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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 The gyrocopter can be used to scout enemy territory
Impossible Creatures Windows Joining the Komodo Dragon with the Scorpion in the Combiner and I get the Komodo Drorpion!
Impossible Creatures Windows Main Menu
Impossible Creatures Windows Building an army by mixing animals. There is a lot of stats to take care of.

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
4Players.de Feb 08, 2003 82 out of 100 82
games xtreme Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 15, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GameSpy Jan 16, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Games TM Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Clubic Jan 25, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 23, 2003 70 out of 100 70
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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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