|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Griptonite Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 07, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The game is quite fun, but there are a few issues that reveal themselves the more you play. First of all, the game gives you a great amount of direction in the game, which stifles the inherent creativity this game can inspire. There also isn't much substance behind the initial evolutionary appeal of the game. Playing to earn customization feels a bit weird at first, and it is easy to be turned off from the game in the first few hours.
The battle system also feels a little weird at first and takes some getting used to before it really grows and matures. But, once the gameplay in Spore Creatures does evolve, it can be quite the addicting game. It starts off incredibly shallow, but once the depth reveals itself, you'll find yourself immersed in this unique world. Seeking out different specials is where the game creates most of its play value, and gaining the different body parts turns out to be a very loft goal, (and one you can't help but pursue).
Spore Creatures also has some online functionality, although it's not nearly as robust as the PC online functionality. Users will be able to utilize a DS-centric online Sporepedia, where they can upload and share their different creatures. You won't be able to play as other user-created creatures; however, you will be able to mark the ones you like and they may show up in your Spore world. The online functionality isn't exactly amazing, but if all you want to do is share your creatures with friends, then this certainly fits the bill nicely.
Spore Creature's overall look varies drastically on the Nintendo DS, as you might expect. The graphics are very clean, and the different creatures have a 2D Paper Mario-like look to them. The different creatures sport a fair amount of detail, despite the fact that they certainly don't convey the amount of intricacies that you might see on the PC version. Still, the game looks quite good for the DS, and there isn't much to complain about here.
Spore Creatures is definitely not a replacement or port of the PC version of Spore; can be best described as a different experience altogether. It comes on a little slow, but if you put some genuine time and effort into this game, you can come away with a fun experience. As long as you don't expect the unlimited creativity and free-forming gameplay of the PC title, you won't be disappointed. The best way to play this game is to not even compare it to the PC version at all. When it stands on its own, it offers a unique DS experience and provides some fun and interesting gameplay that is both accessible and enjoyable.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor