Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter
Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter is a port of Carnivores 2 developed by Tatem Games for the iOS and Android and by Beatshapers for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. Development on the port was started in July 2009 and the game was released on June 12, 2010.
It follows the same storyline as the original games, where the hunter picks a weapon, location, and dinosaur to hunt. It has fared very well with reviewers, receiving very high scores. Although basically the same as Carnivores 2, Dinosaur Hunter does feature content not found in the original PC game.
On January 24, 2017, the game was put up on Steam Greenlight, and the community successfully greenlit it on February 15, 2017.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Essentially the same as Carnivores 2, Dinosaur Hunter allows the hunter to pick their location, weapon(s) and dinosaur(s) to hunt. Several things have been touched up, such as the dinosaur skins and maps. There are also some new features to allow for more interesting gameplay.
Ambient Animals[edit | edit source]
From the Dinopedia: The lumbering Moschops is an extremely common synapsid, found grazing all across the Central Sector with its chisel-like teeth. This hefty little brute is not dangerous and will flee at the first sign of danger, as Moschops are a common food source for many smaller carnivores, like Allosaurus. Despite its low status on the food chain, these synapsids are very successful animals, with its relatives being found all over the dinosaur planet.
From the Dinopedia: The tiny Dimorphodon is an extremely abundant flying reptile found all over the dinosaur planet. This creature prefers the warmer jungles found in the Central Sector, but can be found in cooler forests following its preferred food source of insects. Dimorphodon glide low around the treeline, where they snap up any insects unfortunate enough to be caught in their toothy jaws.
From the Dinopedia: The regal Pteranodon is a medium-sized flying reptile, much larger and more advanced than the primitive Dimorphodon. These crested predators prefer to fly high in the open sky, where the cool updrafts fuel their massive wings, and provice them enough momentum to dive into the lakes and oceans to snap up sea-dwelling prey in their toothless beaks.
From the Dinopedia: While the Dimetrodon of Earth was a voracious hunter, the Dimetrodon of FMM UV-32 is a timid omnivore, and often becomes an easy meal to larger predators like Ceratosaurus. These sail-backed synapsids act as cleanup crews around the Central Sector, foraging through the undergrowth for rotting plants and decaying animal carcasses to clean the environment and fuel themselves.
From the Dinopedia: One of the most ancient dinosaurs found on the planet, the enormous Brachiosaurus is also one of the most majestic. Bones like iron and thick, impenetrable scales protect adult Brachiosaurus from any threat, allowing these gentle dinosaurs to live out their amphibious lives undisturbed. These massive sauropods can live for hundreds of years, and are incredibly adaptable, perfectly suited to life in saltwater seas or freshwater ponds.
Huntable Animals[edit | edit source]
From the Dinopedia: This herbivorous hadrosaur is one of the most widespread dinosaurs on planet FMM UV-32, capable of thriving in hot jungles or cooler temperate forests. Parasaurolophus uses its distinguishable head crest to signal to others of its kind with warbled, trumpeting cries. This harmless herbivore may seem defenseless, but what it lacks in body armor it makes up for in keen senses, allowing it to easily detect and avoid predators.
From the Dinopedia: The Ankylosaurus of planet FMM UV-32 is built more like a spiky lizard than an armored dinosaur of Earth. Rigid legs and a sturdy, clubbed tail allow it to dig and scrape through the undergrowth for softer plants. Despite its rugged appearance, the Ankylosaurus' tough armor plating is surprisingly lightweight, allowing it to run away at high speeds at the cost of some protection.
From the Dinopedia: This huge herbivore is one of the most iconic dinosaurs on the planet thanks to its imposing back plates and thick, spiked tail. Despite its enormous bulk and advanced defenses, FMM UV-32's Stegosaurus is an extremely primitive dinosaur, barely capable of recognizing others of its own kind. It is so primitive, in fact, that it has evolved a second brain located in its hips to instinctively control the movement of its back legs and tail.
From the Dinopedia: Pachycephalosaurus' name means "thick headed lizard," and this alien dinosaur lives up to its title. Contrary to popular belief, this skittish herbivore rarely uses its domed skull to attack predatory dinosaurs, as the thick bone impairs its senses and makes aiming at a potential threat difficult and risky. Instead, the Pachycephalosaurus prefers to flee from attack, using its armored headgear competitively against other Pachycephalosaurs for dominance and territorial disputes.
From the Dinopedia: Sauropods are a rare sight on FMM UV-32, and Amargasaurus' bizarre appearance only increases its uniqueness. Despite being one of the smallest sauropods on the planet, it is one of the largest animals in the Central Sector, and uses its size and long neck to feast on soft plants that other herbivores cannot reach. Amargasaurus' tall neural spines are most often used for intimidating rivals, but if desperate, they can be used to fend off huge predators.
From the Dinopedia: One of the most primitive carnivores on the dinosaur planet, the bulky Allosaurus is also one of the most abundant. Immense, expandable jaws allow Allosaurus to swallow smaller prey whole, but its huge claws, muscular build and rugged persistence allow this medium-sized predator to occasionally tackle larger prey as well. However, its smaller size, primitive behavior, and cautious nature make it a good challenge for beginning hunters.
From the Dinopedia: Oviraptor means "egg thief", and while the dinosaur of Earth was likely a protective parent, the FMM UV-32 equivalent lives up to its name. This sneaky hunter prefers the hot tropics of Manya Jungle, where the abundance of dinosaur nesting sites gives it a plethora of food sources. Large, grasping hands and a heavy, toothless beak are perfect for quickly raiding nests, but Oviraptor's beak can crush skulls just as easily as egg shells, so don't let it catch you.
||40||Excellent||Average||Average||16||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: Coelophysis is one of the smallest carnivores on the dinosaur planet, but that does not lessen its ferocity. To compensate for its lightweight build, these tiny predators hunt in packs - the first dinosaurs ever observed doing so on planet FMM UV-32. Despite this advantageous lifestyle, Coelophysis are extremely primitive dinosaurs, often reverting to cannibalism if food is scarce. This makes it necessary for the dinosaurs to live in large groups, as a pack can provide food for its members in more ways than one.
||50||Average||Poor||Average||18||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Roughly the size of an Earth elephant, FMM UV-32's Chasmosaurus prefers the cooler temperate forests of the planet's Central Sector, as opposed to the many other ceratopsids that dwell in the hot jungles. This makes Chasmosaurus somewhat of a rarity, forced out of competition for rich, tropical food by larger horned dinosaurs. However, Chasmosaurus has become well-suited to its isolated lifestyle, although as one of FMM UV-32's smaller ceratopsian dinosaurs, it remains an elusive target.
||75||Average||Poor||Average||20||Dangerous if wounded.
From the Dinopedia: The ferocious Velociraptor is one of the most dangerous dinosaurs on the planet. Jaws lined with serrated fangs tear through the thick hide of its large prey, while its retractable toe claws gouge deep puncture wounds. These weapons allow the Velociraptor to enact quick hit-and-run attacks, letting its prey bleed out from afar without risking injury. The Velociraptor is so fierce, it was once worshiped by the Ancients - the previous sentient inhabitants of planet FMM UV-32 - who called the dinosaur "fast as the wind, with teeth sharper than any blade."
From the Dinopedia: One of the most cunning predators on the dinosaur planet, Troodon is also one of the most intelligent. A massive brain cavity and enormous eyes gives Troodon perfect night vision and depth perception, making it an excellent nocturnal hunter. Troodon's name means "wounding tooth," and it often puts these sharp teeth to good use. When not hunting smaller animals like Gallimimus, Troodon will ambush larger prey under the cover of darkness, inflicting quick and lethal bites before retreating into the shadows to watch its disoriented victim bleed out.
From the Dinopedia: An extremely adaptable carnivore, FMM UV-32's Spinosaurus is much smaller than its Earth counterpart, but is no less dangerous. Boasting the bulk of Allosaurus combined with the speed of Velociraptor, this Advanced-rank predator is more than capable of hunting down a wide variety of prey with a variety of tactics. Its advanced lineage on the diverse spinosaur family tree gives it unparalleled advantages, allowing Spinosaurus to hunt effectively on both dry land and in swampy marshes.
From the Dinopedia: While most of FMM UV-32's predators are built for ambush hunting, the planet's Utahraptor is built for long-distance chasing. Almost double the size of the planet's Velociraptor, these heavy endurance marathoners can reach and hold speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour thanks to powerful lungs and muscular legs. After catching up to its exhausted prey, Utharaptor attacks with a huge sickle claw on its inner toe, disemboweling its victim in a single slash.
From the Dinopedia: The enormous Ceratosaurus is one of the largest and most vicious hunters on the dinosaur planet, and lives up to its name as the "horned lizard." Unlike the Ceratosaurus of Earth, FMM UV-32's variant often puts said horn to good use. These ambush predators use their large nose horns for a variety of hunting tactics, from flipping over defensive Ankylosaurs to ramming and impaling smaller sauropods at full speed.
From the Dinopedia: Despite its clumsy appearance, the short-tempered Carnotaurus is one of the toughest dinosaurs on planet FMM UV-32. The Carnotaurus' thick, leathery hide is actually very loose, allowing it to twist and turn to fight back if caught by a larger predator. Even when not threatened, this aggressive carnivore will openly attack animals much larger than itself, and many huge predators bear the scars of an unfortunate encounter with a Carnotaurus.
From the Dinopedia: Closely related to the much smaller Oviraptor, the colossal Gigantoraptor is a swift and terrifying predator. Gigantoraptor are extremely aggressive dinosaurs, relentlessly pursuing their prey across entire islands. Unfortunately, their hostility negatively affects their population. Female Gigantoraptor rarely lay eggs, and the parents are often so aggressive toward everything that they unintentionally neglect their nests, ironically allowing Oviraptor to steal what precious few eggs they have.
||500||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||50||The only way to kill T-Rex is shooting his eye.|
From the Dinopedia: The planet's apex predator, your ultimate dream and deepest nightmare in the flesh: the T-Rex. The T-Rex of the dinosaur planet has no natural predators. Shotgun pellets and rifle bullets ricochet harmlessly off this carnivore's armored hide, only aggravating this territorial dinosaur further. The only way to bring down a T-Rex is a straight shot in the eye, through the optic canal and into the brain. Otherwise this primal hunter will pursue you with unrelenting savagery until you are torn to shreds between its tooth-filled jaws.
Areas[edit | edit source]
||Mild||0||From the Dinopedia: Named for the gentle, rolling hills covering the southern part of this island, Delphaeus Hills is the smallest island on the Central Sector tour. Small mountain ranges break up the forests, and a large swamp covers the southwestern portion of the island. In the north lies the remains of an abandoned archaeology outpost, whose walls and bunkers have been breached by a creature of tremendous strength.|
||Mild||50||From the Dinopedia: This expansive island covered in pine forests is one of the most mysterious on the dinosaur planet. Strange structures overlook the beaches to the east, and deep caves tunnel through the mountains to the north. To the southeast, just below the marshlands, lies the eponymous fort, one of DinoHunt Corp.'s first colonization attempts. Long abandoned, Fort Ciskin now serves as a warning, as even its towering dinosaur wall was no match for the fury of a T-Rex.|
||Intermediate||100||From the Dinopedia: One of the most beautiful and diverse hunting destinations in the Central Sector, Vengar Fjords is also one of the most treacherous. Lush pockets of vegetation and a plethora of water sources provide life to the many herbivorous dinosaurs that live here, followed closely by the carnivores. From extinct volcanoes to underground caves, Vengar Fjords provides a host of jaw-dropping natural landmarks for those who know where to look.|
||Intermediate||200||From the Dinopedia: Cut off from the main continent by a ring of snow-capped mountains, Manya Jungle is a far cry from the cooler temperate forests of Delphaeus Hills and Fort Ciskin. Humid air fills this diverse ecosystem with life, from the thick jungles to the bubbling. Despite its beauty, Manya Jungle is dangerous, as it is rumored to be a nesting ground for some of the larger dinosaurs, and many hunters have vanished in the mountains to the east.|
||Advanced||300||From the Dinopedia: An island of extreme biodiversity, Mount Ravan is one of the most beautiful hunting destinations on planet FMM UV-32. The frozen peaks of the namesake mountain overlook thick, tropical jungles to the north, which quickly give way to a maze of mountains, rivers, and deserts. Deep canyons appear without warning, and an active volcano to the southwest make this island one reserved only for hunters who have proven their worth in the field.|
||Mild||150||From the Dinopedia: Located near the border of the Central and Arctic Sectors, Ravaren's Bridge is unique in that it houses dinosaurs in the summer and mammals in the winter. The temperature here remains relatively cool year-round, making it a favored migratory destination for dinosaurs that prefer cooler forests over warm jungles. The infamous bridge system connects the northern and southern halves of the island, although time and the ravages of nature have currently made it inaccessible.|
|Nibelungen Paradise||Advanced||500||From the Dinopedia: This humid hunting area is located on the coast of one of the planet's main continents, and it is as beautiful as it is treacherous. Rocky mountain ridges give way to sprawling beaches without warning, and the tropical jungle valleys in-between create excellent hiding places for hungry predators.|
Weapons[edit | edit source]
||20||From the Dinopedia: The fast-firing DinoHunt 9mm pistol is excellent in a close-combat situation, but its accuracy steeply declines with range, often limiting it to a last resort weapon. The 9mm pistol will scare herbivores but may attract the larger carnivores, who have learned to associate gunshot sounds with an easy meal.|
||100||From the Dinopedia: The DinoHunt pump-action shotgun is a very powerful weapon. Because it uses a heavy, specialized DinoHunt-brand buckshot, its damage decreases dramatically over long distances. This weapon is also very loud, and the noise may attract hungry carnivores, so use cautiously or be prepared to fight.|
||150||From the Dinopedia: This powerful shotgun can fire two rounds almost simultaneously, allowing careful hunters an extra shot before reloading. However, as with the pump-action shotgun, the double-barrelled variant is extremely loud, which can cause skittish herbivores to flee or hungry carnivores to begin hunting.|
||50||From the Dinopedia: This DinoHunt-brand crossbow (affectionately dubbed the "X-Bow" due to its unique design) has two target areas, called aiming pins. The top pin is sighted for 40 meters, and the bottom pin is sighted for 80 meters. Four fiberglass limbs propel bolts at high speeds, shattering through scales and bones for clean kills. However, the X-Bow's unique aiming mechanics make it tricky to use, but its high power and low volume make it a rewarding weapon of choice.|
|DinoHunt C2 Rifle
||100||From the Dinopedia: The high-power C2 rifle is a very powerful and fast-firing weapon. The targeting area for this rifle is the center of the aiming circle, giving it much more precision than the shotguns on the tour. Because it is so precise, however, it is not recommended in frantic, close-combat situations, and is strongly recommended as a medium-range weapon only.|
|DinoHunt C2 Sniper Rifle
||200||From the Dinopedia: The C2 sniper rifle is extremely accurate, and will shoot exactly where the crosshairs are placed. Its range goes as far as the binoculars, but its extremely narrow and claustrophobic. This is the last weapon you want against a charging carnivore, but for distance shots, accept no substitutes.|
|DinoHunt Revolver||500||From the Dinopedia: Capable of downing large mammals on Earth, this heavy duty revolver can instantly down smaller dinosaurs with a well-placed shot. It works well as a quick-draw, self-defense weapon, but its limited ammo count and strong recoil can affect performance under stress, so use sparingly.|
Equipment[edit | edit source]
Standard equipment[edit | edit source]
|Binoculars||With this item, you can see just outside of your normal viewable range, and centering the crosshairs on a dinosaur will show you the animal's size.|
|Map||The map allows you to pinpoint your location on any island. Tap on compass icon to call the map into view, and press it again, to remove. The map is used with the radar, as stated above to point out locations of the dinosaurs.|
|Dinosaur Call||This item imiates the dinosaur's native calls to attract them. Short tap on the icon to use the call. Tap and hold to select which type of dinosaur you're calling. The call, when overused, can scare any hebivores or attract carnivores to your location, so be careful.|
|Wind Indicator and Compass||The Wind indictor inside the Compass shows wind direction by the arrow, and the length of the arrow denotes the force of the wind. At the top of the compass it shows your current direction.|
|Photo Camera||This item lets you take oustanding pictures of animals and beautiful locations. You can manage, e-mail, and share your photos on Facebook in the Trophy Room|
Additional equipment[edit | edit source]
|Tranquilizer||+25%||Tranquilizing a dinosaur is an alternative to killing it. This will drop the dinosaur where it stands with a quick-acting drug. Use of the Tranquilizer adds 25% to your total points acquired during that hunt.|
|Observer Mode||—||Use the Observer Mode to familiarize yourself with dinosaur behavior and different terrain. Please note that no weapons and accesories are available in this mode except binoculars and area map.|
|Camouflage||-15%||This special suit decreases the dinosaur's ability to detect you through sight. Use of the Camouflage deducts 15% from your total points acquired during that hunt.|
|Radar||-30%||This allows you to view the dinosaur locations on the map during your hunt. A dinosaur is depicted on the map as a green dot. Your location is shown as the red dot with the circle surrounding it. Please note that the map shows only the dinosaurs you are hunting. All other dinosaurs are masked. Use of the map deducts 30% from your total points acquired during that hunt.|
|Cover scent||-20%||This item allows you to mask your scent from all dinosaurs reducing the likelihood of you being spotted. Use of the Cover Scent deducts 20% from your total points acquired during that hunt.|
Additions[edit | edit source]
There have been many new additions to the game over the years, and more are coming soon.
At launch, the Survive Mode was introduced, where the player must fend off waves of charging dinosaurs. For an unknown reason this mode was not added to Carnivores: Ice Age (Mobile). The PSP and PS3 versions also the exclusive Laser Rifle as a weapon. The Double Ammo equipment from Carnivores 2 was removed in the mobile port. The reason being is that amount of ammo the weapons have in the port are the same as the double ammo gave.
Blood trails were added on July 23, 2010. The player's jump height was also made higher.
On November 4, 2010, the Pachycephalosaurus from Carnivores was added to the dinosaur roster, and Ravaren's Bridge from Carnivores Ice Age was added as a map, although the steps that allow the hunter to get on the bridge have been removed. This was presumably done because in Carnivores Ice Age, none of the animals could reach the hunter while on the bridge, which some fans would see as cheating. Some other new features include the Supply Ship from Carnivores Ice Age, the ability to relocate to a new location in the same hunt, and the Wind Indicator has been placed inside the compass, allowing for more room.
A new update for the game was released on June 20, 2012. In this update, the Photo Camera, support for more languages (including Spanish and German), and four new dinosaurs, Amargasaurus, Oviraptor, Utahraptor, and Troodon, were added.
On Febuary 26, 2014, two other new dinosaurs, Iguanodon and Coelophysis, were announced. The Coelophysis was added on April 18, 2014 and Iguanodon was added as a secret dinosaur in said update. It was added to the hunt screen as a selectable dinosaur on August 11, 2014.
On December 6, 2014, a new small update was released, which added a Revive feature. If the player dies at any point they can watch an ad to continue the hunt and keep the points they earned during that hunt. It can be hard to find an ad to watch, however.
On October 21st, 2016, a new update was released for iOS devices. The UI, reload animations, and the graphics were improved, the player's movement speed was increased, a new weapon was released, the Revolver, a new nighttime mode and trophy room was added, and various bugs were fixed. This update had already been released back in September for Android players. The same update was added to the Ice Age port on January 11th, 2017.
Android version[edit | edit source]
On June 11, 2012, Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter made its debut for Android platforms, free to play. Purchasing two additional hunting bundles was necessary to gain access to all of the creatures, weapons, and locations. On the hunt menu, the dinosaur icons use the colors of the iOS version dinosaurs, but in-game the dinosaurs used their original PC colors until recent updates.
The Android version allows the player to buy more packs from the Supply Ship. Android players are able to resupply as many times as they want during a hunt until they run out of packs. The Tyrannosaurus can be killed on the Android version without shooting its eye by doing this, as the Tyrannosaurus does have a limited amount of health. However, its health was too high as by the time players' ammo ran out it as it would still have some health remaining in the iOS version, Carnivores, and Carnivores 2.
Android players can also spend real money to buy credits to use in-game. The Android port is also the only one to include microtransactions.
Android players have also received some updates and features before the iOS version. The Nibelungen Paradise area was added to the Android version about 2 months before iOS users could access it. The Carnotaurus and the Gigantoraptor was also added a month before iOS users. Also, the 1.7.0 update was released around a month earlier than iOS users. Currently, only Android users have access to the March 20, 2018 update, which includes fixes for the size of the Spinosaurus, reskins for the Carnotaurus (and footstep sound improvements), Iguanodon, and Nibelungen Paradise plants, new map icons like the ones seen in the Ice Age port, description text fixes, small bug fixes.
In the February 21st, 2013 update, purchasable Hunting Bundles were removed.
History[edit | edit source]
iOS[edit | edit source]
|1.01||Before July 23, 2010 (unknown date)||
|1.02||July 23, 2010||
|1.2||November 4, 2010|
|1.4||June 20, 2012||
|1.4.4||April 4, 2013|
|1.5.0||April 18, 2014|
|1.5.1||August 11, 2014||
|1.5.3||December 6, 2014||
|1.7.0||October 21, 2016|
|1.8.1||July 21, 2018||
Please note: Grass may hurt your FPS on old devices. Please select right quality preferences in Options.
PlayStation[edit | edit source]
Updates for the PSP and PS3 versions are unknown at this point.
Android[edit | edit source]
|February 21, 2013|
|March 9, 2013|
|June 18, 2014|
|September 15, 2016|
|March 20, 2018||
References[edit | edit source]
- Utahraptor photo