Welcome to the amazing world of Spore!
Spore is a life simulation game, released in 2008, created by the simulation games genius Will Wright.
Spore, in my opinion, is more than just a game. It’s a fantastic mixture of a computer game, a science toy, a creativity tool, and a social tool as it allows you to make millions of friends around the globe while playing it.
You can access millions of players creations online and install it to your game, so your little universe get populated with billions of different creations from another players!
In B+ Cubensis Spores you can just imagine any thing and then bring it to life and play with it as you wish forever! yes, there is no end to the game..
You are the only one master! it’s your world. you made the creatures, the buildings, the vehicles, the spaceships, even you can design the planets and there atmospheres.
So, let’s have a deeper look at it:
The game consists of 5 stages:
1-the cell stage:
You start the game as a single cell micro-organism, swimming in a prehistoric ocean. in this stage you must eat cells smaller than you, and avoid being eaten by cells larger than you at the same time. you may choose to be carnivore (meat eater), herbivore (vegetables and fruits eater), or omnivore (eat both).
When you eat cells you gain more DNA points, which allow you to call your partner (the female creature of your type) to produce the new generation of your cell. this will give you the chance to enter the cell editor where you can enhance your cell abilities, like making it swim faster by adding fins, making it stronger by adding spikes, even making it fire electric shots or poison when attacked!
After collecting enough DNA you will have the ability to evolve to the second stage which is:
2-the creature stage:
Welcome to land!
Now you can leave the water and walk on the land for the first time ever!
In this stage you need to socialize, to gain more DNA points. you may befriend other creatures and make alliances, or you may attack and eventually kill them.. you decide!
Each time you reach certain amount of DNA points you have the ability to make member of your type follow you as a pack. you can attack together, socialize together.. etc.
After gaining enough DNA your brain will get bigger and you become more skilled. it’s time to make a tribe of your own race, and in the first time in your history you can now make weapons and other useful stuff like fishing rods, fire torches, stone axes, spears… and much much more!
3-the tribe stage:
Now you are a leader of a whole tribe of your own race. congratulations!
But beware! there are other tribes scattered around the planet. some of them may look friendly, while others are not. you can design your tribe layout, your tribe members outfits. you can start gathering food either by hunting animals, or by gathering fruits from trees. food is considered as the currency in the tribe stage. you can buy tools, add more buildings, gift other tribes, and of course keep alive through food.
The main goal of the tribe stage is to dominate all tribes, either peacefully by gifting them and turning them into loyal allies, or by waging war on them and whip them out of the face of the planet!
After uniting all the tribes under your command.. your race now is dominating the planet. but they became separated and no more speak the same language.. also they start to compete against each other in order to take control of the resources and dominate the planet.. hurry up. the civilization stage is about to start!
4-the civilization stage:
In civilization stage you build an entire civilization, and your goal is to dominate the whole planet, uniting all rival civilizations under your role.
You can achieve this just like you did in creature and tribe stages.. peacefully or aggressively.
In this level you can start building land, air, and sea vehicles. and again all of this stuff is TOTALLY designable! you can create any vehicle you which.
You have a very cute vehicle editor that has lots of parts like tires, bodies, chassis, mounted weapons, cockpits, wings, boats… etc.
If you’re going to dominate the planet peacefully, use your vehicles social abilities to befriend other civilizations and eventually make them loyal allies. or just wage fierce battles with them using your land, air, and sea massive fire power (you even have the ability to build super weapons like the gadget bomb and the ICBM)!
Once you finish uniting all civilizations under your role.. it’s time to look up at the sky thinking about this mysterious world far far away!.. prepare yourself for left off!!!
5-the space stage:
Aha! so you made it and you managed to reach the space stage.. congrats!
I consider the space stage to be the beginning of the game although it is the final stage. this stage starts with a spaceship editor aka “the UFO editor” where you can build your very own spaceship! isn’t it amazing?
As in all previous stages, you have a handy editor associated with every thing you play with. the UFO editor contains lots and lots of parts like: thrusters, mounted weapons, light effects.. and after collecting enough credits you may make it even much more better. you can buy upgrades like interstellar drives (make you travel longer distances in space), energy packs (to increase the fuel of your space ship), wormhole (a tool which allows you to travel through black holes as a short cut through the vast galaxy), massive weapons (like the ultimate planet buster which have the ability to destroy a whole planet with a single shot!!), and lots of other socializing tools.
In space stage you can search for other alien races live in your solar system or in other solar systems. some of them may be still in the creature stage, or in tribal stages. you can hover around with your space ship scaring them, or taking some of them as nice specimen with your abduction beam.
But you may find another intelligent life forms that roam the space as you do. Now this is the difference between the space stage and all previous stages. your main goal is to CONQUER THE UNIVERSE search for barren planets, build colonies on them, gather resources and buy more and more upgrades for yourself.
Make allies or wage interstellar battles from planet to planet. you won’t believe me if I tell you that I am playing the game for 2 years now and I ‘m not able to finish it!!
The galaxy is soooooo vast.. there are MILLIONS of planets to visit.. each planet has its own creatures, plants, and civilizations. but the main goal in this stage is to reach the center of the galaxy, which is protected by a fearsome, mysterious alien race called the “Grox”. believe me it’s so hard to achieve this. but finally I managed to do it!
After reaching the center of the galaxy you will be granted some amazing rewards including the staff of life which allow you to create life itself from scratch.. you can turn a dead barren planet to a living one, crowded with creatures, contains river, seas and oceans, and have a livable atmosphere.
And here you are!.. you have a vast galaxy full of millions of stars and planet, and you have almost all tools and upgrades installed in your spaceship.. feel free to do what you wish! you may just hop from planet to another.. you may explore the far, mysterious solar systems.. you may explore planets and scan new life forms and abduct some with you as samples and use them to populate another planet. you may miss with planets rising mountains and hills, dig rivers and seas, raise temperature or lower it.. even destroy an entire planet with your planet buster weapon.. but beware. this may destroy your reputation in the galaxy and you may lose your allies. even worse, you may gain lots of new enemies.
Final word about Spore:
An amazing software (not calling it just a game) allow the user to feel so close to the things he (she) created. it’s his own creation, which carries his own personality. he is acting passively all the time, designing creatures, buildings, outfits, vehicles, spaceships and even planets! he created the game himself!
He created a space captain from a single cell organism!! what an achievement!
Also spore makes the player think about himself, his surroundings, his environment and the whole universe. it really made me think about how tiny we are in the universe. and how we may look like to alien races ( if they are real).
I recommend this game for all of those who like strategy games and city building games.. and I recommend it for graphic designers as will as it works great to design characters, texture, and animate them.