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I am a mom of a very stubborn right-year old who is obsessed with creatures. Or have been for the past few weeks. I have no idea how to deal with all that so here are my questions:
Is this game suitable for 8 years old?
Is it available on Switch?
If not Switch then what I need to be able to play it?
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The Creatures series is absolutely suitable for an eight year-old to play. In fact, that was the age that I began playing. Keep in mind though that some parts of the game, like the brain and genetics systems, may be a little more advanced for younger players, but exploring these is completely optional (just expect a few questions about biology!).
Unfortunately, the main Creatures series isn't available to play on any other platform besides PC. There are a couple of spin-offs, but these are either for PlayStation 1 or Gameboy Advance, and don't offer as much depth as the PC games.
Hope this answers your questions!
Neither look forward where there is doubt nor backward where there is regret. Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside you want, but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.
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If this an option to you, I would definitely recommend the PC version. You can get legal copies of the game for less than 10 euro/dollar/whatever online.
For the PC itself, the games are like 20 years old, so you don't need a high end machine. Any old laptop should do fine.
Faster machines can of course handle more creatures, but even with a 10 year old office computer you should be able to have like 10-15 little critters running around. More than plenty to entertain an 8 year old.
As for the age rating: the games are neither particularly sexual, nor violent. Norns reproduce by giving each other kisses and then laying giant chicken eggs.
They can also hit each other, but it's literally just a sound and a frowning face. No blood or bruises or anything.
Even if they die, they just vanish in a sparkly cloud.
Lets play plants! Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis... Photosynthesis...
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As with any pet, expect questions about death and the afterlife. Once a creature is dead, that's it for them, there is no coming back. In C1, norns live for about 10 hours, although disease or malnutrition can cut this short. As with any video game, it's best to play it with your children.
Creatures see objects in categories called 'genuses' - they don't see a ball or a top, they can only see a 'toy'. They have a limited vocabulary by which the player can talk to them, once they have been educated at the computer.
They require encouragement to eat food - in C1, you must tell them to 'push food' if you want them to grow up healthy and strong.
In C1, if they get sick, encourage them to push this herb - it will keep their temperature down while the norn fights off the illness. Keeping norns wellfed and rested and isolated from other norns is important when dealing with an illness.
The grendel is still good to keep away from your norns to begin with - it's a bit of an advanced skill (requires a downloadable fix in C1 as well) to get them to play together nicely.
I think that C1 is a good beginning point: the norns are longerlived and simpler to take care of. Unlike in later games, they require care to thrive.
My TCR Norns