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Creativerse

Creativerse is a 3D block-based sandbox adventure game that features a variety of colorful biomes and creatures that the player can harvest, mine, and loot to build any structure imaginable. The game offers robust building tools and blueprints, teleporters, and fully tameable creatures.

Publisher: Playful Corporation
Playerbase: Medium
Type: Sandbox Adventure
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Pros: +Variety of building tools. +Huge sandbox world. +Building blueprints. +Unlockable recipes.
Cons: -No server list. -No offline mode. -No NPCs.

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Overview

Creativerse Overview

Creativerse is a free-to-play sandbox adventure MMO set in a colorful world filled with a variety of unique monsters, blocks, materials, and biomes to collect and explore. The game's block-based exploration and building is reminiscent of popular sandbox voxel games like Minecraft and Trove, with multiple features that set it apart: better graphics, the ability to tame all creatures—allowing players to farm them infinitely for materials—crafting recipes that unlock as players craft each item, keeping low level players from crafting high level equipment, monsters with unique abilities and attacks, and environmental hazards such as heat, cold, and corruption that must be dealt with using crafted equipment. Players can create their own private worlds, share them with other players, or join other players from all over the world in theirs.

Creativerse Key Features:

  • Massive Sandbox World – explore an expansive sandbox world with a variety of biomes such as lush forests, frozen tundras, and barren deserts.
  • Wide Range of Building Blocks - harvest and mine a variety of blocks, from prolific dirt blocks to ores that can only be found deep beneath the surface.
  • Every Monster is Tameable – huge variety of unique creatures, all of which can be tamed, harvested, and turned into pets with the use of a craftable Taming Collar.
  • Unlockable Crafting Recipes – unlock crafting recipes as rewards for crafting new items, progressively unlocking higher level equipment as the player progresses throughout the game.
  • Farming and Cooking – search for crops, harvest them for seeds, plant your own farm, and use those materials to cook replenishing food and to feed your pets.
  • Single Player and Multiplayer – jump into a friend's game with friendly fire turned on, or start a new world on your own, with the ability to easily share your creations with the game's community.

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Full Review

Creativerse Review

By, Marc Marasigan

Creativerse is a free-to-play 3D voxel building game similar to Minecraft and Terraria. Players take on the role of adventurers stranded in a mysterious world inhabited by unique and often dangerous creatures. With nothing but a note to go on, players must explore and harvest materials from their environment to build and craft their own shelter, armor, and weapons that will help them survive the dangers of the night. The game features cartoony graphics similar to Battleborn, including the sci-fi feel, which are a leap up from the retro-style voxel graphics of Minecraft, Trove, Terraria, and other earlier games in the genre. The sound effects are well-done but the soundtrack needs to be turned up a bit. As it is, the music is barely audible even at max volume.

A Whole New World

Players start the game by either creating their own world or joining a pre-existing one. Unfortunately, the devs seem to have forgotten to add a way to browse for available servers aside from searching for the player name or the world name using the “handy” search bar found in the main menu. Another complaint I have is that there’s no indication of whether a world is active or not, or how many players are currently online which makes choosing servers a matter of trial and error. Once players have chosen their servers they are then given the option of customizing their avatars which is a simple matter of choosing their gender, hair, eye, shirt, shorts, and shoe color. More customization options, even a few hairstyle choices, would have done wonders for the game though.

The All-Powerful Glove

Creativerse’s core gameplay revolves around gathering and mining material blocks from your voxel-based environment to craft shelter, armor, and weapons, to help you survive the nights when aggressive and powerful monsters come out to play. Sound familiar? It’s probably because Creativerse borrows heavily from Minecraft, the game that started the sandbox voxel craze, with a few unique additions. Instead of crafting different tools to efficiently accomplish different tasks, such as picks for stone, shovel for dirt, and axes for wood, players only need one tool, an oversized sci-fi glowing glove that magically sucks in any block its pointed at, as long as you have a strong enough battery cell, known in-game as a Mining Cell, to power your glove.

Dirt, grass, trees, and almost any surface block can be mined even without a mining cell, stone blocks with the basic Wood Mining Cell, and deeper blocks with more advanced mining cells, like the Lumite Mining Cell, which gives your block-sucking glove the power to mine any block you choose, from grass to corrupted water—the most difficult block to mine, and everything in between.

Build, Craft, Survive

Now that you’ve figured out how to mine blocks, it’s time to put them to use. Pop-up tips guide new players on what items to craft. Unfortunately, that’s all players get as far as tutorials go. Players start off by crafting a wooden sword, not my first choice for a weapon but a definite improvement from the broken tree branch that players start out with. As soon as players craft an item, the recipe for the next tier is automatically unlocked. In this case, a Stone Sword. Crafting a Stone Sword, unlocks the recipe for the Obsidian Sword and so on. Players also need to craft a Processor as soon as they’re able. Processors convert raw materials, like vines and wood blocks, into higher quality blocks, such as twine and wood slabs which are needed to craft better items. Later into the game, players can also craft a Forge, a Cooking Station, and Extractors to convert Ore blocks such as Coal and Obsidian into usable materials. Additionally, players can purchase blueprints using resources. Blueprints serve as a guide for a variety of cute, and sometimes wacky, house designs eliminating the need to for counting blocks.

Home Sweet Home

Aside from crafting blocks into weapons, armor, and tools players can use practically any type of block to build shelter, from dirt and leaves to limestone and stalactites. Houses can even be built from snow. Just make sure that you build them in a cold enough place. Building a shelter is a vital part of surviving in the world of Creativerse because it protects players from the powerful and aggressive monsters that come out at night. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a four-story limestone palace or a cave dug out of the side of a mountain, as long as it’s covered and illuminated. Light sources prevent monsters from spawning around them so, unless you want a cranky Night Pigsy for a roommate, it’s probably a good idea to always have a well-lit shelter. And the nasty nocturnal creatures spawn in dark caves and underground so be extra careful when digging down for blocks and make sure to place a source of light every few blocks. Good thing torches burn forever in Creativerse.

Building A Community

Part of the appeal of sandbox voxel games is being able to create virtually anything you can imagine, be it a small farm or a gigantic cruise ship, and sharing creations with friends. So is working together with other players to create a sprawling metropolis. Creativerse is no different. Players can join a host of player-made worlds with different rules ranging from cooperative building projects to full-blown persistent PvP. Some worlds even allow other players to claim whole plots of land for themselves to do with as they please in exchange for a small resource fee. Claiming plots prevents other players from mining and messing up your patiently-created masterpieces.

Premium Blocks

Want a Moroccan-inspired house or a Greek mansion made out of Chiseled Limestone blocks? Check out the in-game cash shop for a selection of premium blocks that can be purchased using gold coins. Players start off with 450 gold coins, which is a quite substantial amount considering that a premium block set costs 200 gold. Additional gold coins can be purchased using real world money. Premium blocks are purely cosmetic in nature and do not affect the game’s balance in any way. Some blocks are even given away for free. Be sure to check the cash shop regularly to find out which blocks are up for grabs.

Final Verdict - Great

Creativerse is Minecraft on steroids. If you’ve played Minecraft before then you’ll feel right at home with Creativerse. Personally, I find games like Creativerse highly-addictive and can easily spend a couple of hours trying to make my house look just right or spend a couple of days creating a massive medieval wall complete with walkways, towers, crenellations and parapets, and a secret passage embedded in the wall. Essentially, it’s like building a Lego model without all the mess and effort of prying apart blocks. Although I do have to admit that these type of games aren’t for everyone and are ridiculously time-consuming. If you’re a Minecraft fan then you’ll definitely love Creativerse. If not, it’s still well worth checking out and won’t cost you anything except a couple of minutes (or hours) and a few gigabytes of disk space.

Screenshots

Creativerse Screenshots

Videos

Creativerse Videos

Links

Creativerse Online Links

Creativerse Steam Page
Creativerse Developer Site
Creativerse Wikia [Guides / Info]

System Requirements

Creativerse System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

Operating System: Windows Vista SP2 or higher / OSX 10.8 or higher
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad-Core 2.4 GHz / AMD Phenom II Quad-Core 2.8 GHz or better
Video Card: GeForce GTX 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 2900XT
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB

Recommended Requirements:

Operating System: Windows Vista SP2 or higher / OSX 10.8 or higher
CPU: Intel Core i5 2.67 GHz / AMD Phenom II 945 3.0 GHz or better
Video Card: GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 5850
RAM: 8 GB
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB

Music

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Additional Info

Creativerse Additional Information

Developer: Playful Corporation

Engine: Unity

Pay-to-Play Early Access: August 12, 2014
Free-to-Play Launch: November 11, 2015

Release Date: August 12, 2014

Development History / Background:

Creativerse is developed and published by Playful Corporation, a Texas-based indie game developer that develops games using the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset. The developer's first game, Lucky's Tale, is designed entirely for the Oculus Rift and the developers have discussed giving Creativerse Oculus Rift functionality as well. Creativerse was initially launched in August, 2014 as a pay-to-play Early Access title on Steam with an estimated launch date of six months from its early access release. The game's developers decided that the game needed more time before its full release, eventually releasing the game as a free-to-play game in November, 2015 to expand its reach and gain more user feedback.