"If you're looking for a dinosaur game that can be enjoyed by a group of players with a large range of ages from four to adult then this is the game to get. A great game to play with kids."
Customer feedback on Jurassic Wars at Everything Dinosaur.com
Do you like the Jurassic Park movies or Walking With Dinosaurs? Then you'll love Jurassic Wars - the award-winning dinosaur combat game from Dice Maestro.
Jurassic Wars features 20 different dinosaurs: ten herbivores on green Dinocards and ten carnivores coloured red. During combat herbivores use green dice and carnivores use red. A red die is more likely to score a hit against an opponent than a green die.
Each player is dealt a hand of dinocards and some combat cards. During the game players must carefully play dinocards from their hand and must judge when to play a combat card, which can alter the outcome of the combat. Play consists of combats between pairs of players. During combat players take the appropriate combat dice for their dinosaur, which vary according to a few conditions, and start rolling. The aim is to score hits against the opposing dinosaur. Jurassic Wars uses a unique game mechanism where the combat dice also serve as the number of hit points that each dinosaur can sustain in combat. After a series of rolls between the two players one will be left with no dice to throw and his or her dinosaur has been defeated and is removed from play.
With every combat another dinosaur is taken out of the game. As the game progresses some players will lose all their dinocards and be eliminated until one player is left standing and is the winner.
The Apatosaurus uses 3 green combat dice during battle.
See more dinocards.
No game of Jurassic Wars will be alike. The timeline cards set the Game Era to one of three three geologic eras: Jurassic, Early Cretaceous and Late Cretaceous. Any dinosaur that matches the Game Era increases its dice rating by one. For example, the Apatosaurus is a Jurassic herbivore and increases its dice rating by one when the Game Era is Jurassic. The Game Era can be fixed for the game or can change after each battle (see reources for the different rule variations).
The combat cards add a tactical element to the play. At the start of the game each player receives at least two combat cards, which act like jokers. The 'surprise attack' card increases the dice rating of your dinosaur during combat. There are three different types of combat card, each with a different effect.
The versatile game mechanism also lends itself to many variations, such as Jurassic Wars Whist, a points scoring game that involves more skill and judgement. Players from around the world have invented different rule variations. For example, internationally-renowned game reviewer Tom Vasel suggested a rule variation that changes the deal (included in the rules variations book - see sidebar).
A game of Jurassic Wars comprises the following:
1 dice arena (box bottom)
1 game book (including rules)
10 herbivore dinocards (green)
10 carnivore dinocards (red)
10 combat cards
(3 types - first blood, extreme aggression, surprise attack)
3 timeline cards
(Jurassic, Early Cretaceous, Late Cretaceous)
4 green combat dice
3 red combat dice
"The artwork on the cards is stunning, so much so that this game is worth buying just for the cards." Games Gazette
The incredible life-like images used for the dinocards in Jurassic Wars were specially created by computer artists Jon Hughes and Russell Gooday. They explain how they create these images in Interview with the Dinosaur Photographers