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Dino Run (Escape Extinction) is an American independent Flash game created by PixelJAM and XGen Studios, released on April 30, 2008, in which the player steers a dinosaur through increasingly dangerous side-scrolling landscapes to escape an impending wall of doom. The game uses simple pixel art and 8-bit sound to replicate the style of 1980s arcade games. An improved version of the online game called Dino Run SE was released for Macintosh, PC, and Linux.
The dinosaur is controlled with the arrow keys. The object of the game is escape a wall of doom called the apocalypse, similar to a pyroclastic surge (a quickly moving wall of ash debris caused by meteors) and to make it to a 'dino sanctuary' alive. Along the way, the player can choose to collect eggs and devour bones to advance their dinosaur's evolution. There are four levels of difficulty – easy, medium, hard, and insane.
When the player completes a certain milestone or goal, they receive awards of bones, DNA, and points for your stats, as well as a trophy. Trophies can be viewed in the awards section of the stats menu, and they come in three levels depending on the level of skill the trophy was achieved with: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.