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By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.

Game Mac , Windows 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 9+

Very fun and has a lot of depth

Phenomenal game that even I enjoy, it's easy to understand (even the more complicated civilization and space stages) but has a lot of depth and is fun to get into the nitty-gritty of. Not to mention the fantastic creature creator, me and my son combined have over 400 creations! The game itself is colorful and fun, though it has dark themes (militaristic/religious/economic takeover) it's all presented in a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek manner. The reason I rated 9+ is that, while I said it was simple, the space stage might get too complicated for some. However it varies. Plus, those under 9 might get too frustrated or stuck with EA's patented "Glitches Galore" system when making games.
age 7+

Great for introducing new genres to casual and competitive players

I played this when I was growing up, and the creature creator really lets the child mind run rampant making all sorts of nonsense. the younger the kids, the earlier they might get confused, because after the creature/Tribal stages, it becomes much more chaotic.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (46 ):

While not for everyone because of its geeky bioanthropological premise, and it certainly can get challenging despite a clean interface and many helpful tips and hints, EA's Spore is an ingenious concept delivered in near flawless execution. Not only is it hands-down the best computer game of the year so far, but is also one of the deepest and most gratifying titles to grace your monitor in a decade. If only Darwin was alive to see this.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Subjects: Science : biology, ecosystems and the environment, life cycle
  • Skills: Tech Skills : digital creation, Self-Direction : achieving goals, Thinking & Reasoning : decision-making, strategy, Creativity : making new creations
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: September 7, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence, Animated Blood
  • Last updated: October 15, 2019

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