The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy

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The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy
The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy
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  • Isao Matono
  • S. Nishiyama
  • Misako Kawamura
  • Keiichi Saito
  • Toshihiko Kodama
  • Makoto Saitoh
  • Tōru Kawaishi
  • Isao Matono
  • S. Nishiyama
  • Yasuko Yamada
  • Naoto Yagishita
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
  • NA: December 1991[1]
  • EU: April 30, 1992
  • JP: August 7, 1992
  • AU: 1992
Genre(s)Action platformer

The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy is a 1991 platform video game by Taito for the Nintendo Entertainment System and based on the animated series The Flintstones. Taito would later release another Flintstones game for the NES titled The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak in 1993.


The gameplay is preceded by a short cutscene which sets the stage, where the Flintstones and the Rubbles are enjoying their lives in Bedrock. That's when a man from the 30th century named Dr. Butler kidnaps Fred's pet Dino and Barney's pet Hoppy. Fred's alien friend, Gazoo, lost parts of his time machine due to Dr. Butler. Gazoo is visible only to Fred and to nobody else (a slight change from the series where Barney, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm could also see him).

With each stage Fred completes, he earns back another piece of the time machine, and Gazoo welds together the pieces progressively. Throughout the stages, Fred runs into Wilma, Barney, Betty, as well as George Jetson in the future stage. Fred has to defeat a boss at each stage. At the end of the map, he gets the last piece and travels to the future, where he has to defeat Dr. Butler.[2]


GamePro praised the graphics, gameplay, and the abundance of levels, but criticized the music.[3] AllGame gave a review score of 4 out of 5 stars praising the game as a first rate platform with bright colorful graphics that mimic the cartoon series stating “Fred is easy to control, and his ability to club enemies and climb ledges goes a long way towards making the gameplay feel different from other titles in the genre.”[4]

7 GRAND DAD[edit]

The game is infamous for a bootleg ROM hack of the game titled 7 GRAND DAD (Chinese: 原始瑪莉VII; pinyin: Yuánshǐ Mǎlì VII; lit. 'Primitive Mario 7'). Released in 1992 and published by J.Y. Company in Taiwan, the game featured Fred Flintstone's head being swapped with Mario's head from Super Mario Bros. 3. The title screen features a sprite of Mario originating from a bootleg Taiwanese gambling video game called Dian Shi Ma Li, alongside a sprite of Fred Flintstone in a star originating from the unhacked game's title screen.[5] This hack would eventually become an Internet meme, becoming famous after a live stream by Twitch streamer and YouTuber Vargskelethor Joel of the streaming group Vinesauce,[6][non-primary source needed] as well as becoming a running joke on the parody music YouTube channel SiIvaGunner.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  2. ^ "Basic game overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  3. ^ "Nintendo Pro Review". GamePro. January 1992. pp. 30–31. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Miller, Skyler. "The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy Review". Allgame. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Longobardi, Michele (17 May 2019). "Sette cloni spudorati di Super Mario Bros". (in Italian). Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ Vargskelethor, Joel. "[Vinesauce] Joel - Insane Mario Bootleg Games (Grand Dad)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
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