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.
  • Linked with latest Steam APIS. May also help with some startup issues.

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“I find this game to be extremely, extremely addictive...”

“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?”
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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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( 8.1 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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( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The story was rather uninspiring, but the gameplay was great. The missions started feeling a tiny bit repetative, but only a tiny bit. Overall, I enjoyed the game immensly. 9/10, would recomend.
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( 58.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Most other reviews have already said what I'd want to say, so this review will just be me gushing over how much I love this game.

This may be one of my favorite games of all time. I had originally gotten it out of curiosity and that I'd be able to play it on my craptop when traveling and away from internet. I can't remember the last time I was so surprised and overjoyed at finding a new game go above and beyond my expectations. Not only was this a unique play style for a strategy game, it's amazingly polished and addicting.

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( 67.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
After watching many hours of people playing this on Youtube, I decided to get it. Great game, love every bit of it! The only thing I hate is that I put off buying this game for nearly 6 months because it wasn't on sale. I finally break and shell out 15 bucks for it and then within a couple of weeks it goes on sale for 80% off.

KnuckeCracker, if you can read this, I would love you eternally if I could get that 80% back! Like that would be frickin' sweet.

Regardless, it's a great game, you should definitely buy it! Plenty of hours of fun.
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( 102.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Interesting and clever addition to the RTS-genre. Never felt such an immense joy while being under constant pressure by the AI. In some of the levels it is a run on razors edge just to stay alive until you reach the point where you finally start to push back the creeper. Highly addictive and a great way to spend some time.
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( 417.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Novel gameplay, pretty awesome scripting capabilities.
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( 95.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
great game, simple, fun and addicting
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( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I cannot suggest this game Highly enough. The cinematics are a bit cheesy, and the mission selection UI a bit clunky, but the actual gameplay is absolutely fantastic.
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( 70.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Amazing game. Can't Wait to see what he puts out next.
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( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Very nice game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game is the birthchild of an RTS and Tower Defense game on crack.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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705 of 729 people (97%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
2,614.9 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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371 of 395 people (94%) found this review helpful
206 people found this review funny
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 149 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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.


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.


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 180 people (90%) found this review helpful
111 people found this review funny
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 176 people (86%) found this review helpful
131 people found this review funny
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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96 of 103 people (93%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
Creeper World 3 is a very innovative strategy/TD game which resolves around fighting a very unique enemy using a variety of weapons, including a 4-6 hours story, two entire galaxies to conquer, random map generator and tons of insane custom maps (most of which powered by practically limitless custom programming language). I've been a huge fan and supporter of this series ever since I've found Creeper World 1 on Kongregate. The game is worth every cent and if you're a fan of non-hardcore strategy games (or a time attack player) who likes territorial expansion and variety then this is a game for you! If you're a story kind of person then I recommend starting from the first title to understand it all.
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79 of 83 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
4,217.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Ok the fact that I have nearly done 2000hrs on this game I think speaks for it's self. I love this game, there are so many elements to this that you can never get bored of it. I also own the first two creeper worlds which are great fun to play but this newer creeper world has gone above and beyond what I thought this game would evolve into.
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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Gosh, the most fun strategy game in a long while. Playable and fun, just the way a good game should be.

  • Controls are excellent, much better than some big budget titles.
  • Well balanced missions
  • Game alt-tabs beautifully.
  • Excellent music
  • Can be paused at any time.
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