Dino Rex is a 2D fighting game developed and released by Taito for arcades in October 1992.
Set in the prehistoric era, players control a fierce dinosaur led by a tribal warrior as they fight the dinosaurs of other warriors in gladiatorial combat to become Dino Rex (or "master of the world").
The game's use of model figures and stop-motion animation and howling dinosaur shrieks are reminiscent of early films featuring giant beasts (or Kaiju), which are parodied in the bonus stage (in which the player's dinosaur rampages through a modern-day city). The concept of a traditional fighting game with large dinosaurs would later be used with popular Kaiju brands (mainly Godzilla), as well as the violent American-made arcade game Primal Rage.
It was later included in the 2007 Japan-exclusive PlayStation 2 compilation Taito Memories II Joukan.
The game includes six dinosaurs to choose from, each with their own special ability. Once the player defeats the seventh final opponent, they will briefly take control of the warrior himself and fight the dinosaur's handler (the Dino Rex) in combat.
- Allosaurus (Super Tail Attacking)
- Triceratops (Slapping)
- Pachycephalo (Dashing)
- Tyrannosaurus (Super Flying Attacking)
- Ceratosaurus (Head Upper)
- Stygimoloch (Head Upper)