Pros Fun creature editor
Cons Everything but the editor (which has NO impact on actual gameplay anyway) is just crap. Simplistic, and fleeting mini-games make up the rest of the game.
Horrible DRM ruins what little goodness there is here.
Summary The whole touted point of this game, creature evolution, does not exist. You can make a ball with 1 leg and a single arm and the game plays exactly the same as if you'd spend hours on creating and evolving your creatures to the Nth degree.
Its a collosal waste of money and the DRM with its associated rootkit makes it an unsafe purchase.
Don't buy this steaming pile of poo!
"Only 3 installs"on by daveb604
Pros I was excited about this game, but I returned it before opening it after I heard about the nasty DRM.
Cons DRM that treats owners like thieves ruins this game. It installs a rootkit. You can't install it without an internet connection. If you change hardware or install it more than 3 times, you have to call EA long distance $$$ and beg for a new key.
Summary DRM severely limits use by rightful game owners, treating them like thieves.
"EA Spore Fail"on by ieshadover
Pros 1. Cute and amusing
2. I like the cellular level but will grow old fast.
Cons 1. EA ipoor customer service
2. Doesn't come near to living up to what was marketed
3. DRM is invasive, and hurt honest paying customers
4. No Parental control , some online creators are worrisome for a 10 year old to play.
Summary I bought two copies of this game, 1 of them has an unlock code issue and thus can't be run yet. I have tried everything to get a hold of EA about this but only way that semi worked was their email from costumer service, but that only meant I got a message to them but have received no answer from EA (Other then the auto response that they'd get back to me in 24 hrs. it's been 48 hrs so far.)
Then their is the lack of parental controls, when creature creator was release within 24 hrs, very crude and obsense creature where ported to EA's website. So my concern is how do I keep my son from having P***S world, or alling with Vir***na creatures ect..... I personally can't understand why they don't have a rating system to the post creature or some kind of parental options installed.
DRM I am so tired of paying for a software, being the honest customer only to have the company making thing hard for me to own and run their game. I often upgrade hardware to play the newest and best games. These DRM activation treat new hardware as new install (Yes I've had it happen before) and just last month I have to whip my hard drive and reinstall everything because of a virus that got trough my security. So three activation can be used up very quickly and I've already stated how hard it is to get through to EA. So either I'll play the game out before it becomes an issue or I may join the legion of pirates to play a game I lawfullly bought in good faith from EA.
There is a good chance I'll stay honest though, as the game is dumbed down alot from what the original promised. Creature features and evolution really doesn't matter in the game, like originally purposed. So a 6 legged creature doesn't run faster then a 2 leg one, for example. So there is a good chance I'll grow bored with the game before I have to start down a road of crime to play it.
"too cutiesy"on by clarkthomp
Pros A nice idea able to make all sorts of creatures
Cons boring no game interaction with other people. The gaming world can hold your interest just so long.
Summary a waste of money this game will be $10 before long
Pros - interesting character creation
- interesting gameplay and variation of
- works on lesser computers
Cons - poor navigation, especially in space stage
- user characters lose more and more of their advantages given by creation choices (weapons on your ship have no effect in space stage)
- very bad scroll navigation (planets
- in space age boring missions
Summary It's a nice game all in all and a new way of playing but the issue is it moves from an RPG to an RTS to space-sim. when you get comfortable with one way you must switch to the next which is very different.
It's fun for a while but the space age is very confusing at times, with messages from everywhere and the need to travel all the way back to your home planet because some raiders are attacking. which is wierd since last time i checked i had built a hell of a lot of planes which disappeared out of nowhere when i reached space age...
the game is good until you reach the tribal stage. after that it becomes pointless, repetitive and very long...