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Spore Creature Creator

By Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Create a species in this Spore game teaser.

Game Windows , Mac 2008
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age 4+

A good and creative introduction to online play

The creature creator lets you make basic decisions - how many legs/arms/eyes it gets, colour and size - but you also get to test its stomp/roar/dance from all angles, and take pictures. Some of these creations now populate the various planets on the full edition where much more happens (evolution, carnivore/herbivore choices, packs/tribes etc) but the creator is great for much younger kids starting out, as there is no starvation or eating of any animals in that one.

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After tweaking all your additions to the creature, it's time to add some color to the skin and see how it looks in motion. The look of each creature is unique. Applying colors in the paint shop are done automatically via "procedural generation," which is a fancy way of saying the computer handles all the intricate details to make your creature look fantastic. Once your creature is ready, you can set it out on a test drive of sorts to see how the animal moves and behaves. In this mode it becomes possible to capture not only still photographs of the creature, but also record small animations that are playable on any computer. You can also record longer movies, thanks to a partnership with These longer videos are easy to upload to to share with the rest of the world.

The sheer ease of creation makes this editor unlike any other on the market, and the fact that it's going to be so seamlessly intertwined within a full working game makes it that much more amazing and entertaining. Within seconds of starting this editor, a new fully working creation can be roaming around your computer screen. Please note this review was based on the free trial version of the Creature Creator. The full retail version contains up to four times more items to use to make your creatures and sells for $9.99.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows , Mac
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: June 18, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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