The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy

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The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy
The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy
Box art outside Japan
  • Yasuko Yamada
  • Naoto Yagishita
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System
  • NA: December 1991[1]
  • EU: April 30, 1992
  • JP: August 7, 1992
  • AU: 1992
Genre(s)Action platformer

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


The gameplay is preceded by a short cutscene which sets the stage. A 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.[2]


GamePro praised the graphics, gameplay, and the abundance of levels, but criticized the music.[3]

"7 Grand Dad" Bootleg[edit]

In 1992, the Taiwanese publisher J.Y. Company[citation needed] released a hack of this game. In an attempt to pass it off as the supposed seventh installment in the Super Mario series, the title was changed to 7 Grand Dad (stylized as 7 GRAND DAD, referred to as Primitive Mario VII[citation needed] (Chinese: 原始瑪莉VII; pinyin: Yuánshǐ Mǎlì VII), placing Mario's head on Fred Flintstone's body. It was widely available throughout Russia. It was also released as part of a 7-in-1 bootleg game ROM cartridge.

7 Grand Dad became an internet meme in 2015 because of a livestream by Vargskelethor (real name "Joel Johansson"), a member of the live-streaming group Vinesauce. In said stream, he came across the game in a 7-in-1 bootleg rom, where he screamed the words "GRAND DAD". Another contributor to the meme is SiIvaGunner, a collaborative YouTube channel which uploads parody remixes of video game music; a significant amount of uploads make use of the Flintstones theme's melody in some form as its leitmotif.


  1. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  2. ^ "Basic game overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  3. ^ "Nintendo Pro Review". GamePro. January 1992. pp. 30–31. Retrieved September 3, 2017.