CreaVures is a puzzle-platformer set in a magical forest. You play as five different “Creavures,” tiny mythical creatures that each have a unique natural ability. Together your Creavures must travel deep into the dying forest, using their abilities alone or in tandem to gather essence and restore the light.
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Sporting adorable creatures, a wonderfully wonky color palette, and some decent partner-dependent puzzling, Creavures makes for a charming side-scrolling platformer.
Set in a bizarre low-lit backdrop, CreaVures seems like a cartoon version of Avatar’s Pandora. The colours are mostly muted, and shadows cover most of the landscape. The flora and fauna that appear all beam out in sharp neon pinks, purples and greens, ensuring that all critters are easily spotted. The music that plays throughout is airy and distant. It fits the mood, but starts to feel repetitive after a while.
Bitey and Pokey's first boss battle. He's a big one, isn't he?
The playable animals are excellently designed and animated. Each one oozes with his or her own unique charisma. In cutscenes, they all banter back and forth without saying a word, but the player will never have to guess at what’s being inferred in the conversations. Reaching a checkpoint in-game will result in the on-screen duo to break into a little celebratory dance. Jumping, climbing and bouncing will all come into play, and there will be a need to employ the unique abilities of the other critters met on the journey.
The player will start with only Bitey at the start of the game, but as levels are completed, other allies surface. There are five support characters in total, and there can be only two on screen at a time. Each critter has his own special talents, and some will be required to surpass parts of the stage. Combining the right talents will be essential to clear a stage. Fortunately, the critters that start the level can be swapped out at any checkpoint.
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