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"Dinosaurs exist and the Nazis have them!"
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Dino D-Day is a 2011 first-person shooter developed by 800 North and Digital Ranch, set in World War II... more or less. There is one minor difference: Those Wacky Nazis cloned dinosaurs. Training them to fight the allies and equipping them with guns and armor, the Nazis gain a terrifying new advantage. In this game, you play as either the Allies or the Axis (which despite the name has no Japanese or Italian characters) and can play in several classic first person shooter game modes such as control points, deathmatch, and king of the hill. A cooperative Multi-Mook Melee game mode, titled "Last Stand", is also available as paid DLC.

The Axis has eight playable characters, plus two map exclusive dinosaurs. As the inventors of the cloning process, they have the majority of playable dinosaurs. These include the Stygimoloch, a fairly average quadruped with a back mounted machine gun, the Velociraptor, a fast but fragile predator that can pounce on a victim, leaving seconds for teammates to save them, the Desmatosuchus, a very tanky but slow quadruped with a mounted Anti-Air gun (which is never used on aircraft in game), the Dilophosaurus, a fairly tough and fast dinosaur that can knock targets over with a charge and throw goats and downed enemies, the Microraptor, a bird-like dinosaur that can glide, cling to walls, and spit blinding acid, and the compy, a small, fast, but very fragile dinosaur with a grenade strapped to it that can be detonated at any time. Additionally, Karl Hissman can summon kamikaze pterosaurs, the T-Rex and Styracosaurus can be played in specific maps, a Mosasaur can be found in a certain map and will kill ANY player that touches it, and a Triceratops existed in the since removed single player beta. Many more are referenced in-game and in-lore, but are not seen in-game, such as the Plesiosaur, Deinosuchus, and Dunkleosteus. In addition, the Axis has three human characters, the previously mentioned Karl Hissman, a devoted Nazi sniper, Kurt Streicher, a fairly average soldier with no special abilities, but few weaknesses, and Wolfgang Von Graff, The Medic for humans and dinosaurs alike, but far from harmless in his own right.

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The Allies lack the know how to clone dinosaurs as yet, so all but one of their seven team members are humans from various countries. The team includes Jack Hardgrave, The Leader known to punch Tyrannosaurs to death, Joe Spencer, a quick soldier who can call in an artillery strike, Nigel Blythe, a british soldier who can use the rocket launcher or the flamethrower, which are excellent for fighting tanky dinosaurs and hard to hit dinosaurs, respectively, Ilona Vike, a latvian sniper who can bait velociraptors with a jackrabbit distraction, leaving them immobile and vulnerable for a few seconds, Camille Brun, a french medic with an SMG, and Jakob Brown, a jewish german defector who uses a heavy machine gun and powerful but inaccurate flechette gun in combat. Trigger is the sole allied dinosaur, a small Protoceratops rejected by the Germans for a leg deformity. The Allies found him and fitted him with a prosthetic and a mounted machine gun, granting the allies a powerful new ally. Guess that insistence on "perfection" didn't work out so well for the Nazis.

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Dino D-Day contains examples of:

  • Animals Not to Scale: The Styracosaurus is big as in "I'm a living tank" big. It's likely that the Nazis bred or genetically modified Styracosauri to be much bigger than normal as Styracosaurus fossils show that they were only 5.9 feet tall, about the height of a grown man.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The Dilophosaurus can pick up a downed enemy and throw them at another player to instantly kill both. However, knocking down someone can prove to be a difficult task (especially if you're out in the open, since you become a sitting duck for gunfire), so there are harmless goats scattered around every map for you to freely pick up and throw around.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The T-Rex is often this. Although fun to play once you get a turn, it's not as powerful as you might expect. It has a large health pool, high damage machine guns mounted on the sides of the head, and can eat enemies to regain some health, but a competent allies team can still take you out quite quickly, and players will tend to focus you as a big and important target. And if a Hardgrave player has scored three kills to earn his bonus ability, he can take you out in just a few punches. The Rex will respawn after a while, but it may not be your turn again... But even if it is, you might decide you prefer not to be the biggest target on the server.
  • Beast of Battle: This is why the Nazis clone dinosaurs and they prove quite effective.
  • BFG: Jakob Frank has a Browning Automatic Rifle, Cpt. Nigel Blythe has a Projector Infantry Anti-Tank (or PIAT), Trigger has a .30 cal Machine Gun, the Desmatosuchus has a miniature tank cannon on it's back, and the Styracosaurus has an actual tank turret and gunner on it's back. Unfortunately for the Styracosaurus and her gunner, the battle cannon can only turn in a 180-degree arc but then again that horn isn't for show. Nigel is ultimately the best against the largest Dinos as his PIAT can dish out the hardest hits without having to run up to a T-Rex or Shield-face.
  • Boring, but Practical: Human characters are perhaps the most effective in the hands of a skilled player, but it's hardly as fun to shoot someone like in any old first-person shooter compared to mauling them to death as a dinosaur.
  • Cool Guns: It is a World War II game, after all. Everything from the PIAT to the Thompson to dinosaur mounted machine guns.
  • Christmas Episode: One map takes place on Christmas, and the radio speakers play Christmas songs when Santa himself isn't explaining how his sleigh was shot down by the Nazis and he was forced to "permanently remove (some Nazis) from the naughty list", and fight off some dinosaurs but took severe injuries fighting them off. Sure enough, you can find his burning sleigh by one of the control points.
  • Delicious Distraction: Ilona Vike's jackrabbits, a tasty treat for the tiny dinosaurs. It distracts them for 5 seconds but heals them if they finish so Ilona has to make that time count.
  • Eaten Alive: The T-Rex can do this to the allies, and the Mosasaur will do this to anyone on either team that falls in the harbor it floats in.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The basic premise of the game. If World War II was already cool, how cool would it be if it had DINOSAURS?
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Hardgrave team.
      • The Leader: Jack Hardgrave, paleontologist turned war hero.
      • The Lancer: Nigel Blythe-Crossly, a British paleontologist and anti-tank soldier.
      • The Smart Guy: Camille Brun, a French resistance member and team medic.
      • The Big Guy: Jakob Frank, a German-born Jew and the team's heavy weapons expert. He's also a master of Jew-jitsu.
      • The Chick: Ilona Vike, a Latvian partisan and the team's sharpshooter.
      • Team Pet: Trigger the Protoceratops, the team's mascot and area-denial support.
    • The villains:
      • The Big Bad: Htpm.Kurt Streicher, the team's leader and Hardgrave's closest counterpart.
      • The Dragon: OLt. Karl Hissman is a scholar, outdoorsman, and fanatical Nazi who serves as the team's sharpshooter.
      • The Evil Genius: Wolfgang Von Graff, the Nazi's medic who uses both his guns and wits to make sure his team survives.
      • The Brute: Desmatosuchus and Dilophosaurus but for different reasons. The former is the team's resident tough guy while the latter is the team's Lightning Bruiser who's softer than he looks. The T-Rex and Styracosaurus are this when the game mode allows them to be used.
      • The Dark Chick: Velociraptor, Microraptor, and Compsognathus who are all ambush classes that rely on speed and smarts over raw strength.
  • Interface Screw: The Microraptor spits blinding acid which covers your screen with thick green goo if hit, making it very hard to avoid enemies or shoot them.
  • "Join the Army", They Said: Several posters like this can appear during loading screens. Most are fairly standard, but one claims killing Nazi dinosaurs is as easy as hunting deer and they're just as dumb.
  • Multi-Mook Melee: The Last Stand game mode features the Allies fighting off waves of various Axis soldiers and dinosaurs, culminating with a battle against the dreaded Red Baron.
  • One-Hit Kill:
    • A direct hit from Nigel's PIAT or a well-placed headshot with certain high-caliber weapons will almost always spell doom for humans and small dinosaurs.
    • Getting pounced by a Velociraptor will quickly lead to death, unless the Raptor dies before the pounce is finished. Having low health significantly hastens this kind of death.
    • Got picked up by a Dilophosaurus after it knocked you down? You Are Already Dead; even if the dinosaur doesn't throw your body like a ragdoll, you will still die after some time has passed or even if a teammate kills it while you're still in its grasp.
      • Speaking of throwing bodies like ragdolls, anybody who gets smacked by a flying teammate or goat will wind up dead in an instant.
    • A Compy's Suicide Attack will become this with at least two melee kills; detonating won't kill someone at full health if the Kill Streak is any less than that.
  • Propaganda Piece: Several in-universe examples from both sides appear during loading screens or can be seen on the official website. Perhaps the most bizarre is one which claims drinking goat milk is equivalent to having Hitler over for dinner because the Nazis feed goats to their carnivorous dinosaurs. One can only assume cattle ranchers had a hand in that one.
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  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Somehow, Nazi scientists managed to clone dinosaurs of a wide variety of species, when in modern times in reality, we've yet to clone relatively recently extinct animals like the Woolly Mammoth or Dodo.
  • Suicide Attack: The Compy can detonate a grenade at any time, which does more damage for each kill you've already made that life, and Pterosaurs are used as an artillery strike. Though one wonders if it's worth using them for that over shells that don't need to grow, be trained, and eat.
  • Super Drowning Skills: On the map with Mosasaurs in the water, if you fall in away from them, you will instantly die. This is explicitly from drowning, not being eaten.
  • Team Pet: Trigger the Protoceratops for the Allies, being a cute dinosaur the size of a sheep or a very large dog.
  • Throw the Mook at Them: As the Dilophosaurus, you can pick up enemies you knock down or the goats scattered around the maps and hurl them at enemies. This can be a very useful option, as it is the only ranged attack the dinosaur has.
  • Throwing the Distraction: Ilona Vike's special ability is tossing a dead jackrabbit. While pointless against larger dinos the Velociraptor, Compsognathus, and Microraptor will eat it, leaving them vulnerable for 5 seconds. But if they eat it they'll be back to full health so Ilona has to make those shots count!
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Goats are scattered throughout the maps. These are mainly meant for Dilophosaurs to throw at enemies, but you can also kill them as any class for your own amusement. This can have some tactical value for the allies by denying them from Dilos, but they respawn fast enough and are so common it rarely matters.
  • Violation of Common Sense: One of the most effective ways to take down a T-Rex is to punch it to death. This is thanks to Hardgrave's unique ability available after scoring three kills in a life, temporarily greatly increasing unarmed damage and damage resistance.
  • Weaponized Animal: Most of the dinos have weapons or armor of some sort added, greatly enhancing their natural power and durability.
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