Instructions for the "Dinosaurs Extinct" Game

By Eric Benac ; Updated April 12, 2017
Control dinosaurs and attempt to survive in this simple children's game.

Dinosaurs Extinct is a board game made by the Briar Patch gaming company. Two to four players can play in the game, which is considered appropriate for ages five and up. Players control dinosaurs as they move through ancient history, avoiding traumatic events, such as volcanoes, ice ages and meteorites. Suffering through these events removes bones from your dinosaur. Run out of bones, and you are extinct. Get to the end of the game board to evolve and live in the twenty-first century.

Pick from one of four dinosaur characters: Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Corythosaurus and Apatosaurus. Place the tokens at the start of the game and roll dice to see who plays first. The player with the highest roll goes first and play proceeds clockwise.

Roll the dice and move through the game board towards the end. Follow the directions on the game square, such as flipping over a Dino Life card or rolling to avoid taking damage.

Read and follow the instructions on the Dino Life Cards. These cards feature incidents, such as traumatic events, and tell you whether you suffered damage during the event.

Alter your “dino body” overlays appropriately depending on how Dino Life card affected your dinosaur. Flip the overlay to reveal more bones on your dinosaur. Stop playing if all of your bones are showing.

Landing on other dinosaur’s squares causes a “turf war” between you and the other player. Roll the dice to decide who wins, with highest roll winning. Flip the overlay of the losing player.

Flip your overlay backwards if you land on a “No Bones on Me” space on the board. This helps heal your dinosaur and lets it last longer in the game.

Continue playing until a player reaches the end of the game board fully intact. Declare this player the winner.

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Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.