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Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Review (minis)

Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter is a dynamic hunting simulation game which lets players explore huge non-linear locations as they attempt to track down a variety of dinosaurs that are armed with advanced AI – these are dangerous creatures that are able to see, hear and sense the hunter. If you’re not careful, it’s very easy for the hunter to become the hunted.

With 15 different dinosaurs across 5 distinct environments including pine forests, muddy marshes and rolling hills, how you approach your target is important. Wind direction, scent and the use of a special dinosaur call are all key elements in tracking your prey.

Game Features:

* Interactive 3D dinosaurs, from the Herbivorous (plant-eating) for novice hunters to the Carnivorous (meat-eating) for experts;
* Choose from among 6 weapon types – from a sniper rifle to an X-bow;
* Utilize the map and radar feature to locate and track dinosaurs;
* Exciting hunting: a non-linear hunting experience where players roam through vast landscapes, tracking and hunting a variety of dinosaurs;
* Interactive Dinosaur Trophy Room

After reading what the game is about… would you like me to show you how the Controls work?

L: Change to wapon
R: Fire
D-Pad: Left and Right to use the Dinosaur Call; Up to use binoculars; Down to toggle the map.
Analog Stick to view around
Right side buttons (Square, X, Circle, Triangle): Used to move as if it was a 2nd D-Pad.

From the five areas available you can only visit 2 at the start since you have to use the points in your account to be able to visit the other three. How do you obtain said points? You get them for each kill made during each individual hunting session. You also need these points to be able to select the dinosaur you want to try and hunt as well as the weapon you use so DO consider that as you can’t just jump in and try and kill the biggest, baddest dinosaur since you first need an appointment AND a better weapon than the starting hand pistol. Your ammo is limited and once it’s gone it’s time to hit the pause menu and select the Escape option to get end things and call it a day.

Listen carefully for the sounds of nature as they lead the way. Making dinosaur sounds will help you hear where the dinosaur you’re hunting is currently at which is why headphones are a must so you can locate the dinosaurs and avoid the deadly predators all around you. Some dinosaurs are very, very dangerous and if they get too close… you’re lunch! Don’t waste your time shooting all the dinosaurs you find in your path as you will only get points for killing the dinosaur type you’re specifically hunting for.

Here’s a list of all the Dinosaurs you can try and change into a stuffed replica for your trophy room as well as the points needed to be able to hunt them:

Parasaurolophus (10)
Ankylosaurus (15)
Stegosaurus (20)
Allosaurus (30)
Chasmosaurus (50)
Velociraptor (100)
Spinosaurus (250)
Ceratosaurus (300)
Tyrannosaurus Rex (500)

If you keep navigating down on the weapons select screen (after picking up your map and dinosaur) you reach 4 extra abilities that are great at helping you in your hunting diet. They reduce the amount of points you get per kill by a set % so be careful as you might be able to kill them dinos fast but will get only single digit points in return for your worthless effort:

Camouflage: This special suit decreases the dinosaur’s ability to detect you by sight. Reduces your points total by 15%.

This allows you to view the dinosaur locations on the map. Only the dinosaurs you’re hunting will show up on the map. Reduces your points total by 30% (but it’s worth it!).

Cover Scent: Allows you to mask your scent, reducing the likelihood of you being spotted. Reduces your points total by 20%.

Tranquilizing a dinosaur is an alternative to killing it. This will drop the dinosaur where it stands with a quick-acting drug… and is the exception to the rule as it ADDS 25% to your total points per kill!

You can use the Radar and the Tranquilizer to almost negate the reduced percentage from the Map ability as you’ll only loose 5% in all and you’ll be able to see where the dinosaurs are and spare their lives (PETA would approve!). Camouflage and Cover Scent are useful too but that depends more on the specific dinosaur you’re hunting and how easily it can track you down and make you lunch. Not having to spend 10 minutes making dinosaur sounds and listening closely to find them makes this a completely different game and you can pick which style you prefer.

Carnivores is a fun little diversion from your day to day activities that doesn’t cost a lot and will provide you with a couple of hours of fun. Sure, there are things to improve but the whole point of the minis range is for us to have a lot of smaller, inexpensive games we can enjoy on our PS3 or our PSP for those times when we’ve got a couple of minutes to kill.

[review pros=”Hunting dinosaurs is always fun!
Low price” cons=”Pop In” score=71]

Published by Beatshapers
Developed by Tatem GAmes/Action Forms Ltd.

Cost – $2.99


– Game was completed before writing this review.
– Total amount of time played: 5 hours.
– This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter provided by Beatshapers.

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