Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is based on the animated movie of the same name. The story has the basic premise that Sid gets kidnapped by dinosaurs and his friends need to save him. During the course of the game the player takes control over six characters – most of them vary notably regarding gameplay.
Most of the time is spent in a 3rd person platformer where the player controls his character while jumping over gaps, avoiding enemies and collecting items. Depending on the character the player has different attacks at his disposal. There are also numerous levels with are basically mini games, e.g. a classic 2D platforming section, a side-scrolling shooter, balancing on a snowball or dogfights while riding a pterodactyl.