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[[File:Creatures_Box_Art.jpg|right|frame|Creatures Box Art]]
The first game in the [[Creatures series]].
{{TOC left}}'''''Creatures''''' is the first game in the [[Creatures series]] ([[:Category: Creatures games|full listing]]). The game takes place in [[Albia]], an [[wikipedia:Annulus (mathematics|annulus]]-shaped world with an unique ecology, which is inhabited by [[norns]] and a [[grendel]]. The player, represented by the [[hand]], can raise and care for their norns so they learn to survive and evolve to thrive. The original game is no longer available by itself, but can be purchased as part of [[Creatures - The Albian Years|Creatures: The Albian Years]].
The word [[Creature]]s is also used in plural to refer to the [[A-life]] animals which are the focus of the games.
==Creatures, the Game==
==Creatures, the Game==
The original Creatures game was set in [[Albia]]. It featured [[Norn]]s, [[Grendel]]s, and a few minor inhabitants of Albia to occupy the player's creatures. There was no set objective - although players were given a "score" in the [[Performance Kit]], no restrictions were placed on gameplay, and [[breed]]ers, [[COBbler]]s, and even [[norn torture]]rs were free to pursue their own objectives. The game was limited by the technology of [[history#1996|1996]], being restricted to a 256-colour palette (background images are available at [[C2 Back]]), bamboo architecture and occasional background sounds rather than the ambient [[music]] which evolved in later titles.
The original Creatures game was set in [[Albia]] and featured [[Norn]]s, [[Grendel]]s and much in the way of [[cheese]] and [[carrot]]s. The game was limited by the technology of the time, being restricted to a 256-colour palette (backgrounds available at [[C2 Back]]), bamboo architecture and occasional background sounds rather than the [[music]] which evolved in latter titles. The development title for Creatures was "Small Furry Creatures" - the game also became known as 'Creatures 1', or more commonly, simply 'C1' after [[Creatures 2]] was (eventually) released.
==System Requirements==
Creatures was originally published for Windows 3.1/95. It was later [[Macintosh port of Creatures|ported to Mac OS 7.5]]. A version of [[Creatures: The Albian Years]] may be [https://www.gog.com/game/creatures_the_albian_years purchased] from [[GOG.com]] which is designed to work on newer Windows systems, such as Windows Vista and Windows 7.
===Original Windows System Requirements===
*Windows 3.1 or Windows 95
*Pentium 60 or faster
*Double Speed CD-ROM (300k/sec)
*16-bit Sound Card
*256 Colours @640x480
*8MB RAM & 40MB of hard drive disk space
Windows NT/2k/XP compatibility is possible through an installer patch and upgrading to at least Creatures 1.02.
===Original Macintosh Requirements===
*System 7.5 to 8.1
*Double Speed CD-ROM (300k/sec)
*256 Colours @640x480
*8MB RAM with 8MB Virtual Memory (16MB without Virtual Memory)
*35MB of hard drive space (+memory size if using Virtual Memory)
==Official Breeds==
*[[Banana Norn]]
*[[White Haired Pixie Norn]]
*[[Horse Norn]]
*[[Santa Norn]] '96
*[[Purple Mountain Norn]]
*[[Forest Norn]]
*[[Ron Norn]]
*[[Santa Norn]] '97
*[[Classic Grendel]]
== Interesting Facts ==
[[Image:Hatchingnorn.jpg|right|frame|A hatching [[Norn]]]]
* A ''real'' [[background model|model]] was used to create the [[Albia]]n backdrop in Creatures.
* The original boxed edition of the game was accompanied by a helpful booklet, [[The Chronicles of Nornia]].
* Creatures was first pitched by [[Steve Grand]] in the form of a 'Mouse for Windows' - a little desktop pet that would need to be fed and watered, and who would interact with the desktop icons and windows. [[Millennium]] didn't bite.
* A second attempt at a pitch was dubbed 'Little Computer Ewoks' (compare [[Wikipedia:Little Computer People|Little Computer People]]) by [[Steve Grand]] himself, for lack of a better name. It is interesting to note that this proposal appears to be the earliest manifestation of Creatures as we know it today. It also interesting to note that the phrase 'Little Computer Ewoks' was also used by [[Erin|Erin's]] father when he was first shown the game!
* The development title for Creatures was eventually set to '[[Small Furry Creatures]]' - the game also became known as 'Creatures 1' (or just 'C1') after [[Creatures 2]] was (eventually) released.
* Creatures was first envisaged and developed as a top-down adventure/RPG game set in the [[Wikipedia:Amazon Rainforest|Amazon]], where the player would find an abandoned Norn community; much time was spent on this before deciding to base the game around the [[A-life]] concept itself (''See [http://web.archive.org/web/20080927203150/http://fp.cyberlifersrch.plus.com/creaturesarchive/vanimalspitch.htm Vanimals]'')
* The final design of the Norn as we know it is actually quite different that the original: [[Steve Grand]] originally imagined Norns to be 'gawky and awkward' - early images of Norns even resembled chickens!
* [[Grendel]]s were originally described as monsters, resembling huge, titanium spiders, complete with eight eyes and a voracious appetite for Norns. Eek!
* As [[aging]] and [[disease]] was introduced late in the game (''See [[history]]''), the death of [[Norn]]s was meant to be enforced by a gene... however, the gene misfired and had no effect! Norns died through [[illness]] though, as originally intended, which greatly pleased [[Steve Grand]]. (''[[Tarlia]] later created the [[Edited C1 Genomes]], which included a working "die of old age" gene.'')
* The music from the title movie ended up as part of a published CD from the Cyberlife musician [[Andrew Barnabas]] - You can listen to the extended version of the ''[[Creatures Montage]]''!
==See Also==
The word [[Creature]]s is also used in plural to refer to the [[A-Life]] animals which are the focus of the games.
*[[Creatures Credits]]
*[[Macintosh port of Creatures]]
*[[Modding in the Creatures series]]
*[[:Category: Creatures|'''Creatures 1 category''']]
==External links==
==External links==
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20081028181218/http://fp.cyberlifersrch.plus.com/creaturesarchive/creatures_history.htm Creatures History] as told by [[Steve Grand]]
* [http://www.gamewareeurope.com/GWDev/creatures_more.php?id=453_0_6_0_M26 Mythology behind Creatures]
* [[Wikipedia:Creatures (artificial life program)|Wikipedia article on Creatures]]
* [http://www.humanist.de/erik/Review_of_Creatures/creature.htm Review of Creatures]
* [http://www.gamewaredevelopment.co.uk/creatures_more.php?id=453_0_6_0_M26 Mythology behind Creatures]
[[Category: Creatures games|Creatures 1]]
* [http://www.wikipedia.com/creatures Wikipedia article]
[[Category: Creatures|Creatures 1]]

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