Dinosaurs for Hire

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Dinosaurs for Hire
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$49.9949.99[2] 1050
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive

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Dinosaurs for Hire is a Mega Drive game based on the comic book series of the same name. It was only released in North America.


It is a side-scrolling action/platforming game similar to Contra but involving a group of dinosaurs who fight crime. The player can play as a tyrannosaurus rex named Archie, a triceratops named Lorenzo or a stegosaurus named Reese. Each has a gun which can be upgraded Contra-style (shoot with B), a close-up attack (A: Archie beats enemies with his gun, Lorenzo with his horns, and Reese with his tail), and a traditional jump (C, and no matter how you press it you cannot control the intensity of the jump).


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Some curious facts about the game[3]:

In the game's plot, is revealed that dinosaur Lorenzo likes Chun-Li.This was a reference to Street Fighter II, and amazingly it got past Sega's legal department.

Archie the Dinosaur's ambition is to wrestle Shadow Yammoto. This was a reference to programmers next game Eternal Champions.

According to Cyranno the Dinosaur, the Mega Minotaur's real name is Hoyt. This was a tribute by programmer Steven Lashower to actor Hoyt Pollard who played the bald, inbred Banjo Boy in the movie Deliverance.

The cartridge image contains the message "E is coming!" - a reference to an Elvis Presley game that the team was designing on the side.

Production credits

Program Code/Design (C) 1993 Sega
All Rights Reserved
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Dinosaurs for Hire/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 [5]
35 №17, p46
64 №24, p74-76
69 [6]
63 №50, p72/73
83 №27, p50
58 №15, p48/49
Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, US
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DinosaursForHire MD US manual.pdf
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Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 39351146
MD5 e4c6cbf1a2ea36404fb69667cd080b4f
SHA-1 d006efbf1d811e018271745925fe00ca6d93f24f
1MB 1993-06 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 16000453
MD5 2c64241c31024f877d30307f0d28f21d
SHA-1 944af2e25e9ab5ecf82fe5da1c55113edeee8709
1MB 1993-04-27 CD-R disc[7] Page
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 54c77d3e
MD5 7b38a12a0673b86c542d9d601f3bf6f9
SHA-1 101b97769ddd54e04f6c0c1d46d194fc78cb6f22
1MB 1993-04-26 CD-R disc[8] Page
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8954dee9
MD5 c6d15f7e64341c1a12fd093108231b1a
SHA-1 2a04b30cf4930631bdb6c031ecd12c23387c278b
1MB 1993-05-02 CD-R disc[9] Page


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