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Carnivores: Ice Age (port)
Carnivores: Ice Age is the sequel to Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter, released for the iOS on February 8, 2011. Like its predecessor, Carnivores: Ice Age is a re-release of the original PC game, and consists of the same gameplay. An Android version was also released in December 2012. A port for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 was developed by Beatshapers as a PSP mini, and was released on August 17, 2011, and features an exclusive weapon.
Carnivores: Ice Age broke the top ten paid apps and became the top simulation game in the United States on February 19, 2011, less than two weeks after its iOS release.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The gameplay of Carnivores: Ice Age is identical to Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter. Originally, the iconic killing animations of the animals were removed, and the Yeti was completely absent. The Survive Mode from Dinosaur Hunter is also unavailable. Also, instead of the dropship picking up animals in the European PSP version, the prey immediately disappears after death. This was done in order to meet the PEGI 12+ rating requirements. 
Animals[edit | edit source]
From the Dinopedia: One of the few non-trophy animals living in the frigid Arctic Sector, pigs are an extremely abundant food source for many predators. Thick fat reserves allow pigs to remain well-sustained in these cold areas, and despite constant predation, their numbers remain high. It is believed by many publications that these animals are not native to FMM UV-32, instead introduced by DinoHunt Corp. to provide easy food sources that lure elusive predators into the open for paying clients, although DinoHunt Corp. adamantly denies these claims.
From the Dinopedia: The tiny Archaeopteryx is one of the less dangerous birds inhabiting the frigid Arctic Sector. Pterosaurs are a rare sight in these cold skies, so the Archaeopteryx takes advantage of their roles instead, kept warm with the feathers that pterosaurs lack. Because small food sources are also rare, Archaeopteryx often scavenges from carrion, since frozen corpses last long after death in these low temperatures.
||10||5||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: The massive Brontoteriy is one of the largest mammals on planet FMM UV-32, as well as one of the most intimidating. Fierce red eyes, enormous bulk and a gigantic, Y-shaped horn keep all but the most desperate predators at bay, while a shaggy coat of fur keeps the Brontoteriy quite comfortable in sub-zero temperatures. Despite its size, it is quite skittish, and makes a good challenge for beginning hunters.
||15||6||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: The gigantic wild boar of FMM UV-32 is roughly the size of an Earth bull, and is just as aggressive. These gnarly omnivores have poor senses, which keeps them on a hair trigger: ready to lash out with razor-sharp tusks at anything foolish enough to startle them. Despite their bulk, these warthog-like animals have very short fur, and prefer the warmer areas of Ravaren's Birdge and Ring of Infernus to the snow-covered tundras.
From the Dinopedia: The enormous wolves of planet FMM UV-32 are quite vocal hunters, often filling the cold air with their bone-chilling howls. These alien canines have incredible senses and efficient night vision; the cover of darkness will not save you from a pack of hungry wolves. With bone-crushing jaws, lightning-fast reflexes, and a powerful, muscular frame, a lone wolf of the dinosaur planet could easily take on an Earth grizzly bear, so hunt with caution.
||30||10||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: The woolly rhinoceros of FMM UV-32 is a temperamental beast, preferring to live in isolation except during the mating season or when raising calves. These brutish animals are not as large as some of the other mammals in the Arctic Sector, like Brontoteriy or mammoths, but they are aggressive, and will run down and impale anything foolish enough to be caught on the receiving end of their sharp nose horns.
||50||9||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: The Diatryma is the smallest terror bird on planet FMM UV-32, but that does not lessen its ferocity. With a bone-crushing beak and huge, clawed feet, this proficient hunter can make a meal of almost anything. Compared to other predators in the sector, and even its scaly relatives in the south, the Diatryma has poor senses, which makes it cautious and a good challenge for Intermediate-rank hunters.
||100||12||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Colloquially known as "Giant Deer," Megaloceros is a regal beast of the frozen forests, using its massive antlers to clear away snow to get at the tough plants underneath. Stags use their sturdy antlers to challenge rivals during the mating season, and to fend off attackers who get too close. However, it is a weak and frightful animal, and DinoHunt Corp. only allows the killing and collection of male Megaloceros.
||200||12||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: One of the largest mammals on planet FMM UV-32, Indricotherium is also one of the most aggressive. These highly territorial herbivores use their enormous size to bully smaller animals out of competition for food, and their thick skin traps heat to keep them warm in cooler environments. Because its senses are so poor, Indricotherium have a difficult time distinguishing friend from foe, and will crush anything they perceive as a threat under their massive legs.
||250||15||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: The bulky Doedicurus is one of the most durable animals on planet FMM UV-32, but is also one of the slowest. While other armored animals - like the Ankylosaurus of the Central Sector - sacrifice some shielding for more mobility, this herbivore's fully armored carapace is near impenetrable at the complete cost of its speed. Despite its abysmal pace, Doedicurus' armored hide keeps it well protected, and its spiked tail keeps all but the most desperate predators at bay.
From the Dinopedia: Instantly recognizable thanks to its imposing saber fangs, FMM UV-32's Smilodon is surprisingly well-adapted to hunting in polar environments. Although it prefers the warmer grasslands to the south, this big cat's huge paws allow it to hunt with absolute silence in the snow, making it an effective ambush predator. Smilodon's huge, saber teeth can punch through a human's torso in a single bite, so hunt with caution.
||300||18||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Perhaps the most iconic of all the Arctic Sector animals, the Woolly Mammoth is one of the largest mammals on planet FMM UV-32. The mammoth's enormous advantage over other mammals is its versatile trunk, which it can use to pluck food from areas no other animals can reach. Mammoths typically live in isolated family groups led by matriarchal elders, while lone bulls patrol the outskirts of the islands, keeping intruders at bay.
From the Dinopedia: The Titanis is the fastest terror bird on planet FMM UV-32, capable of outrunning almost any creature in the Arctic Sector. Because of its lightly-built frame, it usually avoids dangerous prey and prefers to kill and eat smaller animals, like pigs. However, Titanis will occasionally group together to bully other predators off their kills. This strategy often works, as nothing wants to be caught on the receiving end of this terror bird's hooked beak.
From the Dinopedia: The scraggly Hyaenodon is the primary scavenger of the Arctic Sector, preferring to finish kills made by other, larger predators. An enormous skull packed with bone-crushing teeth enables this carnivore to devour anything on a carcass, and a powerful sense of smell helps Hyaenodon find carrion for miles away. Although Hyaenodon rarely makes a kill itself, it won't pass up the opportunity to hunt smaller, weaker creatures, like humans.
From the Dinopedia: While Andrewsarchus isn't the largest hunter in the Arctic Sector, it is one of the most effective. Powerful muscles and a sturdy skull operate massive jaws capable of tearing larger animals to shreds with little effort. This predator's deep, resonating howls can put even other large carnivores on edge, as few animals on planet FMM UV-32 would dare provoke an adult Andrewsarchus.
From the Dinopedia: The monstrous bear of FMM UV-32 towers over even the largest of Earth's bears. Weighing in at almost five tons and reaching heights of nearly 20 feet on its hind legs, adult males are true forces of nature. Bears prefer the isolated mountainous regions, only venturing down into the tundras in search of food. These bears do not hibernate, and with muscular paws that can decapitate a Megaloceros in a single swipe, they are to be hunted with utmost caution.
From the Dinopedia: A legendary creature of unknown origin, The Yeti is the ultimate predator of the Arctic Sector. Stark white fur tightly wrapped around powerful muscles provide more camouflage than warmth, as it is believed that The Yeti's hyper-metabolism keeps its body temperature stable in these frigid environments. As such, it must constantly eat to fuel its internal furnace, and this mysterious predator will not hesitate to devour anything unfortunate enough to get in its way.
Areas[edit | edit source]
||Mild||0||Icy cliffs line the northwest side of this small island. Rolling hills covered in sparse vegetation and deep snowdrifts make this a relatively safe and open area for newer hunters.|
||Mild||50||This series of islands covered with lakes and frigid swamps is connected by an elevated bridge system. Pine trees cover this otherwise barren area, making good cover for hunter and prey alike.|
|Ring of Infernus
||Intermediate||150||Naturally secluded by a ring of extinct volcanoes, this area is a unique blend of desolate tundra and beaches that contrast sharply with the snow-covered peaks.|
|Dry Nodus Lake
||Intermediate||200||Small mounds and swamp are all that remain of a disappearing lake on this snowy island. Cut by glaciers into treacherous canyons and rivers, an unwary hunter can easily become trapped in the narrow areas.|
|The Giant's Boot
||Advanced||300||This area is named for the boot print-shaped lake in the western part of the island. Thick forests and numerous rolling hills make perfect hiding spots for dangerous prey. It is the most dangerous island available to hunt.|
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 intended as a close-range weapon. The grouping of buckshot pellets will spread out and decrease the damage power over distance. Less accurate aim and great close-up firepower make this a good choice for emergencies.|
||150||This weapon is same as shotgun, but can fire two shots almost simultaneously. The added noise can easily scare off small animals while drawing attention to predators.|
||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 animals.|
||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.|
|Revolver||500||This weapon is extremely powerful, but be careful while using a revolver since it doesn't have many shots, its strong recoil can affect accuracy, and the loud noise can scare your prey away drawing unwanted attention.|
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]
||+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.|
||—||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.|
||-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.|
||-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.|
||-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.|
||—||Selecting this will allow you to call in a resupply ship that will drop a bag full of ammunition for each weapon you have taken on your hunt. This can be used only one time per hunt and will drop the bag on the location you have requested it.|
Additions[edit | edit source]
iOS[edit | edit source]
Throughout 2011 and 2012, herbivorous animals once again became dangerous, and the Yeti was added. Also, the new Photo Camera was added, allowing the player to take photos of animals.
On July 19, 2013, two new animals, Hyaenodon and Indricotherium, were announced. They were added on November 26, 2013. On December 20, 2013, Doedicurus and Andrewsarchus were added as a surprise, as there were no announcement for Facebook pages. A new update on April 18, 2014 revealed a new species, Titanis, otherwise known as a terror bird. Tatem's update notes stated that the new update included "Minor Improvements". This update occurred on the same day as the Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter update, and similarly, portrays the Titanis on the navigation map as a "?", as did the Iguanodon on Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter. Titanis was added as a selectable creature on August 14, 2014.
On December 21, 2014, a small update was released, in which a Revive feature was introduced to the game. If you are killed during a hunt, you can watch an ad to be revived and continue. This is a helpful feature because whenever you died, you would lose the points you earned during the hunt. However, it is known to be hard to find ad to watch.
On January 11, 2017, a large new update was released. The update added the Revolver as a new weapon, improved the graphics (which includes reflective water and a new skybox), new reload animations, increased movement speed, a revamped Night mode (without the use of Nightvision), a new Trophy Room design, improved UI, and fixed bugs. This update had already been added to Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter a few months prior, but the Ice Age version has a couple differences. The buttons in Ice Age have changed to white to put it with the icy winter that the game is set in, and the Areas on the menu have an image of the map instead of a screenshot of a part of the area like in Dinosaur Hunter. However, in March 2018, Dinosaur Hunter did receive these new area menu icons.
PSP[edit | edit source]
The PlayStation Minis version features an exclusive weapon; the Laser rifle, which is the most powerful and expensive weapon in the franchise. This has yet to be added to the mobile ports, if it ever will be.
History[edit | edit source]
iOS[edit | edit source]
|1.0||February 8, 2011||
|1.4.9||November 26, 2013|
|1.5.1||December 20, 2013|
|1.5.2||February 4, 2014||
|1.5.3||April 18, 2014||
|1.5.4||August 14, 2014||
|1.5.5||December 21, 2014||
|1.7.0||January 11, 2017||
Android[edit | edit source]
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