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Impossible Creatures (Windows)

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Description

Impossible Creatures is a real-time strategy with a twist. Rather than building "Unit A" and "Unit B" like nearly all other real-time strategies, in this game the player acquires DNA from animals and mesh them together, creating unique hybrids of two separate animals. Use the strength of a bull, with the speed of a cheetah and the player might have a Cheebull, or give a skunk an extra defense and mix in a porcupine, making a Porskunkine. With dozens of different animal DNA to combine, there are nearly endless combinations.

The main campaign's storyline is something like this. Your father, whom you've not seen since your childhood, sends you a letter in which he says he does not have long to live, and there is a secret he must tell you before he passes on. So you head to one of the uncharted islands in which he works, but you're suddenly ambushed by half-wolf, half-scorpion freaks of nature. Using the creature workshop and DNA collected from the animals, you must create hybrids of your own to rescue your father.

Each creature hybrid has several areas of the body in which can be meshed together. The head, pawns, legs, back, rear, can all be attributed by either of the two creatures involved in the mix.

Screenshots

Impossible Creatures Windows Main Menu
Impossible Creatures Windows Building an army by mixing animals. There is a lot of stats to take care of.
Impossible Creatures Windows A close look of the Gyrocopter. Did you see the Henchmen piloting it?
Impossible Creatures Windows The cut-scenes are in black and white, like an old adventure movie.

Alternate Titles

  • "不可思议之生物" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Sigma: The Adventures of Rex Chance" -- Working title
  • "Sigma" -- Working title
  • "Bukesiyi zhi Shengwu" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Too bad the interesting premise is wasted on a generic boring RTS weregamer (157) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Excellent Idea, But Could Be Improved Black Death (6) unrated

The Press Says

GameZone Jan 13, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
games xtreme Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Joystick (French) Feb, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Mar 10, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2003 79 out of 100 79
PC Zone Benelux Mar, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania Feb 16, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 25, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Nerikes Allehanda Mar 15, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

The game's graphical rendering engine is called SPOOGE. There is a separated physics/collision, AI/script, and combiner engine too.

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kbmb (399) added Impossible Creatures (Windows) on Feb 19, 2003