TUAW reports on a hands-on demo of EA's upcoming Spore Origins that will arrive on the iPhone on September 7th. Unfortunately, they were not impressed with the early look at the game.

But we were fairly bored playing the game -- while the accelerometer is a good time, your character doesn't actually mean anything. There's zero connection between this game and the full version of Spore -- you can't bring your characters out into the Spore world, or see any other characters from other players wandering the iPhone game. It's completely standalone, and that makes it feel a little unconnected -- who cares about this little creature you control when all he'll ever be is a speck in a Petri dish?

Indeed, Spore Origins, unlike the full Spore game that is destined for the PC and Mac, limits you to life as an ameoba. You create your creature and can navigate 35 levels in the iPhone version, but it seems you can do little else.

EA had demoed Spore in March during the original iPhone SDK announcement.

  • http://www.3drealms.com Jeron Moore

    Well, there goes any interest I had in the game (for my iPhone, that is).

  • http://www.3drealms.com Jeron Moore

    Well, there goes any interest I had in the game (for my iPhone, that is).

  • nickyb

    Yeah, a little disappointing. At the very least they should come out with Spore Creatures which is what is being released for the Nintendo DS (it allows your characters to be above ground, but still limited to what the full spore is going to be.)

  • nickyb

    Yeah, a little disappointing. At the very least they should come out with Spore Creatures which is what is being released for the Nintendo DS (it allows your characters to be above ground, but still limited to what the full spore is going to be.)

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    Perhaps the demo is misleading us and they will add some better features to the actual release. Here's hoping!

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    Perhaps the demo is misleading us and they will add some better features to the actual release. Here's hoping!

  • palapalooza

    I get the impression that the reviewers were thinking of the entire Spore game while playing this, when they really should have been focusing on how it as a stand-alone game. This is like reviewing Pac-Man when you really want to play World of Warcraft.

    From what I've seen, Origins is more like a customizable pac-man game. You construct a little critter the way you want then swim around eating things smaller than you while avoiding things bigger than you. This in itself could be a very fun game. When Touch Arcade reviews this game, I hope they focus on it being a stand-alone game rather than constantly comparing it to the full version of Spore.

  • palapalooza

    I get the impression that the reviewers were thinking of the entire Spore game while playing this, when they really should have been focusing on how it as a stand-alone game. This is like reviewing Pac-Man when you really want to play World of Warcraft.

    From what I've seen, Origins is more like a customizable pac-man game. You construct a little critter the way you want then swim around eating things smaller than you while avoiding things bigger than you. This in itself could be a very fun game. When Touch Arcade reviews this game, I hope they focus on it being a stand-alone game rather than constantly comparing it to the full version of Spore.

  • Adisah

    I'll probabaly buy it regardless. When they showed it in March it looked good enough just being that. I mean how much more would you want from the game. It's just a small bite sized game not an epic, large scale game with a huge budget. They make it sound like it's bad that it's apparently a short game. Oh well, can't wait until it comes out.

  • Adisah

    I'll probabaly buy it regardless. When they showed it in March it looked good enough just being that. I mean how much more would you want from the game. It's just a small bite sized game not an epic, large scale game with a huge budget. They make it sound like it's bad that it's apparently a short game. Oh well, can't wait until it comes out.

  • TheBird

    Can't help but i feel like this was a big opportunity wasted

  • TheBird

    Can't help but i feel like this was a big opportunity wasted

  • reverie

    Hey, don't be disappointed -- that's exactly what they had demoed in March.

  • reverie

    Hey, don't be disappointed -- that's exactly what they had demoed in March.

  • illitrate

    sounds like it's a lot like Flow on the PS3 then - that's a massively addictive game even though the concept is really very very simple
    as palapalooza says above - this should be considered it's own game - not a sub-game of Spore

  • illitrate

    sounds like it's a lot like Flow on the PS3 then - that's a massively addictive game even though the concept is really very very simple
    as palapalooza says above - this should be considered it's own game - not a sub-game of Spore