There are 18 levels in Dino Quake, three of which involve boss fights. When players begin a level, they are given the goal of collecting all fruit left on the screen and destroying all the enemy dinosaurs using their earthquake abilities as quickly as possible. If players are too slow, a Voodoo ghost is sent to chase the dinosaurs as they continue to play.
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The ending depicts a pile of fruit in font of the orange dinosaur who has a diamond behind him. A caption at the bottom of the image says "Well done! You now have all the fruit for your fruit salads. If the game is completed in two player mode the ending will show the green dinosaur on the opposite side of the orange dinosaur.
Rocks: Once hit by a earthquake these will bounce into the air and roll across platforms. Any enemies they hit will instantly be killed.
Pickups: These are dropped by enemies and bosses. It varies in the amount of points they grant.
Vegetables: These must be pulled out of the ground by earthquakeing next to them. Once pulled out they will either grant invincibility, more speed, enemies getting frozen in one place, the ability to make a giant quake, or the ability to have two earthquakes in the opposite way the first earthquake was made. After a certain amount of time the affects of vegetables will disappear.
Dandelions: If the main characters touch these they screen will move in a wave like pattern and enemies and the main characters will move slower. After a certain amount of time the affect will cease.
Triceratops: These will jump to platforms above, below, or across from them. If the see the main characters they will chase them. A single earthquake will instantly kill them.
Burrowing bugs: These will move underneath a platform then poke their heads out of the ground. While out of the ground a single earthquake will instantly kill them.
Voodoo ghosts: These will appear if the player has gone a certain amount of time without dying. Voodoo ghosts will chase the player and go through objects. To get rid of the voodoo ghost the player must kill all enemies or kill themselves to make the ghost disappear.
Green hermit crabs: These are a basic enemy that will move back and fourth across platforms. Touching them will instantly kill the main characters but hitting green hermit crabs with a earthquake will kill them.
Blue hermit crabs: These will jump to platforms above or below them as well as walk across platforms. They can be killed by a single earthquake and touching them will take a life away from the dinosaur.
Purple lizards: Will walk back and fourth across platforms and occasionally stop and jump to platforms above or below them. One hit will instantly kill the main characters and likewise on hit from a earthquake will kill purple lizards.
Green lizards: If they catch sight off the main characters they will instantly chase them. If they haven't seen the dinosaurs they will walk back and fourth across platforms and jump to a above or below one. Touching one will instantly kill the main characters but likewise a single earthquake can kill them.
Yellow lizards: These will move across platforms at a much faster pace that could lead to touching them and killing the dinosaurs. Like green lizards they will chase the dinosaurs if they catch sight of them. Occasionally yellow lizards will jump onto a platform across, above, or below them. A single a earthquake will kill these creatures.
Blue walking dinosaurs These will walk back and fourth across platforms and sometimes jump to above, below, or across platforms. If the catch sight of the main characters they will shoot a pink slime that will pass through walls. A way to kill these creatures is to hit them with a earthquake.
Black walking dinosaurs: These enemies will walk back and fourth across platforms at a rapid pace. Sometimes they will stop and jump to a above, below, or across platforms. If they catch sight of the main characters they will either chase them or spit pink slime at them. Either attack will instantly kill the main characters unless they avoid it. A single earthquake will destroy black walking dinosaurs.