Spore: Galactic Adventures Review
Spore: Galactic Adventures box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Maxis 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: June 23, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Another wacky mission tasks you with scouring a massive library to hunt down books for patrons with different tastes in literature in order to finally obtain a library card of your own. Then there's Maxis' How a Bill Becomes a Law adventure that walks you through the legislative process of attempting to pass a bill to save the Spoffits by slaying the opposition and coercing other naysayers.

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As fun as the pre-made missions are, it's the ability to play adventures made by other users and create your own that greatly extends the value of Galactic Adventures. You can import all manner of creatures, buildings, vehicles, items, and other elements from the Sporepedia into the adventure creator and assign different behaviors, actions, and events to them. In addition to the new ability to terraform the planet surface and customize its appearance in a tremendous number of ways, you can easily throw weather effects, lighting, music, scenery elements, and even give dialogue bubbles to creatures to enhance your custom story interactions. Much like other elements in Spore, the adventures you create also have a complexity meter that limits how involved and lengthy they can be, but there's still a lot of freedom to put together multi-tiered missions with story elements. The adventure creator is certainly more complicated than the previous toolsets you're given to make other things in the game, and there's definitely a moderate learning curve.

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The slick additions Galactic Adventures brings to Spore's main game are all elements that should have been there in the first place. It's hard to shake the feeling that these adventures are a crucial piece of the puzzle that was missing on launch day. Regardless, they're a pleasant addition that injects another dimension of fun into the space stage.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Just as charming as the main game with added visual variety amongst the various missions.
4.0
Control
Intuitive and flexible keyboard and mouse controls work well.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Lots of great music and strange gibberish added-in for bigger personality.
3.7
Play Value
The adventures are a great addition to the main game, even if they don't add a ton of substance to the mix.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play a variety of Maxis-created missions as you explore planets all over the galaxy.
  • Evolve your creature into the ultimate Space Captain. Complete missions, raise your rank, and earn over 30 game-changing upgrades and abilities.
  • Easily create your own adventures from battles to puzzles to telling your own Spore stories, and then share them online.
  • Play and rank an endless supply of adventures when you join the vibrant Spore community.


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