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Carnivores

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Title Screen

Carnivores

Developer: Action Forms
Publishers: WizardWorks Software, Infogrames
Platform: Windows
Released in US: November 30, 1998
Released in EU: 1998


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.


Carnivores is a Deer Hunter-esque hunting simulator in which the animals are dinosaurs, many of which can defend themselves and kill the hunter (who can also be detected through sight, scent, and hearing). All this, developed by a small company in Ukraine.

EXPLO.CAR

Carnivores Explo.png

The game has a file system consisting of character files with the extension .CAR, one of which is only partially used in-game: namely, what appears to be a duplicate of the Shotgun's textures in a much greater width than the normal Shotgun texture file.

The part of this texture that gets used is a tiny 2D explosion, which appears when the bullets from a weapon collide with an object. It is unknown why the Shotgun textures are in this file, as the file has no actual model data.

Debug mode

Carnivores has a debug mode unsurprisingly. The game's debug mode is easily accessible. While in a hunt, just type DEBUGON. No command prompt needed. The controls are as follows:

  • Ctrl: Enables super run which allows you to move across the map at insanely fast speeds. Pressing the jump button (Spacebar by default) while holding Ctrl will allow you to super jump.
  • Shift+S: Slow Motion mode. Slows the game down and everything in it. To turn it off, just press the key combination again.
  • Shift+T: Timer mode. Enabling this will display the time used (in milliseconds) to render the current frame and the number of polygons in said frame. To turn it off, just press the key combination again.
  • [ and ] keys: Increase view range. It's not very far however.

In addition, Debug mode also grants you infinite ammo, and dangerous animals will not see you unless you shoot at them or they hear your gun shots. Animals that scare such as the gentle herbivores will still be able to see and hear you however. You also cannot die by drowning or be killed by the mortal fog that covers lava. You still however can be killed by dangerous animals if they catch you.