Creativerse is an open world crafting game that recently went free-to-play.
It’s still in early access but the title shows a great deal of promise and I think the developer (Playful Corporation) has done an excellent job in creating this awesome addition to the genre.
Visually, Creativerse resembles a very pretty version of Minecraft. The whole aesthetic of the game has a light-hearted cartoonish feel, with interesting enemies and a fascinating environment to run through. Cave exploration is excellent, with a nice balance of smaller, easier caves for some quick resource collection and much deeper, darker caverns full of glowing monsters in all shapes and sizes.
The world itself is similar to a lot of games of this ilk, with the surface changing to a different biome every couple of hundred in-game metres. These biomes contain different materials and slight variations of monsters, although the most useful items can still be found through mining and exploring caves.
Combat is fairly standard. Smaller monsters go down in a few hits whilst the bigger ones stick around for longer. You can build better weapons as you progress and basic armour unlocks fairly early, although collecting the resources for these things takes a fair bit of searching.
To do said collecting Creativerse has you use a kind of suction glove, which means only one tool is required for most of the gathering. Having said that, the higher tier ores and items will require you to make the proper tool to collect them.
There appears to be no third person option, which isn’t unexpected but can sometimes make combat a little confusing if you’re used to seeing your character.
Crafting of Creativerse
I really, really, really like the crafting system in Creativerse. For the most part it follows the pattern of unlocking new recipes each time you craft a new item for the first time, although you can find recipes in chests that are placed randomly about the world.
Some items also require you to obtain certain materials, and each stage of resource collection you unlock is very intuitive and easy to understand. For example, normal stone can be collected using your suction hand, but extractors must be made in order to collect things like coal and obsidian.
Extractors have a one time use but they are not too difficult to make. You can also craft upgrades for your suction hand so that it can collect slightly higher tiers of rock when doing general mining.
There are loads of different materials and I’m only really starting to scratch the surface of what you can create. Gardens and farm materials are among the many possibilities, as well as being able to tame some of the animals you can find.
As with most of this genre the building capabilities are incredibly extensive. I haven’t progressed much further than having a small hovel inside a hill but I have seen images of glass palaces and similar mega structures. You can basically let your imagination run wild.
How Does Creativerse Run?
I have had no issues on my mid-end PC. So far I haven’t even encountered any server lag but I haven’t yet tried to connect and play with other people. Occasionally textures render a little slowly but it’s not really a hindrance to the overall gameplay.
I’m really enjoying trundling through this game and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what I can create.
A relaxed game that’s easy to lose a fair few hours in. If you’ve somehow missed out on trying games like Minecraft but are interested in the idea of it, definitely give this game a blast!