A Prehistoric Tale

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A Prehistoric Tale
A Prehistoric Tale cover art (Amiga).jpg
Amiga cover art
Developer(s) The Lost Boys
Publisher(s) Thalion
Designer(s) Richard Karsmakers
Composer(s) Jochen Hippel
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST
Release 1990
Genre(s) Platform, puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

A Prehistoric Tale is a 1990 video game for the Amiga and Atari ST.


The game has both puzzle and platformer elements to it. It has 80 levels and can either be played single player or simultaneous two-player.[1]


The developers described the game as being inspired by the Commodore 64 game Dino Eggs.[2] The game is particularly notable for its title music, an original and much lauded composition by Jochen Hippel. The game developer team was called "The Lost Boys", a collection of Atari ST programmers and artists. TLB included (among others) the brothers Tim and David Moss, who arrived on 24 July 1990, who worked on the game across a very hot 1990 summer.[3] Tim would go on to join Sony and be the lead programmer for PlayStation 2 titles God of War and God of War II.

Critical reception[edit]

Amiga Action felt that despite the recent technological advancements in platform games, that this title was step back, describing it as adequate, simple, and unoriginal.[4] Amiga Format offered a mixed review, though gave specific praise to the game's music and soundtrack.[5] Amiga Joker gave the title a rating of 77%.[6] The title was also reviewed by ASM,[7]PowerPlay[8], Amiga Magazin[9], AMIGA Kickstart/ ST-Computer[9], and ST News.[9]


  1. ^ "A Prehistoric Tale preview". Amiga Action. 19: 110. April 1991. 
  2. ^ Richard Karsmakers talking to Thalion Webshrine 2003
  3. ^ "ST NEWS Atari Multimedia Disk Magazine". ST NEWS. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  4. ^ "A Prehistoric Tale". Amiga Action. 20: 74. May 1991. 
  5. ^ West, Neil (April 1991). "A Prehistoric Tale". Amiga Format. 21: 96. 
  6. ^ Nettelbeck, Joachim (March 1991). "A Prehistoric Tale". Amiga Joker: 14. 
  7. ^ "Kultboy.com - DIE Kult-Seite über die alten Spiele-Magazine und Retro-Games!". www.kultboy.com. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Kultboy.com - DIE Kult-Seite über die alten Spiele-Magazine und Retro-Games!". www.kultboy.com. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 
  9. ^ a b c "The Thalion Source - A Prehistoric Tale -". home.wtal.de. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 

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