Creeper World 3 is what happens when cellular automata takes over a strategy simulation. Instead of discreet 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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (938 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 27, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"Strategy game where you hold out against a spreading creep with your turrets and slowly regain the worlds in a great story campaign. Very fun for hours."
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Reviews

“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 discreet 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
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core 2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
113 of 126 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
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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123 of 142 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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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92 of 121 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
***Written using a key provided by the Developer for review purposes***

Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal is a unique tower defense game/RTS that is more tower offense than defense, something I haven't seen before. You are a captain of a ship who has just woken up after a very very long time in cryo sleep and in the time you have been gone humanity has vanished as all the civilasations that once were have been wiped out by the creeper, a strange organism which destroys everything it touches. At the time of writing this review I have only put in three hours and have barely scratched the surface but as you can see from other reviewers' play time there is a lot to this game and a lot of replayability.

+Nice pixel graphics
+Simple UI and great controls
+A very interesting story
+Interesting concept, instead of building towers in the path of an oncoming enemy you create networks of towers and take the fight to the enemy. There are small enemy towers which emitt the creepers which gradually spread across the map, using towers you have to beat back the creepers until your network of towers is close enough to use a special offensive tower which destroys the emitter. The gameplay is quite hard to explain and I probably haven't done it justice so it's best to watch some gameplay videos.
+Your towers can be moved as the creepers are beaten back out of range of your towers
+It's challenging without feeling too difficult or unfair
+The mission menu is an interactive starmap and you get to see your ship travel from one planet or star system to another
+Nice soundtrack
+Can be paused at any point during a mission
+You can create and share your own levels

-Either some people are god-like at this game or the leaderboards have been cheated
-If you make any mistakes with what you build early on in a mission it usually ruins your chances of winning, for example if you don't build enough reactors at the start and you run low on energy later in the game you will most likely be destroyed. It adds another layer of difficulty but it can be pretty annoying

Verdict:
9

An absolutely brilliant game that is more like an RTS than a TD with an impressively good story, a must buy for fans of either genre.

El K.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
I played through most of the first galaxy before discovering I can MOVE my weapons...
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
You will never need to purchase another game.

Except if you're a fan of other genres, I guess. Then you might want to. You do you, mortals, you do you.
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