Who Remembers? #1 Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs

18 May

Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs was first released in 1985, so I would have been 12 the first time I played it. It combined two of my greatest loves at the times – dinosaurs and games – and remains an enjoyable, if rather lengthy to play, game that all the family can enjoy.

As with many boardgames from the Eighties it has some truly wonderful components. In addition to the beautiful board, you received a number of cool components including: 6 dinosaurs, a swamp monster, 30 pieces of lava, a cardboard temple, and 4 sets of 4 explorers. The model quality was decent, rather than exceptional, but the presentation throughout was of a generally good standard.

The aim of the game required you to explore the fabled lost valley in search of treasure. After rolling your die you would take an adventure card and carry out its instructions. These events would range from moving 1 or all dinosaurs a set number of places to getting dumped in the swamp ahead of its vicious monster. Another really nice touch is that you can draw volcano cards that require you to slow add counters to the erupting volcano, which can potentially cut off your route to the temple which holds the coins you need to retrieve.

Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs can be purchased relatively cheaply (it’s on eBay for around the £20 mark) and is an entertaining little game that still features enjoyable play mechanics and a nice interactive board. I’d definitely recommend it and also advise you hunt down Escape From Atlantis, which I hope to cover very soon.

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2 Responses to “Who Remembers? #1 Lost Valley Of The Dinosaurs”

  1. CampfireBurning May 19, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    The number of times I saw this one in the Argos catalogue!

    I thought might be interested that Escape From Atlantis has recently been re-issued (with an expanded ruleset) http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2653/survive-escape-from-atlantis

  2. strideristhebest May 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    That looks excellent. Will have to pick it up 🙂

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