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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 From the Intro movie: the first contact with an hybrid!
Impossible Creatures Windows The gyrocopter can be used to scout enemy territory
Impossible Creatures Windows A ranged attack of... tongues?!
Impossible Creatures Windows Loading screen

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

ActionTrip Jan 14, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Strategy Informer Dec 03, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Joystick (French) Feb, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 29, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Jan 01, 2003 B 75
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamesmania Feb 16, 2003 74 out of 100 74
Withingames Mar 11, 2003 3 out of 5 60
Factornews Mar 03, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

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