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Creature Isle is the expansion pack for Lionhead Studios' distinct god-game Black & White. Developed in concordance with community feedback and fan suggestions, the add-on strives to leave the versatile, balanced structure of the original game intact while improving and enhancing some of the more popular aspects of play. While "prayer power" may still be a god's most important source of influence, the emphasis of this release is less on village management and more on creature development.
The story of Creature Isle involves several other creatures, giant and mighty like the player's own but without a godly overseer such as the player to steer their behavior. The player's creature must complete a total of 24 tasks and feats to win full acceptance by this group. Each time a mission is completed, the creature who issued the challenge becomes available to the player. A female creature lives on the island as well and a later challenge is to develop the player's creature to become a worthy mate for her. The competition to win her heart will be fierce and the player's creature must be trained and nurtured to gain the skills and abilities it will take to stand out from the other suitors.
Another important new aspect of play involves "tyke," a smaller, younger beast who looks like a little yellow chick and who is cared for by the player's own creature. Tyke follows the player's creature around and learns from his actions, much as the creature learns from the player. Raising the tyke to become a disciplined, skilled creature is a good way for the player's creature to demonstrate to the available female that he can be an effective parent and a worthy mate. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide