Summary: Carrion's unique premise of playing as the monster is backed up by great puzzle and action gameplay, culminating in one of this year's most unique indie releases.
A Unique Concept
Play as the monster in Carrion, terrorising and attacking the very people you would typically play as.
Great Puzzle & Action Mix
Carrion's fantastic mix of puzzle and action game play will keep players enthralled from start to finish.
The weak narrative might not be enough to keep some players invested.
Top Critic Average
Carrion is a fun reverse-horror adventure, though it doesn't push the concept to the heights of its potential.
Carrion nails the power fantasy of being a horror movie monster, but makes exploration a chore that pads the adventure.
A squirming body horror labyrinth whose mix of ability-gating and backtracking slightly cramps its matchless creature design.
Playing as an alien monstrosity is a great idea, and at times works well, but the fiddly controls and awkward mix of gameplay ideas doesn't gel together well.
With the gameplay flow struggling to find a pulse, the novelty of controlling a monster doesn't fully take shape
Carrion makes being a vicious monster satisfyingly simple and captivatingly gruesome, even if it doesn't always capitalize on its strengths.
Carrion is a body horror masterpiece
Most importantly, Carrion’s smart. It’s an extremely finely crafted game, so much so that you’re essentially playing a meat-smeared Metroidvania without a map, and you won’t even miss it. That’s quite something.
Carrion is an energetic and taut game that flips the tables on The Thing, putting you in command of the alien creature and tasking you with simply going to town on the hapless humans surrounding you. The loose physics-based gameplay is satisfying to play, and the enigmatic creature's bloodlust is crucially never too powerful to render the armed humans that challenge you entirely helpless. Although Carrion's story falls largely flat, it's a very satisfying slaughterhouse of gnashing teeth and tentacles.