Australian Dingo is a character in the fourth installment of the video game series Tasty Planet, Tasty Planet Forever. It is a dingo that has been selectively bred to have a taste for invasive species.
It is shown to have a determined but sadistic personality that is present throughout the game as it stops at nothing to eat all the invasive species in Australia, but in the process it also eats everything else, be it beetles, cane toads, goats, soldiers, platypi, fencing, tractors, trees, dune buggies, or entire houses, feeling no remorse at all no matter how much it eats.
The fourth installment of the series is Australian Dingo's only appearance as of yet. In the game, invasive species are seriously damaging Australia, causing Australian Dingo to be developed through genetic modification and selective breeding. However, it ends up favoring more than invasive species and eats much more than it was intended to, growing to an absurd size.
Throughout the game, Australian Dingo is shown first eating crickets, followed by beetles and geckos. As it grows larger, it starts eating bigger animals such as cane toads, goats, and eventually humans. It then starts eating artificial structures and devices such as fencing, tractors, trucks, dune buggies, and entire houses, meaning the title of this world's last non-bonus level is true: Every Dingo Has Its Day. Or, at least this one certainly did.
Why This Dingo Had Its Day Indeed
- Its design is adorable and super huggable, and makes you just want to snuggle it (although that would get a bit hairy).
- Its endless appetite is hilarious, as he literally starts out eating crickets and then eventually grows large enough to eat entire houses.
- Its design is pretty funny and detailed.
- The noises it makes are pretty adorable as well.
- It once actually did what it was intended to and only ate the invasive species.
- It sometimes gobbles things up without even realizing it, which is really endearing.
- It was able to avoid a bunch of vehicles crashing into one another.
- It's a creative parody of the grey goo scenario, a scenario where autonomous self-replicating machines create more and more of themselves and eventually take over the world.
- What makes this even better is that it isn't just a carbon copy of this scenario, as it is just one entity that instead of creating more of itself, replicates its cells to allow it to grow bigger and bigger the more stuff it consumes.
- It is somehow able to eat helicopters despite the fact that it never jumps into the air, which is pretty impressive.
- Its tongue literally always hanging out of its mouth is both hilarious and cute.
- Although it has a number of unlikable things about it (see "Bad Qualities"), a number of them are fairly hilarious.
- It managed to evade the attempts humanity made to stop him.
- Depending on how you look at it, it could be either a protagonist or an antagonist.
- Its strange abilities, while funny, are unexplained and nonsensical.
- It devoured beetles, geckos, cane toads, goats, soldiers, platypi, fencing, tractors, trees, dune buggies, helicopters, and entire houses, which, while funny, is also super destructive.
- It isn't ever actually explained why it grows in size when it eats or why it can eat so much stuff.
- Its endless appetite can be kind of annoying to some people.
- Sometimes it's kind of mean and eats things just for the sake of eating them.
- It's kind of stupid and oblivious, and it's often blinded by its voracious appetite that just makes it want to eat everything it sees.
- Depending on how you look at it, its eyes can look kind of soulless.
- It's pretty inconsistent, as sometimes it's doing good things for humanity/animals, but other times it's just devouring everything.
- Technically speaking, it did destroy a ton of houses, killing a bunch of people in the process...
Australian Dingo in-game.
Australian Dingo eating a house.
Australian Dingo in the Tasty Planet Forever trailer.
- The only installment in the Tasty Planet series that features Australian Dingo is Tasty Planet Forever.
- In Australian Dingo's Tasty Planet Forever cutscene, it is shown to be much larger than it actually is when you start the level.
- Australian Dingo is only featured in the sixth world of Tasty Planet Forever.