The very first game in the series. Not exactly the carnivores game that had the most impact on fandom but definitely popular. There was nobody who used a Double Barrel Shotgun to take on a T-Rex. No, these were simpler times when the Shotgun was the same in every way (except fire rate) to the Rifle and no blood appeared. There wasn't a Credits system. Instead it was a Ranking system. Three ranks Existed: Novice, Advanced, And Expert.
Carnivores was the First game developed by Action Forms to use the Atmosfear game engine. The game engine was meant to simulate real 3D outdoor enviroments and sounds. The game engine was worked on a bit afterwards to release Carnivores 2. This game is now seen as obsolete compared to Carnivores 2. However, I find that some of the maps in this game are cooler despite their smaller size. Until recently, no one could get the original Carnivores 1 maps to import correctly because they used a different size format. That was changed by the CCE team.
You start out as novice with 0 points. Each time you make a kill, you gain points. When you are killed all points accumulated on that hunt are lost. Dinosaur Target zones are listed on the hunt menu screen. These tell you where to hit the dinosaurs. Something the rest of the series lacked.
Being a hunting game, Carnivores has no actual on going story. It does have a back story though.
2190 AD. On a routine exploration mission, science vessel FMM UV discovered a planet with suitable climate for humankind. During the initial scouting expedition, this young planet, code-named FMM UV-32, was declared inhospitable for colony life, due to its unstable terrain and immense population of prehistoric reptiles. News of this amazing planet spread, and articles on the "Dinosaur Planet" lead an earth corporation to purchase the rights to the planet, and create DinoHunt Corp. DinoHunt created the unique opportunity for paying customers to become dinosaur hunters for the first time in 50 million years. You are the newest client of DinoHunt Corp.
It kind of seems they have played Starcraft because they metion Science Vessel, One of the Terran race's air units.
The features brought to this game were:
6 Hunting Locations
Each location is unique with varying difficulties and terrain. The new hunter will be given three choices, with two more added for the advanced hunter, and a final area for the expert hunter, for a total of six locations. Keep in mind that regardless of which dinosaur you choose to hunt, there are others living on the islands that do not appear on your radar. You may be hunting a Stegosaurus and be surprised by an Allosaurus!
-Shotgun ( Different than in other Carnivores games)
-X-Bow (still the same)
-Sniper Rifle (Looks the same as Carnivores 2 Sniper Rifle except crosshairs are black instead of green)
10 Types of Dinosaurs
Yes that's right. These Are the keys to success when hunting. Without them there is no way to kill stuff and defend yourself. Let's go over the weapons. Shall we?
"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."
As I said before, this gun acts differently Throughout the rest of the series. This original version of the shotgun was replaced by the Rifle, which has a superior Fire rate to this version and the newer version.
This weapon happens to be one of my favorites. It has two target distances making it useful for almost any situation, except defense. Good to use when hunting herbivores as Allosaurus roams the landscape even when it is not being hunted for.
Out of all the original weapons, the Sniper Rifle has changed the most. In this game it has the same design as Carnivores 2's Sniper Scope.
These are things that are helpful on the hunt. However using them (except for tranquilize) will deduct points from your score. Thankfully use of them is optional as well as which one you decide to take and not take on your hunt. Now to go over these Accessories.
Not actually an accessory, but it didn't fit into any of the other catorgories. All accessories except tranquilizer can be used in observer mode. Although it is kind of pointless. Dinosaurs have been known not to detect you in this mode.
While 30% of your points may be steep, the information you receive from the radar is invaluable. In other words it is an asset to all hunters everywhere.
"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."
I don't really use this but you can if you like. This isn't really as invaluable as Radar and it doesn't seem to do anything when up against a T-Rex, or any other carnivore for that matter. Probably best you avoid using this as much as possible.
"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."
I don't really use this either when hunting. It might be useful to some people while hunting but not to me. I want the Carnivores to smell me. I don't hunt Herbivores on a regular basis but this might be kind of useful if you want it to be.
"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."
This is actually very helpful. Primarily if you're one of those weirdos that take all three other Accessories on a hunt at one time. Its also a great way to gain points faster. Dinosaurs shot with the Tranquilizer are not transported to the Trophy Room and will never wake up. The T-Rex is unaffected by the Tranquilizer and so therefore it cannot be selected when hunting for the T-Rex. (They changed it in Carnivores 2.) Trophies don't matter to me anymore so I just use Tranquilizer regularly.
If you are one of those guys who only takes Radar on your hunt you can do the math now.
Radar deducts the score 30%
Tranquilizer increases the score 25%
Subtract the difference between those two and you now only have a 5% point deduction. Nice Right?
This next section covers hunting areas.
Area 1: The Woods of Turan Choks
"A mild climate and good range of sight make this
a great beginner's map. This was the first island
explored on the new planet. Turan Choks, named
for the captain of the science vessel to discover
the planet, is a hilly wooded area populated by a
variety of dinosaurs."
Points of interest: Meh, this area is kind of plain for the most part. However, there are muddy ponds in the Northwestern and Southeastern parts of the Island. It also seems that Allosaurus loves to especially frequent the Southeastern pond so be on guard.
Area 2: Basmachee Rocks
"This map is a good challenge for beginning
hunters. The exact origin of this island remains
a mystery. Its unique topography of deserts,
mountains, and lakes makes for a challenging
area to hunt in. High hills can be a great
place to perch in wait, or hide a dinosaur from
Points of Interest: Well for starters theres a mountain with a spiral pathway in the Northwestern Corner of the Island. A little ways northeast of that in the ocean is the obscure and benign glitch "Water Pyramid." ( yes its litterally a pyramid made out of water. You can also stand on it as it seems to be solid.) There are also little beaches located in the southern parts of the island. In the the Northeastern corner of the Island, there is what appears to be a little dersert esque area. The ground is severely cracked with loesses from lack of water. There are also little Island type things in this area. (Like Islands on land.) There are also a ton of unusual rock formations throughout the Island as well as quite a few small lakes.
Area 3: The Jungles of Gravitsappa
"A fantastic area for beginning hunters. Lava-filled
cracks show prior seismic activity on this island.
The tropical jungles on the rest of the island are
teeming with dinosaurs, hiding in the ground mists
or around the rolling hills."
Points of Interest: If you're lucky enough to have access to Direct 3D or 3DFX Glide graphics mode on Carnivores 1, this area is full of Fog. The first point of interest is of course the three lava filled cracks located in the Southeastern corner of the Island. Another point of interest is a big desert on the island that takes up most if not all of the Eastern and Northeastern coastline. The annoying part about this area is that Allosaurs could appear anywhere so be on your toes and alert.
Area 4: The Ancient Temple
"With only a small temple as a safe zone, this
is a map for advanced hunters. The temple,
located in the center of the island remains
one of the biggest mysteries on the planet.
Hieroglyphs on the wall indicate a worship
of the Velociraptor, calling the beast "fast as
the wind, with teeth sharper than any blade."
Points of Interest: Well, duh! Of course the main point of interest would be the fucking temple in the center of the Island! It can be annoying to get into the temple because it is surrounded by a pit of lava and the bridge to the entrance has been destroyed by erosion and earthquakes. It is possible to get into the temple but you have to jump and time it right. There is also a mountain in the Northeastern corner of the Island. It is very steep but it is possible to get up with practice and patience. on the mountain if you stand still in the right spot you'll go underwater for no reason and you'll drown if you aren't careful. the center of the mountain is hollowed out into some sort of Ice Canyon of sorts. However, its kind of boring to look at because there isn't anything terribly interesting down there other than ice, ice, and more ice.
Area 5: The Pyramids of Shmu-Hadron
"This is a map for experienced hunters. These
Pyramids in the desert terrain of this area were
built by a long-gone race, and their use remains
unknown. These structures are ideal for hunting
and hiding around, but beware; predators can
climb the pyramids too."
Points of Interest: Well this is just as obvious as the last one. The Pyramids are located a little bit west of the Center of the Island. There are also interesting lakes and rock formations scattered throughout the Island. There is even a place to get Allosaurus stuck on, making them easier to kill.
Area 6: The Great Lake
"For expert hunters only! Surrounded by an
impassible wall of mountains, this is the most
difficult terrain to hunt on the planet. The
giant meteor-made lake in the center is the only
obstacle on this barren, desolate island."
Points of Interest: Yet another map that states the obvious. The lake in the center of the Island is your biggest point of interest. Pretty much there isn't anything else interesting to note other than everything is pretty much dead. Thanks to me, people playing Carnivores on Windows XP can play Great Lakes without getting a Heapallocation Error. There is a Youtube video I made to fix this problem here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtiQvps0K8