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The earth is overpopulated and mankind must find a second home. The spaceship Amazon is sent to investigate Saturn and Jupiter for possible colonization. Near the end of its mission, all contact is lost with the ship except for a distress beacon. The player is part of the crew sent to the Amazon's last known location to find out what happened.

Creature Shock is a first-person shooter with Full Motion Video and arcade-like elements. Aliens of all sizes and types will try to destroy the team, but each one has a weak point that can be exploited. The fighting takes place on the surface of asteroids and within mazes of passageways underground.

There are also two 3D sections where the player gets to pilot the ship.


Creature Shock DOS Shoot 'em up sequences
Creature Shock DOS The captain is alive! Or is she?
Creature Shock DOS Mission briefing
Creature Shock DOS Hmm... ok who goes down the sphincter first?

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Creature Shock: Special Edition" -- SEGA Saturn title
  • "クリーチャー・ショック" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Great graphics, poor gameplay DOS MojoHelperMonkey (42)
Shoot 'em up with thrilling creepy atmosphere DOS Zerobrain (3086)
A cool arcade game! DOS Gabriel (118)
Love the story and gameplay, graphics are second nature! DOS molokaicreeper (67)
Quite possibly one of the worst shooters ever. Avoid it like cancer. DOS CKeen The Great (165)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 95 out of 100 95
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Play Time DOS Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
High Score DOS Feb, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Pelit DOS Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Score DOS Jan, 1995 78 out of 100 78
MikroBitti DOS Feb, 1995 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 57 out of 100 57
SuperGamePower 3DO May, 1996 2.8 out of 5 56
Game Players PlayStation Apr, 1996 28 out of 100 28


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Cancelled port

Atari was working on a port for their Jaguar CD, but cancelled it.


The movie sequences were all rendered on 486 DX/2 66 [Mhz] workstations, which marked high end computing power at the time of development.


The game's manual had its own ideas of what useful tips can be:
"For maximum atmosphere turn down the lights and use headphones instead of speakers."


The German localization features the voice of Rolf Schult as the player's briefing officer and narrator in the intro sequence. At the time Creature Shock was released that specific voice had been especially renowned as the German dubbing voice of actor Patrick Stewart in his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series Star Trek: TNG who in turn sports a similar hairdo like the briefing officer.

Though the original multi language UK DOS release features no credits of any particular voice talent.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Render Graphics in 1994
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Cutscenes in 1994
Information also contributed by Eric Rushford
Contributed to by Corn Popper (68841), fooziex (2941), Pix (1234), Alaka (92542) and Terok Nor (33069)
Atari Black Friday