Jetpack Brontosaurus – Yes, We’re Serious

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How can life get better than this?

Yes. Jetpack Brontosaurus. YES.

Flashbang, they of the utterly glorious Offroad Raptor Safari, have slipped this teaser of their next game to us. They explain,

“It started as a sketch on a whiteboard, but eventually we decided that running the joke to playable completion would be worth two months of our lives.”

Amen to that. The poor old Brontosaurus doesn’t get enough attention since they were amalgamated into the Apatosaurus. Give that fellow a jetpack.

Talking of Raptor Safari, Flashbang have shown us some splendid stats, along with adding the reminder that the game’s received lots of tweaks and optimisations recently. It will apparently now run on a GMA950.

Some excellent Raptor stats:

“The most active player is at 399 games, with 15 people at 200+ games. At four minutes a game, that’s kind of awesome and slightly alarming. And 863,630 raptors have met their feathery fate.”


  1. Mo says:

    Holy crap! That looks like all sorts of awesome! :)

  2. McCool says:

    FINALLY a game I can get behind.

  3. KLind says:

    High Five for the Apatosaurus mention.

  4. mbanana says:


  5. Coleman says:

    Flashbang Studios has already become developer of the year for 2008. That’s 2 stellar webgames in as many months. And both dinosaur games, to boot.

  6. CthulhuRlyeh says:

    T-Rex Unicycle? Triceratops on a Plane? Archaeopterix in a Sub?

  7. Nick says:

    Diplodocus minicab driver.

  8. Flint says:

    T-Rex in a Tank.

  9. nihohit says:

    Archaeopteryx dressing game.

  10. DigitalSignalX says:

    Sim Stegosaurus. [grass!] om nom nom.

  11. Cycle says:

    This reminds me of NANOSAUR… an old mac game where you played a raptor with a jetpack and gun, and you went around blowing up normal dinosaurs and jetpacking about and collecting dinosaur eggs…

    link to

    Demo of the EXTEME version for windows (pretty much the original game but with more guns and dinosaurs) which still seems to work perfectly in Vista despite being ancient:

    link to

    Geez, Flashbang, try something original!

    Just kidding, Raptor Safari is awesome and a half. Actually, I’d even go as far as saying it’s two whole awesomes.

  12. Optimaximal says:

    Pterodactyl Sim!

  13. Yhancik says:

    Stone Gear Solid 3 : The Twin Brachiosaurus

  14. Meat Circus says:


  15. Kieron Gillen says:

    I was thinking the other day: Anklosaurus needs to be in a game or something, as it’s an awesome dinosaur that gets no cred whatsoever.

    (This was inspired by it coming third in a poll on a forum I’m on for favourite dinosaur, behind T-Rex and Tricerotops)



  16. Grant Gould says:

    Pleisiosaur UFO tea party!

  17. Sal says:

    Bears with guns?
    skeleton Army?
    Velociraptor Jesus?

    But Jetpack Brontosaurus? /epic!

  18. Jim Rossignol says:

    This game is not the first Dinosaur with Jetpack game:

    link to

  19. Cycle says:

    Nanosaur predates that one by a good five years! Talk about a game way ahead of its time.

  20. PleasingFungus says:

    Man! I played Nanosaur when I was in primary school. For no good reason, it was on the school’s computers. (As was Missile Defense.) I was just wondering about it earlier today – couldn’t remember the name. Good fun.

  21. Scandalon says:

    Nanosaur was notable only for the fact that it was a Mac-first(and mac produced) game during the original iMac era that actually took advantage of the 3D accelerator. (Such as it was, being a Rage IIc /Rage Pro for the RevA/B’s, respectively.) Fungus, it was on there because it was shipped on many (all?) of some of the original iMacs.

    (Mechwarrior2, Descent, and Quake/Quakeworld are the only others of note that used 3D acceleration – OpenGL or QuickDraw3D/RAVE – that I can recall, though they were ports, of course.)

    As a game, Nanosaur was rather forgettable – or perhaps I should say “not fun”. Heck, I probably would recommend Pangea’s follow-up “Bugdom” over it. But it did have a dinosaur with a jetpack and a gun. :P

  22. Cycle says:

    No, no, it was notable for being the first game featuring a dinosaur with a jetpack and gun! Give the game the credit it deserves!

    Weekend Warrior (an earlier Pangea game that was published by Bungie, now freeware) was actually the first Mac game to take advantage of 3D accleration, though it wasn’t required. Then again, I ran Nanosaur without a 3D accelerator back in the day, too.

  23. Carey says:

    Jim Rossignol says:

    This game is not the first Dinosaur with Jetpack game:

    link to

    Reviewed in the excellent and sorely-missed 101 PC Games Circa 2003… For which one Simon Middleweek did and an equally excellent 3d render of said rocketeer for the section opener… Can’t for the life of me remember what the hell that section would have been now tho…