Everyone knows that if you travel to the past and tinker with historical events, nothing can possibly go wrong. It certainly won’t alter the course of history forever. There’s simply no risk associated with messing with the space-time continuum and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a fool. Say, for instance, that your name is Time Master Tim and you have an insatiable itch to travel back to the age of dinosaurs and take a little looksie around. What’s the worst that could happen? It’s not like you’ll accidentally introduce the measles virus and doom the dinosaurs to an early extinction…right?

Oh, wait. That’s exactly what happened in the 1983 title Dino Eggs? Well, there’s only one thing to do. Keep messing with things to fix your previous mistake. To set things right, you’ll have to collect dinosaur eggs and transport them back to the modern day. Along the way, you’ll have to avoid snakes, spiders, and centipedes which can bite you or contaminate the eggs you’ve collected. They aren’t the only risk. The baby dino’s mother isn’t exactly thrilled that you’re trying to steal her children. It’s your mission to defy her helicopter parenting by dodging her stomping foot while continuing to kidnap her children. Occasionally, the eggs you are collecting hatch. Once the babies are born, they’re more vulnerable to injury than the eggs. If they happen to touch you, they die. Also, you make fires as the game progresses. The fires keep you safe from the mother dino’s stomp, but if the baby dinos wander into the fire they will burn to death. As you reach higher levels, they can also be abducted by spiders. One way to protect the hatchlings is to put a cage over them by jumping over their bodies. They can still get crushed by falling boulders, but they’re protected from other hazards.

Once you’ve collected all the dinos you want, you can warp them to the future. After you’ve done this, you’ll be returned to a random portion of the level. This continues until you decide to warp out of the land with no dinos, which will end the level. If you’ve failed to collect all of the eggs or hatchlings, points will be deducted from your overall score. The game progresses through nine levels, each progressively more difficult than the last.

The game is a bit vague about what happens to the dinosaurs once they’ve been transported to the future. What could possibly go wrong?

Shaun Jex Shaun Jex (95 Posts)

Shaun Jex is a lifelong gamer, a journalist, and pop culture historian.His love of video games began with a Commodore 64 he played growing up, late night sessions on his NES, Game Boy and Sega Genesis, and frequent trips to the local Tilt arcade. He edits the Citizens' Advocate newspaper in Coppell, Texas and writes about Disney and Walt Disney World history for Celebrations Magazine and the Celebrations Magazine blog. He runs a weekly vlog called "The MCP" dedicated to retro video games, and a channel with his wife Kara called "The Marceline Depot," dedicated to Disney, amusement parks, and travel.