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Very creative puzzle game
on December 13, 2010
I've never seen such a creative game like this before. You don't play against a computer or somebody else, it's all up to you to figure out the challenges on each level on your own. Plus, it's up to you to create how the background environment looks.
You start out with a tutorial level where you learn the basics of Create. I suggest not skipping the tutorial otherwise you might get completely lost and confused as to what you're suppose to do in the game.
There are about 10 puzzle challenge levels in each floating 'World' with several floating Worlds to play through before reaching the end of the game. In each world you also score points by creatively decorating the world using the given textures, objects, stickers, and tools throughout the game. As you progress, more and more objects and textures and stuff become unlocked. You can also score additional points by doing decorating 'chains', explained in the tutorial, which are very helpful in boosting your score so you can progress to the next world.
If you are familiar with any of the Sims games, imagine the decorating part to be very similar to Sims build mode, adding wallpaper, flooring, and stuff. In Create, you can also add various re-sizable objects such as animals, furniture, trees, stickers, skies, etc, and like I said, unlocking more as you progress through the game. What's really amazing is that you can decorate almost EVERYTHING seen on the screen, including the sky around each world. Even the background music, which is also customizable by clicking on which tune you'd like to hear, offers more and more unlockable choices.
The challenges are puzzles with each level different from the previous. You have to complete some in order to unlock others but not necessarily in any particular order even though they are numbered. In each puzzle, you are given a scenario where you must complete an objective with as few of the specific game object tools provided. Each level tells you exactly what you're objective is, then it's up to you to create the solution. The puzzles get progressively more challenging as they go along. Once you find a solution to each puzzle, you can take a snapshot of what you created, and save it to your Gallery. The snapshots play back more like little video clips than still photos, giving you an opportunity to review the solution you created at a later time.
I'd say this game is more for older kids and adults because the puzzles involve having to think about engineering solutions using some laws of physics. For example: You might be given a scenario where you have to get a small moving truck across gaps and spaces filled with obstacles using a few tools such as attachable balloons that lift objects into the air, spikes to break the balloons so the object falls, fans to blow the balloons that are attached to objects in a certain direction dictated by you, or things like temporary glue to hold the truck in position for timing purposes in order for other objects to catch up to it in order to reach the final objective of what might be -- getting the truck to its final destination on the other side of the screen. You can check how well your 'solution' is or is not working out at any time by clicking on the 'Play' button on the top right of the screen in each level.
In some puzzles you actually have to build a moving contraption from scratch using what parts are offered by the game in order to find the solution. Again, based on the laws of physics such as... how added weight of each part can affect the speed and mobility of whatever contraption you built, timing, wind direction, speed of the moving objects, etc.
You are given a limit to the amount of game object tools you can use in each level, and the fewer you use, the higher your final score will be, which will ultimately affect whether or not it will allow you to progress to the next level. If you don't score high enough, you must find a better solution until you do. With the exception of one level in each world where it is the opposite and you are expected to use as many tools as possible in order to find and complete the solution.
Many of these puzzles are simply mind boggling and can entertain and frustrate even an adult player for hours on end. Highly recommended for brainiac kids who dream of one day attending schools like MIT and for adult 'tinkerers' and puzzlers.
I give it five stars because of its sheer ingenuity, creative aspects, and that it takes a long time to play through each world. Definitely worth the money if you love to create things, have the patience to solve one challenge after another, and the intelligence to do it!
UPDATE: I've spent TWO solid days, over 16 hours total, stuck in World 4, level 8. There are 10 Worlds, 100 levels total. I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out ANY solution to this level. In this game there are no right or wrong solutions, whatever works to achieve the objective and get the highest score you can in order to move on to the next levels and Worlds is fine. But it DOES get a lot harder as you go along, starting at the 4th World.
If anybody has a solution to that level, please comment on it, I'd really really appreciate it! :)