DinoSystem is a 2D ecosystem and survival simulation that allows players to manage the ecology of an evolving island and survive in it as a human, dealing with realistic survival mechanics and a deep character progression system.
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Very Positive (85) - 89% of the 85 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 25, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Selling DinoSystem in Early Access allows me to invest more time into the development, and get precious feedback from the community while the game is being developed.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“There is no current ETA for the final version, but you can get an idea of the current development stage by checking the game version: for example, v0.70.0 means the game is 70% complete.
I want to continue improving the game even after the Early Access, so as soon as all the core features and content are in place (v1.0), I'll release it as a full product, but the development will continue (at a slower pace).”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“As stated above, there are some core game systems missing, like the asteroid event, the God Mode interface and tools, and more content.
You can assess the progress towards the full version on the development roadmap page.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current alpha build offers an already exciting sandbox survival experience, which lacks variety and content (especially craftable items). God Mode (the game mode where you manage the ecosystem) still lacks a proper GUI and tools to interact with the world, but the ecosystem mechanics are in place, and you'll see animals reproduce, seasons pass and vegetation spread.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No price change is planned.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I value all feedback and always check the forum for suggestions and bug reports. I'm adjusting my development plan according to the feedback received, when necessary.”
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August 4

Update v0.79.0 - Vegetation update, positional sounds, improved snow, more!

This update IS compatible with savegames from previous v0.78+ version!
Game loaded from the previous version shouldn't have any problem, but could miss some additions.


New tree species and vegetation improvements:

- Added Taxus Tree.
- Former "Apple" renamed to "Taxus Berry", which is produced by the Taxus Tree.
- Former generic Conifer renamed to "Pine Tree", and now produces "Pine Cone".
- Pine Cone can be used as fire fuel.
- Pine Tree is more common than Taxus Tree, and made balance changes to the tree mechanics.
- Vegetation under-the-hood mechanics reworked: from seed spreading with wind, rooting conditions to energy balance. The result is overall a more coherent and balanced ecology simulation.
- Seeds can be "stored" in arid terrains, and released when the terrain turns into fertile, allowing vegetation to reclaim the island after long and severe periods of drought (this is also true when starting with a totally barren island).

Positional ambience sounds and audio improvements:

- Nearly all ambience sounds (birds, howls, crickets, etc) are positional, as well as thunder sound.
- Added some new variation to the day ambience sounds.
- Ambience sounds volume calculation improved, rain and wind are more gradual.
- [God] Ambience sounds gradually become less intense as you zoom out the map.

Improved snow system:

- Terrain snow texture replaced with a new, better one.
- Terrain snow mechanics reworked to be more coherent and dynamic, along with better visuals.
- Terrain snow system reworked to only draw a single tiled sprite, instead of multiple ones for each terrain, considerably improving performance (especially on larger maps).

Optimizations, minor tweaks and bugfixes:

- Seeds calculation reworked to happen with variables instead than with actual mini-sprites, which should improve performance (especially on larger maps).
- [Survival] When using a Bow while holding arrows with the right hand, if having a Quiver with additional arrows, the Character will prioritize using the ones from the right hand.
- [Survival] Body Weight calculation reworked to be exponential at higher Muscle/Fat, and have a less impact when they're low.
- Sun exposure continues to persist throughout sunset, instead of reaching always 0 at the start of it.
- Added a new page to the guide introducing to "Landmarks".
- Fixed a bug that occasionally caused sea waves sound to stutter, also causing a serious memory leak.
- [Survival] Fixed fishing action being interrupted by pressing E, which made fishing impracticable using the key.
- MANY more improvements and fixes...

These are only the most relevant changes, as always there are tons of other in this update, check the full changelog for the complete list!

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June 12

Update v0.78.0 - Caves, reworked Fishing, more!

This update is NOT compatible with old savegames!
Savegames are automatically deleted due to the different way the new version handles some core mechanics.
If you have a current game you don't want to lose, don't update now, but finish your game first (just die :P).


Added Caves:

- Caves offer good insulation protection (nearly full), but not good cover, as rain will filtrate (just like trees).
- Caves are spawned randomly on the map, either next to mountains or isolated.
- Number of generated caves is random, but scales with island size.

Fishing reworked to be an actual mini-game:

- Fishing now requires the player to actively trigger a fishing attempt, while the progress bar doesn't show the action progress anymore, but a success chance that constantly fluctuates (based on Fishing skill, Melee skill (partially), Strength and a random component), so the player must be careful to click when the success chance is high (to avoid wasting energy).
- A sound plays when the success chance is > 10%, the higher the chance, the louder the sound.
- Fishing success chance is lower during night time and in Realistic+ difficulty.
- Fishing attempts now also slightly increase the Melee skill, as it amplifies the fishing chance.
- Fishing skill increase when catching a fish is now inversally proportional to the attempt success chance.
- Fishing action now stops if Muscle Soreness reaches 100%.
- Fish caught with a Spear can be mouse-dragged from the spear without necessarly dropping it (so you can put it in a bag and promptly resume fishing).

Trees dynamic shadow + Texture improvements:

- Tree now have dynamic shadow too (that changes with the sun), and other shadows no longer stack with tree shadow.

- Improvements to some item textures (meat, fish, quiver, bow, arrow, leaf).

Other relevant changes & Fixes:

- The game now uses a brand new way to calculate Character Insulation from walls, boulders etc, which is much more accurate and realistic (this also applies to fire insulation).
- The Character will use Arrows from the right hand, if holding one or more (up to 5), so the Quiver is no longer a must-have.
- Fixed building a Wall/Door altering the condition of all other walls on the map.
- Invisible tree shadow workaround has been reworked to just reduce shadow intensity whenever it is too strong.

These are only the most relevant changes, as always there are tons of other in this update, check the FULL CHANGELOG for the complete list!

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“It is clear that CapriByte Studios is offering some truly distinctive options for a dinosaur survival simulator.”
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“Dinosystem is shaping up to be one deep simulation game.”
Pixel Judge

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If you have a decent graphics card and still have bad performance, it's possible your card is not being used to run the game. Try enabling your graphics card for run_game.exe (the game launcher), here's a guide for NVIDIA and ATI.


What is DinoSystem?

DinoSystem is a 2D, top-down ecosystem and survival simulation that allows players to either manage the ecology of an evolving island (inhabited by dinosaurs), or survive in it as a human, dealing with realistic survival mechanics, and with a deep character progression system that tracks how your character's body adapts over time.

An emergent, living world:

Everything on the island is subject to biological and physical rules, and nothing comes from nothing: will you hunt the last dinosaur of its species for a steak, or will you protect it from extinction and make sure its eggs hatch? These are the dilemmas you'll face in the game, as long as YOU don't get extinct.


To see all the features planned for the full release and the ideas we are considering, please check the development roadmap, and feel free to join the discussion and make suggestions!

Game Modes:

  • God: Manage the island ecology, change the weather, trigger devastating events, and see how the ecosystem adapts. NOTE: God mode still lacks a proper GUI and tools to fully interact with the world; expect it to be expanded throughout the Early Access phase.
  • Survival: Join the island as a stranded human, see how long you can survive as part of it, and how your body changes in the process; the game offers the option to play either with "casual" or "hardcore" difficulty. NOTE: there is no story yet as a background for the Survival mode, we're still working on it, and you can help us find a good one!

World Features:

  • Ecology simulation: the game simulates a Cretaceous ecosystem populated mainly by dinosaurs, animals and plants don't "spawn"; they are born, then grow, reproduce and die.
  • DinoSystem uses a complex seasonal model that calculates day/night length, relative position of the sun, and influences the weather. Seasons transition is gradual, no sudden change between two seasons.
  • Realistic weather model that takes into account variables like time of day, humidity, temperature, and pressure; generating weather conditions like rain, snow, wind, sand/snowstorms, thunderstorm and fog.
  • Thunders can trigger huge wildfires, burning down entire forests.
  • Realistic water cycle: rain creates puddles that can either evaporate or grow into ponds and lakes. Evaporation takes into account air humidity, temperature and sun exposure.
  • Terrain changes according to factors like presence of water, weather, vegetation, and location. Any area can become fertile or arid, new forest or grasslands may form or disappear over time.
  • Fire (from torches to campfires and wildfires) consumes available fuel, releasing heat and light, and it's influenced by air humidity and wind; you body and all objects near a fire are heated up. Fire can spread to nearby vegetation and trigger a wildfire, if ambient conditions are favourable.
  • Animals AI allows them to survive in their world and adapt; they'll reproduce, care for their youngs, look for protection or compete for food and mating.
  • Each new island is randomized at game start, based on parameters set by the player.
  • Everything, from dead animals to branches, decomposes based on factors like temperature, humidity, and location. There is no "timer" after which an item or a carcass disappears.

Survival Features:

  • Deep, complex and rewarding character progression system: metabolism, body muscles and fat change according to your lifestyle, and even your character's sprite changes in appearance to reflect this. Get fat to survive winter, get slim to be lighter and swifter, or get muscular to be stronger in combat and more capable of hard work, but make sure to eat enough proteins...
  • Needs like thirst and hunger are not just bars that drop at a constant rate: everything, from performing actions to metabolism and body weight, influence the rate at which you burn calories, consume water or get tired. For example, high temperature or intense activity make you sweat, requiring you to drink more water.
  • Dozens of skills, both mental and physical, that raise as you perform a particular action; but can also decay if you don't use them for a long time (only in "hard" difficulty!).
  • Crafting system allowing you to create items and weapons, advancing in technology at each step. NOTE: few items are craftable in the current Early Access build; expect many more to be added throughout the development!
  • Foods with different nutrition values: meat is valuable because of proteins, but make sure you cook it...

Many more features will be added throughout the development! Again, check the development roadmap, and feel free to get involved and suggest new features.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/10 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: Core i5 2.0 GHz (or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 550 ti / 570m (or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: If using a laptop, make sure to enable your dedicated graphics card for run_game.exe (the game launcher) from the Nvidia/Catalyst control panel
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