Sunday, August 28, 2016

Creatures


Somewhere in the far reaches of the universe is a planet called Blot. Much like Eden, this is a wonderful place where everything is perfect and everyone is happy. The inhabitants are lovely little creatures called the Blotians. However, for some peculiar reason, these guys became bored with their paradise and desired it to be cooler. Thus came up with the daft notion of a brand new identity - on a different planet. They're now called Fuzzy Wuzzies...

However, what these sad creatures didn't realise was that evil demons already lived on this new planet and they are a very bad-tempered bunch too! Needless to say, they should have been happy where they were because everyone has been captured and awaits a cruel and bloody fate. You are Clyde Radcliffe, your breath stinks terrible but it is your job to rescue all of your simple-minded friends from these vicious fiends! So good luck - you'll need it.

  

Clyde is the cutest little thing and the game employs this theme throughout for all of its critters, be they good or bad. He is equipped with a rapid firing weapon, which is handy because many of the baddies can take numerous hits before they die. Power-ups are available, I love the 'wriggler' effect the most and there are much more to choose from. However, your superpower is the funniest weapon of all, press and hold the fire button to breathe bad breath over anything that gets too close. End of level puzzles are particularly cruel (but very funny) with a harsh time limit to beat before a fellow Fuzzy Wuzzy meets their bloody death at the hands of a sadistic demon!


I love the aesthetics of Creatures. The artwork is stunning with beautiful colours and superb attention to detail. Everything looks amazing but is spoiled by rubbish push scrolling. Sure, this method works for other games but not Creatures that desperately cries out for proper scrolling! Audio is excellent and all sound effects use the DMA hardware on the Atari STe. What a shame they didn't go the extra mile and use the h/w scrolling or Blitter...

I was never a huge Thalamus fan and when they released Creatures in 1993 it's obvious that it's a poor Amiga port. Sadly, I still feel this way because a scrolling platformer needs to SCROLL. The game itself is good and is well-balanced with a great sense of humour but I feel there are better platformers out there for the Atari ST.

LINKS

 - A hard disk installable game is available from 8BitChip.
 - Old Games Finder has all the floppy disks you could ever desire.

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