Spore Hero Arena

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Create a creature and battle others to save the galaxy.

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Positive Messages

In the single player campaign, players travel to different planets defeating evil characters in order to save the galaxy. The message is solidly positive, with assisting others in need as the basis for your missions.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though you'll use some force in battles, no opponents are killed or permanently harmed. And you'll meet and assist hundreds of other characters in distress along the way to saving the galaxy.

Ease of Play

The game's controls are straightforward, though combat with other characters can be tricky and sometimes a little frustrating.


Players use creatures they've created to battle against others. Creatures can blast fire, ice, electricity, or use spinning blows to knock opponents out of arenas. There's no blood, weapons, or death depicted.


Inserts in the box advertise other Spore games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spore Hero Arena is target toward slightly younger audience than the popular PC/Mac game, Spore; and that it is a completely separate game from the Wii version called Spore Hero. This game is a solid choice for kids old enough to read, but too young for the open-world online universe the PC version offers. Kids will find the most engaging feature of the PC game, the Creature Creator, in this game in a more limited, but still satisfying form. Kids can play a single player, storyline that guides younger players through missions or battle with others using Nintendo Wi-Fi or the DS local connection.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byRobert S. July 8, 2017

One Of The Worst Spin Offs Of Spore. Do Not Play It

The Gameplay Of Spore Hero Arena Is Cringeworthy, It Has Different Story Than It's Wii Version. And Battle Mode Is On An Arena Where You Have To Beat Up Ot... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players start SPORE HERO ARENA by using the Creature Creator to build a custom character that includes legs, mouth, eyes, horns, tails, and body shape. In the single player story, your creature crash land's on a strange planet. From there, you must travel to different planets collecting ship parts and piece of blue meteor, a special substance that will help save the galaxy. You'll also battle other, evil characters who have been effected by bits of red metor. Along the way, you must upgrade and \"evolve\" your creature to complete missions, win battles, and collect items. These upgrades include special fighting powers such as fire-spitting, whirlwind spinning attacks, and others. In the Multiplayer mode, you can either fight one friend using local wireless or up to 3 others who own the game using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. You can also trade creatures.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how creatures are all unique and different. As with real animals and humans, Spore Hero Arena is full of different races and species. What similarities and differences between our world and Spore's do you notice?

  • Is playing a creature you've created and customized more fun than playing a pre-made character? Do you feel more attached to an avatar that you created?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: October 6, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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