List of The Land Before Time video games

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The Land Before Time is a media franchise that began in 1988 with the release of the eponymous theatrical film directed by Don Bluth and featuring executive producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Since then, a number of spin-off material including a television show and a series of video games have been released. There have been 14 games based on the series, beginning with The Land Before Time Activity Center, released in 1997 for Microsoft Windows, as well as a web game formerly hosted on Cartoon Network's website. Genres include action platformers, racing games, and early educational games.

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Educational games[edit]

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The Land Before Time Activity Center

Original release date:[1]
Release years by system:
1997 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time Activity Center is an educational game for Windows-based PCs. It was published by Sound Source Interactive in North America in 1997, and features a series of minigames related to the series. It is the first video game based on the Land Before Time franchise, released over 8 years after the original film. The title includes dinosaur trivia quizzes, mazes, memory games, and allows the player to create and print their own dinosaur out of preset parts.[2] As they complete activities, players earn "tree stars" that they can use to unlock animated clips from The Land Before Time films. It was included for free with the Land Before Time Sing-Along Songs video cassette released by Universal Studios Home Video that same year.[1]


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The Land Before Time Animated MovieBook

Original release date:[3]
Release years by system:
1998 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time Animated MovieBook is an educational game for Windows-based PCs released by Sound Source Interactive in North America in 1998. The title contains full-motion video clips of the original film, as well as puzzles and activities intended for players aged 3-6.[3]


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The Land Before Time: Math Adventure

Original release date:[4]
Release years by system:
1998 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time: Math Adventure is an educational game for Windows-based PCs intended for children ages 4-8. It was released by Sound Source Interactive in North America in 1998.[4] It contains a series of math-oriented minigames that, like The Land Before Time Activity Center, reward the player with "tree stars" and "dino bucks" that can be used to unlock video clips (once again).[5] The game was mentioned in the book Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning by Karl M. Kapp as an example of electronic learning that can allow up-and-coming students to develop problem-solving skills.[6]


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The Land Before Time: Kindergarten Adventure

Original release dates:[7]
  • NA: September 16, 2004 (Re-release)
  • EU: 2004
Release years by system:
1998 — Microsoft Windows
2004 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time: Kindergarten Adventure (known in Europe as The Land Before Time: Early Learning Adventure) is an educational game released by Sound Source Interactive intended for players ages 4-6. It was originally released for Windows-based PCs in North America in 1998 by Sound Source Interactive, and features six activities ranging from matching to music games.[8] Alecia Dixon of Kaboose called the game a "darling title," commending its movie clips which play during various activities, but felt that its lessons were not properly enforced. She added: "From a parent's perspective, I think the title has some great ideas but I am disappointed. The program teaches concepts but does not provide a way for the child to increase their knowledge once the basic concept is learned."[9] The title was re-released in September 2004 by Brighter Child.[10]


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The Land Before Time: Preschool Adventure

Original release dates:[11]
  • NA: October 12, 2005 (Re-release)
Release years by system:
1999 — Microsoft Windows
2005 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time: Preschool Adventure is an educational game for Windows-based PCs intended for children ages 3-5. It was developed by WayForward Technologies and was originally released by Sound Source Interactive in North America in 1999.[11] Designed for players to "have fun, develop their creativity, and learn about teamwork," the game features activities that contain story construction, musical games, and crafts.[12] The game was re-released in October 2005 by Brighter Child.[13]


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The Land Before Time: Toddler Time

Original release date:[14]
  • NA: October 24, 1999
Release years by system:
1999 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time: Toddler Time is an educational game for Windows-based PCs intended for children ages 2-4. It was released by Sound Source Interactive in North America in October 1999.[14] It features a series of five minigames, each with three difficulty settings featuring characters from the series. In their review of the title, Discovery Educational declared that "We found the label of "toddler" for this software to be somewhat of a misnomer. Most toddler software titles require very little mouse/keyboard skills and feature very basic concepts," saying that the game was more appropriate for players over 3 years old, and that "Children in the upper end of the suggested age group will find a fair amount to do."[15]


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The Land Before Time Dinosaur Arcade

Original release date:[16]
  • NA: November 28, 2000
Release years by system:
2000 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time Dinosaur Arcade is an educational game for Windows-based PCs intended for children ages 4-7 released by Sound Source Interactive in North America in November 2000. The game features five minigames revolving around Littlefoot, Spike, Petrie, Ducky, and Chomper that involve guiding them around various levels and a pinball-style game. Children's Software Review noted that it was less educational than others in its genre, stating "This is strictly an entertainment title, with little real educational value except for some practice with eye-hand coordination and logic. Still, the program has a lot going for it."[16]


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The Land Before Time: Prehistoric Adventures

Original release date:[17]
  • NA: October 1, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 — Microsoft Windows

The Land Before Time: Prehistoric Adventures is an educational game intended for preschoolers ages 3-5 released by Cosmi and Brighter Child. It was released for Windows-based PCs in North America in October 2004. The game was designed to "increase matching skills, reinforce alphabet, shape and number recognition" and was packaged with two accompanying card games.[18]

Other games[edit]

Title Details
The Land Before Time: Return to the Great Valley

Original release dates:[19]
  • NA: September 14, 2000
  • EU: 2000
Release years by system:
2000 — PlayStation

The Land Before Time: Return to the Great Valley is a 3D platforming game developed by Realtime Associates for the PlayStation. It was published by Sound Source Interactive in North America in September 2000, and TDK Recording Media Europe in PAL regions that same year. The story involves the player guiding four main characters - Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, and Spike - back to their home in the Great Valley after becoming separated in the Mysterious Beyond.[19]


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The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure

Original release dates:[20]
  • NA: May 1, 2001
  • EU: May 18, 2001
Release years by system:
2001 — PlayStation

The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure (later released in Europe as simply The Land Before Time: Racing Adventure) is a 3D racing video game developed by Vision Scape for the PlayStation. It was published in May 2001 in both North America and Europe by TDK Mediactive and TDK Core, respectively. A spokesman from TDK stated that the development goal was to "create a fun and competitive racing game that captures the charm and delight of 'The Land Before Time' characters and environments."[20] The game features foot races between four possible characters: Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, and Spike, as they compete in eight single-player and two-player courses.[21]


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The Land Before Time
(Game Boy Color)

Original release dates:[22]
  • EU: June 29, 2001
  • NA: July 14, 2001
Release years by system:
2001 — Game Boy Color

The Land Before Time is a 2D platforming game developed by Eclipse Entertainment for the Game Boy Color. It was first released in Europe in June 2001, with a North American release the following month, both published by Conspiracy Entertainment.

The game received mostly lower reviews, earning a 40% average from aggregate review website GameRankings.[23]


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The Land Before Time
(Game Boy Advance)

Original release dates:[24]
  • NA: February 28, 2002
  • EU: March 1, 2002
Release years by system:
2002 — Game Boy Advance

The Land Before Time is a 2D platforming game developed by Full Fat for the Game Boy Advance. It was released in North America in February 2002, and Europe the following month, both published by Conspiracy Entertainment. Despite its identical title, it is not a port of the Game Boy Color version released the previous year.

The title earned a slightly higher 43.5% Game Rankings average compared to its handheld predecessor.[25] While IGN felt that the title had some "strong play mechanics," it "unfortunately doesn't capture much of the fascinating aspects of playing with dinosaurs."[26] The reviewer would elaborate that "The stage design is just a bit too tricky and problematic, and the difficulty control doesn't even it out for it to be fun for the adolescents who love these characters."[26]


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The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure

Original release dates:[27]
  • NA: November 27, 2002
  • EU: May 9, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 — PlayStation

The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure is a platforming game developed by Digital Illusions for the PlayStation. The title released in November 2002 in North America, and May 2003 in Europe, both by TDK Mediactive, and is based on the 2002 film Journey to Big Water like Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Players control one of four playable characters: Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, and Ducky, across 12 levels as they help their friend Mo the Ophthalmosaurus make his way back home.[27]


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The Land Before Time: Into the Mysterious Beyond

Original release dates:[28]
  • EU: February 3, 2006
  • NA: March 3, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 — Game Boy Advance

The Land Before Time: Into the Mysterious Beyond is a 2D platforming game developed by Sirius Games for the Game Boy Advance. It was released in Europe in February 2006, and later in North America the following March, both published by The Game Factory. The player controls one of the five main characters as they search for their Tyrannosaurus friend Chomper, who has become lost in the Mysterious Beyond, as well as take control of Littlefoot's grandfather in the final stage.[28] Website Family Friendly Gaming called the title "fun, fresh, and based on some of kids favorite characters," commending it for its "very bright and colorful" graphics, but also noted its short play length.[29]

Web game[edit]

A web-based flash game based on the 2007-2008 animated series called The Land Before Time: Adventure Valley was developed by Yamago,[30] and was previously available on the Cartoon Network website.[31] It consists of five levels, each one based on one of the main characters Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike. Players control each one using the mouse, clicking it to either make them jump or interact with their environment.[30] The game was eventually removed in early 2009 when the Land Before Time TV show web page was taken down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Home Video: Childrens: The Land Before Time Sing Along Songs". Billboard: 74. April 27, 1997.
  2. ^ "Best of 1997 Software: The Land Before Time Activity Center". Working Mother: 56. Dec 1997.
  3. ^ a b "The Land Before Time - from CD-ROM Access". CDAccess. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "109.10422: The Land Before Time Math Adventure". National Museum of Play. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Land Before Time: Math Adventure". CDAccess.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  6. ^ Kapp, Karl M. (2007). Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning: Tools and Techniques for Transferring Know-How from Boomers to Gamers. Pfeiffer. p. XVIII. ISBN 0787986542.
  7. ^ "The Land Before Time: Kindergarten Adventure for Windows (1998)". MobyGames. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  8. ^ Axford, Elzabeth C. (2005). Song Sheets to Software: A Guide to Print Music, Software, and Web Sites for Musicians. Scarecrow Press. p. 51.
  9. ^ Dixon, Alecia. "Kid's Domain Reviews - The Land Before Time Kindergarten Adventure". Kaboose. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Land Before Time: Kindergarten". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "WayForward Technologies [Products]". WayForward Technologies. Archived from the original on March 24, 2005. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  12. ^ "WayForward Technologies [Products - Kids]". WayForward Technologies. Archived from the original on May 6, 2005. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Land Before Time Preschool Adventure: Software". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Land Before Time Animated Toddler Time Adventure". Amazon. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "DiscoverySchool.com - Review Corner". DiscoverySchool. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "The Land Before Time Dinosaur Arcade - PC/Mac". Amazon. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Land Before Time Prehistoric Adventure - PC game". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "The Land Before Time: Prehistoric Adventures". Cosmi. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "The Land Before Time: Return To the Great Valley". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "Video Game News - TDK Mediactive Ships 'The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure'". GameZone. May 1, 2001. Archived from the original on March 21, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "The Land Before Time - Game Boy Color". IGN. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
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  24. ^ "The Land Before Time - Game Boy Advance". IGN. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "The Land Before Time for Game Boy Advance". Game Rankings. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  26. ^ a b Nix (October 21, 2002). "The Land Before Time". IGN. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  27. ^ a b "The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure - PlayStation game". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  28. ^ a b "The Land Before Time: Into the Mysterious Beyond - Game Boy Advance". GameSpy. Archived from the original on August 12, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  29. ^ "Family Friendly Gaming Land Before Time Into the Mysterious Beyond". Family Friendly Gaming. 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Yamago * Cartoon Network * Land Before Time - Adventure Valley". Yamago. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  31. ^ "Land Before Time / Cartoon Network". Cartoon Network.com. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2016.

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