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Carnivores: Ice Age (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Sport
Theme
59
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Description

Carnivores: Ice Age is third game in the hunting series. This version is set on the Arctic regions of planet FMM UV-32. Scientists of DinoHunt Corp. discovered that animals from the Ice Age still live there and they establish a hunting program. The player roams the planet using a mini-map, a compass and an assortment of guns to hunt down the animals. Unlike the previous PC games this title does not feature any dinosaurs (except for the prehistoric bird diatryma). The game uses the same engine as the previous titles and has five main areas: McRath Island, Ravaren's Bridge, Ring of Infernus, Dry Nodus Lake, and The Giant's Boot—each with their own difficulty level. Just like the previous games animals do not leave behind tracks, despite the snow. The available weapons are largely identical to the earlier versions and include a a pistol, shotgun, rifle, crossbow, double-barreled shotgun, and sniper rifle. The included animals in the PC version are brontotherium, dire wolf, wild boar, woolly rhinoceros, diatryma, giant deer, smilodon (sabre-tooth tiger), woolly mammoth, cave bear, yeti, archaeopteryx, and the pig.

There are no missions in the game. The player selects what to hunt and the weapon, and then enters an area. It is always possible to leave as well. During the game points need to be earned. They are spent to customize hunts, as certain weapons, areas and animals cost more. Initially, only weaker animals (herbivores) and weapons are available until a sufficient amount of points has been earned. All animals are however able to kill the hunter. As in the previous games tranquilizers can be used instead of bullets, but these do not lead to trophies for kills. Points can also be spent on camouflage, a radar, or to cover scent. Hunting is done with a realistic approach as the animals need to be called to lure them and the player has to position himself against the wind, avoid noises and stay out of sight. The areas are open-ended and once again have a day-and-night cycle. A difference compared to the previous games is that here the weak points of the animals are not shown and they are generally more resistant to damage.

The enhanced iOS version features ten animals. The hunter is controlled through a virtual d-pad on the left side of the screen and on the right side two icons can be tapped quickly to call an animal or to draw a gun and aim. It also includes the ability to relocate to another place once inside a hunt. This can be done more than once and also refreshes the supplies. The Survive training exercise mode from the previous iOS game is not present. The iOS edition has a free-to-play version where additional animals, weapons and areas need to be bought through in-game purchases, next to a commercial release where everything is unlocked. In the PS3/PSP mini version the killing animations were toned down and corpses disappear instead of being picked up by a dropship.

Screenshots

Carnivores: Ice Age Windows When the game starts, you are asked to create or use an existing account.
Carnivores: Ice Age Windows Admiring the scenery. In the right-down corner you have the compass, and in the left the direction of the wind.
Carnivores: Ice Age Windows As seen in the "Info" tab, the radar helps a lot, but hurts in the final classification (rewards). The same happens for some of the equipment.
Carnivores: Ice Age Windows With the help of binoculars... there he is. Come to daddy!

Alternate Titles

  • "Хищники: Ледниковый Период" -- Russian PC spelling
  • "Carnivores: Ice Age Pro" -- iPhone/iPad commercial title

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User Reviews

More of the same, with a little less Jim Newland (53) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Only if you love hunting (and all the related activities), else keep away from it. C3R14L.K1L4 (1225) 1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars
Good hunting game. Ethan Miller (12) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

GamersHell.com Jan 17, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Vortex 2001 70 out of 100 70
ActionTrip Feb 06, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Game Over Online Jan 24, 2001 60 out of 100 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 28, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Jan 30, 2001 5.4 out of 10 54
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Sep 19, 2002 50 out of 100 50
Computer Games Magazine Feb 27, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameGenie 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

Inaccuracies

Everything is sized incorrectly. The "secret" animal is said to be 32-45ft tall. In comparison, that would make the hunter well over 20ft!

Also, Archeoptryx, the main aerial animal, is not actually from the Ice Age. This also goes for Diatryma, the carnivorous bird, and Brontothiery the rhino like animal with the "Y" shaped horn. Brontothiery and Archeoptryx are also spelled wrong in the game, Brontothiery actually being Brontotherium.

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steve oklar (4) added Carnivores: Ice Age (Windows) on Jan 16, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (245158) and Kabushi (120661)