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    by David J. Stein, Esq.
    0. Introduction
       0.1 Foreward
       0.2 Game Versions and Troubleshooting
    1. Gameplay and Controls
       1.1 Gameplay
          1.1.1 Gameplay Cycle
          1.1.2 The Options Screen
          1.1.3 The Hunt
          1.1.4 The Spoils
       1.2 Controls
    2. Weapons, Accessories, and Options
       2.1 Weapons
          2.1.1 Pistol
          2.1.2 Shotgun
          2.1.3 Double-Barrel Shotgun
          2.1.4 X-Bow (Crossbow)
          2.1.5 Rifle
          2.1.6 Sniper Rifle
       2.2 Accessories
          2.2.1 Camouflage
          2.2.2 Radar
          2.2.3 Cover Scent
          2.2.4 Double Ammo
       2.3 Options
          2.3.1 Night vs. Day
          2.3.2 Tranquilizers vs. Bullets
          2.3.3 Observer Mode vs. Hunter Mode
    3. Dinosaurs
       3.1 Trophy Dinosaurs
          3.1.1 Parasaurolophus
          3.1.2 Akylosaurus
          3.1.3 Stegosaurus
          3.1.4 Allosaurus
          3.1.5 Chasmosaurus
          3.1.6 Velociraptor
          3.1.7 Spinosaurus
          3.1.8 Ceratosaurus
          3.1.9 T-Rex
       3.2 Non-Trophy Dinosaurs
          3.2.1 Moshops
          3.2.2 Dimetrodon
          3.2.3 Galimimus
          3.2.4 Pteranodon
          3.2.5 Dimorphodon
          3.2.6 Brachiosaurus
    4. Maps
       4.1 Delphaeus Hills
       4.2 Fort Ciskin
       4.3 Vengar Fjords
       4.4 Manya Jungle
       4.5 Mount Ravan
    5. Tactics
       5.1 Hunt Parameter Selection
          5.1.1 Map Selection
          5.1.2 Dinosaur Selection
          5.1.3 Weapon Selection
          5.1.4 Equipment Selection
          5.1.5 Option Selection
       5.2 Movement Tactics
          5.2.1 Walking/Running
          5.2.2 Angular Travel
          5.2.3 Climbing
          5.2.4 Swimming
       5.3 Hunting Tactics
          5.3.1 Selecting Prey
          5.3.2 Stalking Prey
          5.3.3 Killing Prey
          5.3.4 Evading Predators
    6. Revision History
    7. Credits
    0.1 FOREWARD
    Carnivores 2 is a first-person shooter released in 1999. It wasn't a very
    high-profile release, but it's a solid, enjoyable title.
    Perhaps the best way to describe Carnivores 2 is this:
    * Carnivores 2 is NOT:
      * A fragfest like Doom or Quake. Those games involve slaughtering many dozen
        enemies using tons of ammunition. In contrast, Carnivores 2 is a contest
        between you and a few dinosaurs in each "level." (There are always about
        twenty dinosaurs in every "level," but you will never have enough
        ammunition to take them all down.) You have to be very selective in your
        hunting, and you have to conserve your ammunition very carefully.
      * A zero-sum struggle like Counter-Strike or Unreal Tournament. In these
        games, your mission is to win each level either by killing all of your
        similarly-armed opponents, or by surviving long enough to complete some
        other task. By contrast, in Carnivores 2, there isn't any "mission." There
        is no way to "win" anything. You *can* kill some dinosaurs, or you can
        tranquilize them, or you can just observe them. You can leave the level at
        any time without penalty. So your "mission," really, is to do whatever you
        want. Many people may find this lack of objective boring; I find it
      * An exploration game like Myst and Tomb Raider. Many (almost all!) games
        with large, organic environments encourage the player to poke into unusual
        niches, often by challenging means (e.g., finding a way up a steep cliff),
        and reward the player with interesting discoveries. By contrast, Carnivores
        2 presents no such inducement. It *does* have a few interesting
        discoveries, but they aren't difficult to spot - most are visible on the
        radar, and all are accessed simply by walking to them. While the maps in
        this game have a great number of geographic challenges - steep mountains,
        ostensibly inaccessible areas - if you manage to reach them, you'll find
        nothing there except a scenic view. This is most disappointing, and it
        might take several excursions (lacking payoff) before you will accept its
        truth. This is particularly so because the map designers created several
        areas that seem perfectly designed as a typical videogame challenge... yet
        there's no gold, or even an empty pot, at the end of the trail.
      * An adventure game like Diablo or World of Warcraft. There is no story line
        or drama. Your character won't develop or progress in any meaningful way,
        aside from earning credits that open up some new options. Of course, this
        means that you won't have to waste much time "leveling up" by achieving
        repetitive tasks; and you can't make a mistake that requires you to reload
        an earlier saved game. It's really just about having fun.
    * Carnivores 2 IS...
      * A hunting experience game. Its central theme involves selecting a dinosaur
        within the environment, carefully stalking it across an interesting
        landscape, creeping up on it, and plugging it with some well-placed shots.
        Its core danger is in having a large, angry, prehistoric predator stalking
        and charging at you. If you're more interested in an unusual hunting
        experience than a conventional fragfest, then Carnivores 2 will deliver.
      * A game with a nice, natural-environment graphics engine. Even for a
        seven-year-old game, Carnivores 2 presents a very appealing nature
        environment: rolling hills; copious ground cover; swamps and bogs; rivers
        and beaches; moutains of granite and of ice; and an impressive array of
        trees, bushes, cacti, and petrified forests. Carnivores 2 serves up a very
        nice backdrop for a dinosaur hunting game.
    Carnivores 2 was initially released as version 1.0, but this version no longer
    appears to be available. If you happen to obtain v1.0 of Carnivores 2, you'll
    want to patch it up to version 1.1, which (according to the documentation)
    fixes some graphics and stability bugs. The patch is available from the Action
    Forms website; a few Google searches will turn up a link to it.
    Version 1.1 of Carnivores 2 was released circa DirectX 7, and is *mostly*
    stable under Windows... if you use the software renderer. Unfortunately, this
    version Carnivores 2 doesn't do well with Direct3D or hardware acceleration. My
    system (an HP Pavilion zd7000 notebook with an nVidia GeForce FX Go 5600 GPU)
    can't even start up the Direct3D renderer in Carnivores v1.1 - the game just
    crashes every time. By serendipitous circumstances, the designers wrote
    Carnivores 2 so that the main game/graphics engine is spawned as a separate
    thread from the main menu. This means that if the graphics game ever crashes,
    you'll just be taken back to the main menu. (You may have to Alt-Tab back
    there, and you may have to kill the unresponsive Direct3D process through your
    Windows Task Manager - but if you can do that, the game will pick up again at
    the main menu.) And while the software renderer is stable, it has some graphics
    bugs that detract from the gameplay. For instance, when you toggle into "run"
    mode, the surfaces of all bodies of water appear as flat, light blue instead of
    the ripply blue of the sea. It's unfortunate, but tolerable.
    Apparently, the developers recognized this problem and struggled to address it.
    The Action Forms website includes a link to a beta version of a Direct3D patch
    labeled "beta 1.5," and the readme file provides the personal email address
    from a gentleman in the Ukraine in case "you still have technical problems."
    So it appears that one or a few of the coders hacked together an unofficial
    patch. In fact, it works pretty well! The patched-up Direct3D game engine still
    occasionally crashes when starting a level (maybe 30% of the time), but if it
    doesn't crash, it works quite well. The framerate and rendering sharpness are
    notably improved, so this is a viable and suggested option. (For some reason,
    the Direct3D engine doesn't display shadows from clouds - which is a shame,
    because seeing a valley of dinosaurs with large cloud shadows moving across it
    is a very pleasing visual.)
    1.1 GAMEPLAY
    The gameplay of Carnivores 2 is quite simple - much more simple than most
      1. You choose a location, some weapons, and some dinosaurs to hunt.
      2. You visit the location and hunt as little or as much as you wish.
      3. When you're killed or when you're ready to leave, you leave the location
         and return to step 1.
    That's really it. There is no plot line; the levels have no missions; there is
    no "game over" screen. With exactly one exception (an active lava flow), the
    environments are completely harmless - even falling from the top of a mountain
    has no impact on your avatar. (Of course, you can drown if you stay underwater
    too long, but that's easy to avoid.) Hostile dinosaurs can kill you, but then
    you merely return to step 1; it's as if the hunt (and your death) never
    happened - there is no cost of any kind. It's really just a friendly,
    experience-driven game.
    The options screen allows you to define the parameters of the hunt:
    * Location: Five locations are available. These options don't substantially
      change the nature of the hunt - they just change the scenery.
    * Weapons: Six weapons are available. Each comes with a full clip of ammunition
      (between six and eight bullets), and you can get a second clip for each
      weapon by selecting the "Double Ammo" option.
    * Trophy Dinosaurs: Nine kinds of trophy dinosaurs can be selected for the
      hunt. You may select as many kinds as you wish (and can afford.)
    * Equipment: Five different kinds of non-weaponry equipment are available.
      These are important and often indispensible.
    * Options: Some details about the hunt can be altered.
    More information about these parameters is provided in each section below.
    1.1.3 THE HUNT
    The hunt begins by dropping you into the chosen location at a random position.
    You may begin hunting immediately. The hunt ends when you leave the location or
    are killed (or when the 3D rendering engine crashes!)
    During the hunt, you will not be able to get new items, ammunition, or weapons
    - you're limited to your starting inventory. In addition to the tools that you
    select in the Options screen, you have a compass (Which is a little hard to
    read) and a pair of binoculars that will not only zoom in on your surroundings,
    but will label any creatures with names, weights, and distances from you. This
    is a handy feature, especially when you're new to the game and can't
    distinguish dinosaurs visually. Also, you will have the ability (through some
    unexplained mechanism) to make dinosaur mating calls that will attract a
    particular species of dinosaur. Finally, your hunt is supported by a spaceship
    that will carry off your kills for mounting in your trophy room.
    1.1.4 THE SPOILS
    The rewards of a successful hunt are trophies and credits:
    * Trophies: Your saved character owns a trophy room with spots for
      taxidermically preserved dinosaurs. Whenever you kill a dinosaur on land, you
      will see a spaceship retrieve the carcass and carry it away. (Note: If you've
      chosen the "Tranquilizer" option for a hunt, then your kills don't get
      carried away by the spaceship, and don't appear in your trophy room. Also,
      dinosaurs killed in the water can't be retrieved - the spaceship won't even
      try.) If you survive the hunt, then any time thereafter, you can visit the
      trophy room to see the dinosaur. If you get close to it, you'll be shown a
      record of how you killed it: its weight, the time of day and its distance
      from you when you killed it, the weapon that you used, etc. Approaching the
      trophy will also give you the option of discarding it, in case you run out of
      trophy positions (or tire of that trophy, or want to rearrange, etc.)
    * Credits: Carnivores 2 provides a modest incentive for succcessful hunting in
      the form of a "credits" system. You start the game with 100 credits, and you
      earn more credits by killing (or tranquilizing) dinosaurs. The number of
      credits that you earn increases with the dangerousness of your target and the
      distance of the target at the time of death. You can use these credits to
      select a new location, new weapons, and new or additional dinosaurs on your
      next hunt. (Credits aren't ever really "spent"; you get 100% of them back at
      the end of the hunt, even if it ends because you died. In other words, you
      can never lose credits. It's just a way of limiting your options at the
      beginning, and gradually expanding your options for the hunt.
    1.2 CONTROLS
    The controls are simple. They can be mapped to any button, and you should spend
    some time at the beginning of the game learning and customizing these controls.
    Most actions are typical of the first-person-shooter genre:
      Walk forward
      Walk backward
      Turn left
      Turn right
      Strafe (sidestep) left
      Strafe (sidestep) right
      Toggle between walking and running (NOTE: you can't run while wielding a
       weapon, and vice versa)
      Jump (this becomes Swim Up if you're underwater, and Tread Water if you're
       on the surface of water)
      Crouch (this becomes Swim Down if you're underwater)
      Select Pistol
      Select Shotgun
      Select Double-Barrel Shotgun
      Select Crossbow
      Select Rifle
      Select Sniper Rifle (will force your perspective into zoom mode)
    (note: selecting a weapon while you're already wielding it will put it away and
    disarm you. You can push the button a third time to wield it again.)
    Here are the less typical controls:
      Radar: You can't use this option while you're wielding a weapon.
      Binoculars: This gives you a zoom view of your surroundings. It's very
       effective for pinning down the location of a dinosaur that's within radar
       range but not directly visible. Also, any dinosaur visualized through the
       binoculars will have its name, weight, and distance displayed - very useful
       for determining whether that thing moving in the distance is or isn't a
      Call for evacuation: This takes five seconds to execute, and, yes, you can
       be killed in this time.
      Dino calls: Your avatar has the power to issue a dinosaur mating call for
       each dinosaur that's been designated as a target. One button will page
       through the available dinosaur calls. The other issues the call, which will
       bring all matching dinosaurs in or near radar range running toward you. This
       is a very useful tactic.
    2.1 WEAPONS
    The weapons in Carnivores 2 are mostly typical of first-person shooters.
    Unfortunately, they feel a little underpowered: targets don't react much to
    shots that don't kill them, and in fact it's sometimes difficult to tell
    whether or not your shot *did* hit the target.
    Weapons cost money to carry on a mission. The good news is that ammunition is
    free, and that you can carry as much as possible. However, the amount of
    ammunition that you have for each mission is extremely limited: you will have
    one or two clips of ammo for each weapon per mission, with each clip holding
    between six and eight bullets - and that's it for the trip. This is the most
    significant difference between Carnivores 2 and a conventional Doom clone. (If
    you prefer dinos that drop ammunition boxes when killed, you can always play
    Turok.) So you can't just blaze away at your target - you have to make every
    shot count.
    2.1.1 PISTOL
    Cost: 20 points
     "This weapon has fast shooting range, but its accuracy declines depending on
      the range of shot. It is very good for close combat, but its lame for
      shooting a distant targets. The pistol will scare plant eaters, but the
      noise will alert dangerous carnivores."
      Fire power: 1.0/4.0
      Shot precision: 1.6/4.0
      Volume: 1.6/4.0
      Rate of fire: 3.1/4.0
    As one might expect, the pistol is quite weak. Non-trophy dinos like Moshops
    will fall with one or two pisol shots, but it will take many hits to take down
    a trophy dinosaur. However, the pistol does have a few uses:
      * It's useful for making noise to scare off dinosaurs. Most dinosaurs except
        T-Rex will instintively flee when they hear an unexpected noise, so if a
        dino is nearby and you don't want to be pursued, fire off a pistol round.
      * It's also useful for making noise to attract dinosaurs. If a predator is
        too far to see you but has your scent, it will begin stalking slowly toward
        you. You can get its full attention (without wasting more precious ammo) by
        popping off a pistol shot at it. Your chances of hitting it at that
        distance are small, and your chances of doing significant damage are zero;
        but it will bring the beast toward you in a hurry.
      * It can take down smaller targets, including small trophy dinosaurs, with a
        few close-distance shots.
      * Hey, it's better than nothing. If you've run out of every other kind of
        ammo, your only other real option is to leave the mission - so it might be
        worth trying to finish off that ceratosaurus with the pistol.
    In other words, if you have a spare 20 points to allocate, you may as well toss
    the pistol into your backpack.
    2.1.2 SHOTGUN
    Cost: 100 points
      "This is a very powerful weapon that uses buck-shot bullets as an ammunition.
       The grouping of shots decreases on farther distances. Shooting from this
       weapon requires less precise aiming due to its grouping of shots."
      Fire power: 2.9/4.0
      Shot precision: 0.6/4.0
      Volume: 2.9/4.0
      Rate of fire: 2.3/4.0
    This is your garden-variety shotgun - a solid, reliable weapon. It packs a
    decent punch and has an acceptable rate of fire. Unfortunately, its
    effectiveness drops off rather quickly, making it inferior to the Rifle, which
    is the same cost. In total, it's a good mid-range alternative to the Rifle, so
    you should bring it along if you can afford it.
    2.1.3 DB SHOTGUN
    Cost: 150 points
      "This weapon is same as shotgun, but can make two shots almost
       simultaneously. However it maeks a lot of noise, so it will scare all plant
       eaters and some small carnivores, causing them to run away."
      Fire power: 2.9/4.0
      Shot precision: 0.3/4.0
      Volume: 3.8/4.0
      Rate of fire: 2.4/4.0
    What's better than hitting your target with a shotgun blast? Hitting it with
    two shotgun blasts, of course. Unfortunately, it's difficult to realize this
    prospect: the shotgun is so loud that your target will bolt after the first
    shot, so unless your target is large and close, your second round will probably
    hit partially or not at all. And therein lies the problem. Any beast large
    enough to necessitate two shotgun blasts in short order (the Velociraptor or
    Ceratosaurus) is also quick and vicious enough to tackle you before you can
    finish reloading. And the reload time on this weapon is terrible. Overall, the
    stopping power of the double-barrel shotgun doesn't justify its cost, making
    the DB shotgun a second-rate weapon. Tote it along on your trip only if you
    have plenty of points.
    2.1.4 X-BOW (CROSSBOW)
    Cost: 50 points
     "This weapon has two 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 dinosaurs."
     Fire power: 2.9/4.0
     Shot precision: 2.0/4.0
     Volume: 0.8/4.0
     Rate of fire: 2.0/4.0
    The Crossbow delivers good firepower with nice precision in a quiet manner.
    Unfortunately, it has a crippling defect: it's very difficult to aim
    effectively - the "aiming pin" design leaves a lot to be desired. So while it's
    possible to hit your target and deliver 100% of the damage of a close-range
    shotgun blast, it's substantially more likely to miss your target (even by a
    hair) and deliver no damage whatsoever. As a result, the crossbow is a poor
    weapon. However, it's also a cheap weapon, so you should bring it along if you
    have credits to spare.
    2.1.5 RIFLE
    Cost: 100 points
      "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."
      Fire power: 2.0/4.0
      Shot precision: 3.6/4.0
      Volume: 2.9/4.0
      Rate of fire: 2.0/4.0
    The Rifle is the best weapon in the game. The statistics above don't reflect
    its value (and in fact don't seem accurate): it hits hard, shoots fairly
    precisely, and reloads very quickly. Few dinosaurs will withstand a full clip
    of rifle rounds fired in their direction, even at a modest distance, as long as
    your aim is reasonable. The Rifle should be your weapon of choice once you can
    afford it, as it will increase the percentage of targets that end up in your
    trophy room. (Also, its quick reload rate maximizes the amount of damage that
    you can deliver to fleeing prey, so you'll find yourself having to chase
    wounded targets less often.)
    2.1.6 SNIPER RIFLE
    cost: 200 points
      "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."
      Fire power: 2.0/4.0
      Shot precision: 4.0/4.0
      Volume: 2.7/4.0
      Rate of fire: 2.0/4.0
    As in many other games, the Sniper Rifle is a specialized weapon. Whenever it's
    equipped, your world view will be restricted to the rifle scope - so you can't
    travel with it, and you certainly won't win any close-range battles with it.
    The Sniper Rifle is useful solely when you're perched somewhere safe
    (preferably at a higher altitude) and at a distance from your target.
    Unfortunately, the Sniper Rifle doesn't have the hitscan-style, instant-kill
    stopping power of equivalent weapons from other games: it's really just a Rifle
    with a sniper scope. Fortunately, the Sniper Rifle has the rate of fire of a
    Rifle, and its accuracy is perfect. As a result, you can take down most targets
    with two or three direct shots. Finally, the Sniper Rifle is a reliable tool
    for taking down T-Rexes, since it's the only opportunity to aim at a
    (relatively) docile target with the requisite precision. See the section on
    "Tactics" below.
    Accessories are available at the outset, and you can select any or all of them
    for any mission (including the first.) Rather, the costs are assessed by
    reducing the amount of points that you get from every successful kill.
    Nevertheless, some of them are indispensible: it's better to use equipment and
    receive a smaller point reward, than to forego the equipment and get killed.
    2.2.1 CAMOUFLAGE
      "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."
    The camouflage seems pretty effective at preventing dinosaurs from spotting you
    (before you're ready, that it.) Naturally, it's more effective against
    dinosaurs that rely on sight than those that rely on sound. However, you should
    skip it if (a) you're hunting only small prey (which won't rush you if they
    spot you), or (b) you're primarily relying on the Sniper Rifle.
    2.2.2 RADAR
      "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."
    The Radar is utterly indispensible. Not having the Radar makes long-range
    travel more difficult; it forces you to rely on your sight and acoustics for
    hunting (both of which are imperfectly rendered by the Carnivores 2 game
    engine); and it makes you much more vulnerable prey to aggressive dinosaurs.
    Don't leave home without it! Unfortunately, the Radar isn't perfect. It only
    displays dinosaurs that you have selected as targets for this hunt. Non-trophy
    dinosaurs like Moshops and Pteranodon won't be displayed, but that's fine. The
    much larger problem is that trophy dinosaurs that you *haven't* selected for
    this hunt won't be displayed, but may be in your vicinity anyway! This even
    includes carnivorous dinosaurs - don't be surprised if your low-stress hunt for
    Ankylosaurs is spoiled by the cameo appearance of an Allosaurus - Carnivores 2
    will do that to you sometimes. For the most part, however, the Radar will
    display much valuable information and will become a crucial part of your
    hunting tactics.
    2.2.3 COVER SCENT
      "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."
    The Cover Scent is olfactory camouflage: dinosaurs that rely on scent rather
    than sight will be less likely to spot you. The same comments as for the
    Camouflage apply: don't bother with Cover Scent if you're going to be sniping,
    or if you're hunting (mostly) harmless targets; *do* rely on it in other
    2.2.4 DOUBLE AMMO
      "It doubles the amount of ammunition for every weapon during hunting season."
    There is no apparent cost or penalty to selecting double ammo, so you should
    select this option every time. Naturally, the extra ammo clip doesn't cost you
    anything, and you don't have to use it.
    2.3 OPTIONS
    Options are simply parameters that modify your hunting experience. They don't
    cost anything and aren't very significant, but it's nice to have them
    2.3.1 TIME OF DAY
    The time of day doesn't really change much of the gameplay - it's more an
    experience/environmental feature than a tactical factor.
      "Dawn is good time for hunting herbivorous creatures, because they are less
       scarable. Carnivores are less agressive at dawn."
    The environments in Carnivores 2 appear more high-contrast during dawn:
    brighter colors appear washed out; dimmer colors appear crushed. This effect
    impairs your visibility. Nevertheless, the difference shouldn't be enough to
    change your mind (and it's not clear that the dinosaurs actually behave
    differently at dawn than at other times.) So, you should feel free to select
    Dawn as your time frame when you want a change of pace.
      "Day is a best time for hunt, because you can see every move of a dinosaur
       much better than at night or dawn. It is good for beginners."
    Daytime is a typical hunting opportunity with good visibility. You should
    select this most of the time, especially if you're hunting particularly vicious
      "You are hunting at night using night-vision system. At night many of small
       herbivorous creatures are sleeping. However, carnivores are more agressive
       at night."
    Visibility is more difficult at night - everything is green-screen, so much
    visual detail is lost. The atmosphere is nice, however - a knee-high mist fills
    the swamps, and the moon looms large and full overhead. Again, it's not
    apparent that dinosaurs act differently at night than at other times of the
      "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 option will increase your point totals, so you should select it most of
    the time. It doesn't seem to take more ammunition to incapacitate a dinosaur
    with tranquilizers than to kill it with bullets. The only drawback to selecting
    the Tranquilizer option is that none of your kills will appear in your trophy
    room. (Also, the ship won't come pick them up. Instead, the defeated dinosaur
    will collapse into sleep, snoring slightly. Amusingly, they even snore
    underwater! Try tanking a dinosaur while it's swimming, and then visiting its
    underwater resting spot.)
      "Use the Observer Mode to familiarize yourself wtih dinosaur behavior and
       different terrain. Please note that no weapons and accesories are available
       in this mode except binoculars and area map."
    This option is puzzling: it just takes away all of your weapons. Dinosaurs act
    the same and will kill you just as quickly as in hunter mode. I have no idea
    what purpose this option is meant to serve, but I never use it.
    Cost: 10 points
      Size: length 15-24 ft
      Weight: up to 3.5 tons
      Diet: plants
      Points: 5
      Danger: not dangerous
      Sight: 1.7/4.0
      Scent: 3.1/4.0
      Hearing: 4.0/4.0
    This dinosaur most closely resembles a kangaroo, although it runs rather than
    hops. It's harmless and weak (hence the low point reward), but it makes a good
    "starter" trophy.
    Cost: 15 points
      Size: length 12-21 ft
      Weight: up to 2.5 tons
      Diet: plants
      Points: 6
      Danger: not dangerous
      Sight: 2.3/4.0
      Scent: 1.6/4.0
      Hearing: 3.1/4.0
    The Ankylosaurus resembles a turtle with a spiny shell and a long tail. In
    real life, the Ankylosaur's tail was a threatening, club-like weapon - but this
    Ankylosaur is harmless to you. It's an easy target, and in fact it seems to
    move more slowly than the Parasaurolophus, so it's a pretty good target for a
    Cost: 20 points
      Size: length 18-30 ft
      Weight: up to 7 tons
      Diet: plants
      Points: 7
      Danger: not dangerous
      Sight: 2.4/4.0
      Scent: 1.7/4.0
      Hearing: 3.1/4.0
    The Stegosaurus is a large dinosaur that most closely resembles a hippopotamus
    with a row of thin, vertical, red fins running down its back. It's a harmless
    plant eater that usually wanders slowly (and is pretty oblivious to humans),
    but it can move surprisingly quickly when startled, creating a rapid, stomping
    noise as it hustles away from you. Its size makes it pretty hardy.
    3.1.4 ALLOSAURUS
    Cost: 30 points
      Size: length 12-18 ft
      Weight: up to 2.5 tons
      Diet: herbivorous dinosaurs
      Points: 10
      Danger: extremely dangerous
      Sight: 2.0/4.0
      Scent: 4.0/4.0
      Hearing: 1.2/4.0
    The Allosaurus is a small version of the Velociraptor: a vicious, scrappy
    biped. It can leap when it gets close to you, so it's not wise to let it get
    close to you. Fortunately, the Allosaurus doesn't take much damage before
    dropping, so it's only a significant threat if you encounter it with other
    predators, if it surprises you at close range, or if you encounter it amidst
    terrain with bad visibility.
    Cost: 50 points
      Size: 18-24 ft
      Weight: up to 4.5 tons
      Diet: fibrous plants
      Points: 9
      Danger: dangerous if wounded
      Sight: 1.7/4.0
      Scent: 2.4/4.0
      Hearing: 2.0/4.0
    The Chasmosaurus, commonly known as a Triceratops, is essentially a cross
    between a bull and a tank. It's smaller than the Stegosaurus, but it has the
    same hardiness, and also some offensive hardware: some tusks protruding from
    the top of its head and a hard, cartilagenous shield surrounding and rising
    from its neck. It will generally run away if startled, but if you get too
    close or wound it, it will charge and attempt to gore you with its tusks. As
    long as you maintain distance, the Chasmosaurus isn't dangerous, and the point
    reward makes it a worthwhile target.
    Cost: 100 points
      Size: length 9-15 ft
      Weight: up to 2 tons
      Diet: large dinosaurs
      Points: 12
      Danger: extremely dangerous
      Sight: 2.0/4.0
      Scent: 3.8/4.0
      Hearing: 2.8/4.0
    Thanks to Michael Crichton's works, everyone in America can identify the
    Velociraptor. The version presented here in Carnivores 2 is pretty
    straightforward: it's a man-sized, bipedal dinosaur with acute senses and sharp
    talons. It can withstand more damage than the smaller Allosaurus, so the point
    total for bagging a Velociraptor is justifiable.
    Cost: 250 points
      Size: length 12-18 ft
      Weight: up to 3 tons
      Diet: large dinosaurs
      Points: 15
      Danger: extremely dangerous
      Sight: 2.8/4.0
      Scent: 3.5/4.0
      Hearing: 2.3/4.0
    This dinosaur is like a small T-Rex - it's a running biped with big teeth and
    small arms. If you spot it up close, then you're probably going to lose - but
    if you get the drop on it from a distance, the Spinosaurus is surprisingly easy
    to take down. About five or six well-aimed Rifle or Sniper Rifle bullets will
    do the trick. Just keep your distance, and don't underestimate its speed. The
    reward is surprisingly abundant - this dinosaur is not 2.5x more threatening
    than a Velociraptor!
    Cost: 300 points
      Size: length 24-30 ft
      Weight: up to 6 tons
      Diet: large dinosaurs
      Points: 18
      Danger: extremely dangerous
      Size: 2.8/4.0
      Scent: 3.8/4.0
      Hearing: 2.8/4.0
    This beast is mean! It's a big, ferocious T-Rex-style carnivore, it runs very
    quickly, and it can absorb a lot of damage. If you try to face it down when
    it's charging at you across level ground, you will likely lose every time; it's
    just not possible to apply enough stopping power in that span of time. Rather,
    you should always plan to snipe at a Ceratosaurus from behind some kind of
    obstacle: a large body of water, a steep mountain range, or some kind of
    uncrossable chasm.
    3.1.9 T-REX
    Cost: 500 points
      Size: length 30-42 ft
      Weight: up to 8 tons
      Diet: everything that moves
      Points: 25
      Danger: extremely dangerous - the only way to kill T-Rex is shooting his eye
      Size: 3.1/4.0
      Scent: 3.3/4.0
      Hearing: 3.1/4.0
    The T-Rex is the centerpiece of Carnivores 2. It has a distinctive look and
    style of movement, and hunting it is a quite different exercise than hunting
    any of the other dinosaurs. As indicated above, a T-Rex doesn't sustain damage
    like the other targets in this game; you just have to shoot it in the eye. Any
    weapon will suffice - including the pistol! - but the target area is very
    small. See the section on T-Rexes in "Tactics" below.
    The environments of Carnivores 2 would be barren if filled only with
    trophy-caliber dinosaurs. Fortunately, the environments are populated with a
    variety of non-trophy dinosaurs that do not substantially contribute to the
    gameplay, but that add to the ambience and the feeling of hunting in a
    prehistoric era. Although these dinosaurs often respond to the player's
    actions, all of them are completely harmless. You may shoot and kill (or
    tranquilize) most of them with little effort, but you will receive no points or
    other reward for the feat, and the ammo used in the process will be gone. Thus,
    it doesn't make much sense to target or shoot at them - live and let live.
    3.2.1 MOSHOPS
    This is a small, fat lizard that quietly waddles quickly through the brush. It
    is easily startled and will scurry away from human presence or noise.
    3.2.2 DIMETRODON
    This is a small, fan-backed lizard that walks slowly across the ground. It can
    pick up speed in a hurry if startled into fleeing.
    3.2.3 GALIMIMUS
    This is a medium-height, bipedal lizard. It's completely harmless, but it can
    be confused at first glance with an Allosaurus, so you'll probably find
    yourself plugging a defenseless Galimimus at least once. The easiest way to
    differentiate them is through the Binoculars, which display text labels of each
    visualized dinosaur.
    3.2.4 PTERANODON
    This is a flying dinosaur with webbed wings, a long, skinny beak, and a long,
    pointy horn. It spends its time wheeling across the sky, but will
    unceremoniously tumble out of the sky if shot.
    This dinosaur behaves identically to the pteranodon, but it looks slightly
    different; its head is shaped more like a dog than a bird.
    This animal (which was somewhat recently renamed by paleontologists to
    "Sauropod") was one of the marvels of the prehistoric era, and is still the
    largest creature ever to walk on land. You may not get an adequate sense of its
    size until you're pretty close to it, but when you are, imagine this enormous
    dinosaur wandering around in the real world. You will always find it in or near
    shallow water - on river banks, beaches, even swamps. It won't interact with
    you in any way, and none of the weapons will affect it.
    4. MAPS
    Cost: 20 points
      "The smallest island on the tour. The rolling hills surround an enormous bay.
       Impassible mountains make deadly traps for the unwary. In the center of the
       island is a large chasm of unknown origin, and the deserted remains of an
       archaeology outpost. Mild difficulty."
    This is a good general-purpose island - it doesn't have any significant
    obstacles, but it also doesn't have any features particularly useful for
    hunting. Since you'll spend most of your point-gathering missions on this
    island, it pays to get to know it well.
    Sites of interest:
    * Abandoned Settlement (north border area):  This settlement primarily contains
      a large, disintegrating satellite dish and some abandoned crates. There's
      also an abandoned bunker with bunk beds and some puddles.
    * Fissure (north center area): This fissure is deep and filled with smoke or
      mist. The unfortunate problem is that they're one of the only areas within
      Carnivores 2 that is inescapable. If you fall into the fissure, you won't
      die, but you won't be able to climb out, so you should just quit and restart
      the level.
    * Stone Arch (western island): This rock formation is sandwiched between the
      long, skinny island at the west edge of the map and the mainland. It's kind
      of picturesque and prehistoric-feeling.
    * Petrified Forest (east area): This area contains many dead tree trunks and
      marshy ground - it's an atmospheric area, and it's fun to hunt here.
    * Swamp (southwest area): This swamp is nice at night, with the sounds of frogs
      and shadows cast by reeds poking through the low-lying fog.
    * Pond with Lily Pads (south area): This pond area is nice and atmospheric.
    * Mountains (center area): These mountains aren't very interesting - they're
      not very tall, and scaling them isn't particularly rewarding. You'll
      undoubtedly have to encounter them and skirt around the base, since they
      occupy the dead center of the island.
    Cost: 50 points
      "A good sized area consisting of dense pine forests encircling a murky swamp.
       In the southwest corner lies an abandoned settlement guarded by a towering
       'Dinosaur Wall', that now lies in ruins from the fury of a T-Rex."
    Most of this area is a flat plain with thick vegetation and some marshes. Most
    of it is a poor place to hunt, since visibility and walking speed are limited
    by the dense tree growth.
    Sites of interest:
    * Abandoned Settlement (southwest area): This settlement consists of about a
      half-dozen abandoned huts, which now contain lumps of dirt, standing water,
      and cat-tails. The "dinosaur wall" initially blocked off the eastern end of
      the path through the settlement, but now lies in ruins. The opposite end of
      the path trails off near a stream that, apparently, the settlers were trying
      to dam; some vertical wooden pillars remain in and near the river at this
    * Stonehenge (east border area): Between the two beaches on the eastern border
      of the map is Stonehenge - a circle of standing stones, with an altar-like
      rock formation in the middle. It has a nice, picturesque overlook of the
      ocean to the east. Otherwise, it's less interesting than it could have been.
    * Abandoned Building (northwest area): A small, one-story building is here, but
      its entrance has been completely blocked off, and it contains no windows.
    * Inland Lake (north center area): This lake can be used tatically - just find
      dinosaurs on the other side of it, and snipe at them as they swim across the
    * Mountains (throughout the north half of the area): The mountains on this map
      are odd - they are like large, isolated columns of stone; they can't be
      scaled, and they don't make up a mountain range of any kind. They're just
      really large rocks.
    * Brown Bog (east center area): This shallow bog of standing, brown water can
      be a little creepy - you might expect quicksand, or some kind of nasty swamp
      monsters here - but of course it's completely harmless.
    * Swamp (center area): This area isn't quite as muddy as the brown bog to the
      east, but it's considerably larger.
    Cost: 100 points
      "Lush pockets of vegetation, and thousands of inlets cover this area. This
       beauiful but treacherous piece of land includes an ancient volcano. Be
       careful when wandering the virtual maze of water and mountains created by
       glaciers milions of years ago. Intermediate difficulty."
    The Vengar Fjords are very pretty - verdant grasses, lush vegetation, deep
    fjords wending through hills with thick ground cover. Unfortunately, it's not a
    great hunting ground, because it's difficult to navigate - the overly hilly
    landscape and the deep, watery channels will hamper your mobility. In fact,
    it's just frustrating to try to walk around this level - it feels slow and
    Sites of interest:
    * Cactus Forest (center area): This area is more like a maze than a jungle.
      It's mostly flat and dotted by pretty cacti; many steep mounds of earth
      break up this region into an oversized hedge maze. It might be good for
      hunting smaller and slower prey, but if a quick predator spots you here,
      you're a sitting duck - there might not be any geographical features nearby
      to help secure your escape.
    * Volcanic Pool (east center area): A tall, dormant volcano in this area has
      evolved into a high pool of standing water. The pool has an eerie feel, but
      if you face away from it, you'll have a great, high-altitude view of the lush
      jungle area below.
    * Cave (north center area): This area contains an underground cave containing a
      small pool and some stalactites/stalagmites. It can be entered from the west
      or the north, and these entrances are connected.
    * Large lake (northwest area): This large, inland lake has a couple of
      interesting natural features. The northern lip of the lake presents a high
      bank with a window-like carve-out; if you approach this area from the
      northeast, you'll be able to see through the window and into the pool below.
      And just off to the west of this window, you'll find an underwater tunnel -
      you have to submerge in order to pass under a low-lying rock edge - and it
      emerges through a small cave back into the forest.
    * Fjords (stretching across north area): The fjords - a long, deep river
      channel with many forks - are very pretty in a lonesome, abstract kind of
      way. You'll see some underwater plants and many odd clumps of crystals on
      the bottom of the fjord. However, it's surprisingly difficult to get out of
      the fjords if you fall in! Many areas of the bank on each side of the fjord
      are too vertical to scale, so you might find yourself swimming for a long
      time trying to secure an exit.
    * Pools (south center area): A number of small, deep pools are scattered across
      the southern area of the island. These add to the lush feel of this region.
    * Mountain Ranges (south area and all along the north border): These mountains
      are very steep and jagged. Many of them look like they might contain a secret
      hideaway at the top or in their midst... unfortunately, I've spent many hours
      hopping around these mountains, and I've never found anything out of the
      ordinary up there. In fact, many such regions *look* like they should be
      scalable, but actually aren't. In fact, while scaling these mountains, you
      will often encounter an invisible wall that prevents forward progress - even
      if it looks feasible. It's very frustrating!
    * Tiny Island (west/southwest area): The radar/map shows a two-pixel-long
      island in the middle of the water in this area. Unfortunately, there's
      nothing special about this island - it just rises out of the ocean, presents
      a small flat surface, and drops away again.
    * Stone Arches (southeast area): The beaches in this region feature two stone
      arch formations very near each other. There is no apparent significance to
      these features.
    Cost: 150 points
      "Ringed with snow-capped mountains, this hunting area is rumored to be a
       nesting ground for some of the larger dinosaurs. Muddy marshes to the
       southwest, and a long abandoned 'Dragon Wall' make this one of the most
       mysterious areas on the tour. Intermediate difficulty."
    The Manya Jungle is a mix of three regions: the hilly, fern-filled area in the
    north and west; the beach and ocean area to the south and southwest; and the
    bogs and mountains in the east. Aside from a few difficult spots, this island
    makes for pretty good hunting - there's water to slow down charging aggressors,
    climbable mountains for safe sniping, and topography that permits long-distance
    visibility. The jungle-like humidity is conveyed well - the vegetation is
    primarily ferns and palm trees, and the marsh areas feel as through they're
    full of moss and decay.
    Sites of interest:
    * Large Stone Arch (north border): The pond in the north has an outlet to the
      ocean that passes underneath a huge stone arch. It's very nice, but a little
      eerie. If you pass through it, you'll find yourself in a large pool of water
      partly encircled by mountains that stretches to the horizon... and it's
      likely to be *completely* devoid of animal life, adding to the eerie effect.
    * Dragon Wall (southeast border): The southeast part of the map is bordered by
      a long, tall fence, comprised of wooden posts with sharpened tops. The posts
      don't have a single gap and can't be scaled or jumped over, so you won't be
      able to move through it. If you climb the mountains to the north, however,
      you can see some of what's on the other side... which, sadly, is just more of
      the same forest.
    * Bog (east area): The eastern part of the map is a large bog, filled with
      standing, brown water (sometimes deep) and many dead tree trunks. This area
      is desolate and creepy... but it's made much worse by the fact that one of
      the ambient sound effects in this region sounds *very* much like a headcrab
      from the Half-Life games. If you've played either of those games, then you
      have a well-developed sense of startlement from this sound, especially when
      you can't see any headcrabs nearby (and, worse, when you're wading through
      opaque brown water!) It's most likely a complete coincidence, but its effect
      may put you on edge (in an enjoyable way.)
    * Cave and Hatchery (east border area): The mountain range in the east features
      a large cave system at its north end. It's desolate and filled with the
      echoes of condensation dripping from stalactites. At the back of the cave,
      you'll find a room filled with eggs! Presumably they're dinosaur eggs, but
      they look exactly like the egg hatchery from the Aliens movie. This is made
      even creepier by the fact that a few of the eggs are hatched, and the use of
      an egg-creaking-open ambient sound. Of course, nothing actually emerges from
      the eggs, and you can't damage them with weapons or otherwise interact with
      them. But it's a nice touch.
    * Beach (southwest area): The long, sandy beach area bordering the ocean makes
      for difficult hunting, since it has many dunes and islands that interfere
      with visibility. Worse, the beach is separated from the main part of the
      island by a long, steep cliff - it's virtually unclimbable at any part along
      its length. You'll have to circumvent it if you wish to return to the main
      part of the island.
    * Ocean (southwest corner): The southwest region of this area, almost a sixth
      of the entire map, is the ocean. There's nothing in it - just water and some
      very typical underwater plants. I spent quite a lot of time swimming around
      this region, hoping to find a sea creature, a submarine or sunken ship, maybe
      a large dinosaur fossil... nothing. It's just empty water. Very
    * Misty Mountains (north area): The mountains in the north present some good
      hunting opportunities, but there's not much there - just some vegetation.
      This area stretches across to the northwest area, which becomes much more
      hilly, and even difficult to traverse.
    Cost: 200 points
      "This island, broken by waterways and mountains is the most difficult by far.
       The frozen peaks of Mt. Ravan overlook a thick tropical forest that may
       quickly become a deadly maze where hidden danger abounds. Be careful of the
       active lavaflow to the south as well. Advanced difficulty."
    This is my favorite map - its environment is conducive to hunting,
    aesthetically pleasing, and nicely varied. Unfortunately, due to the steep
    point cost, you won't be able to see it until you're an experienced hunter;
    but you probably won't tire of Carnivores 2 before you're able to experience
    Sites of interest:
    * Active Volcano (southwest area): The visual centerpiece of the map is the
      circular mountain standing by itself in the southwest corner of the map. Most
      of the volcano is below sea level, so you have a very short climb before
      you're standing on the rim and looking into the crackling lava flow within.
      This is also the only part of any map that can actually kill you. (It's not
      clear whether or not dinosaurs are also killed by the lava; I could never
      lure one into it.) Unfortunately, the lava doesn't show up as it should on
      night-vision goggles (it should be just off the scale in visual intensity.)
    * Ocean and Beach (all map borders): As in the other maps, the ocean is devoid
      of life and features, with the exception of some underwater plants. Unless
      you're chasing a dinosaur (or fleeing from one), there's no reason to go into
      the ocean. Pretty disappointing... The island is ringed by a small beach that
      serves as a buffer to the ocean; this can make for pretty good hunting.
    * Rivers (throughout map): Wide rivers run through the island that effectively
      trisect it. Especially in the middle of the map, these rivers are bordered by
      very tall mountains - these are difficult to scale, but excellent for
      sniping. Some dino mating calls can draw targets toward you, while the sheer
      mountain face will keep them at a distance.
    * Clay Hills (north area): The large red/brown smudge in the north part of the
      island map is a tall mountain range. It's different from the stony mountains
      in other parts of the island - it's more rolling (and hence scalable) than
      precipitous, and it looks like it's composed of clay or mud.
    * Mountain (center area): In the center of the map (well, a little south of
      the center, actually) is a tall mountain. It's easily scalable from the
      south, and the panorama is both visually pleasing and a good sniping spot.
    * Desert (northwest area): The northwest edge of the map contains a fairly
      large expanse of desert, complete with dunes, cacti, and a couple of low,
      muddy swamps. This is a fun area for hunting; it's amusing to see dinosaurs
      running among the sand dunes.
    * Ice-Capped Mountains (north area): The icy mountains in the north part of the
      map are very steep and unclimbable, but they add some variety to the region.
    * Deep Bog (north area): Just south of the ice-capped mountains is a
      surprisingly deep bog that adds a touch of mystique to the area.
    * Crater Lake (southwest area): There's a circular, pretty deep lake in the
      southwest corner of the map. It's not very unusual, but it's a little
      interesting: its hemispherical shape and rocky edges are suggestive of an
      impact crater.
    5. TACTICS
    When you reach a certain level of proficiency (and have accrued a nice stock
    of points), you can do anything you want. You can choose all of the dinosaurs,
    all of the weapons, and all of the equipment features (since you won't care
    about reduced point values.) However, surpassing all such limits requires 2,095
    points - probably several hours of hunting.
    Before you reach this level, you'll have to be picky about your hunting
    options. First, decide what you intend to accomplish on the mission - are you
    hunting to maximize your point total, or hunting for large game trophies, or
    just visiting for a sightseeing experience? Here are some loadout
    recommendations for each objective:
    All of them have good spots and bad spots. In fact, I'm not even sure why the
    designers designated "difficulty" levels for the maps; they all have strengths
    and weaknesses.
    * Winning points: Do all of your hunting in Delphaeus Hills. The points that
      you would have spent on selecting another map can instead be used to bring
      along more weapons (and the ammo that they contain), or to select more, or
      more valuable, targets.
    * Winning trophies: For really mean targets like Ceratosaurus and T-Rex, it
      will be easiest to snipe at them from the top of a mountain. Mount Ravan
      has many steep but scalable mountains, so it's your best bet. Find a perch up
      high and near your target of choice, make a few dino calls to attract it, and
      then snipe at it from your safe little hunting bluff.
    * Sightseeing: All of the maps have something interesting to offer - and
      they're well-differentiated from each other. Visit all of them.
    Naturally, your choice of dinosaurs is important; choosing Ankylosaurus will
    offer a completely different experience than choosing T-Rex, even for the same
    island. IMPORTANT NOTE: The population of an island is not *strictly* defined
    by your dinosaur selections; you will occasionally encounter a trophy dinosaur
    that you didn't select on this hunt. And these anomalous dinosaurs won't appear
    on your radar - and it can be quite startling to encounter a radar-invisible
    Velociraptor on a map that should contain only Stegosaurus dinosaurs. The good
    news is that these dinosaurs retain "trophy" status, and will be displayed in
    your trophy room if you kill them.
    * Winning points: When you're not well-equipped (and inexperienced), you should
      populate the island with harmless and mostly-harmless dinosaurs. In
      particular, the Chasmosaurus offers many points without posing much of a
      threat. When you've gained enough points to support a decent arsenal, start
      choosing the Velociraptor and Spinosaurus - these are dangerous beasts, but
      the rewards are good. Avoid the Ceratosaurus and T-Rex; even the large point
      rewards that these beasts convey don't justify the danger levels that they
      pose. (In other words, more often than not, they will kill you and deprive
      you of all points for that hunt!)
    * Winning trophies: Of course, you should select the dinosaurs that you want as
    * Sightseeing: You can't start a hunt without selecting one dinosaur, so choose
      one of the harmless ones. Alternatively, you can choose *all* of the harmful
      ones, which will guarantee that you can see all potential threats on your
      radar and avoid them.
    Having the right weapon is the critical difference between bagging a dinosaur
    and losing the mission. As soon as you can, start selecting the Rifle for every
    mission. As long as your aim is reasonable (and you're not surprised by a
    predator), you should be able to bag at least one trophy on every hunt - a full
    clip of rifle rounds can take down even a Ceratosaurus. When you have some more
    points, start bringing along the Shotgun; and when you can afford a third
    choice, select ither the Double-Barrel Shotgun or the Sniper Rifle. Finally,
    every time you find yourself with a spare 20 points to allocate, bring along
    the Pistol - as suggested above, it's better than nothing. More specifically:
    * Winning points: The goal here is to maximize your kills, so you'll need to
      maximize your ammo. Take as many weapons as you can, and of course be sure to
      select Double Ammo. For the harmless dinosaurs, take all of your shots at
      close range in order to maximize damage and hit potential.
    * Winning trophies: Big-target dinosaurs need lots of damage, so the Rifle and
      Sniper Rifle are your best bets, followed by the DB Shotgun. Don't even
      bother with the Pistol, X-Bow, or Shotgun, unless you have points to spare.
    * Sightseeing: Well, if this is your goal, then weapons don't much matter. In
      fact, you're better off bringing the loudest weapons - the shotguns - for the
      sole purpose of scaring off dinosaurs that encroach on your radar circle.
    There's never a reason not to select "Double Ammo," since it doesn't have any
    penalty. Also, *always* select the Radar - the cost (in reduced point totals
    per trophy) is entirely worth it.
    * Winning points: Don't bother with the Camouflage or Cover Scent; these will
      only diminish the point yield for each trophy.
    * Winning trophies: It doesn't really matter either way. The big-game dinosaurs
      will immediately bolt toward you when you hit them the first time (and if
      they appear nearby, it's too late - you're dead.)
    * Sightseeing: Absolutely bring along the Camouflage and Cover Scent - this
      will reduce the odds of dinosaurs rushing at you when you just want to be
      left alone.
    There's not too much tactical difference between hunting at different times of
    the day. The visibility problems with nighttime hunting are (more than)
    compensated by night-vision goggles. So you may not be able to see the exact
    skin features of that Velociraptor, but it stands out in bright green from its
    surroundings. Don't ever select "Observer" mode - there's no reason ever to do
    so. Otherwise:
    * Winning points: Obviously, you'll want to select "Tranquilizers" over
      "Bullets" in order to maximize your point yields.
    * Winning trophies: Obviously, you'll want to deselect "Tranquilizers," since
      you won't get any trophies this way.
    * Sightseeing: Obviously, it doesn't matter whether you select Tranquilizers
      or Bullets, since you probably won't be shooting at anything. As for the
      time of day: Be sure to experience all three - they each have a different
      experience to offer. (Note: The night vision effect isn't perfect: it doesn't
      really tint everything according to its heat, it just makes dinosaurs appear
      bright green. The active lava flow in Mount Ravan just comes across as a pale
    You can increase your movement by running, but you can't run and wield a weapon
    at the same time - so you should disarm any time you're not near or targeting a
    dinosaur. Even so, your avatar in Carnivores 2 is a typical human trying to
    navigate a prehistoric land filled with dinosaurs. This raises several
    complications. First, your footspeed (even while running) is quite slow, and
    the environments are large; it would take several minutes to walk straight
    from one end of a map to the other. Worse, many obstacles are in your way:
    rolling hills, steep mountains, clumps of trees, fissures, holes - all of them
    will make pedestrian travel difficult. Third, every one of the dinosaurs walks
    faster than you - sometimes much faster. As a result of these factors, your
    normal traveling speed is a liability. (One additional note about walking or
    running: The sound engine in Carnivores 2 is a little odd - if you walk
    backwards, the sound of your footsteps DOUBLE in volume. It's just a
    programming error, but you should be aware of it, because it will throw off
    your ability to track prey by ear.)
    There is one way of increasing your walk/run speed. The game engine in
    Carnivores 2 has a pretty typical flaw: you can walk forward at (x) speed, and
    while you're doing so, you can also strafe to either side at (y) speed -
    without diminishing the rate of forward motion. This means that you can
    effectively walk at the speed of (x + y) in your chosen direction. You just
    need to turn to a 45-degree angle with relation to your destination, and
    simultaneously walk forward while strafing in that direction. If you use this
    method while running, you can *almost* keep up with a running dinosaur. Very
    handy! Of course, while you're doing this, your avatar will continue to look
    straight forward, not at your intended target. Your actual direction of
    movement will be at the edge of the screen: if you're oriented 45 degrees to
    the right of your target and you're strafing left, then "forward" is really
    the left scree edge. You'll be able to see most obstacles this way (trees,
    rocks, and land formations), and you can navigate around them by jumping or
    turning slightly to get around it. Keep the map open, and keep an eye on the
    compass so that you're headed in the right direction.
    5.2.3 CLIMBING
    The natural environments of Carnivores 2 present many steep and vertical
    surfaces, and you'll need to scale some of them in order to gain an altitude
    advantage on a target or just to get past the topography. The game engine will
    allow you to walk up surfaces that are angled less than approximately 35
    degrees, and to stand on surfaces that are angled less than approximately 45
    degrees. Steeper surfaces will, of course, cause you to slide or fall. Hence,
    you can climb large mountains just as in other games (and real life): by
    picking your way from one slightly-less-vertical spot to the next. Just
    approach the vertical surface, hold down "forward" and "jump" continuously,
    and use your mouse or keyboard to change your facing slightly while trying to
    locate more horizontal surfaces. You can scale many large cliffs this way - but
    many others will simply be too steep to traverse. In the latter case, try
    circling the base of the vertical surface to see if you can spot a slightly
    easier path. Some areas are simply unscalable.
    5.2.4 SWIMMING
    Your speed disadvantage with respect to dinosaurs is much greater on land than
    in the water, so you may often find yourself fleeing into a pond to fend off a
    predator (or to chase your prey.) Surprisingly, diving under water is
    ineffective at dodging dinosaurs - apparently, depth is not taken into account
    when the game decides whether or not a dinosaur can reach you. The angular
    travel trick described above works equally well in water as on land, so be sure
    to use it constantly. And since swimming submerged doesn't improve your speed
    over treading water, hold down the "jump" button the entire time - your
    character doesn't tire, so you can swim as long as you like this way.
    When you're on the ground on one of the maps, you'll notice a dozen or more
    trophy dinosaurs on your radar. In light of your small ammunition load, it's
    mathematically impossible for you to capture all of them, so you'll have to be
    selective. Here are some tips:
    * All of the dinosaurs except the T-Rex are prone to fleeing when startled, so
      you can cut down on your "chase" time by choosing targets that can't escape -
      e.g., located an island surrounded by water, in front of an impassable
      mountain range, or at an edge of the map.
    * Some dinosaurs will flee into the water when startled, and since they swim
      slowly and predictably, they become very easy targets. Always go after them -
      especially if you can stay on shore, and maintain a footspeed advantage.
    * If you're hunting aggressive dinosaurs, try selecting a target that's on the
      other side of a body of water. If the target charges you, it might swim
      through the water or take the long way around; either way, this tactic
      increases the amount of time that you can snipe at it - you can probably take
      it down before it gets anywhere near you.
    * If you're hunting aggressive dinosaurs, do NOT select a target that is very
      near any other target. Taking down a Velociraptor is difficult, but surviving
      two Velociraptors that are charging you at the same time is nigh impossible.
      Choose isolated targets, especially while you're still new to Carnivores 2.
    * If you're nowhere near any prey, consider just ending the mission. This is
      quick and without penalty, and it will ensure that your kills become
      trophies. This is often more sensible than trekking halfway across the map,
      especially if you're looking to earn credits as quickly as possible. In fact,
      if you haven't killed or tranquilized anything yet, you can restart the level
      almost instantaneously (and receive the benefit of a new position) by hitting
      Escape and then hitting "R" to restart the level.
    Stalking is probably the core skill of a good hunter. In essence, stalking is
    the method of establishing the circumstances of an encounter: choosing a
    location advantageous to you; getting the drop on your prey before it detects
    you; reducing the threat of your prey attacking you; and optimizing your range
    of vision and your chances of hitting your target. Your strategy is your most
    vital asset: if you're in close quarters on flat ground with a Ceratosaurus,
    you'll lose almost every battle, regardless of your weaponry. So take care in
    choosing your battles. Here are some suggestions:
    * Altitude is your friend. Always seek the upper ground, especially if you can
      reach the top of a steep hill or mountain. The altitude will extend your
      visibility, and it's easier to shoot from a top-down perspective than from
      equal footing. More importantly, steep landscape will prevent dinosaurs from
      reaching you, thereby reducing the threat and also increasing the amount of
      time for sniping. (However, due to some quirks in the Carnivores 2 game
      engine, even completely sheer surfaces are not necessarily a complete barrier
      to dinosaurs. I've seen T-Rexes scale completely vertical cliffs to attack
      me. But this should be the rare case; in most instances, perching atop a
      mountain will guarantee your safety.)
    * Water is also your friend. As noted above, swimming dinosaurs are very easy
      targets - they swim slowly in predictable S-shaped pathways, and predators
      near you will just swim straight toward you. If you can startle a dinosaur
      into the water, or encourage a charging dinosaur to cross a river, then you
      have extra time to shoot at it. You can even jump into an ocean, issue a
      mating call to a dangerous dinosaur, and dog-paddle backwards whilst shooting
      at your pursuer. Plan your close-range encounters accordingly.
    * Enclosed space is usually your friend. If you can snipe through the window of
      a building at a dinosaur, then you have an advantage. Of course, this can
      turn into a fatal liability if the dinosaur finds a way into your space
      (e.g., the door around the other side of the building!), so be sure that you
      know your surroundings before relying on them.
    * Proximity may or may not be your friend. If your prey is harmless, then you
      want to get as close to it as possible in order to maximize your damage,
      chances of hitting it, and amount of time before it can escape your visible
      range. On the other hand, if your prey is dangerous, you need to maintain
    * Hilltops are tricky - handle them according to the proximity rule above. In
      many cases, your target will be just over the summit of the next hill. That's
      great if you can afford to get close to it, but a considerable risk if it's
      dangerous. If you just don't know, try skirting around the edge of the hill
      at a distance until you can see and identify your target.
    * Dinosaur mating calls are useful for enticing prey to come closer, but you
      lose the element of surprise. Perhaps its best use is to draw prey to you
      when you're perched high in a mountain - especially for dangerous dinosaurs
      that won't give up trying in vain to reach you while you plug it with
      bullets. The mating call is also useful for identifying the type of a
      non-visible target: if you make an Ceratosaurus call and hear a Ceratosaurus
      call in response, then you have your answer!
    * Sound is always a factor. If you're trying to creep up on a target, then walk
      (don't run), avoid water, and don't shoot until you can't get any closer
      without startling it.
    5.3.3 KILLING PREY
    The violent encounters in Carnivores 2 tend to be very short! Either you will
    plug your quarry with a few bullets and take it down, or it will flee and
    escape, or it will charge and kill you. The conflict is usually over in a
    matter of seconds, and your odds of success mostly depend on how well you've
    set up the stalking encounter. Here are some tactics for the encounter:
    * Unless your prey is charging and almost on top of you, aim your shots
      carefully. This isn't Quake; banging off shotgun shells with wild abandon
      isn't going to help you. Even spread-damage weapons like the DB Shotgun will
      be more effective if your aim is good. Besides, you'll want to conserve
      ammunition so that you can hunt another dinosaur after bagging this one.
    * T-Rexes are a special case. As mentioned in its bio, the T-Rex can only be
      killed by shooting it in one of its eyes. It only takes one such shot to take
      it down, but the target area is very small ("just like bull's-eyeing wamp
      rats in my T-16 back home...") The best tactic for T-Rex hunting is to perch
      high up on a mountain, spot a grazing T-Rex from a distance, and nail it on
      your first shot. If something goes wrong, then your second best tactic is to
      wait until it's at the base of your bird's-eye nest and blaze away at its
      head with a shotgun or DB shotgun - something with a wide spread. Finally,
      you can try to lure it out into the water and shoot it as it swims toward
      you, but this is difficult. Any other method of targeting a T-Rex is either
      ineffective or based on luck, and likely to get you killed.
    * If your target escapes your visual range, you can pursue it - but it might
      not be worthwhile if you end up running after it across the entire map.
      Consider where it's headed before giving chase.
    * If you opt to pursue, remember that dangerous prey remain dangerous. A
      fleeing, wounded Velociraptor can still turn on you, and this situation
      becomes precarious when you're rushing headlong toward it. You should pursue,
      but also maintain distance - keep your map open and a close watch on it.
    * If you opt to pursue, remember also that other predators may be in the area.
      Keep an eye on your map whilst pursuing - you don't want to chase a
      Paralophosaurus and end up in the talons of a Velociraptor.
    There are many situations where you may wish to avoid an encounter. You may be
    dropped on the map very nearby a radar blip of unknown species and ferocity.
    You may find yourself in a disadvantageous environment - e.g., you might find
    yourself with your back to an unclimbable surface. You might have attracted
    unwanted attention whilst targeting or pursuing another dinosaur. You might
    have run out of the heavy-duty ammo, and might be using up less powerful
    firepower on weaker targets before exiting the level. The following tactics
    will help throw off a potential attacker:
    * Exiting the map is an option unless the predator is very close. When you call
      for evac, you'll see a countdown of four seconds - and, yes, you can be
      killed in this time frame. You can try dodging or retreating to buy an extra
      second or two.
    * Hiding is not very effective. Most dinosaurs will still be able to smell you,
      especially at close range, and will continue to stalk you.
    * Evasion is more effective: try skirting quietly around hills or mountains,
      keeping your predator on the other side and out of visual range.
    * Climbing is effective, but it takes time to push your way up a steep surface.
      Any surface that's shallow enough for you to climb without difficulty can
      also be climbed by your pursuer without difficulty (and usually in half the
    * Water will slow down your attacker, but it's only going to buy time.
      Dinosaurs can swim as fast as you can, and most predators will continue
      pursuing you across the entire length of the ocean! But if you need a minute
      or so to execute another tactic - e.g., climbing a steep surface - then
      luring the predator across a body of water can be effective.
    * If your predator is nearby but unaware of your presence, you can startle it
      with a loud noise (like a pistol shot) and then run in the opposite
      direction. Of course, this won't work if the predator is stalking you -
      you'll just be giving away your position - and it will be completely
      ineffective if the predator is charging.
    * As a last resort, just try killing your attacker. You might get lucky.
    v1.0 - First version. Everything is pretty much complete, so additions and
    revisions will probably occur only if readers send me new or corrected
    7. CREDITS
    This FAQ was written by David J. Stein, Esq. in March 2006 as an escape from my
    usual work (patent law and programming.)
    Special thanks to:
    Atari, WizardWorks, and Action Forms Ltd. - For creating this cool game.
    Starbucks - the sine qua non of this FAQ.
    Contact Info: Please feel free to contact me at djs10@po.cwru.edu with
    information about this game. Be sure to include "Carnivores 2" in the subject
    line - otherwise, your message will probably get eaten (ha ha) by my spam

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