Carrion is a fun reverse-horror adventure, though it doesn’t push the concept to the heights of its potential.
What is it? 2D Metroidvania action game in which you escape a facility as formless monster.
Reviewed on: Windows 10, AMD Ryzen 7 1700, 16GB RAM, Radeon RX480
Release date: Out now
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Link: Official site
John Carpenter’s The Thing, the 1980s horror classic about Antarctic researchers stuck inside a base with a monster trying to assimilate, imitate, and murder them, revels in paranoia. The movie’s characters do not know who among them might be the titular Thing or where it disappears to when it escapes, so the conflict with the creature becomes an internal conflict. Entertainment has mined this idea so thoroughly that, as I experienced the perspective of a vicious monster acting on instinct in the opening moments of Carrion, I found a sense of calm in the simple and relatable motivations of merely wanting to consume and escape.