CreaVures is a family-friendly puzzle platformer with drop dead gorgeous graphics. Platform games may be one of the most overdone genres in the App Store, but CreaVures manages to stand out with its adorable colors, detailed backgrounds, and a lovely bioluminescent color scheme.
In this game, players will take on the role of the CreaVures – Bitey, Pokey, Rolly, Zappy, and Flick. Each one has unique abilities for puzzle solving, and their names hint at their skills. For example, Bitey likes to chomp down on things to swing, and Zappy likes to zap.
The CreaVures have to work together to succeed, so as you play, you will always be playing two of them at once. You will need to run forward and overcome obstacles with one, and then do the same with the other, which makes game progression rather slow. The goal in the game is to collect essence to restore a darkened forest to its former glory.
While you’ll start with just one CreaVure (Bitey) others are quickly introduced. Players are encouraged to explore the level and decide how to use the creatures together. For example, Pokey shoots spines on his back that Bitey climbs, while Bitey grabs on to tall plants to assist Pokey.
It is a unique gameplay mechanic to use the CreaVures to work together to solve puzzles, but it’s also a gimmick, and gimmicks in games tend to get tiresome. Puzzles are also always quite obvious – it’s clear when and where to use each creature, which means that the game isn’t particularly challenging.
Because of its lack of challenge, this game might get boring at times for adults. However, I do think that it’s a fantastic game for children, thanks to its fun visuals and simple gameplay.
Of course, I have to admit that I’ve had this game on my iPad for quite some time and I do occasionally revisit it just to play for a few minutes because of the appealing look of the game. It really is gorgeous. I just wish there was a bit more substance.
CreaVures has 19 levels across five chapters, and each chapter is in a different part of the forest, for five unique looks in caves, swamps, and more. It also features Game Center integration with with leader boards and over 20 achievements to earn.
What I liked: CreaVures is a visually impressive game. It’s almost worth downloading for the graphics alone.
What I didn’t like: It’s too easy, too linear, and the controls are a bit clunky. It can be hard to maneuver through levels and downright frustrating to repeatedly try to jump on a platform or grab a rope just to miss because of subpar controls.
To buy or not to buy: This game is free for a limited time, so if you can, snap it up at no cost. If you love games with unique graphics and don’t mind a little bit of frustration, it is worth its $0.99 purchase price. Families with kids will likely want to pick this one up and play as a team, with mom or dad navigating the tricky parts and the kids finishing the simple sections.
- App Name: CreaVures
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chillingo
- Price: $0.99