Creature Shock

a game by Argonaut Software Ltd.
Genre: Action
Platforms: 3DO, Saturn
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Creature Shock
Creature Shock
Creature Shock
Creature Shock

Variety is the spice of life, and variety is all that spices up this routine shooting game.

Creature Feature

This two-disc game gives you five missions with three distinct styles of gameplay: Total Eclipse-style canyon skimming, Doom-style corridor stalking, and Virtua Cop-style shooting galleries. All the missions have sci-fi themes as you venture to Saturn, explore the insides of alien ships, and shoot it out with toothy aliens.

Unfortunately, the controls don't bring enough life to this planetary party. You have only one weapon for each mission, so this is mostly a one-button game. Also, the cursor moves too sluggishly and shots are fired too slowly for you to meet the challenge of the many ships and creatures obstructing your way. You know where to shoot and when, but you still won't be able to nail the slowly advancing slug in front of you.

Shock to the System

The sounds and graphics don't add much drama. What should have been intense alien screams and a stirring soundtrack are instead just interesting groans and bland background music. The graphics are inconsistent: The flying sequences seem pixelated and undetailed, but the weird creatures in the corridor levels are quick and imaginative.

Creature Shock won't do anything too shocking or too stimulating to capture your imagination. The gameplay may change, but your interest level won't.

ProTips:

  • When flying to Saturn, dodge the asteroids. Don't waste time trying to shoot them.
  • Stay low as you fly through Tethys; most enemies float above you.

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3DO Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Saturn Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Creature Shock was originally published exclusively for the pleasure of CD-i owners, but Sega Saturn lovers (and before too long, PlayStation fans) will very soon be able to play this futuristic shooter that brings to mind some kind of unholy union between the Alien movies and The Seventh Guest.

The year is 2123. You're part of a rescue crew, sent to the moons of Jupiter to discover the fate that befell the crew members of the exploratory vessel Amazon. Communication has broken down between Earth and the ship, but a mysterious distress beacon leads you to its last known location.Your mission: discover what went wrong.

Creature Shock is set up into two types of game.There are very impressive 3-D exploration sequences in which you wander through the claustrophobic confines of a mysterious alien structure. Rendered aliens attack you from all sides, and the atmosphere is heavy with death and decay. Chilling. The other half of the game is all 3-D, shoot-'em-up outer-space action. Rendered cut scenes which impress and bedazzle. Cool.

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