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System Requirements


Creatures was released in 1996. The system specifications for Creatures (also called Creatures 1 or Original Creatures) are as follows:

Windows 95/98/ME NT 4.0 (SP 3) and Win 2000 / XP with administrator privileges
Pentium 166 or faster
4 X CD ROM or faster
16-bit Sound Card
2MB 16-Bit color SVGA display adapter (800X600 resolution minimum)
16 MB RAM (32MB recommended)
300MB of free hard disk space

(Both the graphics and sound cards require DirectX 5+ compatible drivers)

XP Compatibility: Creatures2 was not made to work on the Windows XP operating system. Though similiar, this operating system is different from Windows 95/98/ME and thus it may be unstable or refuse to work at all. However, some users have reported that things work fine as long as:

The game / addon is installed by a user with complete administrator privileges.
The game / addon is run only by a user with complete administrator privileges.

So make sure that this is the case. You must install (or reinstall if already installed) under a Windows XP user that has complete administrator privileges. Also, the game can only run (be played) by a user with the same privileges - ie, complete administrator privileges.

When trying to install Creatures2 without using compatibility modes, you may receive the following error: "ISDX_ERR_BADWINDOWSVERSION - entry not found in string table." This problem is best solved as follows:

1.) Right click the Setup.exe program and select the compatibility tab.
2.) Check run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows NT 4.0 Service pack 5 (This compatibility option works best.
3.) click OK.
4.) Right click on the Setup.exe file and click "Run As:" Then check "The following user" and set the user option to "administrator"
5.) You must now provide the administrator password.

Some players have reported the following error when trying to run Creatures2 on Windows XP: "[DDERROR - NODIRECTDRAWHW] has been detected when attempting to draw game sprites."
This error is due to the Video card not having an XP driver that supports direct draw emulation. Creatures 2, and DirectX want to use the Hardware acceleration in C2 rather than software acceleration. Windows XP is an NT based operating system, and does not support directly accessing the hardware. Therefore, for players who receive this error, there is little that can be done to fix the problem. I suggest that anyone wanting to upgrade to XP check with their video card manufacturer to see if the drivers for XP support Direct Draw from the hardware, or if they are for display only.



When installing Creatures and itís associated updates and utilities, you should always update in the proper order. Installing out of order can cause innumerable problems with the game, and in the end frustrate you more than is necessary. The first step in any Creatures installation is to install from your creatures Disks/CD. Next start the game, and click Help, and then about. Take note of the revision number that you are shown. Your installation of updates should begin with the next available update after yours.

Creatures 2 Deluxe DirectX Install Bypass


Creatures2_Deluxe_DirectX_Install_Bypass
Description: Some persons have encountered problems installing Creatures 2 Deluxe because it will not install on Windows 95 machines which already have DirectX7 installed. This patch will bypass the DirectX installation and simply install the Creatures 2 Deluxe files. This also bypasses the HTML Help and Internet Explorer 3 installation and if you experience problems after installing the patch (i.e., running Help files), simply double click these files which are located in your CD ROM Install/Install directory:
  • 40comupd.exe
  • hhupd.exe
  • msie302.exe
Instructions:
  1. Download the self-extracting archive (your desktop is a good place to download to)
  2. Ensure that the Creatures 2 Deluxe CD ROM is is in your CD drive
  3. Double-click the downloaded file (C2DeluxeDirectXSkipper.exe) to start installation

Executable Update


Executable_Update
Description: Updates your Creatures 2 to version 1.0.38 and addresses the following issues:
  1. Word List is no longer fixed in the program and can be changed manually
  2. Problems with some kits appearing in German have been addressed
  3. New World file allows learning computers to take advantage of the above
  4. This update also addresses earlier issues:
  5. Full screen mode now correctly updates the creature list. Some users who made extensive use of full screen mode noticed that pressing TAB to cycle between Norns did not include creatures that had just hatched
  6. Sex of naturally laid eggs is now calculated from Norns only. Because Ettins and Grendels are male, this could fool the program into hatching an unusually high number of female Norns - this is now fixed
  7. Some masters produced post build 27 (North American build) such as French, German and English already have the below fixed:
  8. ENHANCEMENT: Macro language error messages improved
  9. BUG: Mouse pointer does not correctly appear in Creature's Eye View at the world wraparound point. Fixed
  10. BUG: Creatures had some problems at the world wraparound point. Fixed.
  11. ENHANCEMENT: Toolbar Labels option setting now persistent
  12. BUG: Screen scrolling in the room at the bottom left (where the chemical mixing machine is) causes camera judder. Fixed
Instructions: You must have a ZIP program to uncompress the file.
  1. Download the zipped archive
  2. Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running
  3. Double click on the downloaded file to unzip to a temporary folder
  4. Double-Click the setup file to start installation

World Switcher


World_Switcher
Description: This is the helpful World Switcher Utility which comes in the Creatures 2 Life Kit 1 Pack. This add-on to Creatures 2 allows you to use and manage multiple worlds. Rather than only having one world for all users, you can now create an individual world for each individual player! Another benefit is that it will also allow you to run worlds with new backgrounds making it easier to run new 3rd party game worlds.
Instructions:
  1. Download the self-extracting archive (your desktop is a good place to download to)
  2. Ensure that the Creatures 2 is not running.
  3. Double click on the downloaded file to start the installation.
  4. When you next launch Creatures 2, you will see the World Switcher, click on World.sfc to play your standard game or Create a new game from the world switcher menu.

Genome Update Version 54



Please note that this Genome is provided only so you can see the progression of Genetics for C2 if you so choose, and it is not the recommended update. The recommended update is Creatures 2 Genome Update version 56.

Genome_Update_Version_54
Description: Revision Notes This update will upgrade your Creatures 2 Digital DNA to Genome 54 (please note that if you have Creatures 2 version 1.038 or above, you do not need this update). The Norns supplied in this pack are designed to be more robust in general as well as have improved behavior. Many minor tweaks have been made, and for the technically minded and those interested in the details of what we've updated, the major changes are detailed below: Creatures Digital DNA The structure of your Norns, Grendels and Ettins is based on Digital DNAô -- a genetic structure that describes the building blocks of the creatures themselves, including their biochemistries, brain lobes, instincts and the poses they can get their bodies into. The below list describes the changes we've made since the original release of Creatures 2. If you'd like to learn more about why these changes were made, click here to read the Creatures 2 Genome Pack FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). Some drives have been given priority over others, so that the primary drives (eating and reproducing) which keep the species alive, are given priority over secondary drives (eg NFP, boredom) in dictating the activity of a Norn Norns now require a larger amount of food in their stomachs to feel full The problem with causing damage to the uterus instead of to the heart when Norns become obese has been fixed. They also need to be a lot more obese now before any damage will be caused The feeling of fullness depletes hunger. Fullness now depletes less hunger than before, so if the Norn snacks it will not necessarily totally deplete its hungry feeling, just slightly reduce it Norns get more nutrition from eating now. This means that the rate at which they eat should better satisfy their energy requirements A new regulation mechanism ensures that glycolysis only burns glucose when the Norn is low on ATP Anaerobic respiration has been made more biologically realistic (many thanks are extended to Lis Morris for her contributions to this) The feelings of crowdedness and loneliness wear off faster than before Various stimuli have been changed to bring the amounts of punishment and reward more in line with the rest of the stimuli. This means that the stimuli should now contribute about equally to the learning process Norns have a couple of new instincts to encourage them to do be more active when they're bored Muscle tissue/protein use balance has been adjusted. This should increase a creature's life span In addition to the above changes, the bloodstream now has an oxygen-carrying capability, to allow the Norn a few more seconds of life underwater. Many thanks are extended to Lis Morris for providing us with the genes for this.
Instructions: Make sure you have the latest executable update installed on your system (1.0.38 - look in "About Creatures" in the "Help" menu for your version number. Please note: if you purchased C2 that has this version number, you do not need to install this genome since it is already present) Download the self-extracting archive Make sure that Creatures 2 is *not* running Double click on the downloaded file to start installation 4. Run Creatures 2. All eggs in your hatchery will now have been updated

Genome Update Version 56


Genome_Update_Version_56
Description: This is the final update to the Digital DNA for your Creatures 2 Norns. This update improves on the version 54 genome with overall ehancements Norn behaviour. Genome version 54 has now been superceded by this update. You should note that your Norns will have stronger instincts when born, giving them a better chance of retaining information into their old age.
Instructions: Make sure you have the latest executable update installed on your system (1.0.38 - look in "About Creatures" in the "Help" menu for your version number. Please note: if you purchased C2 that has this version number, you do not need to install this genome since it is already present). Download the self-extracting archive. Make sure that Creatures 2 is *not* running. Double click on the downloaded file to start installation. Run Creatures 2. All eggs in your hatchery will now have been updated. Previous egg versions (52 and 54) have been copied to your backup folder. You can simply copy them back into your Creatures 2/Eggs directory if you want to use them again.

Injector Update


Injector_Update
Description: Adds scroll bars to the windows and an "About" box with version number.
Instructions: Make sure you have the latest executable update installed on your system (1.0.38 - look in "About Creatures" in the "Help" menu for your version number) Download the self-extracting archive Make sure that Creatures 2 is *not* running Double click on the downloaded file to start installation Run Creatures 2

Object Pack 1


Object_Pack_1
Description: With brand new COBs: Electric Gate This can be used to prevent Norns from going places that they shouldn't! Can be set to allow Norns through one-way, or not allow them from any side. Great for placing next to cliffs, or for locking Norns in rooms for wolfing runs! Puffer Fish This cute little fish swims towards drowning Norns, inflates, and drags them up to the surface -- keeping them full of Oxygen all the way! Whilst not always successful, they're a useful addition to the ocean. Pop Rocket A harmless little firework for Albia. Make sure there is plenty of room before using it! Death Update script Some users may have noticed that their Ettins sometimes stay lying around after they have passed away. This update should resolve this issue. German language in the game. Users in North America may have experienced a sprinkling of German scattered around their Agent Injector after downloading the Object Pack. This is not part of CyberLife's ongoing education program, and you won't find it in Japanese on a German machine! The reason for this was a confusion with Windows that led to the program deciding that United Kingdom English was not United States English, and that the closet language was German... Funnily enough, this problem does not occur the other way around. Needless to say, we've fixed it, so those not familiar with the German language will not need a dictionary to operate the Agent Injector. This is a fixed version of this pack, and many apologies for the problem. If you've already downloaded the pack and your agent injector works correctly in English (United Kingdom customers), you do not need to download this fixed version.
Instructions: Make sure you have the latest Creatures 2 Executable and Agent Injector update installed on your system Download the self-extracting archive Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running Double click on the downloaded file to start installation Run Creatures 2 and start your Agent Injector applet. You can now click on the new items and inject them into Albia Have fun!

Object Pack 2


Object_Pack_2
Description: With brand new COBs: Drinking Update Alters the scripts for the drinking fountain so that they now give a decrease in thirst as well as dispensing water Fungi Update Reclassifies all the fungi from 'plant' to 'fruit' - this will help with the creatures' eating behaviour Underground critter This puts a special critter into the world who lives under the incubator. He removes the tomato plants and throws the fruit to the surface Game State controller A COB that bypasses the need to get to the pickups. It allows all the extra modes to be activated or switched off: Science Kit, Advanced Science Kit, Neuroscience Kit, Infinite Scroll and the Ettin/Grendel Selection
Instructions: You must download the Updated Object Injector and install it before you can inject any of the Christmas COBs Download the self-extracting archive Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running Double click on the downloaded file to start installation Run Creatures 2 and start your Agent Injector applet. You can now click on the new items and inject them into Albia Have fun!

Advanced Hatchery


Advanced_Hatchery
Description: The Advanced hatchery kit is an amendment to the Creatures 2 hatchery designed to allow you to control more directly those eggs which are rendered visible in the hatchery window. If you run out of eggs, you will be presented with the emergency situation window, in which you will have the option to invoke the advanced editor. Alternatively it can be accessed from the hatchery's help menu. The Hatchery Window itself has also been updated to include a display of the information stored within the egg files. Those with descriptions provided by developers who have created eggs with the Egg Maker (available from the CDN) will now be more useful to you.
Instructions: Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running on your machine If you haven't done so already, download and install the Creatures 2 Executable and Agent Injector Download the self-extracting ZIP file To unpack it simply double click on the downloaded file: AdvHatchery.exe The set up program will install the new hatchery to the correct location and backup your current version 6. A text document explaining the usage is installed to your Creatures 2 folder

Boney Grendel


Boney_Grendel
Description: These new Grendels have a brand new Genome developed by Lis Morris, a Creatures Community member. They use a protoype Grendel sprite and feature the following: Greater intelligence Immunity to heavy metal poisoning: Grendels spend a lot of their time in the volcano, where the high radioactivity gives them heavy metal poisoning. This is why your grendels so often have a cross next to their 'bones' organ A whole new personality: more aggressive, but also liable to become very afraid and run away when slapped. Basically, a typical bully, and a coward at heart A new 'dancing' gait Easily made breedable Longer live span: These Grendels would live for five hours, given no mishaps. Normal Grendels only live for two and a half
Instructions: Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running on your machine. If you haven't done so already, download and install the Creatures 2 Executable and Agent Injector Download the Boney Grendel's self-extracting archive to your machine. Install this archive and reboot your machine You will now find that you have two green grendel eggs in the Hatchery You will also find that there is a new entry in the Object Injector, the Boney Grendel Update. This allow them to breed Have fun with your new Grendels!

Hallowe'en Pack


Hallowe'en_Pack
Description: With lots of brand new creepy COBs: Hallowe'en Decorations. Spooky mobiles and pumpkin streamers Devilish critter. These little guys can teach Norns words just like the learning critters, but only teach bad words like scared and lonely Ghost. Creepy ghosts appear and disappear and frighten Norns with their scary laughter Jack o' Latern. Scary carved pumpkin lanterns Pumpkin Pie. Tasty, mmmmm Skeleton. The wandering undead crumble to dust and rise from their graves when Norns are around Witch. An evil witch that rides her broomstick across the Albian sky laughing her sinister laugh
Instructions: You need WinZip to open the archive. If you don't have this essential shareware utility, you can get it from ZDNet You must download the Updated Agent Injector and install it before you can inject any of the Christmas COBs Download the archive to any location on your computer (the desktop is a good place) Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running Double click on the downloaded file to extract the COB file Then, either: a) Put the COB file in your creatures2\objects directory or b) Drag the COB file onto the open agent injector applet. The objects within the COB will then be available from within the injector You can now click on the new items and inject them into Albia 8. Boo!

Christmas Pack


Christmas_Pack
Description: Make a Norn happy this Christmas with a selection of festive items to bring seasonal joy to Albia. This pack has the following three items in it: Christmas_98.cob - this COB file will automatically be placed into your Creatures2/images folder and will appear in your agent injector. Santa.exe - this contains Santa and all the files he needs to be viewed. You should find a Santa.exp file in your Creatures2 folder after this executable is run. Christmas98.txt - you're reading it now! The objects you can now inject are as follows: Grendel Frost This will cool down your world as the spirit of Ice Grendel dances in Albia. This cooling effect will allow snow to fall Fairy Lights Injects a string of a Christmas lights in the incubator area. You can clone a string of lights by clicking on it - the copy can then be placed wherever you want them. All lights are controlled by the control box which dictates the flash sequence the lights use Turkey Festive food for creatures Christmas Pudding That oh-so-traditional English dessert Santa's Little Helper A festive-look learning critter Fairy Godmother A little fairy who will make your creatures feel better with a wave of her wand
Instructions: You must download the Updated Agent Injector and install it before you can inject any of the Christmas COBs Download the self-extracting archive to any location on your computer (the desktop is a good place) Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running Double click on the downloaded file to extract the COB file Run Creatures 2 and start your Agent Injector Applet. You can now click on the new items and inject them into Albia. You can also choose to import Santa from the file/import menu Ho ho ho and have a very happy holiday!

Cob Compiler


Cob_Compiler
Description: This compiler has been written to allow you to create your own agent files for Creatures 2. The agent files (also known as COBs) are simplified ways of exchanging agents with others whilst ensuring that all the resources necessary for the agents' correct operation are also transferred. The agent files provide a method of transferring all agent-related resources in a single file, including all the sounds and images used by the agent.
Instructions: Download the self-extracting archive Make sure that Creatures 2 is not running Double click on the downloaded file to start installation The Compiler and help document will be installed in your tools directory The documentation is in Word format. If you do not have Word, here's a plain text version You may also like the CAOS Language guide (647Kb), and a tutorial on COS creation (17Kb), both available in MS Word format

Creatures2 Life Kit 2 Missing Files


Creatures2_Life_Kit_2_Missing_Files
Description: Some of you may have noticed that some files are missing from the Creatures 2 Life Kit 2 download. You can get these files in the download.
Instructions: The missing files need to go into the following directories. ufo3.s16 - Creatures 2/Images bup_.s16 - Creatures 2/Images ufo_.wav - Creatures 2/Sounds upup.wav - Creatures 2/Sounds updn.wav - Creatures 2/Sounds

Creatures2 Help Files Online


Creatures2_Help_Files_Online
Description: Some users have had problems with Microsoft's HTML Help system clashing with other applications they have installed on their machines. To help remedy this, we've converted the Creatures 2 help file to pure HTML so that you can view it with any web browser that supports graphics.
Instructions: To find out if you need this, run Creatures 2 and press "F1." If the Help contents page appears, then you do not need this pure HTML version of the help files.

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