Spore is an extremely fun civilization sim that allows you to create your own species and watch it evolve. Spore is far from realistic (scientists have reviewed the game) and a bit simplistic, but this simplicity allows young players to easily grasp the concepts of the game. There is a considerable amount of violence that is optional depending on how you build your character. If you are a carnivore, you are going to need to kill other animals for food although you might need to defend yourself as a herbivore. You can kill other species by fighting with fists. Each hit sprays a very small amount of green alien blood. When an animal dies, you can eat them, although there is no gore in the animation (you scope the body with your hand and eat an invisible substance). The animal then fades away. In the tribal stage of the game, you can create bows and arrows and spears to fight enemies or wild animals, although the violence is still as middle in creature stage. In the civilization/space stage, you can create and pilot ships, planes, and vehicles that can destroy other cities. At one point late in the game, you can buy a device that can blow up an entire planet. Even though you can use these weapons of mass destruction, you are encouraged to ally with other nations. It is much harder to be a military state in the game. Other than the mild violence, you can also reproduce in the first three stages of the game. The first two stages show two creatures dancing (but never touching each other) with hearts around them. The screen fades and an egg appears. In the tribal stage, you can click an egg button on a hut to add a member of the tribe causing an egg to roll out of the hut. Overall Spore has a tad bit of violence, but the creativity, thinking, and strategizing in the game make up for this. You can play the entire game without hurting anyone and be successful. Older players (around 12+) will notice patterns in the gameplay mechanics quickly making the game seem easy, but I loved this game when I was ten.