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The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy is a 1991 platform video game developed by Taito for the Nintendo Entertainment System based on the original series, The Flintstones. Taito later released another Flintstones game for the NES titled The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak.

Gameplay

The gameplay is preceded by a short cutscene which sets the stage. An evil and villainous man from the 30th century named Dr. Butler kidnaps Fred Flintstone's pet Dino and Barney's pet Hoppy. Fred's alien friend, The Great Gazoo, lost parts of his time machine due to Dr. Butler. The Great Gazoo is visible only to Fred and to nobody else (a slight change from the series where Barney, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm could also see him).

With each stage Fred completes, he earns back another piece of the time machine, and Gazoo welds together the pieces progressively. Throughout the stages, Fred runs into Wilma, Barney, Betty, as well as George Jetson in the future stage. Fred has to defeat a boss at each stage. At the end of the map, he gets the last piece and travels to the future, where he has to defeat Dr. Butler.

Reception and Legacy

GamePro praised the graphics, gameplay, and the abundance of levels, but criticized the music.

A notable bootleg of the game called 7 Grand Dad was made by J.Y. Company, a company in Taiwan. In the bootleg, Fred Flintstone's head is replaced with that of Mario. The bootleg game eventually became an internet meme.

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