Retro Arcade Review: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993)

Oh shit this is a great game.

What’s the game about? Punching bad guys. And also there’s dinosaurs. And Cadilacs.

What’s the story? Shut UP. Oh my god shut up. Just yeet the bad guys into the sun, it makes your friendly dinosaur friend smile.

Does it hold up today? How could it not? How many games today let you spin kick someone into a dinosaur? Don’t answer, because the correct answer is just screaming YES and ripping your shirt in two like Hulk Hogan.

Isn’t The Last Of Us Part II out today? Who knows? Who knows what day it is? I only know today is a good day to punch people and a bad day to be literally anything that is animated and on the right hand side of the screen.

I mean, the range of necklines ALONE.

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is the kind of awesome that leaves me out of breath and grasping at your sleeve like that weird uncle when he thinks you might take his rock opera seriously. It is so good. How good? SO GOOD.

It’s a Capcom brawler, move right, wreak righteous destruction until the day is saved. Wreck up the faces of bad guys who come at you in chunky waves while the bleep bloop arcade noises urge on your blood lust.

In a post apocalyptic future, but the good kind, the kind of apocalypse that is actually weirdly better than today (maybe its not so weird), dinosaurs are living in modern day LA, along with automotive design that never moved beyond the 60’s design aesthetic of “make a car I want to fuck.”

The sprites are gigantic, the animation amazingly cartoony and perfect, the action crisp even on my cruddy emulator, it is a joy. The best of the mame set I’ve found.

I mean yes, it has the traditional wild spikes in difficult, and the fighting is the solid normal attack, heavy attack, running attack, grab that works only on a full moon, special move style that you’ve seen a 100 times. But you know what, sometimes we don’t need new, sometimes we just need really, really freaking cool.

And that’s Cadillacs and Dinosaurs all over.

Play it yourself on MAME or RENT OUR GEAR for a retro party, and see it for yourself!

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