Announcing "Kale In Dinoland" Remake for the iPhone

The Rotting Cartridge

Sept. 20, 2011

Montreal, Quebec, 09/18/2011 – Love nostalgia? Can't wait to get your hands on retro titles? The Rotting Cartridge announced today that Kale In Dinoland, a platformer game originally released by SkySoft in 1992 for the Gameboy, is coming to the iPhone this fall. You heard right - Kale is riding his way onto the App Store!

View the announcement trailer here:

or on Vimeo:


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For those who didn't play the original, Kale In Dinoland's primary mechanic is 'riding' enemies, which grants the player control over their powers. By utilizing all the enemy's powers, the player is able to progress further than they could on their own two feet. There are six areas in all, encompassing more than 50 levels of non-stop enemy-riding action. It's a race to the top of a mysterious island called Dinoland and into Mr. Dino's lair, where he holds Kale's precious girlfriend Terra captive!

The founder of The Rotting Cartridge had this to say about the game: "We at the Rotting Cartridge believe that instead of - making - a new game, we would just rip off an existing game and port it to the iPhone. The original Kale In Dinoland was met with...lukewarm responses, but we at the Rotting Cartridge thought it needed a second chance - that this was a game that had potential, but because of the technical restrictions imposed by the GameBoy hardware, wasn't able to meet that potential."

In porting Kale In Dinoland, the Rotting Cartridge breaks mobile game design rules in a mission to stay true to SkySoft's original design. It's hard, it's frustrating, it's 4-bit, and man is it retro!


  • Six Areas, each with their own unique theme and enemies: Grasslands, Jungle, Resort, Arctic, Volcano, and Mansion.
  • 50+ levels (~8 levels / area) Intertwined to form a Sublime Experience
  • Six Warp Areas - With the possibility of beating the game in record time, for those completists!
  • 10 rideable enemies to master and 1 secret enemy!
  • Retro UI and Graphics: 4 bits of precious color!
  • Love-crafted 4-bit Soundtrack

Check out the latest Kale In Dinoland developments:




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Established in February 2011, the Rotting Cartridge is composed of extremely dedicated, multi-national people with years of industry experience who want their creative voices heard in the current industry climate. Many of its members dropped their current jobs in the industry to pursue a passion to deliver quality games. Some of the games its members have worked on in the past include: Dead Arms (PC), Tom-Tom and the Castle of Light (GBA), Karma Phala III (SNES), and The Mysterious Man (PC).

See what reviewers said about SkySoft's original Kale In Dinoland, way back in 1992: 

"Marred by save issues and bugs, Kale still lives up to its name: It's a fun, expansive romp with a new mechanic and fresh feel." - Nintendo Power

"Sadly I don't think Kale will last another game…But it's currently a favorite." - EGM

"The only complaint I have is not being able to finish it." - GamePro

"The story is too similar to Mario. The gameplay is buggy and saves are nonexistent. We already have enough platformers on the Gameboy - I would go on, but I'm stuck playing this damn game." - Pelit


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