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This is a portion of the upcoming Spore game and it lets players get a taste of what is coming in hopes that they will be excited by it and buy the bigger game when it releases. The game has a partnership with YouTube.com to upload movies of players' creations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Spore Creature Creator is a pre-release of a section of the highly anticipated game, Spore, from The Sims creator Will Wright. It allows the player to create creatures that will eventually populate the final game, thanks to the ability to send your creations to an online Sporepedia. This review is based on the free downloadable version, but there is also a larger version that offers more body parts for $9.99.
Is It Any Good?
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 YouTube.com. These longer videos are easy to upload to www.youtube.com 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.
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