Impossible Creatures is a 3D RTS game that pits the player against an evil villain. Using Earth’s most formidable animals as building blocks, the player must create an army of genetically-altered mutant monsters in a titanic struggle to protect an unsuspecting world.
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Release Date: Jan 7, 2003

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March 29

PATCH 3 - Fixes & WORKSHOP support

Changelog
30th March 2016 (Public Release)
- Added support for the Steam workshop. (Use -moddev command to disable mod updates)
- Added support for playbacks in Steam workshop.
- Restored compatibility with some of old (1.1) recorded games
- Increased limit of characters in a profile name. Now SpaceHamst may become SpaceHamster again :)
- Steam should now correctly detect quiting the game.
- Splash screens and profile selector are no longer displayed after a game restart.
- Merged some game texts tweaks from Tellurian mod.
- Fixed bugs in Russian localization
- When mod or resolution is changed, the game restarts in a appropriate screen
- Loading screens for custom mods should now be visible.
- Reduced possibility of a bug where mission won't end after completing all the objectives

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Update Notes

Patch 3 not only brough more bug fixes but adds Workshop support to Impossible Creatures. Together with the great possibilities of the SDK (even with full C++ support) and the mod tools now the highest level of mod support comes with IC.

We hope to soon see some more great creations from the IC mod community!

Full list of changes can be found here:
http://steamcommunity.com/games/324680/announcements/detail/598224818526633340

About This Game

Set in a fantastic 1930s world, “Impossible Creatures” is a 3-D, real-time strategy game by Relic Entertainment the creators of Homeworld, Dawn of War and Company of Heroes that pits the player against an evil villain in a desperate campaign across a chain of remote and diverse islands. Using Earth’s most formidable animals as building blocks, the player must create an army of genetically-altered mutant monsters in a titanic struggle to protect an unsuspecting world.

Steam Edition Features:
  • Fully remastered to work with modern systems
  • Insect Invasion, Mod SDK (C++) and all patches included
  • Re-implemented multiplayer and NAT traversal for a smooth online experience
  • Steam Friend invite implemented
  • Steam cloud support

Key Features:
  • Thousands of units: “Impossible Creatures” has more than 50 animals that can be combined to create a vast number of mutant creatures, the results of which are limited only by players’ creativity.

  • Strategies as boundless as your imagination -- By building these creatures into powerful and effective armies, players can define their strategy and how they want to tackle their opponents.

  • Explore rich 3-D worlds – The highly detailed, fully 3-D dynamic world allows players to battle in four richly detailed environments, each with special flora and fauna.

  • Compelling single-player campaigns – Players command dozens of creatures, and henchmen in 15 missions across 14 distinct islands.

  • Unprecedented replayability – “Impossible Creatures” offers boundless creature combinations, armies, and strategies as well as online play and an easy-to-use mission editor that provides limitless play options.

  • Unique multiplayer options – Up to six “Impossible Creatures” players will be able to wage war in real time. The multiplayer component will streamline base-building, allowing players to build creatures offline and store them for future online battles.

  • Transferable units – Players can refine their armies in the single-player campaign, and test their strategies with the same armies in a multiplayer game.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible video card with 64 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 /10 32 or 64 bit
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible video card with 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
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chucktowski
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game is so stupid and so fun. Sometimes you need a dumb fun time waster game to play with your friends - this is the game. Spend some time building out your ridiculous army of Whalants, Ratlions, and Moobats and then proceed to laugh at eachother while trolling your opponents' defenses with your Snorses and Porcubears.

A real classic - AND it has steam workshop now! It's a win win.
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imatyahoo.com
( 24.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The Steam Edition of Impossible Creatures gave me a refreshing wave of nostalgia. I was happy to see the updated and clearer graphics that come with this version of the game. The multiple availables Mods through the steam store increase the amount of creatures you can use, as well as provide new and interesting maps for better gameplay. I have only played versus the computer thus far, but can not wait to get my friends in on this great game!
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Sean Sacred
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Please don't let my hours fool you, I owned this game when it first came out when I was like 6-8 years old. I am 21 right now, and I still think this is an amazing game. I highly recommend people play the story mode and play player vs computer on each difficulty. It is a lot of fun.

If you came for multiplayer, there are those that still play frequently, but I always miss them. If we had more people actively playing, I'd definitely recommend multiplayer because of how fun the game modes actually are, especially with mods.

AT LEAST BUY IT!
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Bacxaber
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A fantastic RTS game that runs very well on Windows 7 that lets you create eagle sharks and bull scorpions. Essentially, you can create anything you want. There's a story-driven campaign, a singleplayer mode against the computer, and multiplayer. As the store page says, it even has a level editor if you're into that kind of stuff. Overall, this game is a gem and is definitely worth buying. A 7.5/10 from me.
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AGSMA, FRESH HORSES
( 41.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
THE CREATURES ARE UNDER ATTACK
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masterkiller955
( 23.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Loved this game the day it was released. Best RTS ever even better than Starcraft II! Although I wish with the steam edition they had put together servers so I could fight other people around the world. Hoping they creat IC 2!!
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danny_euart
( 51.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
best game ten outa ten allround

my mums best friend (kinda like an uncle to me) introduced me to this game when i was a wee lad its the fondest memory i have of him when he teached me to play. this game will always have a special place in my heart.
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Spirit of Madness
( 28.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Awesome game, its very fun and challenging strategy game. It has mysterious plot, funny moments, jokes and the most awesome thing, you can create any kind of hybrid animals and control them like your army.
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FILE: ERROR // CORRUPT
( 24.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Nostalgia, a blast from the past. Hundreds of hours playing this with friends as a child. Memories of beating the final level.
A simplistic RTS that allows you to create an army of stupid ♥♥♥ animals to fight friends or computers on scenic maps, I would recommend it as a game for both single player fun, and multiplayer chaos. Despite the bad 2003 graphics, this game still holds out as one of the best games I have ever played.

10/10 - whether its a tropical island, a harsh desert or a frozen glacier, Rex will still say its prime beachfront property.
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Pootis
( 24.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
When the original version released, i was just a wee lad, i didn't even have a computer...
Now in Present times: i first learned of its existence hrough a youtuber named jerma. I then started watching this game, and now that i have it, it's a HUGE blast, despite the graphics, i've always been a firm belieaver that graphics don't make the game. another example of this is UNDERTALE. im not gonna go indepth but i give this game a solid 87/100
graphics---n/a
Gameplay---78/100
uniqueness adds an aditional 10 points
Overall, this game is relaivly cheap for a great package i recomend this to anyone and everyone
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
A fantastic RTS game that runs very well on Windows 7 that lets you create eagle sharks and bull scorpions. Essentially, you can create anything you want. There's a story-driven campaign, a singleplayer mode against the computer, and multiplayer. As the store page says, it even has a level editor if you're into that kind of stuff. Overall, this game is a gem and is definitely worth buying. A 7.5/10 from me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Loved this game the day it was released. Best RTS ever even better than Starcraft II! Although I wish with the steam edition they had put together servers so I could fight other people around the world. Hoping they creat IC 2!!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
THE CREATURES ARE UNDER ATTACK
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Please don't let my hours fool you, I owned this game when it first came out when I was like 6-8 years old. I am 21 right now, and I still think this is an amazing game. I highly recommend people play the story mode and play player vs computer on each difficulty. It is a lot of fun.

If you came for multiplayer, there are those that still play frequently, but I always miss them. If we had more people actively playing, I'd definitely recommend multiplayer because of how fun the game modes actually are, especially with mods.

AT LEAST BUY IT!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Awesome game, its very fun and challenging strategy game. It has mysterious plot, funny moments, jokes and the most awesome thing, you can create any kind of hybrid animals and control them like your army.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
The Steam Edition of Impossible Creatures gave me a refreshing wave of nostalgia. I was happy to see the updated and clearer graphics that come with this version of the game. The multiple availables Mods through the steam store increase the amount of creatures you can use, as well as provide new and interesting maps for better gameplay. I have only played versus the computer thus far, but can not wait to get my friends in on this great game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is so stupid and so fun. Sometimes you need a dumb fun time waster game to play with your friends - this is the game. Spend some time building out your ridiculous army of Whalants, Ratlions, and Moobats and then proceed to laugh at eachother while trolling your opponents' defenses with your Snorses and Porcubears.

A real classic - AND it has steam workshop now! It's a win win.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
best game ten outa ten allround

my mums best friend (kinda like an uncle to me) introduced me to this game when i was a wee lad its the fondest memory i have of him when he teached me to play. this game will always have a special place in my heart.
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382 of 419 people (91%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Recommended
543.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2015
Don't let my Gameplay hours fool you. I have at least 3000 hours played on the original version.

Yes. Most definitely yes. This is the game that introduced me to the RTS genre. Heck, it introduced me to the world of video games. I had no idea what was waiting for me. Countless hours creating army after army, attempting to beat the hardest AI.Playing the Campaign.Playing Multiplayer, with what was left of the community.It all has been time i couldn't have spent better elsewhere. And I'm glad i didn't. Seeing IC come back from the dead like this... TO STEAM NO LESS. I just can't wrap my head around this.
Now, for the actual review: This is my first game review so please don't judge. I will try my best :D.


Things and points I like most about the game:

1. It is fun. Every feature of the game is. From playing the campaign, all the way to making your own custom army that you then take onto the battlefield!!! Insert 300 reference here.

2. It is creative. I think the whole over 50.000 possible combinations and the presence of a level editor say everything.

3.It is challenging. Boy this one is so true. Especially if you are playing multiplayer. THERE IS NO MERCY ON THE FIGHTING GROUND. IN THIS GAME YOU EITHER WRECK FACE OR GET YOUR FACE REKT. Well...
you know...
it depends on who you're up against.Either way, before you hop into online play, it's best that you know how to play the game the slightest bit. Preferably play the tutorial.
Sorry if I misspelled anything. ^_^

NOW, FOR THE RATINGS. (Man this is long. You still with me? Hold on just a little longer.)

Graphics = 9
Before you go and tell everybody that the graphics suck, just take in consideration the year this game was made. This was revolutionary back then! Sometimes small glitches happen but very solid nonetheless.

Music = 8
The soundtracks differ in every map type (Savannah, Jungle, Desert, Artic...).They are good. Nothing else to say here. Move on.

Creativity / Originality = 10
You can slap wings on a snake.

Story = 7
I personally didn't like the story that much : P . Multiplayer, army making and skirmishes agaisnt the AI make up for it.

Gameplay = 10
The Multiplayer matches can be either fast-paced or slow-paced. There is no way to tell what kind of creature combinations your enemy has got in their armies, so it really depends on the game style of the players. A lot of maps that further increase the diversity of the games. They are either ground based maps, or water based maps. (Could be a mix of both too).

Overall = 9

All this being said, this game is a must-have for every person out there that likes a very good Real-Time Strategy game.
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248 of 259 people (96%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Recommended
241.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
First of all, I'm biased-- I'm one of those strange and twisted folk who kept playing this game after its original release fell into obscurity, and for years now the Impossible Creatures community has been fluctuating with an average of a dozen or so people at any given time, worldwide. But then, one day, Nordic Games approached us few survivors and told us of their plan to re-release the game on Steam; we jumped onboard as beta testers, and the day has finally come for release!

So yes-- basically, I'm not the most impartial of sources. But it's important for me to point out that Nordic has in no way asked or cajoled me to provide this review, nor have they had any input into its content. I'm just a fan of the game. In fact, I know the game inside and out, and that's why you should listen when I say: holy ♥♥♥♥, Impossible Creatures is amazing.

Look, let's get the honest criticism out of the way early on-- this game came out in the very early 2000's. It does not look like Skyrim. The models are fairly low-detail (watch the trailer and look at the screenshots) and a lot of the gameplay elements-- build gatherers, gather resources, build buildings, tech up-- won't blow anyone's mind in a modern context. But that's not why this game is important; it's important because of its quirky, brilliant central idea-- its gimmick, if you will. Because as you no doubt have already noticed, Impossible Creatures gives you the ability to send into battle units of your own creation-- magnificent (or hilarious, or both) mixtures of stock animals combined to most efficiently wreak havoc on your opponent. And that's obviously where the game shines.

Don't get me wrong-- other parts of IC are phenomenal. For instance, the lush, beautifully painted maps, or the tactile, atmospheric soundtrack; all symptoms of a sumptuous, absorbing and vibrant style that has sadly gone out of fashion. This isn't the kind of game that strives to be edgy and dark; rather, it presents an experience you can actually enjoy, visually, audibly and emotionally. But the main reason you should buy Impossible Creatures is its depth of gameplay. The depth to this game is remarkable. That's why my people and I have been playing it for [commence italics] thirteen years [end italics]. Do you want to sneak into an enemy base and disrupt his resource gathering? Heck yes, son, chameleons crossed with cheetahs. Is there a mob of power-melee units trampling towards your coal mine? Mix some dragonflies with sharks and rain toothy hell on them from above. Perhaps you're the kind of strategist who prefers to turtle? Well, you're in luck! You can do that! Literally! With turtles! Or, hey, screw it-- if you prefer a more direct approach, why not just crush your opponents with a horde of elephants waving lobster claws? So with this in mind, there's obviously a huge scope for a variety of exotic and wonderful strategies-- and all of them can be successful, if you make good enough creatures and play with enough skill. If you have a playstyle, you can make it work. But this is all macro stuff.

It's the finer details that really make the game stand out. Even within overarching strategies there is an almost infinite scope for variation. For example, a fairly standard addition to any army is a level 3 melee unit-- a standard, versatile, mid-level grunt. But it's not like there's only one level 3 melee unit. Maybe you want something fast and poisonous, to inflict stings or bites and then retreat to a safe distance while the venom deals damage over time? Maybe you want something tough and powerful that forms herds and regenerates its health? Maybe your opponent crushed you last game with low-damage, high-health units en masse-- well, you can take a jaunt to the army builder and cook up something to deal with that; combine a wasp with a lioness and assassinate those meatshields into oblivion!

This variation on a fine, precise level is what turns Impossible Creatures into an art form. It's baffling just what people come up with-- and phenomenal to see it work for them. A friend of mine named Matt, for instance, once fielded a musk ox with the head of a condor. It didn't have wings, just a condor head sticking out the front of this beefy ox body. It was called "accept me as your king", and we all thought it was hilarious, because it was.

Then it won a battle. Then it won another battle. Then Matt won the game.

The combination of musk ox defense and cheap, large, low-melee condor parts just happened to result in a strangely optimal creature-- it was cheap enough that Matt could spam it, but tough enough to hold its own. This is why you should play IC; just when you think you've seen it all, a new strategy comes along that completely switches the metagame.

But, naturally, even a game as diverse and clever as Impossible Creatures has gameplay issues. Mostly these relate to balance. Sadly, when Relic stopped supporting IC, it wasn't perfect (nor can it ever really be). As it stands, the base IC package includes the Insect Invasion mod-- Relic's last attempt at balancing the game (which adds a lot of very fun and interesting mechanics). II was released an incredibly long time ago-- long enough that players have been able to essentially solve the game, and find the truly optimal combination of creatures to use in any given situation. Suddenly, all the depth and variety in the game began to disappear. Which is why myself, Matt, Steve, Phil and Byam-- the original core modding team-- decided to make an add-on mod for IC called Tellurian.

Since we started, we've added 20 stock creatures to the game. It's the only mod still being maintained, balanced, and patched (as a matter of fact, 2.03 is almost ready for release). It's free (not for profit!), it's fun, and it comes with a bunch of maps-- so if you ever get tired of moose lobsters and baboon sperm whales at level 5 (spoilers), visit this page:

http://www.moddb.com/mods/tellurian/

... And try out giant squids crossed with panthers. Or blue whales crossed with scorpions. Or pistol shrimp horses-- just get the mod, you'll love it, and every download is a little more incentive to keep the project alive.

Impossible Creatures lives anew-- buy it, download it! And let's be honest, for its incredibly reasonable price, even if you hate the gameplay you can still get your money's worth making daffy combinations in the army builder (yes, I know, komodo dragon crossed with a skunk becomes a "komodo drunk", everybody finds that one eventually).
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