Most of the time in alien movies we get the point of view of the humans that are weak and scared of the evil aliens. In video games, we get to see the same thing actually, as it's usually the human's side we take. That's what we play in Alien Isolation, where we are the scared humans afraid of the big alien. In Carrion things are completely different, so let's talk about some of the things
An original take
Where most of the time we are in the perspective of the scared humans, in Carrion we get to play as the monstrous alien creature as we hunt some humans. Phobia Game Studio has developed some great indie titles in the past, and Carrion is one of their most interesting titles.
What’s going on?
The plot of the game is revealed little by little through the game, but subtly as you progress. And while the plot itself ends up being not particularly original, the gameplay makes up for it at least. But to reveal it you'll have to explore the world of carrion nicely.
While Carrion is basically a 2D scrolling game, you could actually say it's a washed-down version of a Metroidvania. Even though it lacks some of the elements that are classic to the genre, most of the key ones are present in there. The map progression is non-linear, and some zones are locked by seals that will prevent you from accessing. Since you play as a horrible blob-like thing with tentacles, hunting humans is one of the main objectives you have in the game, but there is more to the game than just that.
Gruesome and odd
The game is all the way gruesome and could be a little repulsive, which is exactly the idea with this type of game. The visuals really do help a lot in here, with dark maps and excellent background art, the monster is brought to life. The creature really stands out from the dark backgrounds, it's such a dark and lifeless alien creature with pretty fluid animations and interactions that make every tentacle feel much more alive. The animations of the are great for making a technically simple game much more live full.
Carrion presents a very original gameplay idea, and even though the story of the game is not all that great, the gameplay makes up for it. It’s hard to find a game, or even a movie, that puts pous in the place of the evil alien. The experience is something completely original, and that’s something you don’t get all that much these days actually.
The Metroidvania genre is a pretty interesting one, and this game found a way to use it. Sure, it may be a lighter version, but it's still great and addictive. There are even some moments in the game that you get to play as a human, sadly those moments kinda break the pacing of the game itself. But the game still has a lot of charm to it, and that's undeniable. Even though it's a scary, evil, alien that's hunting down humans, you can enjoy this game. And the labyrinth nature of the map goes perfectly with the movement and the gameplay itself.
- Very original
- Great gameplay
- Looks Excellent
- Great controls
- Nice art
- Very original
- Issues with the pacing at some points
- Could use to have more features and upgrades
- Bland Story.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP