Parents' Guide to

Spore Hero Arena

By Alex Porter, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Create a creature and battle others to save the galaxy.

Game Nintendo DS 2009
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At the core of Spore Hero Arena is the Creature Creator, the tool that lets you upgrade and customize your character. This system works remarkably well for a handheld format and makes for nearly limitless creations. The battles, set in arenas similar to boxing rings, are less well designed and can be a little frustrating; opponents overpower your creature easily, and the small-screen/mediocre graphics, make characters' moves difficult to follow at times. Fortunately, the Wi-Fi battling and trading characters plus unique character building make for a good (though not great) experience.

Online interaction: Online interaction involves battling friends or strangers via WiFi matching or direct connection to other DS handhelds. Players can also access the Sporepedia to see and trade creatures with others.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: October 6, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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