Creatures

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Creatures
Creatures cover
Developers
Creature Labs
Publishers
USA Mindscape
Germany GT Interactive
Release dates
Windows 3.x November 11, 1996
Windows November 11, 1996
Mac OS (Classic) 1996
Taxonomy
Series Creatures
Creatures on MobyGames
Creatures on Wikipedia
Creatures
Creatures 1996
Creatures 2 1998
Creatures Adventures 1999
Creatures 3 1999
Creatures Playground 2000
Creatures Docking Station 2001
Creatures Village 2001

General information

Gameware's Website - Useful information and downloads
Creatures Developer Resource
TreeSprite's Creatures Grove - A long-standing fan site
Creature Caves An active community complete with forums!
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows 3.x
Windows
Mac OS
Amazon.com
DRM details are not known
Includes Creatures and Creatures 2 plus all expansions for both.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes Creatures and Creatures 2 plus all expansions for both.
Windows
Steam
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Includes Creatures and Creatures 2 plus all expansions for both.
Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Includes Creatures and Creatures 2 plus all expansions for both.
Windows
Wikipedia details the various editions/bundles and their differences.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Life Kit #1
Windows
Mac OS

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The GOG.com version comes pre-patched to version 1.04.

Bonus Content[edit]

The GOG.com version comes with all official DLC.

Digital Museum[edit]

A preserve of all cobs breeds, adoption, mutants, links to many archives, much information

COBs[edit]

A COB is a Creatures Object - an object in the game for either Creatures or Creatures 2, in Creatures 3 COBs are known as agents.

Adoption[edit]

You can adopt Norns that have been exported from other player's games.

Breeds[edit]

Utilities[edit]

NornVerter

Converts your creatures into a format Creatures 2 can read allowing you to export your creatures from Creatures and then import them into Creatures 2.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1818340/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Creatures\Creatures
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1818340/pfx/[Note 1]
*.cob and *.rcb mod files are stored in <path-to-game>
*.spr mod files are stored in <path-to-game>\Images
*.wav mod files are stored in <path-to-game>\sounds

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
As the game runs in a window it will expand as much as needed.
4K Ultra HD
As the game runs in a window it will expand as much as needed.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
The game only supports windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Low Fps[edit]

  1. Go to the compatibility options of the executable and select option run with a resolution of 640x480

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw
Executable16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.

System requirements[edit]

Windows 3.x
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 3.1, 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colours @ 640x480
Original release.
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 292 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7.0 compatible
The Albian Years re-release.[1]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1818340/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1818340) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References