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]
The lumbering Moschop 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.
This fleet-footed dinosaur is one of the most abundant on the dinosaur planet. Gallimimus' name means "Chicken Mimic," and appropriately so, as this small herbivore will run away at high speeds if startled. DinoHunt Corp. warns Novice hunters to always be cautious around Gallimimus, as its colors are very similar to those of the Velociraptor, and many new hunters have perished by mistaking the sickle clawed predators for this skittish little herbivore.
This 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.
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.
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.
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 hundred of years, and are incredibly adaptable, perfectly suited to life in saltwater seas or freshwater ponds
Huntables Animals[edit | edit source]
From the Dinopedia: This is a good dinosaur for the beginning hunter. This duckbilled plant eater has a striking head crest that can reach up to six feet (1.8m) long, making it very easy to spot. This herbivorous dinosaur has an average sense of sight, an average sense of smell, and an excellent sense of hearing.
From the Dinopedia: Ankylosaurus is a tank-like dinosaur - its entire top side is heavily protected from carnivores with thick, oval plates embedded in its leathery skin. it even has bony plates shielding its eyes. Ankylosaurus is well protected from predators, and defends itself with its club-like tail.
From the Dinopedia: This is a good dinosaur for the beginning hunter. This is an easy dinosaur to recognize due to the giant plates protruding from their backs, in two staggered rows and spikes on the end of his tail. This bus-sized herbivore, weighing up to six tons has an average sense of sight, a low sense of smell, and an average sense of hearing.
From the Dinopedia: The name means "thick headed lizard" and it comes from its 10 inch (25 cm) thick skull rimmed with knobby spikes used defensively against other dinosaurs as battering ram. This amazing plant eater has an average sense of sight, a low sense of smell, and an average sense of hearing.
From the Dinopedia: Typical herbivore: moves on four legs, slow, heavy, travels in packs. Not too intelligent. Its uniqueness lies in two rows of spines growing from his backbone across full body length. Those above its neck are sharp and prominent and can serve as defense from tall carnivores.
From the Dinopedia: This is a good carnivore for the beginning hunter to try, but beware, it will attack you at close range. A dangerous dinosaur indeed, this saw-toothed meat eater with its immense expandable jaws and claw bearing toes is a challenge to hunt. This muscular dinosaur has an average sense of sight, an excellent sense of smell, and a low sense of hearing.
From the Dinopedia: Relatively small, walks on two long slim legs, attacks with its toothless but mighty beak cut out for crushing eggs, shellfish, or skulls of smaller animals. Known to be a good parent as both male and female species nurture and protect the eggs.
||40||Excellent||Average||Average||16||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: Light-weight and slim runner that eats smaller mammals. A dinosaur of light body composition. His bones are hollow and his body is slim which makes Coelophysis a good runner. Because they are tinier than other predators, Coelophyses are believed to live and hunt in packs. Their food is either lizards or their own little kids! Has a good eyesight and dozens of sharp teeth, but neither prevents larger dinos from dining with Coelophyses.
||50||Average||Poor||Average||18||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Chasmosaurus is a rhinoceros-like dinosaur. It has three short horns on its face along with a large bony plate projecting from the back of its skull. One short, wide horn protrudes from its snout above its parrot-like beak and two backwards-facing brow horns lie above its eyes. It has a large skull, four sturdy legs with hoof-like claws, a bulky body and short, pointed tail. When threatened by predators, Chasmosaurus charges into its enemy like a rhinoceros. This is a very effective defense.
||75||Average||Poor||Average||20||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: A medium-sized, slender, herbivorous dinosaur with a thumb-spike on each hand.
From the Dinopedia: This is a dinosaur for advanced hunters. This ferocious fanged dinosaur is an agile hunter. Using its retractable sickle shaped claw on its second toe as its primary weapon, used to slash open the bellies of its prey, this meat eater is a challenge to all hunters. This dinosaur has an average sense of sight, an excellent sense of smell, and an average sense of hearing.
From the Dinopedia: Troodon is just what its name suggests, a "wounding tooth". Unusually large brain suggests it is the smartest of all dinosaurs. Thanks to a big fore-facing eyes Troodon can spot a hunter or a prey from a big distance or in the night. Stiff but long tail and strong legs make it fast, long neck and serrated teeth mean it can hunt down and dine with anything that fits its size. A scary creature, thank heavens it's not giant.
From the Dinopedia: Spinosaurus is called the "Spiny Lizard" because it has a series of large neural spines up to 6 feet (1.8m) long coming out if its back vertebrae. Take the speed of the Velociraptor, and combine it with the perseverance of Allosaurus, and you get the Spinosaurus.
From the Dinopedia: Ferocious meat-eater on two legs, often compared to saber-tooth cats because of the manner of killing. Best known for its scary sickle-shaped claw on the inner toe with which it attacked and killed prey much larger than itself. Numerous cuts done with the claw are up to 6 feet long, so a man can hardly endure more than one. Utahraptor is also very fast and agile, and can turn 90 degrees in less than a second, beware.
From the Dinopedia: Ceratosaurus is named "Horned Reptile" due to the two large horns on the end of its snout, along with serval smaller horn-like spikes running down its back. Ceratosaurus is a powerful predator and intelligent, so it is not safe to fire your gun when a couple are roaming in the area.
From the Dinopedia: Large predator with hands smaller than even those of the Tyrannosaurus. Distinctive features of Carnotaurus are its triangular horns above eyes and a short snout. Horns are the reason for its name translated from Latin as "Meat-Eating Bull." Its long strong tail with muscles on both sides is the reason why Carntosaurus is extremely fast when moving foward, but are not able to turn around quickly.
From the Dinopedia: Most are likely to be an omnivore with a toothless beak but also with strong long legs and clingy claws. As the name suggests, the size of this size of this halk-dinosaur half-bird is pretty impressive: skull alone is up to a meter long. Reminds of a huge chicken: has feathers but can't fly. Speed of growth is pretty impressive too: they add 140 kgs each year, so better hunt it when it's young.
||500||Excellent||Excellent||Excellent||50||The only way to kill T-Rex is shooting his eye.|
From the Dinopedia: For expert hunters only! Possibly the most feared of all dinosaurs, this dinosaur was two stories tall, with razor sharp teeth in its enormous jaws. It is an extremely aggressive carnivore that will eat anything in its sight. Shooting this dinosaur anywhere but the targeted eye area will only make it more aggressive, so be careful of this dangerous beast. It has very good sight, excellent scent, and very good hearing.
Areas[edit | edit source]
||Mild||0||The smallest island on the tour. The rolling hills surround an enormous bay. Impassible mountains make deadly traps for the unwary. In the center of the island is a large chasm of unknown origin, and the deserted remains of an archaeology outpost.|
||Mild||50||A good sized area consisting of dense pine forests encircling a murky swamp. In the southwest corner lies an abandoned settlement guarded by a towering "Dinosaur Wall", that now lies in ruins from the fury of a T-Rex.|
||Intermediate||100||Lush pockets of vegetation, and thousands of inlets cover this area. This beautiful but treacherous piece of land includes an ancient volcano. Be careful when wandering the virtual maze of water and mountains created by glaciers millions of years ago.|
||Mild||150||This series of islands covered with lakes an frigid swamps is connected by an elevated bridge system. Pine trees cover this otherwise barren rea, making good cover for hunter and prey alike.|
||Intermediate||200||Ringed with snow-capped mountains, this hunting area is rumored to be a nesting ground for some of the larger dinosaurs. Muddy marshes to the southwest, and a long abandoned "Dinosaur Wall" make this one of the most mysterious areas on the tour.|
||Advanced||300||This island, broken by waterways and mountains is the most difficult by far. The frozen peaks of Mt. Ravan overlook a thick tropical forest that may quickly become a deadly maze where hidden danger abounds. Be careful of the active lavaflow to the south as well.|
|Nibelungen Paradise||Advanced||500||An area of contrasts. Look in one direction and see a beautiful sandy bay. Look in another-and see high mountains which form an almost closed circle. Clouds gather in this circle and make visibility poor so use all your senses to track down the animals.|
Weapons[edit | edit source]
||20||This weapon has fast firing rate, but its accuracy declines with distance. It is very good damage for close combat, but less effective for distant targets. The pistol will scare plant eaters, but the noise will alert dangerous carnivores.|
||100||This is a very powerful weapon that uses buck-shot bullets as an ammunition. The grouping of shots decreases on farther distances. Shooting from this weapon requires less precise aiming due to its grouping of shots.|
||150||This weapon is same as shotgun, but can make two shots almost simultaneously. However, it makes a lot of noise, so it will scare all plant eaters and some small carnivores, causing them to run away.|
||50||This weapon has two target areas, called aiming pins. The top pin is sighted in for 40 meters, and the bottom pin is sighted for 80 meters. It is relatively silent, and can be shot several times without alerting dinosaurs.|
||100||The target area for this weapon is the center of the sighting circle. Although powerful, aim your shot well. The shotgun will scare plant eaters, causing them to scatter, but the noise will alert dangerous carnivores.|
||200||This weapon is very accurate, and will shoot exactly where the crosshairs are placed. Its range goes as far as the binoculars, but is narrow. This is not a weapon for a charging meat eater, but fantastic for distance shots.|
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