known in Japan as , is a
video game developed by Red Entertainment and published by
It was first released in
Japan on April 17, 2008 and was later released in North America on
August 10, 2009, and in Australia
September 19, 2009.
The game starts with a young boy arriving on Vivosaur Island, a
place where dinosaur fossils can be dug up. These fossils are
encased in stone, and must be taken to a lab to be cleaned on the
touch-screen, using drills, hammers, and x-ray. The player must be
careful not to damage the fossils, or they will be destroyed. Once
successfully cleaned, the dinosaur DNA can be revived into powerful
dinosaur-like creatures called "Vivosaurs". The game revolves
around hunting for fossils, reviving Vivosaurs, and using them to
battle other Fossil Fighters to raise their rank, therefore gaining
access to more areas to dig up fossils, and learning more about the
mysteries of Vivosaur Island.
At the hotel on Vivosaur Island, the manager gives the player
instructions on the basics. The player then goes to a trial dig
site, where a boy named Holt battles the player. Then the player
unlocks Greenhorn Plains, where a man steals everyone's Dino
Medals. The player will meet Rosie, who's medals have been stolen,
while the player's are returned. Then in Knotwood Forest, a tribe
called the Digadigs asks the player to defend their treasures from
the BB Bandits. The player wiil meet Nevada Montecarle, and beat
Vivian in the Digadigamid. Rosie gets cursed and will speak similar
to the Digadigs.
- Hero (known in the official manga as Hunter): The protagonist of
the game. A young boy that arrives on Vivosaur Island at the start
of the game. Players can change the character's name and the colors
of his outfit, but not his gender. Players also can change his face
by finding or purchasing masks later in the game.
- Rosie Richmond: A young girl with pink
pigtails, skirt, and a matching pith helmet. Rosie helps the player
character at various times, but seems to have bad luck.
- Dr. Diggins: A tall, wiry man with glasses,
blue hair, and a deep tan. The foremost scientist on Vivosaur
Island, and an expert at cleaning and reviving Vivosaurs.
- The B.B. Bandits: An
organization of thieves on the island. The player encounters and
battles three of them members several times: Vivian, the
green-haired field leader, her long-nosed subordinate Snivels, and
their strange canine companion Rex.
- The Digadig Tribe: A tribe of ancient island
natives, led by a shaman.
- Saurhead: The reigning arena champion, a
mountain of a man with a macho attitude and trademark green
dinosaur mask, making him seem much like a luchadore wrestler.
- Duna: A mysterious girl (alien) with blond
hair, and a deep connection to the island's past.
There are many places such as the Digadigamid, Knotwood Forest, Mt.
Lavaflow, Bottomsup Bay, Rivet Ravine, and Greenhorn Plains.
received a decent score of 32 out of 40 by
the Japanese magazine Famitsu
game was the third best-selling game in Japan the week of its
release at 35,000 copies sold. By the end of 2008, Fossil
had sold 240,176 copies, making it the 15th
best-selling DS game of the year in the region. In the United
States, it sold 92,000 units in August 2009, making it the 10th
best selling game for that month. However many other reviewers
including IGN.com criticized the game for being too simple and
having too much in common with the Pokémon
games. As a result of the game's
"laid back and childish atmosphere, without having as much to do as
games" the game has received poor scores like
a 5.3 from IGN in North America. The graphics among other things
were a major downfall of the overall game's experience.