Spore Creature Creator Review
Spore Creature Creator box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Maxis 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 17, 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

Though it has little impact at present, the different elements you place on your beast will affect its functionality when it's eventually imported into the full Spore game. The type of mouth (or mouths) you place on it will determine whether it's an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. Leg and feet types will dictate its speed rating, and armor will also boost its health. Other elements will provide various forms of attack, abilities, and social traits. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays into the actual game, but for now they're merely peripheral details.

Spore Creature Creator screenshot

Test Mode gives you the opportunity to see your creations in action. They'll appear in a medium-size area in one of several available background environments where they can be moved around. It's fun to hit the different action buttons to see how they respond. You can make them emote, dance in different styles, and engage in other entertaining activities. Up to three baby versions of your creature can be spawned to interact with. It's cute, since they will mimic your behaviors. From this mode you can also take pictures, short animations, and video segments of your creation. These can then be e-mailed to a friend or uploaded to the Sporepedia for others to enjoy.

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Making creatures is just the tip of the iceberg, since the full game is due out in September, players will be able to create vehicles, buildings, and other elements of their growing creature civilizations. For $9.99, Spore Creature Creator lets you get a jump on the action. Concocting cool critters is incredibly addictive, and the ability to save any and all of your beasts for future use in the game is pretty awesome. A limited demo version of the creator is also available as a free download from EA's site for those who want to play around to get a feel for the program. Hardcore Spore enthusiasts might want to pick the retail version up ahead of time to have access to the full range of parts to play with.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Colorful backgrounds and excellent creature forms. Molding them by hand and watching them come to life is delightful.
4.0
Control
The drag-and-drop menus work fine. Everything is handled with a few simple mouse controls making the process quite simple and intuitive.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Subtle background music goes mainly unnoticed, but the creature sounds are entertaining.
3.3
Play Value
It's good for a few hours of fun here and there to build up an army of odd beasts. Keep in mind this is just a utility.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Build using 228 drag-and-drop, flexible parts - is it fashion, function, or fashunction?
  • Paint with unique patterns. Make your creature stand out in a crowd.
  • Play with your creature as it comes to life with dances, poses, and emotions.
  • Share using built-in snapshot and video tools - make your creature a star!


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