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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Carrion (2020) is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.

It's an unusual premise, playing the bad guy. And here you do it in the most graphic and blood curdling way. But more than just gratuitous violence, stepping into the alien's shoes cleverly subverts all those Alien films as you start to care about the red bubbling biomass that moves in believable squeamish fashion. Add to this the emotive cinematic music and it's really atmospheric.

As the game progresses, you gain more abilities to get to the deeper parts of each levels and grow in size. As you do you get glimpses of the humans at the base, taking control of them as they investigate the infestation. Eventually, the creature returns to its initial containment area and absorbs the last piece of its stolen genetics, allowing it to totally reconstitute a human form as the scientist it originally infected. The disguised creature then escapes the facility into what is revealed to be a partially quarantined Seattle.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Carrion 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Carrion. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for scenes of bloody violence in an arcade setting. The player's character takes the form of a tentacled creature which attacks and eats its human adversaries. When humans are attacked, blood effects are shown and there are screams of pain. The player's character then devours their bodies, accompanied by crunching noises. This is all shown from a distance and there is not much detail.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Taking on the role of the "bad guy" in the game can be novel and fun for younger players. Learning how to outmanoeuvre human enemies and find new ways to traverse the levels is an important skill.


Carrion usually costs £15.99 to £17.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store Mac £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Traversal (Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Stealth)

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Kroskiewicz (@Kroskiewicz)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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