• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Feb 9, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
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  1. Overall this is a very enjoyable game. It is fun on its own as an arachnid and arthropod themed adventure game but is boosted with an extra story featuring recognizable and excellent voice acting.
  2. Deadly Creatures isn’t quite spectacular, but it is a solid experience that never runs out of ideas and will keep throwing in surprises, satisfying combat, and a decent challenge.
  3. The motion controls needed tweaking and it's sad that the game lacks multiplayer. In the end, however, these Creatures will send shivers down your spine and put a smile on your face.
  4. Had Rainbow managed to solve a few of the combat problems and tidied up the presentation (and squeeze in a better story) THQ would have had one of the console's best games on its hands. For that reason it's a shame we've ended up with just an extremely competent and enjoyable one.
  5. Impressively original, and wonderfully grotesque, arachnid sim that's just a little short on gameplay.
  6. Deadly Creatures has an intriguing premise, and makes a strong first impression with its shudder-inducing animation and cute environmental details. That may be enough to curry favour with Wii owners starved of action games, but over the long haul the scariest thing about these critters is how shoddily constructed they are.
  7. Smart, unothordox, creepy as hell. I can’t recommend Deadly Creatures enough. One of the rare few third-party Wii games you should be proud to add to your collection.
  8. This is a title Wii owners deserve and every other game studio should aspire to match.
  9. Deadly Creatures should renew your interest in your Nintendo Wii if you’ve had a falling out recently with the lack of titles to play. It’s fun for all ages and packs a thrilling rollercoaster of a ride till you finally complete the storyline.
  10. 86
    Hands down, Deadly Creatures if one of the most original and entertaining offerings of the console portfolio and, not only that, is one of the most ambitious project regarding immersion, both in gameplay as in the atmosphere achieved.
  11. If you’re looking for a refreshing respite from the Wii’s line-up of me-too mini-game collections and other familiar fare, you should let Deadly Creatures infest your game library.
  12. A very pleasant surprise and one of the finest mature games on the Wii. Confront your fears and pick this one up.
  13. 80
    This is a game for Wii owners who want something refreshingly different. It's powered by a dark, intelligent storyline, boasts great production values through and through, and features smart, fun controls (that use the Wii remote well), not to mention some unexpectedly engrossing exploration elements.
  14. 80
    If you are a Wii gamer, don't miss Deadly Creatures.
  15. Without anyone noticing, a scorpion and a tarantula burst onto the videogame market with a long and enjoyable title not suitable for claustrophobic gamers but very recommended for people looking for a natural and realistic creatures experience on Wii.
  16. Exploration elements provide awe, as well as a video and audio presentation that push the system to its fullest. A living, breathing world awaits, but the camera hiccups really do stutter the experience.
  17. I hope that this isn't the last Deadly Creatures game we see. The concept is really great, and a lot of times, this game feels like it's laying the groundwork for a pretty cool franchise.
  18. There is nothing like Deadly Creatures. The stars of this game are completely vile, and there is nothing done to make them the slightest bit endearing. However, despite presenting an unsettling world, this well-made game provides plenty of hair-raising moments and memorable duels.
  19. The combat and motion controls are less than perfect, but the level design and cinematic storytelling really steal the show. Deadly Creatures offers a rare perspective that's very entertaining, if only for a brief time.
  20. It's almost funny how seriously the game takes itself, but if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, this trip through the underground provides just enough of everything to be worth playing.
  21. For gamers looking for something different on the Wii, this might be the ticket – provided that you’re willing to cope with the unpolished mechanics.
  22. I give them double credit for doing it on the Wii—to attempt something that so clearly stands out from the piles of waggle-tastic, brightly-colored shovelware was a bold move, indeed. Although Deadly Creatures might not be entirely successful, I would call it a success. Rat
  23. Rainbow Studios has made an strange game, a particularly bizarre one. It's an intriguing game that suffers from a lack of a deeper storyline. Its graphics are enough to make this game comfortable for any kind of player who is willing to discover a new way of understanding the greatness of Nature.
  24. You'll see interesting sights, but this doesn't capitalise on the ick factor or the thrill of seeing our world through a fresh set(s) of eyes.
  25. As a tech demo, Deadly Creatures is an impressive piece of work, but as a game, it is merely average. For every good idea, there's something that holds back the game and prevents it from really shining.
  26. Great character models, professional voice acting and initially enjoyable combat can’t make up for the other graphical and design mistakes.
  27. 90
    Ultimately, the clever level design and variety of traversal techniques (burrowing, web-grappling and wall-crawling) present both a great challenge and a nice diversity in activities that held my interest and kept me playing much longer than I probably expected to. Despite its frightening, creepy-crawly protagonists, I found Deadly Creatures to be both charming and endearing.
  28. 60
    For Wii owners looking for something a little more adult, Deadly Creatures satisfies your sadistic cravings for carnage and blood, but lacks the polish to make it a keeper for any collection.
  29. Deadly Creatures is one of those cool, quirky games that you miss the first time around.
  30. Deadly Creatures turned out to be a very good game, because of its originality, scary looks and outstanding gameplay. Getting into the life of a scorpion or a tarantula was a very interesting experience, that no Wii-gamer should miss out on. The few flaws and short duration prevent the game from getting a high rating, but won't stop us from wanting a second part.
  31. Make no mistake, it hardly comes close in terms of quality to the most vaunted titles of the console, but then again, addictive, joyful games for the Wii have been so thin on the ground of late that Deadly Creatures is bound - and perhaps deserves - to make some kind of an impact.
  32. There hasn’t been a game since Mister Mosquito that has played with the idea of an insect-sized protagonist and pulled it off so well.
  33. It's a different style of gameplay with very different protagonists and antagonists than gamers are used to. This is really what we need to see more of on the Wii though, and despite the flaws it's definitely worth checking out if you want to try something new.
  34. games(TM)
    While it may only just escape mediocrity, Deadly Creatures is entertaining enough to keep you playing until the end. [Mar 2009, p.122]
  35. This actual action is not rendered with nearly half the imagination or proficiency as the premise offers – and six hours of Remote-induced carpal tunnel syndrome and grim boss-battling overstay their welcome. [Mar 2009, p.91]
  36. It’s exciting to see something that is simultaneously comfortably old school yet refreshingly new school hit our Wii screens.
  37. Deadly Creatures is a good game that could have been great with a better control system and a less conventional gameplay. However, Wii owners should definitely give it a try.
  38. Nintendo Power
    An action-adventure that's unlike anything else out there. Fortunately, there's more to it than just a good concept; the game is eerie and atmospheric, and its unique tarantula and scorpion protagonists stand out from the usual heroes. [Mar 2009, p.89]
  39. Simply put, such a unique game deserves to succeed, and there’s no doubt that Deadly Creatures is worth looking into for Wii owners.
  40. Deadly Creatures is nice game when you have a Wii. The story is a bit fuzzy, but it’s ten times better than yet another party game for the system. What makes this game interesting is not the story, not the great graphics, but the fantastic fights and extremely well executed vibe the game sends out. Anyone lucky enough to have a Wii should definitely check this one out.
  41. If only Deadly Creatures could've been e little bit lengthier and varied, we would recommend it to every Wii owner eager to try a new experience. The experiment is successful, but it lacks any kind of re-playability, and it won't last long. Still, it's nice to see that new ideas do come up even in this next-gen, and they should be rewarded with a good try.
  42. 70
    Deadly Creatures is an interesting concept that is commendable from a technical point of view, and is only let down by a few niggles.
  43. Games Master UK
    Fighting insects is an interesting if niche concept. But Deadly Creatures doesn't pull it off. [Apr 2009, p.75]
  44. The visuals and treasure-hunter plot (and the role that the tarantula and scorpion will play in it) hold just enough intrigue to keep you playing, but as a whole, it’s more a chore than an adventure.
  45. Still, even with the short playing time, it's hard not to recommend Deadly Creatures. The level design is top notch, the animations of the various bugs are downright creepy and the combat is oddly satisfying. The game also hosts some interesting boss battles which take into account the fact that the bosses are usually much, much bigger than you, meaning that the best way to win is to simply survive.

Awards & Rankings

#53 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#84 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Jan 13, 2016
    Deadly Creature is based on an unique idea, play a "real" spider or scorpion, first things first the graphics are pretty good for a Wii gameDeadly Creature is based on an unique idea, play a "real" spider or scorpion, first things first the graphics are pretty good for a Wii game specially all the creatures that move in a realistic way but the game is also too dark, even with the light set at its maximum on the screen there was still corners I couldn't see a thing.

    The story is surprisingly well told and provide some continuity to the levels with a very good ending, but don't expect something that will shake you up either, you don't want to buy this game for the story. Especially because the game is very short, approximately 7 hours to finish it and even there you'll revisit some locations.

    Now concerning the gameplay, the two creatures have different style with the scorpion that is more like a tank while the spider would be a rogue if we described them as in a RPG, the controls are responsive and the combos are easy to do. Unfortunately the camera is a little flawed, especially when climbing on walls and can be annoying during combat.

    In conclusion the game is an interesting but very short and repetitive experience that doesn't shine neither from its story or gameplay and therefore I would not advice it for everybody, but if the concept appeals to you then you should have a try as it is in no way broken and will provide some fun.
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  2. LarryL.
    Mar 14, 2009
    This is one of the most creative, intelligent, aestheticlly pleasing and captivating video games I've ever seen. It's one of the This is one of the most creative, intelligent, aestheticlly pleasing and captivating video games I've ever seen. It's one of the best video games to have ever been released! Full Review »
  3. Aug 26, 2017
    Deadly Creatures is the worst Wii game ever because of the reason why I will not get this game and this extremely disappointing in my opinionDeadly Creatures is the worst Wii game ever because of the reason why I will not get this game and this extremely disappointing in my opinion and I'm glad I didn't get this game. Full Review »