Special thanks go to Dylan and Malkin for letting me know about another awesome sale on the Creatures games! GOG.com is in the midst of the 2014 DRM-Free Big Winter Sale, and all of the Creatures titles are 50% off! That means the entire series can be yours for a grand total of $8.97. Creatures 1, Creatures 2, Creatures 3, Docking Station, and Creatures Village have plenty to offer for all types of players, and this is the perfect way to add these gems to your collection. I have played all on newer operating systems through Windows 7 without more than a couple of hiccups. They’re quite stable!
When these sales happen, I often have questions about what game to buy. The price tag for all three compilations is lower than many newer games, but I often describe the options as follows. Just keep in mind that playing Creatures is a very personal experience, and often the “best” game in the series all depends on the individual player!
- Creatures: The Albian Years: Includes Creatures 1 and Creatures 2. This is probably the best starting place for someone new to Creatures. The first game is a little less complex in certain aspects, which makes it an excellent introduction to the series. I’ve always found it to be the most approachable, and the other games build upon many of its aspects. The second game is less stable with common errors, though there is nothing to compare to the environment and ecology. It can be really fun, particularly with its more advanced biochemistry and genetics.
- Creatures Exodus: Includes Creatures 3 and Docking Station. These two are typically played together, and offer a very customizable game experience for players. The majority of third-party content is focused on C3/DS, and ranges from new breeds and objects to entirely unique metarooms and tools. These games offer a realistic ecological system and a world that can be made to fit a variety of scenarios. The Norns, Grendels, and Ettins are often more independent than in the other games, which is an attractive feature for many players.
- Creatures Village: Includes Creatures Adventures and Creatures Playground. This installment in the Creatures series is very much geared towards younger kids to introduce them to the Creatures world. I do enjoy playing this title every now and again, as it is filled with cute and silly elements. It is more of an offshoot of the series, which is only to say that it is a very different sort of experience. Creatures Village is much more simplistic with a completely different art style. Make sure to do some research, since this Creatures game is not for everyone.
Make sure to stop over and pick up the Creatures games before the sale ends on December 15, 2014! It seems like most Creatures players have these versions already, but if not, these prices are unbeatable. Don’t miss out on this winter sale!
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