RTS games don’t always have to be about World Wars or fantasy, as Relic Entertainment‘s DNA-fusing Impossible Creatures shows with the recent Steam release.
It’s not often that I cover real-time-strategy (or short: RTS) titles. Just as with RPGs, they’re usually very time-consuming and don’t offer anything new or exciting stories. Even Blizzard games have this problem despite their polished and addictive gameplay with high production value presentation. However, Impossible Creatures is something quite different.
Customizable units in strategy titles is a concept tried again and again, but the way these are created is rather original. One quite literally creates new life forms by using various body parts of animals. If this sounds like a horrible scientific experiment, then it’s because it is. All taking place on a group of islands with evil tycoon Upton Julius and his henchmen (a whaler, an aristocrat and a mad scientist), it’s up to the player to bring them down. This is done by collecting samples of animal DNA, fusing them together and going into battle.
If this sounds weird and also trash-y, it’s because the 30s setting certainly evokes these feelings. The graphics aren’t the best, considering that it was first released in 2002, and the warring factions gameplay might not seem to be the most original, but the whole idea of having these weird things stomp, crawl, run, fly or swim around is enough to warrant this a play. What’s also cool is the possibility to create units in the single-player campaign and carry them over to multiplayer, making all the matches a different experience each time.
The game is now available on Steam, which is kind of a weird thing, because Relic’s game was used as a test version to showcase Valve’s platform capabilities. But now it’s working on modern computers with additional features like Steam Friend invite, Steam cloud support, and all patches included among other things. There’s also a 40% discount for one week, the offer ending on 18th of November.
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