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GAMEPLAY: Dinosaurs

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The 2017 action-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved lets players ride all sorts of prehistoric creatures. Gareth Coker wrote the powerful orchestral score.

Explore a massive mix of music from dinosaur-themed games like Jurassic World Evolution, Monster Hunter World and more.

Dinosaurs hold enormous appeal for people of all ages, and it's no surprise that these Mesozoic monsters have been featured in many videogames.

These prehistoric beasts take on a variety of roles, serving as enemies to be fought, allies or companions, and even scientifically accurate protagonists under player control!

Listen to hear a variety of themes written for dinosaur-inspired games from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island to Jurassic World Evolution.

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Oleksa Lozowchuk - Rusted Sands (Horizon Forbidden West) - original soundtrack

Jeremiah Pena - Evolution Main Theme (Jurassic World Evolution) - original soundtrack

Jesper Kyd - Robinson Theme Extended (Robinson: The Journey) - original soundtrack

Oleksa Lozowchuk - Shoulders of Giants (Horizon Forbidden West) - original soundtrack

Oleksa Lozowchuk - Built to Kill (Horizon Forbidden West) - original soundtrack

Niels van der Leest - Steel Bones (Horizon Forbidden West) - original soundtrack

Koji Kondo, arr. Thomas Kresge - Yoshi’s Island (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island) - The Game Brass, Steeldrumbands

Shinichiro Sato - AUSTRALIS (Dino Crisis 3) - original soundtrack

Yuko Komiyama - Savage of the Ancient Forest (Monster Hunter World) - original soundtrack

Zhenlan Kang - Arena: Small Monsters Abound (Monster Hunter World) - original soundtrack

Francisco Godinho - Prehistoric Spring (Saurian) - original soundtrack

Gareth Coker - Tree Trouble (ARK: Survival Evolved) - Philharmonia Orchestra

Gareth Coker - The Origin of Combat (ARK: Survival Evolved) - Philharmonia Orchestra

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance. Production assistance provided by Delia Zaleski. Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.