cavemen pieces to the cave in the center of the board, and each turn consists of throwing 2 dice. On the dice are numbers as well as a dinosaur head. If you throw the dice and get a dinosaur, then you take Dizzy (the dinosaur), wind him up and let him go from the center of the board. Then the fun really begins!

Dizzy moves and spins completely randomly, which means it's unpredictable and can create carnage or leave your playing pieces unscathed. If Dizzy does knock your pieces over then you have to move them all of the way back to the beginning - D'oh!

The best bits are the screeches of horror as all of someone's pieces are knocked down, or gasps of relief when Dizzy stops before it hits your piece, spins, changes direction and shoots off into your opponents pieces instead!

A lot of the game is down to luck, but there is some strategy too; such as putting the wound-up dinosaur down so that it points at your opponent's pieces, spreading your pieces out across the board so there is less chance of them all being taken out by Dizzy, or you can stack your pieces and move them together in a single move so they travel quicker towards the goal - yet this carries greater risk from Dizzy.

Included in the game box is a wind-up dinosaur, the game board, 20 caveman playing pieces (5 of each color), 2 dice and the instructions.

A timeless game that is fun for all the family, from ages 4 to 104!

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This is the old version I own - it's the one I used to play with as a child so is pretty old now!This is the original 1987 board layout. The newer version seems to have less footprints but the basic components are just the same.This photo shows the playing pieces (in 4 different colors - one color for each player), the dice and of course the wind-up dinosaur toy.
This is the old version I own - it's the one I used to play with as a child so is pretty old now!
This is the old version I own - it's the one I used to play with as a child so is pretty old now!
This is the original 1987 board layout. The newer version seems to have less footprints but the basic components are just the same.
This is the original 1987 board layout. The newer version seems to have less footprints but the basic components are just the same.
This photo shows the playing pieces (in 4 different colors - one color for each player), the dice and of course the wind-up dinosaur toy.
This photo shows the playing pieces (in 4 different colors - one color for each player), the dice and of course the wind-up dinosaur toy.

Here is the funny 1988 TV commercial for the game, plus a speeded-up demo of the newly released version.

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