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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Creature in the Well (2019) is a pinball-inspired fighting game that reimagines the ball-bouncing fun of Arkanoid. You play the last remaining robot who ventures deep into a desert mountain to restore power to an ancient facility and save the village that relies on this resource.

Play is a combination of exploration and orb-firing and dodging puzzles. You can charge up energy orbs with your sabre and ricochet them to reactivate dormant machinery and stop the sandstorm.

Each area is like a pinball machine, although you send the energy balls flying around with your sword rather than with flippers. Working out what you need to do and then hitting the right angles to land the perfect bounce can take considerable time -- much like when you first encounter a new pinball machine. Similarly, at times it can all seem overwhelming with light and balls flying everywhere.

The result is a skill-based puzzle game with a unique feel and a dark brooding monster to defeat. The time-bound levels are a tough challenge but you don't need to tackle everything to progress.

There are 16 different weapons to help. The Axe, for example, splits the ball into multiples to make targeting easier. Or the Hammer slows down time to help you. The Dual Blades offer targeting assistance.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Creature in the Well 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, as well as pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. This game features mild violence. When your robot character is hit by energy or electricity, its health is drained. When the robot runs out of health, it wakes up again and restarts. The player's character encounters a scary screaming creature with bony hands and eyes that light up. This may frighten younger children. There is use of very mild terms such as 'damned'.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be willing to perfect your skill with catching and aiming the energy ball which skews the game a little older.

CostsCosts

Creature in the Well usually costs £9.99 to £13.49.
 

Creature in the Well

XBox Store Xbox One £12.49
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.99
Steam Store PC £11.39
Switch Store Switch £13.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/09/2019, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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