The trouble with working on a secret Creatures project is keeping it a secret! I originally planned to hold off on the release until the end of the week, but once everything looked like it was working, there was no need to delay. I am pleased to present the Original Creatures Font for C3/DS! This nifty set of image files replaces the existing font in Creatures 3 and/or Docking Station with the familiar font from Creatures 1 and Creatures 2! Quite a perfect fit for playing with C1toDS or C2toDS with more original elements!
Some may wonder how I went about transferring over the font, since there is no way to open up the font file in Creatures 1 or Creatures 2. I started with some screenshots, and created hundreds of bitmaps from there. The only special characters in the original font were a few punctuation marks. Does this mean that the new font isn’t able to handle special characters? Nope! I went ahead and recreated every character to match it up with what was already existing in the standard C3/DS font. And after creating 224 image files for one of the font images, I repeated the process all over again for the different colors. It was actually quite fun and challenging!
Please be aware that this font is quite different, and isn’t for everyone. It is smaller and thinner, and is copied directly from Creatures 1. There are a couple of slightly altered lowercase letters, and those with long tails (g, p, q, and y) are aligned a bit differently. I tried making the characters taller… And that was just a mess!
Anyone who would like to use this new font is advised to test it out in a new world before deciding whether to use it. It takes some getting used to, although it’s a nice change from the very thick and industrial type of font normally found in C3/DS. Feel free to share your opinions! Did you try it out and enjoy it, or was it a disaster? All feedback is welcome!