DescriptionImpossible 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|Too bad the interesting premise is wasted on a generic boring RTS||weregamer (157)|
|Excellent Idea, But Could Be Improved||Black Death (6)||unrated|
The Press Says
|Strategy Informer||Dec 03, 2002||8.2 out of 10||82|
|4Players.de||Feb 08, 2003||82 out of 100||82|
|GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)||Jan 15, 2003||80 out of 100||80|
|GameStar (Germany)||Feb, 2003||79 out of 100||79|
|GameSpy||Jan 16, 2003||72 out of 100||72|
|Clubic||Jan 25, 2003||7 out of 10||70|
|Withingames||Mar 11, 2003||3 out of 5||60|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Jan 30, 2003||50|
|Rebell.at Games||Mar 28, 2003||5 out of 10||50|
|Armchair Empire, The||Feb 12, 2003||4 out of 10||40|
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Add-onThere is an add-on for the game, Impossible Creatures: Insect Invasion, available from Relic's official IC site for free (size: 88 Mb).
EngineThe game's graphical rendering engine is called SPOOGE. There is a separated physics/collision, AI/script, and combiner engine too.
TitleDuring development, this game actually underwent no fewer than two official name changes, first from just plain Sigma to Sigma: The Adventures of Rex Chance and then finally to Impossible Creatures as we know it now.
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Related Web Sites
- Impossible Creatures Center (Gamespy community site)
- Impossible Creatures from Relic and Microsoft (Official Microsoft site)
- Impossible Creatures Planet (English fansite. Home of the official Insect Invasion online statistics.)