Monday, May 20, 2013

Purple Dinosaur Massacre: The Death of Barney

The other day when I was writing about Chex Quest, I started reminiscing about other strange games I used to play as a kid.  One that came to mind was Purple Dinosaur Massacre, which is essentially a Barney the Dinosaur killing simulator.  While this is by no means a triple-A development game (it was part of a 1000 PC game compilation CD and appears to have been developed on a piggy bank-sized budget), Purple Dinosaur Massacre is still very satisfying if you're one of the many people who hate Barney with a passion.

Blast 'em indeed.

The game is very straightforward, you are given a machine gun which is mounted at the center of the screen, and you merely move the barrel left and right while firing at the various Barneys on the screen.  And various Barneys there are.  You have your basic walking Barney, a Barney who floats in the air using balloons, and another Barney who gleefully floats on a cloud (until you gleefully knock him out of the sky).

Purple dinosaurs aren't the only objects that face your wrath however.  Bunnies, flowers, clouds, even the sun can be shot at and killed.  Needless to say this game is not meant for children, despite looking like its textures were created using Microsoft Paint.  Want to experience the carnage for yourself?  Here you go:


Pretty brutal, right?  Did you guys ever buy those game compilation disks containing thousands of games, and happen to come across a hidden gem like this?  Until next time, happy hunting!

6 comments:

  1. Never saw this one but I did have a multigame compilation on my (Windows 95) computer...a rather addicting one called Sky Roads...I loved that game.

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    1. Awesome, I haven't heard of Sky Roads, I wonder if this compilation is available on a warez site? Ah the good old days of compilations, I spent so many hours browsing through the game selection.

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  2. OMG, I've been looking for this game for like forever!! I'm 27 and I remember when I was like 8, my dad bought this game and I absolutely loved it! He didn't like it that much when he saw me playing tho lol. But I remember a slightly different scenario, the graphics were nicer, there wasn't a tree, traffic light nor a road, just grass, and you had to click on the Barneys to kill them, you had no cannon. But I do remember shooting the flowers, the clouds and the sun and blood everywhere, it was awesome!

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has played and enjoyed this game (those 1000 game collection discs have some really obscure games haha). I didn't know there were multiple versions of Purple Dinosaur Massacre with different scenery, I'd like to see that version, but sounds like it would be difficult to find.

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  3. I played the same version as Anonymous. At first, when I watched the video I though maybe I misremembered, but he or she pretty much confirmed what I remembered. I think I got it as a separate game on a 3.5 floppy and this was around 1992 or 1993.

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