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Prehistoria is the trope for VideoGameSettings taking place in the LostWorld or OneMillionBC. [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals Cavemen]] abound chasing {{Nubile Savage}}s, while [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaurs will live in volcanoes or breathe fire]] and eat anyone who comes too close. Expect a blend of JungleJapes and LethalLavaLand.

Typically features a [[AnachronismStew mix of different prehistoric creatures]] -- like mastodons and triceratops living side by side and EverythingTryingToKillYou. Expect to kill a lot of StockDinosaurs and/or cavemen. Please ignore the [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology Palaeontologist sobbing softly in the corner]].

Named after the cave area of ''SecretOfEvermore''.

Compare LostWorld and OneMillionBC, the non-video game versions of this trope.


* This is the entire setting of many VideoGames:
** ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''
** ''[[VideoGame/JoeAndMac Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja]]'' and its sequels (including ''Congo's Caper'')
** ''VideoGame/{{Bonk}}'s Adventure'' and its sequels
** ''Dino City''
** ''Worlds of Franchise/{{Ultima}}: Savage Empire''
** ''VideoGame/{{Carnivores}}'' {{hand wave}}s it, since it's set on a different world that happens to have convergent evolution. Past this weak justification, it's basically the trope, although it at least separates the dinosaurs and ice age mammals (the mammals going in the more polar regions, the dinosaurs in the more temperate, equatorial islands).
** ''Roc'n Rope''
** ''VideoGame/AdventuresOfDinoRiki''
** The ''Chuck Rock'' series
** The ''VideoGame/{{Prehistorik}}'' series
** ''Bignose the Caveman''
** ''Ugh!''
** Any games based on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** ''Saurusland'', a primitive game that was one of the first releases for the {{MSX}} and Tomy Pyuuta.
** ''Videogame/{{Trog}}''
* Dinosaur Jungle in ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]''. The game is based on the ''Literature/ArabianNights'', which made a lot of people wonder why there were dinosaurs... it's actually a reference to the story of Sinbad, although very exaggerated.
* Much of Dinosaur Land in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. Cavepeople were added in the [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld cartoon]].
* 65,000,000 B.C.,[[note]](A.K.A. "Prehistoric" on the SNES and "Prehistory" on the DS)[[/note]] in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', with the added touch of humanity fighting against [[LizardFolk reptilian humanoids]] called Reptites -- essentially dinosaurs with human forms and intelligence. On the party's second visit, they witness Lavos crashing into the earth, [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs causing the mass extinction of dinosaurs and Reptiles alike]]. Hilariously, one of the early player's guides for the game called that age "Prehistoria" which led a fan or two to calling it that until the DS version gave them something better.
* The Prehistoric Turtlesaurus level from ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime''.
* The premise of the game ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'' is to evolve your character from tiny fish to mighty land mammal. Needless to say, the whole game is set in a relatively scientifically accurate version of this (except for the [[AncientAstronauts aliens meddling with evolution]] and the [[LostWorld dinosaurs living in secluded areas]]).
* World 6 (the Cliff) of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
* Terrydactyland in ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' has three different tribes of cavemen and several kinds of dinosaurs.
* Planet Sargasso in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction''.
* A few levels of ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' were a cross of this and UnderTheSea. The enemies included a prehistoric version of the common jellyfish enemy, dinicthys fish standing in for the sharks, giant seahorses, and inexplicably [[GoddamnedBats vicious trilobites]]. Seriously.
* The Lost Underworld segment of ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. The place (and the monsters in it) are so ''huge'' that your party is only a few pixels high by comparison.
* Tyrannia in the virtual pets game ''{{Neopets}}''.
* One of the video game levels in which the ''Scooby-Doo'' gang are trapped in the animated movie, "WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase". And it does have a T-rex and woolly mammoths co-existing.
** And the characters lampshade the hell out of it.
* The first world of the first ''[[VideoGame/TheLostVikings Lost Vikings]]'' game. Its only pretense at actually ''being'' a prehistoric world was its dinosaur and human enemies, however, as the stages featured the usual assortment of keys, bombs, and drawbridges found in the other levels. It is literally called "Prehistoria".
* The fifth chapter of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' uses this setting, but with no [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology dinosaurs]] to be found, just giant wooly mammoth...things.
* Pogo's prehistoric chapter in ''VideoGame/LiveALive''.
* The "Uga Buga" chapter in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has a T. rex marching down a walkway suspended over lava, eating cavemen as it goes. The game lampshades this trope by having Conker complain about how he can't even visit a "dinosaur-themed world" without being mugged by a bunch of cavemen.
* "Cave Cat 3,000,000 BC" in ''GarfieldCaughtInTheAct'' (arguably inspired by the book/TV special ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}: His 9 Lives'', one of which is a cave cat).
* The Cavelem tribe in ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} 2''.
* ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' has [[LethalLavaLand Dino Mountain]]. With dinosaur skulls that vomit lava.
* Planet Sauria in ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfRadGravity''.
* Prehistoric Plaza in ''VideoGame/PowerPete''.
* ''VideoGame/PrimalRage'' combines this with AfterTheEnd. A meteor crashes into Earth, reverting mankind to cavemen, rearranging the continents, and reawakening the gods. What does this lead to? Dinosaurs and giant apes beating the crap out of each other and eating each other's followers.
* Level 2 of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair II: Time Warp''. In this prehistoric era Dirk, Mordroc, and Daphne land in, our hero fights off dinosaurs and ''[[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]]''!
* ''Time Soldiers'' has a level set in "The Primitive Age."
* This is... quite an odd setting in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''. Set in Gungathal Valley in 10,000 BC (or BCE), it's home to the standard mix of Stone/Ice Age wooly mammoths, sabretooth tigers, dodo birds, anklyosaurs that act as catapults, pterodactyls (which make even less sense due to the cold), [[spoiler:the ancestor of ''all'' Coopers]], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a jive-talking, garishly dressed painting black bear]]. The strange disappearance of the local pterodactyl eggs seems to be causing problems, though.
* ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'' briefly has you go back 200 million years into the past for a few minutes to obtain a disc containing the entire history of the world, which was placed far enough back in time that the likelyhood of someone tampering with it would be minimal. It is after this task that you begin your real mission.
* ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'' takes the most cartoonish version and runs (and jumps) with it. Big stone wheels, NubileSavage babes and PteroSoarer rides are all included.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', while there are dinosaurs throughout Azeroth (raptors, thunder lizards [aka kodos], and plesiosaurs, and the first two are even bred as mounts), it's the Un'Goro Crater where you can also find tyrannosaurs, ''Dimetrodons'', and pterosaurs, which are nowhere else in the world. The Crater, with its dinosaur population, offbeat quests, and pop culture references, is popular for questing in the 40-50 range as well as the easiest place for Beast Master-specced Hunters to tame tyrannosaurs as pets. As for humanoids, Un'Goro is actually the only zone in the game without a permanent settlement, just a small camp to the north composed of a politically neutral mishmash of races.
** The entire area is a ShoutOut to ''Series/LandOfTheLost'', including the names of the characters and the camp itself ("Marshall's Refuge"), as well as pylons that one can use power crystals of various colors in.
** Since the Shattering patch there is an explanation if you finish every quest line in the crater: [[spoiler: a Titan is using the area for experiments, and it was specifically created for this purpose when they forged the world.]]
* Slash Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', although all of the dinosaurs are robots.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has aspects of this; in many ways a standard fantasy setting with a specifically Scandinavian flavour, but nonetheless inhabitant by gigantic cavemen, woolly mammoths, and sabre-toothed cats. And, of course, there are lots of caves, and DinosaursAreDragons.
* The Lost Kingdom park in ''VideoGame/ThemeParkWorld'', the world of ancient Africa slash South America slash the Middle East.
* ''Cratermaze'' begins its adventure through time in the primitive world. Each time period has two types of enemies; here, of course, it's cavemen and dinosaurs.