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Spore (Mac/PC DVD)

by Electronic Arts
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 12 and Over
2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews)
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  • Take complete control of your creature's fate as you guide it through the following six evolutionary phases:
  • Tidepool phase: Fight with other creatures and consume them to adjust the form and abilities of your creature. It's survival of the fittest at the most microscopic level
  • Creature phase: Venture onto dry land and help your creature learn and evolve with forays away from your safe haven. Carnivore or Herbivore? Social or Independent? The choice is yours
  • Tribal phase: Instead of controlling an individual creature, you are now caring for an entire tribe of your genetic craftwork. Give them tools and guide their interactions as you slowly upgrade their state of existence
  • City phase: Bring your creatures' race into a new golden era by building up the technology, architecture, and infrastructure of their city
  • Civilization phase: Once your city is established, your creatures begin seeking out and interacting with other cultures. You can have them do so with an olive branch or a war cry either way, the goal for your creatures is to unify the planet
  • Space phase: The time has come to move on to other worlds in your solar system. Make first-contact, colonize, or terraform, then venture further to find other solar systems scattered throughout a magnificently rendered galaxy. A 'mission' structure provides new goals and paths to follow as you begin to spread through the universe
  • A suite of flexible, intuitive creation tools leverages the creative imagination of the player. Creating an entire universe of creatures, plants, buildings, vehicles and planets has never been so easy or so fun. An infinite variety of design choices is just the beginning
  • The world you explore is populated with creatures, plants, buildings and vehicles developed by other gamers and downloaded from a central database. The server chooses creatures and civilizations that best match your chosen environment, your experience level, and your creature's ability. In turn, your creatures are uploaded to the server to be shared with other gamers
  • With procedural animation, your creatures and vehicles move based on how you construct them. They behave and interact based on your input and by their in-game encounters. That means there's no pre-determined path you must follow the game evolves based on your decisions
  • Wonder what another gamer was thinking when they created and evolved a creature? Uncover information about each creature's origin in the Sporepedia, yet another way to explore the truly endless universe of creative expression that is SPORE.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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EA Response to Questions on DRM in Spore [PDF]
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  • ASIN: B000FN7K2S
  • Item Weight: 45 g
  • Release Date: 5 Sep 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

From the creator of The Sims comes the most ambitious video game ever made: here you don’t just control a single family or city but control an entire species from a single cell organism to a galactic conqueror. As impossibly complex as that might sound, the most impressive thing about Spore is just how accessible and fun it all is. The game is split into six evolutionary phases, starting with almost action-style gameplay at the microscopic level. From there you move to the creature phase on dry land, before going on to the tribal phase and the beginnings of society and technology. From there it’s onto the city phase, which plays a bit like SimCity, and from there to the Civilisation phase which plays something like, you guessed it, Civilization. The final phase takes part in outer space where by hook or by crock your species must reign triumphant.

Each phase has its own editing tools associated with it for things like vehicles and buildings. By far the most fun though is the creature tool, which allows you to create your own fully animated lifeform from scratch using a huge range of limbs, facial features and colourings. What’s also interesting is that the other planets in the galaxy aren’t all pre-populated by the game. Instead, by connecting online you can upload your races, and download those from other people, to fill the galaxy with civilizations from other players around the world. Any one of the six phases would normally be enough for any one game on its own, but this looks like it’s going to turn out to be the world’s first everything simulator.
HARRISON DENT

Product Description

From the creator of The Sims comes the most ambitious video game ever made: here you don’t just control a single family or city but control an entire species from a single cell organism to a galactic conqueror. As impossibly complex as that might sound, the most impressive thing about Spore is just how accessible and fun it all is. The game is split into six evolutionary phases, starting with almost action-style gameplay at the microscopic level. From there you move to the creature phase on dry land, before going on to the tribal phase and the beginnings of society and technology. From there it’s onto the city phase, which plays a bit like SimCity, and from there to the Civilisation phase which plays something like, you guessed it, Civilization. The final phase takes part in outer space where by hook or by crock your species must reign triumphant.

  • Take complete control of your creature's fate as you guide it through the following six evolutionary phases:
  • Tidepool phase: Fight with other creatures and consume them to adjust the form and abilities of your creature. It's survival of the fittest at the most microscopic level
  • Creature phase: Venture onto dry land and help your creature learn and evolve with forays away from your safe haven. Carnivore or Herbivore? Social or Independent? The choice is yours
  • Tribal phase: Instead of controlling an individual creature, you are now caring for an entire tribe of your genetic craftwork. Give them tools and guide their interactions as you slowly upgrade their state of existence
  • City phase: Bring your creatures' race into a new golden era by building up the technology, architecture, and infrastructure of their city
  • Civilization phase: Once your city is established, your creatures begin seeking out and interacting with other cultures. You can have them do so with an olive branch or a war cry either way, the

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd waited for reviews 5 Oct 2008
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I was really looking forward to this game for a very long time; it looked extraordinarily deep and varied in its gameplay, like no other game before it. The idea of evolving a space-faring race from scratch sounded breath-taking. Unfortunately it's just boring.

The first phase of the game, the cell stage, is quite fun to start with, until you've played it a couple of times, and realise that the gameplay is the same each time. As there is a very limited number of parts, and the shapes your cell can take are also limited, it's hard not to create the same creature as last time when you replay it. Add to that the fact that the only enemies are the same, Maxis-made ones each time (which are somehow more evolved than your own, very frustrating) and that once you're able to move onto land, you're essentially unable to stay underwater and further develop your creature (you won't get any more 'DNA points'), the cell stage becomes immensely skip-able after you've created one each of herbivore, omnivore and carnivore in it.

The creature stage follows, and it is undoubtedly the most fun you can have in the game, as all other stages are just very limited mini-games. Unfortunately, if you've used the creature creator, in which you've probably created many vary varied creatures, with all sorts of odd numbers of mouths, legs, arms etc., then you'll notice that there is no incentive to do the same in the game; in fact, the only real incentive is to add one each of particular attachments (legs, hands, weapons etc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spore is a bore 19 Sep 2008
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Spore must be the most over-hyped, let-down in gaming history.
After literally years of hype, and anticipation over what we were promised would be one of the most innovative games ever, which would change the way we play games forever, I've been left feeling conned.
Even most of the reviewers seem to have been taken in by their own hype, offering high scores in what must be blind justification for the years they've followed the progress of Spore and told us how great it's going to be.
Will Wright, the games creator must think we were all born yesterday, and that if he tells us enough times how great it is we'll believe it.
Whichever it is, the hype will certainly have shifted units of what is at best only a mediocre game.
After putting over fifty hours into Spore, (I've only stuck with it for so long in an attempt to find where this revolution in gaming is)I'm left feeling that perhaps I'd have enjoyed it more if it had not been wrapped up in such high expectations.

Spore might be best described as a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none. Part RPG, part RTS, part God game in Civillisation style, part The Sims, it does none of them particularly well, due mainly to the very simplistic gameplay, and lack of depth in any of the various game modes.
The so called 'Innovative, and revolutionary' creature creator, which allows users to create their own graphical content, use it in their own game and upload it for others to use is a no-brainer really. Having witnessed the huge amount of modded content that's been created and made available online for Wright's other title The Sims, all that he's done with Spore is include the means to create and share within the game itself, making it much more convenient.
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833 of 938 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DRM is worse than you think. 12 Sep 2008
By Bryant
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
If you buy spore you'll probably be tempted to take it back to the shop after a couple of hours play. I know it can be tempting to see what it's like, so find a friend who has it and try it out. Whatever you do, don't spend your money.

First, the DRM aspect:

If you're thinking: "Why is everyone annoyed at the DRM thing? I only install games once or twice anyway."
That is exactly what EA want you to think.
The install limit is not just deducted every time you reinstall the game, there are many other factors such as windows or hardware updates which will result in your limit reducing. Say you or a parent upgrades your PC or reset windows, you will be losing install numbers without even noticing. If the game is having problems and you need to reinstall, EA says that's your fault, and it will cost you. If you install the game on your laptop and PC, that will cost you too.

"So what's the problem, if I reach my limit I'll just phone up EA?"
Heh, the last word is definitely the one to emphasize. Many have already reported having to wait days to get more points on their limit, some are simply denied. You will need to take time (and money, yes you pay for the call per minute) out of your day to beg EA to let you continue playing YOUR game. You will need to apologize to EA for installing YOUR game that YOU paid for with YOUR money too many times. Exceeding the installation limit is seen as an error on your part and EA aren't pleased they're having to waste their time fixing your game so you can play more. Thus, they charge you whilst you call.
That call centre won't be around forever, in a few years time you won't own the game, you'll just have a useless CD and case, you're effectively renting the game for full price.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
Crap
Published 9 days ago by L A MCRAE
5.0 out of 5 stars he said its a great game.
Bought spore(Mac/PC DVD) for my grandson, he loves it.he said its a great game.
Published 11 days ago by howie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ive played for a long time awesome fun
Best game ive played for a long time awesome fun. Good graphics for the time it was made and I like the Landscape and how it is generated. Read more
Published 25 days ago by hamsih murrya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Quick Delivery Excellent
Published 25 days ago by darkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Brilliant, was sent quickly and the game works fine.
Published 1 month ago by Topaz
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
thank you it is a good game
Published 1 month ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Silly but very good fun game.
Both my daughter and I love it, creates a lot of laughter.
Looking forward to seeing how my spore evolves.
Published 1 month ago by Happy Shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars awsome
this is a really fun game and great for passing time but it does get very boring when it gets to the space age part of the game
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Game
Hanv't tried it yet but think it's a fantastic game and the people that rated the game 1,2,3 stars they have no life shame on you them.
Published 1 month ago by Chris.G
1.0 out of 5 stars It did not work. I contacted the supplier and go no reply
It didn't work and then it messed up my new Imac 5 computer this is the second time i have complained and it is getting igorned
Published 2 months ago by Paul Holmes
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