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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 A ranged attack of... tongues?!
Impossible Creatures Windows A battle from a different point of view
Impossible Creatures Windows Starting the campaign.
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

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 15, 2003 80 out of 100 80
games xtreme Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Mar 10, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot Jan 09, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
Clubic Jan 25, 2003 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb 24, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 23, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Withingames Mar 11, 2003 3 out of 5 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 30, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Armchair Empire, The Feb 12, 2003 4 out of 10 40

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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