Todd Rex wants steak. Todd Rex wants YOUR steak. Are you gonna let him take it? No way! Go Home, Dinosaurs! Prevent hordes of marauding Dinos from crashing your party in the world’s premier BBQ defense simulator! Unlock powerful towers that act like little weaponized puzzle pieces.
User reviews: Very Positive (202 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 14, 2013
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About This Game

Todd Rex wants steak. Todd Rex wants YOUR steak. Are you gonna let him take it? No way! Go Home, Dinosaurs!


Prevent hordes of marauding Dinos from crashing your party in the world’s premier BBQ defense simulator! Unlock powerful towers that act like little weaponized puzzle pieces. Take control of a rock-throwing, coconut-gathering gopher and build your battlefield to keep those Dinos at bay. With adorable characters, intense strategy, and mouse-only controls Go Home Dinosaurs is accessible enough for kids and challenging enough for adults. It's a game truly everyone will love!

Go Home Dinosaurs Features


  • Highly innovative, bar-setting tower defense gameplay
  • A beautiful, vibrant 3D world and adorable characters
  • 60 levels of Dino brawling action spread across three worlds!
  • 18 collectible cards that feature a colorful cast of characters, including DJ G04, a trio of robot buddies, and a
  • Meteor-summoning Mad Scientist!
  • Adorable Dinos with individual traits and personalities
  • Insane boss levels!
  • Challenging strategic gameplay involving fitting together colorful, puzzle piece shaped defenses
  • Carefully pick your defenses before each level
  • Purchase costumes and powerups for your gopher with coins you earn beating levels (no IAP)
  • Don't like steaks? Change them out in Veggie Mode!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2
    • Processor:1.7 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB, Shader Model 2
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:450 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.5 Ghz Quad Core
    • Graphics:1 GB, Shader Model 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fan of tower defence games this fun and fast this little game positively surprised me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Meh I beat this but it has very little depth. Console port, shallow recycled tower defense mechanic stolen mainly from PVZ but 3D instead of left-to-right. No actual hotkeys that I can figure out. No fast forward. Dinosaurs are cute and the game has cute attitude, at least. For 2 dollars I can't complain, which is the only reason I recommend it. For 2 dollars it's worth it IF you like tower defense games AND you want to see a pink female Triceratops named Tina wearing winter snow booties whilst skipping through the snow. If this describes you then for 2 dollars you might check it out.

PS: I must also mention that the entire game premise of "defending your steak BBQ from dinosaurs that are invading your picnic like gigantic ants" has a Vegetarian Mode involving carrots. The lack of Tofu Steaks highly annoys me, but the fact that it still has steaks on the loading screen is -unforgivable-.

INTERNET PETITION RDY GO KTHX I DEMAND A REFUND
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
go home generic games
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I reccomend this game for anyone who wants a casual experience. "Go Home Dinosaurs!" is predominantly a tower defense game mixed with a bit of a tetris-esque notion. It is great for the younger gaming generations with it's simplicity and brightly colored characters. For the older generations, this game provides a relaxing, stress-free, and most importantly fun experience that won't have you cussing at the top of your lungs! For the price of $2.00 as I write this, and even cheaper during Steam Sales, "Go Home Dinosaurs" will not disappoint its players.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I'm gonna level with you for a moment: I've never had a steak. Growing up with a vegetarian for a mother it was never on the menu, and for whatever reason I've never gone out of my way to eat one now I'm feeding myself. What I gather though is people go a little crazy for them, gophers too for that matter. So you can probably empathize with them when a group of dinosaurs show up to crash their barbecue, leaving no choice but to wage an all out war on the intruders trying to snatch up their lunch.

Go Home Dinosaurs is then the chronicle of their grand struggle, playing out in the form of a cute and colorful tower defense game. If hearing that makes you groan as you remember the dozens of other TD games already in your library, I can relate, but to its credit GHD does a pretty good job of making itself stand apart (in both good and bad ways). The most obvious of these is its charming aesthetic, full of bobblehead characters bouncing around spouting off silly one liners as they proclaim their undying love for grilled cow.

It also switches up the traditional way in which towers are selected and built, having you first choose cards for each of your towers, which come in various shapes and sizes requiring more forethought in how you plan to position them. This is cool in that it makes each stage feel like a bit of a puzzle, with the towers being the missing pieces you have to try and squeeze in correctly, but it also takes out a large amount of the strategy found in more traditional TD games. Because levels are so tightly wound, it also feels as if there is already a predesignated layout and you are simply trying to figure out what that is. This might not be readily apparent during the first few levels of the game, but pretty soon the difficulty takes a huge spike upwards and makes it almost a requirement to use a select few towers that were seemingly handpicked for a given level.

I was also disappointed with how shallow the mechanics are, with no leveling system for towers, or even the ability to remove towers after you've placed them. Being able to only place a very small number of towers and having to pick them all from the start also created more than a few frustrating moments when I completely ran out or chose more towers than I'd have any hope of placing, as it's difficult to judge any of this before you actually play a level for yourself.

All the same Go Home Dinosaurs is certainly enjoyable, largely thanks to how adorable it is. If you are looking for a deep and strategic tower defense game, you aren't going to find it here, but what you will is a bunch of ridiculous anthropomorphic gophers cracking jokes and making pop culture references as bands of dinos poor out of caves with the sort of stupid expressions you'd expect from steak obsessed reptiles. If that sounds amusing to you don't hesitate to pick the game up, but if your already shuddering at the thought of their squeaky voices I'd steer clear.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I've never been the kind of gamer to sit down and plan out with the Tower Defense genre. If you think along the same lines, don't stop reading and don't ignore this title. Go Home Dinosaurs! is probably one of the most rewarding games available on Steam and probably one of the best titles to start out with the genre. It has a variety of difficult angles, challening corners, and heart-pounding timing to save your BBQ from threatening Dinos! If the storyline sounds totally ridiculous, just wait until you put a DJ booth down and destroy a dozen Compy via the power of your record scratching. It's supposed to be ridiculous, and loves to point that out about itself! It's a perfect little title to pass the time or bring yourself into a genre you've never thought you'd have the patience for. It has its challenges, but it wouldn't be fun otherwise! Here's your chance to go back in time and send those Dinos home! I highly recommend Go Home Dinosaurs! whatever type of gamer you are.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's a good tower defense game. Not overly hard. The tetris like tower positioning adds something new and was a fun twist.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Decent time killer, nothing above that... Can be frustrating at times, and voice of main character (and his sentences) are awful...
Either way, can recommend it for a few hours of soundless fun :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game is both bad and good at the same time. This means that the game falls under the category of 'good.' The gameplay is quite appealing and the story, to be honest, literally makes me laugh, in a good way. In this game, you defend 3 steaks from being eaten by dinosaurs. The game even goes overboard and calls this game the "#1 BBQ Defense Simulator." It's just funny in a good way. The graphics are appealing and the voice acting, yes there IS voice acting in a tower defense game, is pretty good. Now this is the part where I don't like the game, the difficulty. I'm not used to the traditional Tower Defense games since I'm a Plants vs Zombies junkie but is it me or is the game pretty difficult. I'm like just 2-4 levels into the 2nd world and good lord is the game getting really hard. Overall, the game is good. The game can be quite difficult but it's fun anyways. Final Score: 9/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
My 5 year-old cousin plays this game, and she really enjoys it (she can't read though, so someone had to help her the first few times to understand the concept of the game) the dinosaurs seem like they would scare her, but she doesn't really mind them, so there's no problem :)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Go Home Dinosaurs is a game that's just fun. Sitting down to play for ten minutes or three hours, it's just fun. All players with
any level game skills will enjoy it. I think about the game and I smile, it's just fun.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Gophers enjoyed having BBQ's in the Mesozoic Era.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
sure is a swell game 11/10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
positive=tower def vs dinosaurs
news type of turrets
many levels

negative=too classic
too easy
too expensive
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This game was definitely designed for a mobile device. I also was probably not this game's intended target market. The style and graphics of the game is more akin towards grade school children who play games on their parents' iPads. If you're a parent, I would recommend this game to your children, it is a tower defense version of plants vs zombies... but replaced with dinosaur!
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7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
If you're a fan of Plants vs Zombies, this might be right up your alley. Lots of fun!
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
As a parent, my kids found Go Home Dinosaurs on U-tube, after watching lots of otherwise mostly educational dinosaur videos. If you can get the game on sale, you will get it at $2.50 - then I need 3 copies because I like to vet the games first - then little brother CANNOT miss out on what big brother has. Anyway this game has been very good value for the kids.

"Tower defense" is the proper name for this type of game - that means stop the baddies reaching your castle/home/nest- or in this case barbecue. The baddies in this game are cutsie dinosaurs. The kids earn coins during the game which they can spend in the in-game shop (no real money changes hands) mostly to buy new outfits for their character. The shop keeper is comic - I was really caught on the back foot when my son asked what moustache wax was - he had heard "shoppy" say that that was not for sale!

I used to be quite an accomplished Gamer back when everything was coin operated - not so much now. I disagree with those that say this game is "easy" and "basic". It can get quite hard, and my kids did get frustrated at points, retrying the same level (they DO have the choice to just go play another level, which is great). It was interesting to see strategies emerge - you can let dinosaurs reach your barbie twice - only on the the third time do you lose the level. One of my sons rigorously defends his barbecue from all-comers. My other son concentrates on building his defences and only goes all out to defend the barbie on the third time around.

Another tower defence game that a lot of kids play is plants versus zombies. Both games have their merits - and PVZ is certainly a lot more well known. I would say Go Home Dinosaurs is a lot more parent-acceptable.

This game will keep them entertained for hours during those cold winter months (I write this from Australia) until we actually start having real barbecues again. I recommend it. PS Parents should play as well - yeah, like you have any free time ...
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Really good
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17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I cant really explain this game.

Its Fun, cute and a bit of a challenge. The jigsaw elements bring a new flavour to tower defense games.
Its amzing how meny referances to flims like 'full metal jacket' and 'aliens' there is. but all of this adds to a quite unique exprince that reminds me of conkers bad fur day but in TD format.

Only 1 issue i have is the levels are too short a lot of the time, I think this is a moblie port and it shows with the coins and level length.

Still a 8.5/10 from me though. Give it a map pack that adds some long levels (or workshop support) and it will get that 9/10 :)
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33.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Really cute tower defense game. My only problem with it is that it sometimes quits working for no apparent reason.
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