Spore Galactic Adventures



Decent but expensive expansion pack to fun sim game.

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.


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.

Not applicable

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
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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.

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.

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

Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 23, 2009
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence

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Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2013

An Addictive Creative Outlet Worth Your Time

The original Spore revolutionized the simulation game genre, with its scientific inspiration, comedic personality, and near-limitless options. The expansion pack, Spore: Galactic Adventures, expands on the creative nature of its predecessor with its adventure creator, which allows you to create entire planets populated with anything you or anyone else can imagine. Even if you don't like the Space Stage in Spore, get the expansion for this alone. GA also introduces new clothing parts for your creature, with laser guns and the always-fun jetpack. Unfortunately, if you go into this thinking you can create absolutely anything with little to no effort, you'll be disappointed. Want to create a T-rex in your world that doesn't breathe fire? Too bad. It's minor issues like the annoying Epic system (creatures of a certain size will automatically become Godzilla-sized, fire-breathing monsters) are rare, but still stand out in an otherwise great expansion. If you liked the original Spore, or just the Space Stage, I recommend this expansion. Just don't expect perfection.
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Too much violence
Adult Written byTyler9 December 5, 2010
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
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, but does a decent job. The Adventure Creator has almost endless possibilities. The violence, through not too much, is more prevalent than in the original Spore. Advanced creatures designed for Adventures, called Captains, can attack creatures, vehicles, and buildings with missile blasters, plasma guns, poisonous crystals, and strange devices that summon a swarm of bees, among many others. Also, creatures will scream "Oh my God!" when attacked by bees. The only sexual content is the dances from the first game. Due to the complexity of the Adventure Creator, this game is better for 10 and up, while core Spore is for 7 and up.
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