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  Creatures Village

"This is a special world, inhabited by the amazing virtual life forms known as Norns. These cuddly little creatures have their own Digital DNA, brains and biochemistry. They learn and think for themselves but they need you to love them, care for them and play with them. The adventure starts the moment you hatch your first baby Norn in the Nestery and begin to explore the giant Creatures Village world with them.” - Kutoka Interactive

Kutoka Interactive has released another exciting game for young children. Creatures Village is fun and fascinating interactive game that gives young'uns the opportunity to basically raise, feed and love what could be construed as an animated pet. These little creatures, the Norns, do not have pre-programmed behaviors, nor do they know right from wrong. They make their own decisions and learn from their own mistakes, so it"s up to you to put them on the right path to adulthood. Granted, like the trials and tribulations of raising a real life pet, there is no guarantee that your Norn will always follow your commands.

 The Norns live in a brilliant, magical world where there is definitely no shortage of fun things to explore. There are 15 themed areas of play, all with their own unique and entertaining activities. Navigate the Norn’s world by using your mouse to click on various items in each new Village scene and be sure to leave no stone unturned as you never know what surprise may be hidden in each play area. Whether it be baking a cake or taking a ride on a magical sky boat, your little Norns shouldn’t have any trouble occupying their time and honestly, neither should you!

Creatures Village offers not only fun and games, but also a bit of a lesson in science, Mother Nature and maybe even a little bit about the facts of life. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the ever changing seasons in the Creatures Village. Make sure to plant plenty of healthy fruits and veggies in the summer and harvest and store lots of food for your Norns in the winter. Don’t want your little pets to go hungry right?

Overall I have to say that although I’m not a kid anymore…there is always a child at heart willing to play a fun kiddy game! I think children will enjoy the interactive nature of the game and the bright and bouncy colors of the Creatures various animated environments. I think its great that Kutoka Interactive has incorporated a chance for young children to learn the notions of genetics, biology and the nature of the ecosystem in a fun and lighthearted approach. Some may argue that the creatures and the environments are too cutesy and with too simple a design. I think it helps make the game much more functional and appealing to interact with. One suggestion I do have is that it would be very helpful to have an instructional booklet that explains a little more clearly some of the things you encounter during game play. It’s a bit of a pain to have to exit the game to read the manual on the disk itself (although the instructions there were easy to follow).

Creatures Village is the perfect starter game for young players and the bubbly landscapes are sure to please the eye. Now…go raise yourself some Norns!


Review ID Number: 644
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Kutoka Interactive
Review Date: 2005-12-08
Reviewer: Kristin Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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