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Common Sense Media says

This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.

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(out of 46 reviews)
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Parent of a 3, 5, and 10 year old Written byTheHarrisfamily April 30, 2010
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8
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Best game eva

Its an an awesome game you don't need to worry
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byANgrantAN July 9, 2011
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5
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Over-Hyped Mess

Spore looked like a real good game in 2006! It was a deep, and interesting life simulator! Unfortunately, the finished product was none of these things. The game is essentially four half-baked mini-games and a somewhat entertaining sandbox at the end. The first stage is cell stage. You swim around eating stuff. That's it. Creature stage. You run around with ridiculously over-specialized creatures either befriending everyone or killing everyone. It's mindless DNA (XP) grinding. For this, the creature creator is almost fully cosmetic. Your creature has eight legs and eyes on it's back? It performs as if it were a human. Parts are based on stats that don't stack, so you could have a one-legged blob with a couple of stat parts that works exactly the same way as a humanoid creature would. In tribal stage, you either throw concerts with everyone or slaughter your foes until you are the only one left. In Civ stage, you see one of the laziest attempts at an RTS ever. In this stage, you run around preaching, buying, or killing. The end. Now, for the last stage, you have Space. This is actually a sort of OK stage. You fly around doing missions and exploring, which can be a good way to waste hours of potential productivity. Overall, Spore is just a collection of levels, with a mainly cosmetic set of editors. The add-on Galactic Adventures makes the game somewhat more tolerable, but the complexity limit for everything is unacceptable. On the technical side, many computers will be able to handle this game, but the big problem here is the DRM. You can only install this game 3 times. The DRM that enforces this is also a rootkit, which means that it latches on to your computer and can't be removed with anything short of a full wipe of your hard-drive. Since neither the manual nor game box inform the customer of this, EA is illegally installing a rootkit with this game, and in fact two class action lawsuits have been filed against the corporation. To sum everything up, the description for this game given by this website is completely wrong, the game is definitely not worth your money. There's a reason this game has a 4.6/10 aggregate user score on Metacritic.
Teen, 13 years old Written byCrazySense April 21, 2009
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10
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Great game, but the hype is wrong

Will Wright's "Spore" is a good addition to the library of games he's "created" The story is all created by you besides cutscenes between levels. You control a small microorganism in the first level, eventually growing lungs and going unto land. Here you can make alliances, hunt other animals and mate. The violence is cartoonish in nature with no blood, so no worries there. As for the "mating" it's just the two creatures dancing under a thing of hearts. Eventually, you pass the tribal and civil stages to get to the Space Stage, where the game really excells. You can explore planets, make alliances, have wars or buy and sell planets, the eventual goal being to go to the Galactic Center. Overall a great game with exellent content creators and online sharing. However, the game is almost shallow compared to it's earlier demoes. Still, a great game.
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2011
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8
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Some violence, 8+

Very realistic evolution sim with fantastic creature creator and smooth gameplay. Good for people 8 and older who like creating people or creatures and playing with them and developing them. The idea of a role playing game where a creature is the main character is one that, in my opinion, should be used more often.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byquaggasaurus August 30, 2010
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4
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Simple enough for younger kids, but the online portion is questionable on occasion

This game is not exactly as educational as it is "cute" and "cartoony" (which was not the original feel of the game). You control a creature from a cell (or should I say simple, multicellular organism) to a space-faring race. I was clearly targeted more for boys, as there are no signs of female anythings in the game. It is not as educational as it sounds, as there is very little realism. What you create can be shared to the online "sporepedia", an encyclopedia of sorts for the creations on Spore. The online portion is not very well controlled, and on occasion an inappropriate creation will pass by the eyes of the moderators. There is no blood in the game, and the "red explosions" mentioned are actually pink/purple. This game was originally planned for release far before 2008 and was shown in demo back in 2003-04. The demo was much more realistic, and the released version strayed far from it, angering many of the fans. This game has more of a "silly" feel to it than an educational one.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byJacobTheGreat2 July 12, 2011
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9
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Amazing!

Spore is one of the best PC games to ever excist. You can build creatures, buildings, cells, almost anything. The violence is mild, and the only blood I saw in spore was when you stabbed cells with a spike, but the blood was purple. The only thing you need to be worried about is user created content. Which can be reported.
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2011
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9
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e.g. Great game. And very cool.

This game rocks! But in the tribe stage you fight with waepons like torches and other stuff.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byprincesspeach July 29, 2011
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9
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Fun, but violent!

I love spore! It's soooo cool! But it's gross when your monster eats someone else's monster cause ther's blood, monsters bite eachother!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old November 1, 2010
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10
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great!

great game, like sim city 4, but smaller and more about the figuring out how to stop being little stupid cells and become super orginizems
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Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 14 year old Written byLuke Jacobs March 9, 2010
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9
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BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only thing is animated violence and a little tiny bit of blood. It's really cool because it teaches you that life on another planet can be just about anything!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2011
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10
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I love the game!

I love the game!You can create anything you want and have fun!Theirs some mating in it,but they wont do it,they just dance around and you see your creature lay an egg.Some violents is in it,nukes,tanks,animal attacks,and lasers.Educational things are the many animal behaviors,how a civilian acts in wars,and exploring the vast lands and space!I havent played the game in a LONG time because Im having trouble installing it to my new computer :(
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bynsvv April 30, 2011
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10
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Fine for 10s and over but not a particularly exciting game

Spore does contain some violence, especially in the creature stage, but its not particularly graphic and most children over 10 should be able to deal with it. Spore is a very simple game, with a very user friendly interface, which is certainly a bonus. However, it is not a particularly long game, and the Space stage is too open ended to offer a massive amount of appeal. There is some replay value due to the large amount of factions in the space stage, but it does get boring eventually. It's getting quite old now and is therefore quite cheap, but don't expect anything incredible from it.
Parent of a 11 and 16 year old Written byInfantry121 April 1, 2010
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7
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Best game evar.

now,Cookiedude,Safety,YOU CANT TALK TO ANYONE,ITS A SINGLE PLAYER ONLY GAME!!!!!Both my kids play it,my daughter has gotten to the center of the galaxy,and my son has taken about half of the Grox.10 out of 10
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old June 8, 2010
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7
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mainly for tweens but it's not bad

its a really fun game it's good and easy to play it teaches you how evolution could have happened and at the end of civilization stage all of your species is united (unlike humans) but there is still violence but seriously it says there is animated blood but i think only in the cell stage really i don't think it really needs to be rated E10 i think its on for 7+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old May 13, 2010
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10
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perfect game

the game is any way you like. Don't want you kid to kill that creature tell him or her that. the games all about choices. good ones of bad ones can be made
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old February 6, 2010
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8
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Good

i LOVE the game except it crashed my computer...twice
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bywhaleoh4060 March 22, 2011
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6
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Very creative and fun game!

Great game! A bit violent when you eat creatures, but this is outweighed by ease of play and consequences for certain action.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Adult Written byTyler9 December 3, 2010
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8
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Kid, 10 years old January 13, 2011
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6
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i love this game it is awsome!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old January 12, 2010
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5
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Great

I played this game and loved it!!! you can barley see blood very educational no sex and barley any violence but the violence is for kids under 5 to copy the violence
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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