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: Pigs are common creatures during the tour. They are relatively easy to kill, and are known to be mistaken for wolves. Pigs also has a huge resemblances to the wild boar with the only differences being the lack of tusks and its hides.
From the Dinopedia: Archaeopteryx is a prehistoric reptile that looks like a weird-bird combo. It was one of the few birds that had claws on their wings. Archaeopteryx was roughly the size of a Dimorphodon with broad wings rounded at the ends. It could reach up to 500 millimeters (20 in) in body length, with an estimated weight of 0.8 to 1 kilogram. Archaeopteryx had smell teeth as well as along bony tail, features which it shares with other dinosaurs of the time.
||10||5||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: This large herbivore looks something like a huge rhinoceros, but with a Y-shaped horn, which makes it dangerous when cornered. It's the first animal available to hunt, and is the second largest herbivore in the tour. The creature is covered in fur while its earth counterpart was probably covered in a hard, rhinoceros-like skin. The Sioux believed these creatures produced thunderstorms when running over the clouds, and called them "Thunder Horses."
||15||6||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: This piglike creature has a pair of long tusks, which serves as weapons and tools. Eyesight is weak, but sense of smell and hearing are very good. It is a plant-eater, but can be very dangerous when wounded.
From the Dinopedia: This alien species of a wolf can be very dangerous. Often, when the hunter approaches a dire wolf, the wolf will jump around and bark playfully. But once the hunter shoots and misses, the wolf will pounce on the him/her and toss the hunter around like a domestic dog would do with a chew toy.
||30||10||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: This alien rhinoceros is covered in coarse fur, which keeps it warm in the cold environment of the polar regions. The woolly rhinoceros used its horn to sweep snow away from vegetation, so it could eat in the winter, and is also thought to have used its horns for defensive purposes and to attracts mates.
||50||9||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: This giant alien bird is the velociraptor of the ice age, running toward the hunter and pouncing on him/her. It has a large beak that can break bones. These birds are predators and scavengers of the Polar Regions.
||100||12||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Megaloceros (A.K.A Giant Deer) was a large member of the deer family. Its massive antler could span 12 feet across, and could've been used for scraping away snow, or self defense. it is normally peaceful, but at a close range, the giant deer will gore the hunter with its huge antlers and shake him/her like a rag doll. It's also one of the weakest animal in the tour.
||200||12||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: Largest mammal known won’t een notice stepping on you. Considered to be the laregest land mammal ever known. Belongs to a family of herbivores also called Paraceratherium. Tall Cloum-like legs and long neck allowed them to strip leaves fro the tallest trees. Their size, however, makes them hard to kill with weak weapons. Indricotherium served as inspiration for AT-AT walkers in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back.
||250||15||Dangerous if disturbed.|
From the Dinopedia: Huge prehistoric armadillo with a spiked club-tail. One of the funniest-looking creatures of the Ice Age. Most of the body of Doedicurus was hidden in a heavy, dome-shaped carapace (shell). Its tail had a club with spikes on it. The weight of its body reached 2000 kilograms, which made it slow, but dangerous for anyone in close proximity. Doedicurus fed on plants and was a direct ancestor of modern-day armadillo.
From the Dinopedia: Smilodon is a species of large, predatory cats that roam around the polar regions. It's also known as the "Saber-Toothed cat" or "Saber-Toothed Tiger." Even though it is well known for its huge fangs, it probably only used these to sever important arteries once its prey was subdued, and not in fierce combat. it is the most aggressive carnivore in the tour, rightly described as "Extremely Dangerous."
||300||18||Dangerous if wounded.|
From the Dinopedia: This hairy elephantlike animal eats plants, but its huge size and long tusks make it dangerous when wounded. When killed by this beast, the hunter will be tossed around by a mammoth and the occasionally slammed on the ground. The Woolly Mammoth is the largest herbivore in the tour, and it's the king of the polar regions
A giant chicken.
From the Dinopedia: Fast dog-like predator with a great sense of smell. Successful and intimidating predator. Distinctive features are a large skull with a long narrow snout and a long tail. Hyaenodon have a great sense of smell, which makes them dangerous both at night and during the day. Their powerful teeth can bite through bones, so watch out: Hyaenodon is a fast-approaching serious threat.
From the Dinopedia: Enormous carnivorous mammal with very strong jaws. This mysterious beast was the probably the largest carnivorous mammal on FMM UV-32. No surprise that its DNA is similar to that of a whale! Andrewsarchus was an omnivore, feeding on herbivores, large small small, or plants. His long snout with sharp pointy teeth and strong jaws was good for any type of food and could crack carcasses of tortoises.
From Carnivores: Ice Age: This giant alien of grizzly is much fiercer than its earth counterpart. Standing up to ten feet tall on its hind legs, this killer is to be avoided at all costs. The bear is one of the largest bear discovered in the polar regions.
From the Dinopedia: The legendary creature you will finally see with your own eyes. Don't gaze for too long though - try to hunt it down or run away! Two legs, two arms, and white woolly body - all of enormous sizes, that's Yeti as it is. Extremely dangerous, heavy, big, fast and loud. Eats everything it sees, hears, and smells.
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.|
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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