Often when we lose our internet connection there are only a few options for solace. One is using your mobile phone to create a hot spot and the other is tossing all your papers in the air and embracing the forced break in productivity by wasting time playing the cute Dino Game (T-Rex Run! or Chrome Dino) that pops up in Google Chrome when there is no internet connection.
Run, jump, duck and get a high score. But wouldn’t it be better with an assortment of weapons, both strange and expected?
That’s the thought process behind Dino Swords, the latest act of internet salvation (revolution) from the team at MSCHF. In a collaboration with League of Legends esports team 100 Thieves, Dino Swords simply presents the Chrome game you are familiar with a twist. Dino Swords adds an array of weapons ranging from the eternally useful (battle axe) to the limited use (portal gun) to the useless (respect emoji) — all to help your little dinosaur overcome its tiny arms to knock down, burn, chop and sandal-toss birds and cacti. It’s dumb, creative and fun, and it’s a great way to null our brains as the world burns.
It’s also a self-proclaimed statement by the team at MSCHF that even Google cannot remain untouched by their particular brand of digital subversion. “Anything we can take from a big company (like Google) and mess with we will,” a MSCHF tells me. “The original version just wasn’t violent enough for us. The Dino Game is the final holdover from the golden age of things like Addicting Games and Miniclip games. We’re just making it truer to form.”
The game controls are the same as the original as well as the general look and feel. From a programming perspective it’s not a hard thing to replicate, nor to add a cache of weapons. There are 26 different weapons to discover, all hot keyed to a different letter on your keyboard. Like the original it does keep score and that score lands on a global leader board. At the end of a week, the top score wins a prize. Actual prizes are unknown, but knowing MSCHF it could be a pair of its vaulted Jesus shoes, or a box of string.
100 Thieves founder Matthew Haag (aka Nade Shot) says that prizes will be awesome, though that could be subjective.
“We found out they [MSCHF] were fans of 100 Thieves and our teams started talking about working together earlier this year. We set out to do something that fully represents MSCHF’s creativity and 100 Thieves’ place in gaming culture,” Haag says over email. “Dino Swords is our take on the classic Chrome dinosaur runner game, made extravagant with 26 weapons to help your runs. Many of them pay homage to classic video game weapons, some of them are totally OP, and some are completely useless. There’s even a few Easter eggs that are pretty hard to unlock. We’ve also got some awesome prizes for the people who are able to show they’re the best Dino Swords players in the world.”
Like most of MSCHF’s projects, it’s debatable how long this one will go without receiving a shutdown order from a Google-affiliated lawyer. Thankfully the game plays so quickly that our attention spans may wane before a cease and desist is issued. Dino Swords is live now, so go chainsaw some cacti at increasing speed and take a moment to escape into the simplicity of a browser based game while it exists.