Docking Station is a game in the Creatures series, set on the Lone Shee's spaceship, the Capillata. It is known for being the first Creatures game with online networking capability (see DS Server), and is available to download for free on Windows and Linux, or can be purchased as part of Creatures Exodus for the Mac OS X. To play the game online you will need to register for a free Docking Station ID.
Creatures Docking Station gets its name from the fact it can be docked with the retail Creatures 3 to make the world even larger. In addition, third-party metarooms are available for download, along with many new breeds, both officially and fan designed. Each of the official breeds has an entry in the Docking Station Story.
Docking Station features an improved version of the Creatures Evolution Engine including the NetBabel protocol, which is responsible for internet-based things such as the warp. Some agents are specifically designed to work only with DS, while others require Creatures 3 to be installed if they use scripts or sprites from it.
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- Norn Meso - the main area of Docking Station containing the egg layer and learning machine, allowing you to play with and look after your norns.
- Comms Room - a metaroom which allows you to communicate with other online players, inject new agents, and tweak several different aspects of the current world.
- Workshop - the entry point for the warp, the location of the Containment Chamber, and where Warp Portals can be configured to be put around the ship.
- Hub - a central room that connects the other three, allowing travel between them. It also provides a way to the Creatures 3 ship in docked worlds.
Agents of note include:
Free Official Addons
In Creatures 3
- Astro Norn
- Bondi Norn
- Fallow Norn
- Hardman Norn
- Harlequin Norn
- Siamese Norn
- Treehugger Norn
- Toxic Norn
- Zebra Norn
- Banshee Grendel
Key characters in the DS storyline
- Download Docking Station (PC)
- Download Docking Station (Linux)
- Docking Station Central where you can register or view your DS profile
- The online Creatures Manuals from Gameware
- Creatures 3 in the gameinfo wiki, including a detailed guide
- Docking Station Manual - an online version of the manual at Artificial Life for Linux