Spore Galactic Adventures

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Decent but expensive expansion pack to fun sim game.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLeify February 24, 2019

Great Game for kids.

If your kid is creative get them this game. You can make a infinite amount of different creatures. It has little to no violence.
Adult Written byTyler9 December 5, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byPurpleMagma205 May 29, 2020

Creative minds will love this!

People who have creative minds will love this game, endless possibilities of what you can create and even more if you install mods
Kid, 12 years old October 9, 2015

Great expansion to one of the world's best games

This expansion pack is great, even though the premise is less nerdy and original than the original Spore. Not the best at integrating itself into core Spore, bu... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: June 23, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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