Giants: Citizen Kabuto

aka: Giants: Obywatel Kabuto
Moby ID: 2800
Windows Specs
Note: We may earn an affiliate commission on purchases made via eBay or Amazon links (prices updated 2/24 5:30 PM )

Description official descriptions

On a far away planet, three races fight for control of the few landmasses available: the marooned Meccs, who specialize in firearms and other things that go boom, the mystical and cold-blooded Reapers, who were the original inhabitants of the planet, but were forced to live in the sea by Kabuto, the third character; a truly gigantic monster with a ravenous appetite and a fondness for performing wrestling maneuvers on those the size of his hand.

You can control any of these races (although in the single player mode, you have to progress through the storylines of the Meccs and Reapers first) in their bid to be the dominant species. Each species varies in the way they play the game and have vastly different types of attacks available to them.

Giants: Citizen Kabuto is an action/real-time-strategy game that emphasizes action. While there is base-building and resource management for most of the races, it is done through a simple to control interface and one or two keystrokes. The majority of the game is spent in a third person view (first person mode is available) jet-packing/warping/leaping about the 3D landscape. Single player sessions consist of missions with specific goals, such as rescuing Smarties or recovering lost items. Multiplayer options include standard deathmatch, capture the Smartie (flag), the above with basebuilding as an option.

Other creatures also inhabit the islands. From the meek Smarties (who are employed to build your bases or eaten as a primary source of protein, depending on your species), to the cow-like vimps to the deadly rippers, the fauna of the planet will either try to kill you or avoid being killed/eaten/captured. While not so energetic, the flora of the islands can be crushed, knocked over, or burned in careless combat (or by Kabuto not paying attention).

Game controls are similar to Shiny's MDK and can best be described as a simplified shooter interface. You can run, jump, turn, shoot, and strafe. Beyond that, a half-dozen keystrokes are all you need to play (and some, like Kabuto's howls, are for fun and show).

The alien world in the game is bright and presented with vibrant colors. In addition, the game tries to maintain a humorous streak. The single player game has goofy dialogue and a few jokes spread along its story line and even the multiplayer is lighthearted, with Smarties cheering you on as you carry them on your back, among other little sounds and nuances.

Spellings

  • 巨人:公民Kabuto - Simplified Chinese spelling
  • 巨獸島 - Traditional Chinese spelling

Groups +

Screenshots

Promos

Videos

See any errors or missing info for this game?

You can submit a correction, contribute trivia, add to a game group, add a related site or alternate title.

Credits (Windows version)

131 People (106 developers, 25 thanks) · View all

Conceived and Designed by
Programming
Art
Animation
Script Written and Directed by
Art Director
Programming Director
Creative Director
Principal Software Engineer
Interplay Executive Producer
Interplay Producer
Interplay Associate Producer
Interplay Assistant Producer
Game Manual
Additional Production
SFX and Music Supervision
[ full credits ]

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 83% (based on 41 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 73 ratings with 1 reviews)

the most original game in years!

The Good
giants is a very fun game with a good and varied gameplay! in multiplayer it also kicks ass with the 3 different races :),this game is very humorous and some cutscenes were really funny

The Bad
bugs,bugs,bugs,luckily a lot of them were fixed in the patch but the performance is still bad even on high end machines,but besides that i dont really dislike anything else about this

The Bottom Line
you play giants as 3 races=the meccaryns,the sea reaper and kabuto himself,each of them had their own gameplay ! the game is very funny and i recommend it to everybody,altough youre gonna need a high end pc,dont say i didnt warn you! =)

Windows · by bram de clerck (2) · 2001

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PC version of Giants: Citizen Kabuto appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

Giants: Citizen Kabuto was developed over many years by Planet Moon, one of Interplay's "studios". However, it took so long to make that it became Planet Moon's first and last product for Interplay. Programmer Andy Astor passed away from cancer during the production of the game.

Extras

From the readme.txt:

If you pre ordered Giants from one of the participating stores like, "http://www.interplay-store.com" you will also receive the additional Lost World multiplayer maps. Only players with this bonus CD will be able to host multiplayer games with the bonus maps. You can still join Lost World map games without this CD.

However, some copies sold direct from retail stores shortly after release also contained the bonus CD.

OEM version

Creative Labs' Audigy Gamer sound card shipped with a copy of Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

Title

"Kabuto" is Japanese for helmet, often describing the great war helmets of the samurai, which sometimes had decorative antlers and spikes.

US version

Due to concerns about the game's ratings, the topless Sea Ravens got a bra. It can be removed by deleting a file from the HD. However, the game was rated "M" anyway.

The bra was also added for all PlayStation 2 releases.

Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Kasey Chang, Scott Monster and SDfish.

Analytics

MobyPro Early Access

Upgrade to MobyPro to view research rankings!

Related Games

Monster Eye
Released 2014 on Arcade
Evolva / Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Released 2002 on Windows
Path of Giants
Released 2019 on iPhone, Windows, 2020 on Android...
Iris and the Giant
Released 2020 on Windows, Nintendo Switch, 2023 on Xbox Series...
Hulk
Released 2003 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Goliath
Released 2016 on Windows, 2017 on Xbox One, 2018 on Blacknut
Kyojin no Doshin 1
Released 1999 on Nintendo 64
The Giants: Industry & Transport
Released 2020 on PlayStation 4
Skylanders Giants: Crusher
Released 2012 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U...

Related Sites +

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 2800
  • [ Please login / register to view all identifiers ]

Contribute

Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history! If your contribution is approved, you will earn points and be credited as a contributor.

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Ray Soderlund.

PlayStation 2 added by Kartanym. Macintosh added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, JRK, Sciere, Ms. Tea, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added December 17, 2000. Last modified January 26, 2024.