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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 A close look of the Gyrocopter. Did you see the Henchmen piloting it?
Impossible Creatures Windows Gameplay with standard camera
Impossible Creatures Windows The first splash screen of the game

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

Strategy Informer Dec 03, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 15, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Feb, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Fragland.net Feb 17, 2003 78.2 out of 100 78
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 29, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Withingames Mar 11, 2003 3 out of 5 60
Rebell.at Games Mar 28, 2003 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Add-on

There is an add-on for the game, Impossible Creatures: Insect Invasion, available from Relic's official IC site for free (size: 88 Mb).

Engine

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

Title

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.

Information also contributed by Rev-san

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