Color a Dinosaur (NES) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / November 17th, 2014

Thanks to DJ Cutman for the music!
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  • Moose Of Woe

    November 17, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Amazing game lol

    • November 17, 2014 at 6:36 am

      ahahah indeed! anyway i’m so bad at drawing that i think i could screw this up too ;P….Btw have you ever though of doing a j&mm with
      Tiny toons adventures:cartoon workshop(european title don’t know if it’s the same in us)?I used to play it a lot back in childhood and i guess that with your fantasy and your “movie stuff” skills you could actually do a very good and funny job

  • Excruciate

    November 17, 2014 at 3:59 am


    • assjack

      November 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

      REAL 2!

      • punkbikerdude

        November 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm


      • shitypickle

        November 19, 2014 at 9:04 am


  • CentauriBoy

    November 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Is it me or does the music sound like Nintendo Land for Wii U. Maybe that’s where they got it from?

    • Radelta

      November 17, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Music by Tony Tallirco! Anyone remember that guy from those G4 review shows. Before they totally sucked? Good times

    • November 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

      Came to say the exact same! Judging by the comment under the video, the music in the video is just added on top, not actually part of the game.

  • Yoyo

    November 17, 2014 at 4:10 am

    If I’m not mistaken, I heard somewhere that someone who worked on Action 52 was involved in this game.

    • November 17, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Yes, that is true. Jay Obernolte worked on both Color a Dinosaur, and the Genesis version of Action 52.

  • November 17, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Of all the games you have in the background you had to pick this.

    Well at least we now know the origin of swatches, they originally came from dinosaurs.

    Makes sense.

  • Fred Fuchs

    November 17, 2014 at 4:42 am

    This game looks amazing, Jesus.

  • Don Skiver

    November 17, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I’m surprised you went straight for Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde instead of Action 52. That piece of shit had a $199 suggested retail price and it barely fucking worked. Plus, the games that did actually work, were all programmed by amateurs.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    November 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    To be fair it still, at least looks more appealing than Ghostbusters, as far as graphics and colors go.

  • Goro3d

    November 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Umm Ya lol a game or a coloring book lol take your pick :P)!
    In this case I would much rather do a coloring book haha.
    Great review boring game if you want to call it that haha.
    Looking forward to next Mondays review hopefully something good better than this lol!
    Keep up the good reviews Mike and James Have a good week everyone!

  • Larry Hood

    November 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    You guys should buy up all the copies you can find and burn them for charity.

  • Deathbringer

    November 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Mike’s even a pro at Color A Dinosaur.. lol!

  • November 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    For a REAL drawing game on the NES, try Videomation.

  • November 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I literally just got done watching the mario paint ep (going back through the archives again lol) & holy fuck does this pale in comparison to that. Talk about a downgrade. If the mario paint cart could take a shit, this is what would come out. Worse than a hippos muck spread if I may be so bold. Btw if you google muck spread, urban dictionary uses your quote from the nerd vid as the definitions. long live the nerd. the fuckin nerd that is.

  • barlitone

    November 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    You only think this sucks because you’re playing it all wrong. This looks like the perfect job for… the POWER GLOVE! It’s so bad….

  • November 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Anyone remember “vtech video painter”? it was a sad excuse drawing tablet that hooked up to the TV let you color in clip-art,and sort of draw. I wasn’t great. But at least it re-created the experience of picking up markers and actually drawing.but it still featured this same “we don’t what makes something look good” ascetic. “perhaps this highly limited selection of colors and patters are just the enhancements that this image needs to bring it to life”

  • Labyrinth2_0

    November 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    You both always mention when people bought the games for $50 getting ripped off.

    My question is this: Couldn’t you just return the game to the store, get your money back, and choose another game?

    Or was the option of returning not available back then?

    • lartrak

      November 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      An opened game? In the days of the NES? No chance. You could trade it in to Funcoland, and get probably $10-$20, that was about it. I don’t think even GameStop will take returns on opened new games any longer, by the way.

      • Weldin Dunn

        November 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        GameStop does, but they have become a little picky.

  • Pablo1989

    November 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    BTW Still better than MS Paint 😛

  • meanspirit

    November 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I guess this was supposed to be an alternative to a colouring book, apart from the fact that a colouring book would have been superior in every conceivable way.

  • November 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Damn, this is awful. Even as a child, I wouldn´t have bothered to get such a crap. Poor kids…:(

  • Weldin Dunn

    November 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Was this licensed?

  • laser

    November 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Same guy who did the music & sound for this also did Earthworm Jim…

  • Dr. Breakfastmachine

    November 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    The most amazing thing is that this piece of shit wasn’t an unlicensed, funky cartridge game like the Color Dreams and Wisdom Tree titles the AVGN has reviewed. This had Nintendo’s Seal of Approval. Someone at Nintendo played this in 1993, when Super Mario Bros 3 was already three years old, and said “yup that’s good enough for our console.”

    • FJMcCloud

      November 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

      Yes, there’s alot of misconception what that “seal of approval” really means (or SHOULD mean).

      It’s very easy to assume that it means game quality. But in actuality it’s more like “this game is officially licensed and met our content approval and lot check criteria”. Beyond that, you were on your own for ordering enough cartridges to meet demand, distribute them, advertise, etc. Sink or swim.

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    November 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    James’s plaid dinosaur idea for Jurassic World might not be too far off. There was a statement released for the film saying that it would include a new predator species made from segments of DNA from various sources. One of the sources that was mentioned is cuttlefish, which can camouflage themselves better than chameleons. This is significant because in the TLW novel there was a Carmotaurus that had some chameleon DNA and could camouflage itself. This makes me think that the fourth JP movie will tap into that potential that the TLW movie and JP3 completely ignored. This would mean that the dinosaur could stand in front of backgrounds with patterns (like plaid) and blend in with them.

    • windrammingroadkillskunk

      November 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      *Carnotaurus. (Goddamn iPad)

  • November 17, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    HAHA an people are trying to charge $60-$900 for this game on ebay

  • Dimeback

    November 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Little fun fact for you guys: A guy known on the internet as Doommaster1994 talked to one of the developers of this game and was told that this game was made in only one day.

    Also, there’s something you missed: On the selection screen, if you hit B, you can move the cursor anywhere you want, but coloring still acts as a fill tool.

    • November 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I find that very hard to believe, it doesn’t take one day to make a NES Game.

      • Dimeback

        November 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

        If it was just one person working on the game, definitely not. But there were at least 8 people working on this game. It probably took a few days to get it licensed and put on a cartridge, but what Doommaster told me suggested that it was at least programmed in one day. I found the original comment in which he said this, and it wasn’t as descriptive as I originally thought it was so I’ll have to talk to him about this.

      • Dimeback

        November 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

        *9 people actually.


    November 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    It’s the Robocop NES punch sound!

  • Tross

    November 18, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Wow. This game is so bad there isn’t even enough to it for an AVGN review. Great episode of James and Mike Monday’s though. It doesn’t top last week, but sometimes sitting and playing bad games can be entertaining in its own right. I don’t do it very often, because I generally buy good games, but I don’t mind vids like this every once in a while. I wonder what you guys have in store next week.

  • Wayne

    November 18, 2014 at 2:06 am

    There is another drawing “game” on the NES called Videomation that lets you do more than just filling in sections like on Color a Dinosaur.

    If you want to try an even more frustrating “game”, see if you can create a good movie/sequence using Tiny Toon Adventures: Cartoon Workshop for the NES.

  • Nick3000

    November 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Not the best episode. kinda mailed this one in.

  • Dani

    November 18, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I believe the pattern you said looked like walnuts was actually supposed to be houndstooth.

  • Podo

    November 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    You guys should play Spiderman on N64 sometime soon

  • goodpenisbadpenis

    November 18, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Color my ass!!

  • Internoob

    November 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Isn’t that the music from Nintendo Land?

  • skwij

    November 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

    That actually looks worse than X-Men on the Nintendo. They can’t accurately be called Virgin games anymore, because they screwed whoever bought that game when it was released. Thanks for the video!

  • November 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

    If you think that’s bad try the LJN video art system. It’s even worse.

  • November 24, 2014 at 8:31 am

    why no new episode today? is it because of thanksgiving?

  • fallout1312

    November 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    A 3 year old would say this game was stupid…lol. WOW, I never thought id hear someone say theyd RATHER PLAY Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde lol. crazy man. how does stuff like this get released? it blow my mind. Thanks for the video James and Mike. Interesting. Im sorry you two had to sit through that.

  • December 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Well some times i feel as a kid my self people but next time if you have the pleasure please think of another game,lets say monsters in my pocket produced by konami.Yeah the all known monsters in my pocket seires with those little ruberry figurines inside the blind bags.How do you choose your games anyway?

  • ejp022791

    December 25, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Am I the only one who thinks Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is not that bad? It’s playable. It’s fully functional. It’s challenging to the point of being unfair especially when you get to the final stage with the fucking barrels which I still can’t beat, but it’s a game. It’s actually a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • Aaron1375

    March 24, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Whew, you guys somehow manage to dig up something that should’ve remained extinct!

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