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 later released another Flintstones game for the NES titled The Flintstones: Surprise at Dinosaur Peak.

The game has become well-known for a bootleg version, 7 Grand Dad, which became an Internet meme after streamer Vargskelethor reacted to it on a stream. SiIvaGunner, a collaborative YouTube channel, began to make parodies featuring the game's music.

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[edit]

GamePro praised the graphics, gameplay, and the abundance of levels, but criticized the music.[3]

"7 Grand Dad" Bootleg[edit]

History[edit]

In 1992, the Taiwanese publisher J.Y. Company released a hack of this game. In an attempt to pass it off as the supposed seventh installment in the Super Mario series, the title was changed to 7 Grand Dad (stylized as 7 GRAND DAD, referred to as Primitive Mario VII[4][5][6] (simplified Chinese: 原始玛莉VII; traditional Chinese: 原始瑪莉VII; pinyin: Yuánshǐ Mǎlì VII), placing Mario's head on Fred Flintstone's body. It was widely available throughout Russia. It was also released as part of a 7-in-1 bootleg game ROM cartridge. The developer of the hack remains unknown.[7]

The title screen of 7 GRAND DAD

Gameplay[edit]

On the game's title screen, the logo of The Flintstones is replaced with the "7 GRAND DAD" title. The copyright notices are replaced with "1992 1." The "1" is a game mode selector added by the developer of the hack. One can cycle between 5 game modes, which change the order of the levels. Between the "7" and the words "GRAND DAD," a discoloured version of Mario based on a similar sprite in the bootleg game Dian Shi Mali is shown, with the "M" on his iconic red hat replaced with the Chinese character "王" (pinyin: Wáng), a common Chinese surname. Otherwise, the game mechanics are identical to that of the original game.

As an Internet meme[edit]

Vargskelethor[edit]

7 Grand Dad became an internet meme in 2015 because of a stream by Swedish live streamer Vargskelethor (real name Joel Jarvison), a member of the streaming group Vinesauce. In said stream, he came across the game in a 7-in-1 bootleg ROM, where he reacted to it in shock, saying:

"Grand Dad! Flintstones?! Oh... Grand Dad. Grand Dad?! What the fuck?!"[8]

SiIvaGunner[edit]

Another contributor to the meme is SiIvaGunner, a collaborative YouTube channel which uploads parody remixes of video game music; a significant number of uploads make use of the Flintstones theme's melody in some form as its leitmotif.[9]

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. ^ "7 Grand Dad". BootlegGames Wiki. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  5. ^ "7 Grand Dad | Wiki | Mario Amino". Mario | aminoapps.com. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  6. ^ "7 Grand Dad". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  7. ^ "7 Grand Dad". BootlegGames Wiki. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  8. ^ Vargskelethor Joel (2014-11-06), [Vinesauce] Joel - Insane Mario Bootleg Games ( Grand Dad ), retrieved 2019-06-21
  9. ^ "7 GRAND DAD". SiIvaGunner Wikia. Retrieved 2019-08-27.