Reviewed by Lindsay Burton
Eldrador Creatures is a turn based strategy game for kids and people interested in the popular Eldrador Creatures universe from Schleich!
Strategy games can oftentimes be unforgiving. I struggle with them because there are so many different elements to think about and requires the player to think multiple moves ahead in order to plan out what’s going to happen. This can be difficult for some and easier for others. Eldrador Creatures, a more simplistic strategy game, is a great place to start for those new to the genre, so definitely a win fore!
In Eldrador Creatures you play as one of four factions of creatures: Lava, Ice, Stone or Jungle. Whatever you choose at the beginning of the game, those are the creatures that you’ll be taking into battle as you face against the other three creatures. The ultimate goal is to be the most powerful of the four factions and, in order to do that, you’ll have to secure the superweapon. The creatures in the game are based on a range of toys manufactured by Schleich so if you or your kids are fans of the toys, you’ll likely recognise some of your favourite characters. My children didn’t know if this game or the toys available to purchase but have now added these characters to birthday lists! This is a turn-based strategy in every sense of the term, but a lot of the complicated rules you might find elsewhere in the genre have been either simplified or just left out. You control your set of creatures, each of which can perform a number of different types of moves; you can move around, ready an attack, shield yourself, or attack the enemy. The enemy can do the same. Something distinctive to Eldrador Creatures is that each member of your team is rigged out with their own mini-creatures. Mini-creatures are earned at the end of every match and support the main creatures in a number of ways. They act like “loot boxes”, but they’re free and unlocked just by playing through levels. Mini-creatures give your main creatures various buffs, such as +1 attack, giving them a shield, lowering the enemy’s attack and more.
Other than your enemies you will face, you can also come across barricades as well as blocked doors that you would have to deal with. Your creature can only do a certain number of actions each turn, so you’ll have to be careful in planning ahead! Sometimes, you’ll be forced to sacrifice one of your creatures for the good of the other in order to progress, something my son did not enjoy! That’s just how it is in this creature-eat-creature world. On PS4, Eldrador Dragons runs very smoothly, and it looks great. It doesn’t do anything mind-blowing, but the creatures are animated to look like their real life action-figure counterparts, and now that I have seen them, I can honestly say they really do. As you advance through the game you’ll visit all four worlds, playing through more than 30 levels that each elevates in degree of difficulty. Even at its most challenging level, Eldrador Creatures isn’t going to be making any experienced gamers sweat. It’s aimed at and perfect for children between the ages of 8 and 12 and as such, provides an easy-to-learn introduction to the strategy genre. My 8 year old son adores this game and finds it challenging enough to keep him entertained for quite some time. Eldrador Creatures is good fun for any age, whether you enjoy a simple strategy game or are just starting out in the genre. It strikes a great balance between being fun to play and simple to learn. It helps that it’s nice to look at too, and if you’re familiar with the range of toys, you’ll thoroughly enjoy seeing your favourite figures come to life. Sometimes, games don’t need to be incredibly complex to be enjoyable, and Eldrador Creatures is a fine example of that.
• 20 playable original Eldrador® Creatures, including new creatures like the Rock
Beast and the Shadow Panther, as well as the exclusive Eldrador® Mini Creatures
• Use the special abilities of your chosen creatures to defeat your opponents in
• Battle in all 4 gameworld settings: Lava, Ice, Stone and Jungle !
• Dynamic worlds due to toppling elements like walls and bridges
4 playable creature factions
20 different playable original Schleich creatures (including all new releases) as well as the new Eldrador-Minicreatures!
Battlegrounds in all 4 locations of the gameworld (lava, ice, rock and jungle)
Dynamic battlegrounds with falling elements like collapsing walls and bridges
All dialogues are fully spoken in English!
I would definitely recommend this game for children between 8 and 12 and give the product 5/5 for quality and value for money!
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