Creeper World 3 is what happens when cellular automata takes over a strategy simulation. Instead of discrete units that attack your base, a fluid-like substance spreads over the terraformable terrain. Your base, your weapons, your strategy... you must adapt them all.
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Release Date: Mar 27, 2014

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February 28

Creeper World 3 version 2.12

CW3 Version 2.12

  • Rebuilt with Unity 5. May address some rare issues some folks see with game startup.
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“I find this game to be extremely, extremely addictive...”
quill18

“All in all, Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal is a brilliant addition to an already fantastic series.”
Dad's Gaming Addiction

“Creeper World III - The Most Insane Tower Defense Game Ever Created?”
Awesome Robo

About This Game

Creeper World 3: Cellular automata takes over a strategy simulation.

Instead of discrete units that attack your base, a fluid-like substance spreads over the terraformable terrain. Your base, your weapons, your strategy... you must adapt them all.

Creeper World 3 bends what it means to be a strategy title.


Instead of heavily scripted A.I., players find themselves engaging an enemy with theoretically predictable behavior yet which is shockingly interesting to engage. Players can build fortifications and stick around forever. Players can go for domination, quick strategic kills, or amass huge stockpiles of resources. Some play for speed, others to create art. Tiny maps, large maps, five minute missions, five day missions... the simulation scales to handle all of these scenarios.

User generated content is critical and supported at multiple levels in Creeper World 3.

Dial up worlds using the DMD (Dial Map Device) and tweak dozens of constraints. Then, play and share the addresses via an on-line database. Create your own maps using the built-in map editor and upload and share on-line. Or, join with thousands of other players and peruse the databases of worlds created by others. Want to create a new weapon, a unit, an enemy, or an effect? Use the built in scripting language to create what you dream. Hundreds of engine commands are exposed and examples abound on the forums and grow daily. You can even take the built in story maps and make your own. In fact, all of the built in story missions were written using the built-in editor and the CRPL scripting language.

Some of the high level features are:

  • Thermodynamic/fluid physics based play.
  • Billions of total missions.
  • Story arc with insane and unique enemies.
  • Explore hundreds of star systems with thousands of worlds in Prospector missions.
  • Hundreds of hand crafted missions in the Alpha Sector.
  • Dial up your own mission worlds using the 'Dial Map Device' and share the address.
  • Create your own maps using the included map editor.
  • Play on maps of variable size, dimension, and shape.
  • Script your own enemies and effects using the built in scripting language.
  • Terraform the landscape during missions to take the higher ground.
  • Discover experimental weapons that devastate the enemy.
  • Share thousands of unique maps with an established, enthusiastic on-line community.
  • Features a unique, original, and awesome soundtrack.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Single Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Situationally Inappropriate
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Better than an ant farm!
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deadsensess
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Played this game for years on Kongregate. Creeper World is my favorite Tower defense type game, not entirely sure thats what it is, but if you are unsure of this game give Creeper World Nevermore a try on Kongregate. If you love it 3$ to own on steam is a steal, besides Metro Redux, this is the best game I have purchased on a summersale.
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carpenterp
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I like the game. I certainly got my $3 from it (80% off sale). Otherwise, I probably never would have encountered the game (if not for the sale).

The game certainly has a charm to it, and it has a nice take on the tower defence genre. Also, it's nice to see a game involving the "grey goo" scenario.

My only compaint about the game is that most missions seem to be solved within the first couple minutes. If you mannage to set up a perimeter to hold back the goo within that time, victory is almost assured. It may be a bit of a slog after that, but there is no real risk of defeat after your initial defense has secured your base.

As a side note, the global ranking chart for this game is nothing but the hall of cheaters. Don't waste your time with it or even bother looking at it.
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LadyEmlin
( 163.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
My experience with this game started on Kong, then I downloaded all of the free demos, playing them through countless times over the years. So, naturally when I noticed it on Steam, I snatched it up immediately. I highly recommend getting this if you have only played on Kong or the demos. There are worlds more to the content of this game on steam! I'd like to add that I will never have the fastest mission time in this game because I love making patterns with my connectors and reactors as I dominate the creepers. With that being said, you do need adaptability and quick problem solving for some maps.
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erikmesoy
( 68.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Has one shtick and does it pretty well.
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Average Joe
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
This game's pretty interesting. It's kind of a tower defense, but it's so much different than your average tower defense. It takes a unique spin on it. You place down a main station and place collecters around and then you have to connect cannons to those. But rather than just placing down towers and having them work immediately, they need to first be built and have to be connected to the main station by wires. Then there's also the enemies. "enemies". By enemies of course I mean evil water called the Creeper. It gradually spreads around and you use the cannons to push it back (this is as far as ive gotten in the game, there's more enemies and towers later on). Overall the game is really good. It tries something new for a tower defense and does it really well. While I do prefer the standard kind of tower defense, Creeper World 3's unique take on them is really fun and brings more to the genre, and it's cheaper than it deserves to be. I highly recommend you atleast try the game.
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Nebula Prophet
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
One of the most captivating games a have ever played!

Gripping story line with a twist. Simple, yet intriguing game-play with different strategies possible to win the game. You fight against "creeping" enemies and time, yet the game is quite relaxing and can be played for a few minutes during spare time. But good luck with trying to stop playing.

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Aliandris
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Too formulaic. If you can survive the first ten minutes of any mission, you can't lose.
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Drago30
( 83.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I had to remove it from my library permanently and rebuy it as the game broke, where I was trying to access other galaxies, when I for no reason, reset the campaign (Although I had access to the other galaxies), completed it again, but when I got to the "Wormhole" to access the artifacts of odin wormhole, it simply put me back into the Arc Eternal world that was before the wormhole. Please fix this bug as I don't know who's noticed it or not.
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Steve Johnson
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
its good yeah!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A remarkable game with a compelling story and gameplay. The flow of the game provides a relaxing play experience. The game is highly replayable due to the community adding new maps.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Bringing something new to the tower defense genre, Creeper World is ultimately about logistics. the key to every level involves establishing and expanding a production base of energy and ore, building and defending a transportation network to bring those materiasl to where they are needed, and deploying a variety of defensive systems to repulse a predictable but overwhelmingly endless flow of purple goo.

Graphics are simple yet functional, soundtrack is good but repetitious and the game lacks any voiceovers. In a stricly technical sense, this game belongs in the 90s. However, the excellent design and level of refinement more than make up for the lack of luster and polish.

All in all, it would be a decent buy at the price asked ($15) as of this review, but it's currently (Summer 2016 Sale) $3, which should make this a no brainer for any tower defense fan,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
This game's pretty interesting. It's kind of a tower defense, but it's so much different than your average tower defense. It takes a unique spin on it. You place down a main station and place collecters around and then you have to connect cannons to those. But rather than just placing down towers and having them work immediately, they need to first be built and have to be connected to the main station by wires. Then there's also the enemies. "enemies". By enemies of course I mean evil water called the Creeper. It gradually spreads around and you use the cannons to push it back (this is as far as ive gotten in the game, there's more enemies and towers later on). Overall the game is really good. It tries something new for a tower defense and does it really well. While I do prefer the standard kind of tower defense, Creeper World 3's unique take on them is really fun and brings more to the genre, and it's cheaper than it deserves to be. I highly recommend you atleast try the game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Very fun game that is quite relaxing in that you slowly win - good for playing whilst watching eSports ;) Huge amount of content as well as user made maps with an easy map editor. Only thing I would like to see added is co-op but apart from that, it's a great game that is well worth the price (although try to catch it on sale if you can).
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
116.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Worth every single penny. This is one of those games that has so much content in it that I wouldn't hesitate to buy it at full price. Currently, it is 80% off for $2.99, which makes this game a steal. I have played this game for over a year now and my only regret is not buying it sooner. There are literally thousands of hours of content in this game and tens of thousands of user maps and procedurally generated maps as well as several hundred maps just in the story mode and arcade mode. A must buy for any strategy afficionado.
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717 of 742 people (97%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,623.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
I hate this game. You should never get it. Seriously. Once you have this, it will be a time sink forever. You can never finsh this game. It's a deceptive little game - you may think - "oh, there are only 23 missions in the Story then I'm done." But it's not so easy. Along your way you will unlock untold millions of additional maps. Then you can't stop playing them.

I have been playing Creeper world since 2009 and I can't stop. I need to join the Creeper World Anonymous club and confess "Hi, my name is Karsten and I can't stop killing Creeper."

You can play in the Tormented Zone if you are a masochist and like inflicting pain on yourself. Some worlds in there are documented unwinnable - but that won't stop you from trying - it didn't stop me.

Occasionally venture into Prospector zone and pick up a few Artifacts of Odin - the mightiest weapons mankind did not invent.

Try out the Alpha sector. Made by those early beta testers. Made to be difficult. Make sure you try Virgil's Brainic map. Just to see how weird you can get.

Like Shooters? Try out the Credits mission. Hey, my name is in there somewhere - so are all the other beta testers. :)

If that's not enough, go dial up your own maps in the DMD (Dial Map Device), Here you can make a world with the click of a few buttons. Add ingredients to suit you and cook up a hard challenge or a speed run - win it, name it and share it with all us us addicts. Oh wait, I'm trying to stop playing. Don't share it.

Finally, if you are creative, inventive and perhaps you like to add custom units and styles, make your own map in the Projects Editor and share it in Colonial Space. Here there are no rules. Maps are all over the place, fun, hard, tricky, unusual, huge slog-fests, or tiny puzzles. As large as 256x256 or as small as 20x20. Don't say I didn't warn you. This is where "map rage" goes to live after you discover it at Farbor (the timed mission in the Story arc).

I would tell you more, but it's time for my fix and Im heading out to the DMD to get a quick fix.

Oh yes, "Hi, my name is Karsten and I am killing Creeper."
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381 of 406 people (94%) found this review helpful
211 people found this review funny
Recommended
349.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
Nearing the end of a mission, I look at the way I have networked my collectors across the map. How I have inched my way from one edge to the other, covering everything in my wake, destroying the creeper in my way.

And I realize, the creeper and I, we aren't so different.
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145 of 150 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
I think Creeper World 3 catches a lot of people off guard because of the cheap price, low resolution graphics and understated appeal. It also gets called a Tower Defense game a lot, which does the unique strategic components a horrible injustice. Instead, Arc Eternal is a laid-back thinking mans' RTS with unprecedented play-more value and excels as a game you can sink some time into in the form of a well thought out and strictly controlled approach, or as a casual attack on a map every now and then. It's like Civilization V in the respect that you'll launch it for a quick 20 minute game and find yourself embroiled in the relentless depths of an alien planet fighting to make a foothold on a section of map on the 4th planet of your 3rd star system 6 hours later, wondering where the time went.

The amount of content in here is staggering, and the campaign provides such a good learning curve and introduction to the new structures and some possible strategies that can't be praised enough. There's also an engaging backstory in the main campaigns which help you feel isolated and alone while fighting the uncaring, unforgiving creep, and while the dialogue is cliche at times, it helps bolster the already engaging gameplay and add a little depth.

Highlights

The best part of this game is simply the gameplay. While the tower defense mechanics have been done to death and don't offer anything particularly insightful, the different natures of the two opposing forces here make for a level of adaptable strategy that you wont see in many games. The structures are all balanced and simple but effective additions like Terraforming and one-use items make for even more ways to play and even more things to spend time working on.

The sheer amount of content is the other great part of this world, and deserves praise.

* The first port of call is the Arc Eternal which acts as the campaign mode and teaches the player the basics and structures, and consists of 9 star systems for a total of approximately 50 levels.
* There's the Alpha Sector which includes many early maps and a ton made by the alpha and beta players.
* The Prospectors Zone features procedurally generated maps.
* There's Tormented Space for those seeking challenge which includes maps from hard to literally impossible.
* The Dial Map Device acts as a map generation tool and lets you play more specific maps.

Mistakes & Annoyances

For many, the simple enemy A.I. is an issue here, and it can be argued that the very flat nature of the enemy intelligence makes for a somewhat bland approach. I'd counterargue and say that this game is more about finding solutions you like, and/or finding the optimal or most efficient route to victory and that the focus doesn't need to be on the creep.

* The difficulty curve isn't very smooth, and you can find yourself struggling way beyond what you'd expect in some of the later campaign missions, or struggling to overcome frustrating maps. There are also several outright impossible missions which nobody has yet been able to find a solution to.

Recommendations

Arc Eternal comes priced at £10.99/14.99€/$14.99 and while it contains a huge amount of play time, including a main story of at least 15 hours, it's still probably slightly overpriced for most players when compared against competitors. It's one of those games which you'll either love or hate, and so playing the demos listed below, or the flash versions of the developers other titles before making a full priced purchase is recommended.

* If the huge amount of content included by default wasn't enough for you, there are a ton of user maps too with different types of play. There are even Play as Creeper style maps.
* Some of the earlier titles are also available for free play in Flash on Kongregate.
* There are demos of all 3 of the Creeper World games available on KnuckleCrackers' website which are much shorter.

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162 of 181 people (90%) found this review helpful
113 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
Same as the flash game of the same name, with a bajillion times the content. One of my favorite strategy games because it cares more about logistics than twitch or line graphs.

I don't know what it is, but supply lines get me wet.
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152 of 177 people (86%) found this review helpful
131 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
Damn. This. Game.

Avoid it all costs. There is a good chance, if you were born before the 90s,
or even after, have a history of strategy games addiction and are suffering
from the almost always fatal 'just one more turn' syndrome; well, this game
may eat your soul. That what is left. As for it being real time, you'll just be
advancing your defenses one tiny bit more, just getting that one upgrade,
maybe, yeah, well, that strategic position and then, then call it a day.

You know what? From that position, the other two, just saying, be a matter
of minutes, at most. Well, that was fast, I might just set up initial positions
on the next planet, for tomorrow. Huh, when I set the alarm clock I still had
eight hours to sleep, now there are only five left? Damn it! I'm not going to
school anymore!

I won't talk about the gameplay. Things are already worse as they are now.
Don't let yourself get fooled by it's uniqueness, the well balanced challenges,
the well worked out story line or even the insane replayability.

You've still got the chance at a life! Don't waste it! I almost escaped.
But I did reinstall Creeper World. And I will be in Arc. Eternal.

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