Spore Galactic Adventures

Common Sense Media says

Decent but expensive expansion pack to fun sim game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game challenges players to tackle a number of different tasks, many relating to building a new society. But some will require combat with creatures on other planets.

Positive role models

You play as a creature visiting other planets and learning about other societies and species.

Ease of play

Not the easiest game to play, as there is quite a bit of micro-manging going on, but those who tackled Spore shouldn't have any issues with Galactic Adventures.

Violence

There is fighting in this game, as creatures use their claws, tails, or teeth to fight against other extra terrestials. When killing an enemy, a plume of red blood can be seen, but it's hardly realistic.

Sex

Creatures can "mate" with others, which involves the two bodies being close to one another and hearts appearing over their head.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is an expansion pack for the Spore game, so it is a way for Electronic Arts to rekindle interest in original game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Galactic Adventures, which requires Spore to play, doesn't contain anything worse than what's found in the original E10+-rated game. There is some fighting, yes, but it's not realistic because it is against aliens on another planet. There is a little blood shown in battles but it is not excessive or gory.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The first expansion pack to Electronic Arts' popular evolution simulation, Spore, is now available. SPORE GALACTIC ADVENTURES adds a lot of content to the Space portion of the original game (which is required to play this add-on), including many story-based adventures and the ability to create and share your own playable missions (including collecting, combat, and exploring objectives). Players turn their advanced creature into Space Captains (and decorate them with more than 30 new items), battle intergalactic monsters in arenas, and show off their rank on a global Creature Card that shows their accomplishments and medals to the online world.

Is it any good?

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If you've been playing Spore for months and feel like it needs a shot in the arm, then you'll find Spore Galactic Adventures successfully blends in mission-based game-play (complementing the open-ended sandbox play in the original game) as you beam down to the planet surface to tackle these goals. Along with more combat, puzzles and racing elements, it's fun to create and share custom-made goals on Spore.com. New creature accessories also add to the appeal, especially for those who like to tweak the look of their space captains. But the $30 price tag seems high for an expansion pack, particularly when the full Spore game is just $10 more. While a good add-on pack, its value seems for appropriate at $20 (if not less). That said, this add-on disc proves to be a clever addendum for fans of the franchise.

Online interaction: You can create and then share your own playable missions. Plus your accomplishments can be shared with the rest of the world through your global Creature Card.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about EA's practice of selling a main PC game and then many expansion packs, or optional add-ons, that require the original disc. Do you think this is milking customers for more money or is the smaller cost appropriate given the amount of new content?

  • Spore is a game about designing your own animal species. Why did you make the design decisions that you did? Does your species become your alter ego the way an avatar does?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 23, 2009
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence (Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old January 17, 2015
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10
QUALITY
 

One of my favorite games when I was younger, I still sometimes play it now

OMG. This is what I played alot of during my child hood. I love how it illustrates the aspects of evolution and life in the campaign mode. However, I love making new worlds in the adventure creator. It is very alien and space like.
What other families should know
Great messages
Easy to play/use
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander February 20, 2014
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9
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Fun expansion pack amps violence, requires less thinking

Spore Galactic Adventures adds a new perspective to your galaxy, although it's less educational and unique as it's base game, Spore. In this expansion pack, you control the space Captain in a number of missions in a 3D world. A majority of these are wars in which you use guns to defeat an enemy, but some challenges include mazes and races. The violence is about the same amount found in the original spore, although battles may seem a little more chaotic with the addition of vehicles. You are able to create your own missions, but due to the limited nature of the game, it is difficult to make something inappropriate. Be careful of the community created missions because they can sneak in something relatively inappropriate, but places can be reported for offensive content.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byihatethisgame1210 March 1, 2013
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LEARNING

SPORE JUST GOT WAY BETTER! THIS GAME IS LIKE A BAUS!

This game is baus!!!!! dont look at my username, because I LOVE THIS GAME! the only thing is you can make it as violent as you want, (without really any blood/gore) because some user-made levels are scary and violent.(and some have bad words, too) you can make the enviroment rich, the creatures realistic and detailed(if you're skilled and creative) and all in all this game might be the best game i've ever played.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence

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