Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter
|Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter|
|Developer(s)||Tatem Games (iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows)
Beatshapers (PSP, PS3)
|Release||June 12, 2010|
Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter is a port of Carnivores 2 developed by Tatem Games for iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows and by Beatshapers for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. It is the fifth installment in the Carnivores series.
The gameplay follows the same format as the original games: the player chooses a location to hunt in, one or more animals to hunt, and one or more weapons to hunt with; time of day can also be changed and one or more accessories can be used as well. It has done very well with reviewers, receiving high scores among various gaming sites. Although fundamentally the same as Carnivores 2, Dinosaur Hunter features content not found in the original game.
Having essentially the same storyline as Carnivores 2 and the rest of the games in the series, Dinosaur Hunter allows the player to choose from a variety of locations, an assortment of weapons and up to 18 species of dinosaurs to hunt. Several aspects have been updated and improved from its PC counterpart, such as dinosaur skins and the inclusion of maps not available on the original game. Another key change was the addition of Pachycephalosaurus, originally included in the first Carnivores game released in 1998 later replaced by Ankylosaurus in its sequel. A few other gameplay features were borrowed from Carnivores Ice Age and its mobile port such as a supply ship and a camera.
Different species of dinosaur are featured in the game, ranging from all three periods in the Mesozoic era. Note that many of the dinosaurs portrayed in game bear no resemblance to their real-life counterparts, due in part to the fact that many of the dinosaurs were from the original games. These original dinosaurs resemble vintage dinosaur restorations. Many of the new dinosaurs are much more accurate, but some still lack the proper amount of plumage that they should be restored with. The following is a list of dinosaurs the player is allowed to hunt, from lowest to highest price:
Several other creatures, known as ambients, are featured to fill out the maps in the game. Some animals included were not present during the Mesozoic era, as is the case with Dimetrodon and Moschops. While these animals can be killed (with the exception of the Brachiosaurus), they do not award the player any points for doing so. The Iguanodon was initially a rare, defensive ambient that granted points when killed; however, it was changed to be a huntable dinosaur in the August 2014 update.
A Microsoft Windows version of the game was posted to Steam Greenlight on January 23, 2017. Mod support through Steam Workshop was confirmed on January 24, 2017. If it is voted onto Steam, it will be released during the Spring of 2017.
Tatem Games, the company responsible for porting Carnivores 2 to more modern media, announced the release of an upcoming "major" update for both iOS and Android versions of the game. Earlier in 2013 the company released more info on the update, confirming the addition of more species of dinosaurs, as it has been speculated. Utahraptor, Troodon, Oviraptor, Carnotaurus, Amargasaurus, and Gigantoraptor were added. Later that year it was revealed that one such new species of dinosaurs would be Dilophosaurus. On April 2014 a smaller update was released adding just a single new huntable species to the roster, Coelophysis. Iguanodon was also added as a rare, defensive ambient. Yet another small update rolled in towards the end of 2014, fixing a few bugs and adding a revive feature, allowing the player for the first time to save all his points and trophies collected during a hunt in the event of death by a dinosaur. The update made Iguanodon a huntable dinosaur instead of a defensive ambient. An update that improved the game's graphics and added a revolver weapon was released on September 15, 2016. After Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter was posted to Steam Greenlight, the developers confirmed that new content will be added after the Steam version is released.
Carnivores HD and Reborn
On September 10, 2013, a remake version of Carnivores was released for the PlayStation 3, developed by Vogster Online titled Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter HD (not to be confused with the Android app of the same name). The carnivores are limited to Ceratosaurus and Tyrannosaurus. Unlike previous iterations in the Carnivores series, the death sequences have been removed. Another feature worth mentioning is the inclusion of herbivores that can now kill the player; an event that only the Triceratops and Chasmosaurus could accomplish in Carnivores and Carnivores 2, and that only the Chasmosaurus and Iguanodon could accomplish in Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter. Another feature added is that the carnivorous dinosaurs can now eat the downed dinosaurs, which can either prevent the player from collecting trophies or be used to the player's advantage. Two years later, a different development team created and released Carnivores Dinosaur Hunter Reborn exclusively for the PC. The game is a port of Carnivores HD and boasts improvements along with small additions to the core gameplay.
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