The scary Carrion tentacle is now available for Nintendo’s switchboard, a unique variant of the Metroidvania genre. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play the evil monster instead of the good? You’re about to find out! Take control of a red and slimy creature of unknown origin in this reverse horror game by feeding on the people you’ve captured. Along the way, you will find new skills that will help you move forward.
It is a solid addition to the Metroidvania genre, with some minor flaws that stand in the way of achieving true greatness. As in most games of this genre, you begin to explore a two-dimensional environment with a limited number of paths, but as you acquire new skills, the map opens up. Overland games are actually quite large and there are many areas to explore and spread your seed.
Unfortunately my problem with the Ace started here. There’s no card in the game. As you can imagine, this makes the game unreasonably difficult because the player has to make a lot of indentations to find bonuses and additions and advance the story. That was the most disappointing aspect of the game that, frankly, would have made the game much more fun and less routine.
Scoot over, Carrion’s fun! I thought it might be difficult to master the game as an amorphous creature, but it was surprisingly easy. The controls are also rigid and reactive. There are several skills that can help you discover the power that affects your being, making it bigger and stronger, but slower and easier to see. Luckily, there are red pools where you can place part of the monster to reduce your body size, so you can use your abilities that are only available in a certain size.
As you may have guessed, there are many puzzles that require you to use all kinds of bodies and abilities to make progress in the world. Each puzzle has always seemed smart and useful, for example by capturing the human mind to open certain doors or eliminate multiple enemies before they storm the room.
How you enter the room is entirely up to you. You can choose to be invisible or come out with roaring tentacles. For the most part, stealth was the best option for me, but the game isn’t so complicated that you have to play stealth to get ahead.
The AceCarrion has beautiful retro-style 2D graphics that will look great on the SNES. The animation of the animal always wanders off wonderfully sinister and threatens to take over the people. The soundtrack perfectly conveys the horror atmosphere in the game with parts that refer to fantastic giants like Alien. Hearing the terrible cries of the people on the run and the monster’s growling was a joy even in the dark.
At home, there are not too many stories to write about, as the game seems to come close to the 16-bit games of the past. I wish there were more stories in the game so I could know why I’m doing what I’m doing. There’s also a certain mystery there, and maybe the monster doesn’t need a reason to eat something that moves. Besides, it was always great to bring chaos to anyone who stood in my way, with or without history.
Auto is a unique and fun addition to the participants’ library, which could be much better with simple corrections such as a map to follow research and a simple story. It’s always fun to hide as a creature and hunt human prey in this reverse horror adventure that looks great both in dock and in portable mode. If you’re a fan of Metroidvania-style games, you’ll definitely enjoy… …until you’re lost and stuck for 30 minutes trying to figure out what to do next.
- Graphs – 8/10
- The tone is 8/10.
- Course of the game – 6/10
- Late appeal – 7/10
Final remarks : GOOD PLACES
Carrion is an entertaining game in reverse horror style that could be much better than it is, with a few simple solutions, but what we have is still pretty good. Following people and sneaking around is as much fun as it sounds.
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