You have been hired by the National Chronographic Society to help collect photographs for their latest book "Dinosaur Safari: Dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era". Your assignment is to photograph and videotape dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles to document for them.
As a result, you will frequently be required to travel to various points in history ranging from the Late Triassic to the Late Cretaceous time periods in the National Chronographic Society's Chronosphere, and locate the dinosaur you have decided to document. If you return to the building with the photograph and/or videotape of the selected dinosaur, you will be rewarded for your efforts with Energy Credits, which power the Chronosphere, and Data Crystals, with which you can record more dinosaur data. But please be certain not to run out of the former, or else your assignment will become impossible.
Dinosaur Safari was released in 1996.
Dinosaur Safari contains examples of:
- Always a Bigger Fish: Plesiosaurus is shown to be one of the more dangerous reptiles in this game, being an aggressive reptile that attacks your pod. When Kronosaurus is encountered, it's shown eating a plesiosaur that's tiny compared to it.
- Headbutting Pachy: Pachycephalosaurus is encountered headbutting another of its kind in combat.
- Herbivores Are Friendly: Most herbivores, with two exceptions: Triceratops and Ankylosaurus will attack your pod and cause you to lose energy.
- Jump Scare: Megalosaurus and Plesiosaurus are the first two prehistoric reptiles capable of attacking your pod, causing a sudden "bump" noise that can give many players a shock.
- Predators Are Mean: A number of the dinosaurs can attack you, causing you to lose energy. These include the carnivorous Megalosaurus, Plesiosaurus, and Carnotaurus.
- Ptero Soarer: There are several kinds you can document in the "Pterosaur Clad", including Dimorphodon, Eudimorphodon, Pteranodon, etc.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Name one other piece of Dinosaur Media that has Dimorphodon, Eudimorphodon, Tanystropheus, Saltopus, Shonisaurus, we could go on, but you get the general idea.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Pterosaurs, sauropods, therapods, duckbill dinosaurs, all the usual ones. Of course, it does have some you probably don't see all too often in a dinosaur game.
- Raptor Attack: Velociraptor is depicted as featherless in this game.
- Time Machine: The Chronosphere, which allows you to travel back in time to photograph dinosaurs.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Naturally. Would it have been a dinosaur game without one?
- "Have a nice vacation! Goodbye!"