Big Al Game (lost "Walking With Dinosaurs" web game; 2001)


Big Al Game
A screenshot from the game.
A screenshot from the game.
Status Lost

To coincide with the release of the program The Ballad of Big Al (a spin-off of the Walking With Dinosaurs series), the BBC released an online role-playing game, deemed the Big Al Game. The player would guide a growing Allosaurus through the dangers of the Late Jurassic, and learn information about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on the way.

After 2011, the BBC updated their website with the release of the documentary Planet Dinosaur. With this came the removal of the beloved Big Al game, as well as several other less popular games and programs. It has been replaced by an unrelated game based on Planet Dinosaur.

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Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
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Gah! A lost media piece I actually saw! Fun game growing up, takes me back. Can't believe they decided to ax it.

They also had a mammal version, but I always failed at it. Never understood the rules.
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Anonymous user #2

8 months ago
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I'd pay to have the back, I dont know why they had to replace it as opposed to just adding the other game. I wonder if we stirred up enough interest we could convince them to reinstate it...
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Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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I miss this game so much.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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surely someone could make this into a phone app or something
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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This game was so simple and engaging at the same time. I watched Walking With Dinosaurs Big Al when I was a little kid, didn't get my first computer until puberty, and immediately fell in love with my favorite dinosaur all over again. I remember a few play-throughs of mines, like that one (or a few) time(s) I got eaten by my mom because she didn't recognize me when I came back from an adventure three tiles away. I remember being swept away in the river, and even getting stuck in the quick sand once. Being ambushed and killed by one of my own kin because I chose to wait instead of running away. I remember traveling all the way to the east (can't remember what I found out there but sand and stone) and trying to run back to the oasis hoping to find a meal. I remember when I finally made it to adult status and tried mating with several females (and several other species...I think I was actually killed by one homophobic Allo when I made the mistake of trying to seduce him-completely accidental) only to be savagely rejected when I hit the trivia mini-game. Hell...I remember that ONE time when I went throughout the entire game without dying once, just surviving on a combination of luck and experience. I made so many babies on that playthrough.

Point of the matter is...I miss this game. It is literally the best dinosaur game to date, and all it has are pictures. I would pay to have a copy of it for myself.
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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I really hope they bring it back, only thing I like on BBC website. I never watch BBC. They expect me to pay an expensive TV licence for a website and shows I don't watch, yet they won't bring back a game people enjoyed playing. Sounds about right.
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Anonymous user #7

3 months ago
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Ahhhh, just that one screenshot gave me such a nostalgia trip. Is there no way to access this via the Wayback Machine? I've dug up old games that way, surely it would work on the BBC site as well.
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Anonymous user #8

3 months ago
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Sadly, there is no way to access this game even through the Wayback Machine as they only have the instructions for it. 3D online games in general are notoriously more difficult to restore than the ones in 2D because they use old 3D game engines that may not work with some systems and can only be played using Internet Explorer if you still have it installed on your computer.

But in this game's case, it was never available for free downloading to play the game offline and it stayed exclusively on the BBC's website until they decided to remove the game off their website sometime in 2011, pretty much making it impossible to save the game or since it took too long to load, the Wayback Machine never saved the gameplay of it as a result.

What I'm trying to say is that it is sad that the BBC took the game off their website and made it impossible to preserve, it is likely that they still have the assets to the game and if they do listen to the numerous people who want to play the game again, that would be great news to the people demanding for it to be on their website again.
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Anonymous user #9

2 months ago
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I tried using the Wayback Machine myself to access it, but the original link only turned up a "403 Forbidden" error. Since it's not a 404 error, the page isn't deleted so it may be that the BBC has just blocked it off from access somehow. In which case, I agree that our best hope of getting it again is to cause enough demand for the BBC to consider re-releasing it.
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Anonymous user #10

2 months ago
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The things I'd do to recover this game... lord, how the simple things in life are the best - such as this game. How would we go about asking for the game to be re-instated, possibly even published as an app as mentioned above? For such a simple yet substantial game, I can't see why they wouldn't/couldn't bring it back.
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Anonymous user #11

2 months ago
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Wish this game was back, so many childhood memories playing it :(
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Anonymous user #12

2 months ago
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Never heard of a game, but the tv series sas amazing
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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Just wanted to hunt dinos again :(
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Anonymous user #14

1 months ago
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Man, I mis this game. A real shame they got rid of it. I would pay money to access it again.
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Anonymous user #15

1 months ago
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I loved this game as a kid!! So sad to see it lost.
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Anonymous user #16

18 days ago
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GIVE IT BACK BBC
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Anonymous user #17

15 days ago
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I loved this game, bring it back please!
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Anonymous user #18

6 days ago
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I remember playing this game, it was very fun. But they replaced it with a boring game.
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Anonymous user #19

4 days ago
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BRING IT THE FUCK BACK BBC, I NEED IT IN MY LIFE Honestly, I've been searching for years for something even remotely like this game and nothing compares to the intense, glorious feeling of being as vulnerable, and dangerous as Big Al. I do not kid anyone when I say I would pay upwards of thirty dollars to play this once more.

It seems like a lot of people share my sentiments too, judging by this... Anyone up for starting a petition or something?
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Anonymous user #20

4 days ago
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Man, I just went back and watched WWD again and now I really want to replay this game again. It makes me really sad I can't play it anymore. It does make me happy though to know that many more than just me were affected by this game in the past. Please BBC, bring the game back!
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Boshmi

4 days ago
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https://www....7873/preview It's on Change org. I know it's not much, but if enough of us sign it we might even be able to email the BBC with some backing.

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Boshmi

4 days ago
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^Above link is broken; here is the new one; https://www....ium=copyLink
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