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
Box art outside Japan
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Taito
Composer(s)
  • Yasuko Yamada
  • Naoto Yagishita
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
Release
  • NA: December 1991[1]
  • EU: April 30, 1992
  • JP: August 7, 1992
  • AU: 1992
Genre(s)Action platformer
Mode(s)Single-player

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

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is preceded by a short cutscene which sets the stage. A man from the 30th century named Dr. Butler kidnaps Fred Flintstone's pet Dino and Barney's pet Hoppy. Fred's alien friend, The Great Gazoo, lost parts of his time machine due to Dr. Butler. The Great 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]

Reception and legacy[edit]

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]

There is a ROM hack of the game titled 7 Grand Dad (Chinese: 原始瑪莉VII; pinyin: Yuánshǐ Mǎlì VII), which was released in 1992, and is published by J.Y. Company in Taiwan. It featured the main character Fred Flintstone's head being swapped with Mario, and an altered title screen featuring 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][6] This would eventually be known as an internet meme, modeled after its live stream by Twitch streamer and YouTuber Vargskelethor Joel of the streaming ensemble, Vinesauce.[7]

References[edit]

  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". Player.it (in Italian). Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Dian Shi Ma Li". Bootleg Games Wiki. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  7. ^ Vargskelethor, Joel. "[Vinesauce] Joel - Insane Mario Bootleg Games (Grand Dad)". YouTube.