As we recently reported, EA's much anticipated Spore Origins [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available in the iTunes App Store.

Spore Origins is an abbreviated, mobile adaptation of Will Wright's Spore, one of the most highly anticipated computer games ever released.  As Wikipedia describes Spore,

Spore is a multi-genre "massively single-player online game" developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright. It allows a player to control the evolution of a species from its beginnings as a unicellular organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a spacefaring culture. It has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its use of open-ended gameplay and procedural generation.

While Spore is a massive title that takes the player through five distinct game phases (Cell, Creature, Tribal, Civilization, and Space), Spore Origins is a more modest undertaking that is entirely based around the Cell phase of evolution.  EA demonstrated an early version of the game at Apple's iPhone SDK event back in March, and since then it has been one of the most eagerly anticipated App Store releases.  (Both Spore and Spore Origins saw a nearly simultaneous release in the last few days.)

The game features 30 levels of play and offers two distinct game modes: Evolution and Survial.

In Evolution Mode, the you must move your organism through a variety of environments from the Primordial Ooze to the Sandy Coast, evolving along the way.  Eating smaller creatures fills the DNA and Heart meters at the top of the screen.  For each filled heart, your organism increases in size which puts more creatures on the menu, so to speak.  Once the DNA bar is filled, your organism moves to the next level.  Along the way, various symbiotes can be collected which enable temporary capabilities such as shield, speed increase, and poison.  The Creature Editor allows you to customize your organism to make it smarter, stronger, and faster.

Survival Mode presents a more simplistic play scenario.  The goal is simply to stay alive in order to reach the highest level possible.  Avoid all other creatures and pick up food pellets in order to fill the DNA bar and move to the next level.  Various power-ups can be collected along the way: Vortex, Shrink, Bomb, Shield, Clock, Blades, and Lightning.

The iPhone's accelerometer controls are used to guide the organism through its environment, with a tap to the screen activating power-ups or offensive "special parts" added through the Creature Creator.  The controls work well and feel "natural" and the relative tilt angle can be calibrated through the options menu.

Spore Origins feels every bit a big studio title.  It features some of the loveliest graphics ever seen on the iPhone.  The creatures are cute and colorful, the levels are highly detailed, and the hazy backdrop animations amid the ooze goes hand in hand with the fitting ambient soundtrack to deliver a pleasant sense of immersion in the game world.  Tricky Software has delivered a highly polished mobile adaptation of the Maxis original.

Spore Origins is certainly one of the most engaging games available for the iPhone.  Using the Creature Creator to evolve your organism--to better equip it to eat and not be eaten in the dangerous game world--and to watch those changes work to advantage is highly satisfying.  And while an iPhone port of all 4GB of the Mac / PC flagship title would've really made us happy (we can dream...), little brother Spore Origins is a great game that's well priced in the App Store at $9.99.

Game Details
Name: Spore Origins (v1.0.0) Price: $9.99 [Buy]
Developer: EA / Tricky Software Size: 79.9 MB
In Brief: An accelerometer-controlled "little brother" to Spore, Spore Origins brings evolutionary fun to the iPhone.  Evolve your organism and move level to level in this "eat or be eaten" game.  A unique title with great graphics and big-studio polish that's fun to play.

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  • The dude

    I'm almost finished with the evolution 30 levels. Anyone know how to get evolution points? I'm still unclear on the criteria for getting them. Anyway it's a good game. I was expecting a little more but still a good play. Not sure if it's worth the $10. Maybe I'd buy it for $7 or $8. Anyway worth a look for the curious.

  • The dude

    I'm almost finished with the evolution 30 levels. Anyone know how to get evolution points? I'm still unclear on the criteria for getting them. Anyway it's a good game. I was expecting a little more but still a good play. Not sure if it's worth the $10. Maybe I'd buy it for $7 or $8. Anyway worth a look for the curious.

  • David Solberg

    I'm also interested in the length of gameplay. How many hours of play is in the whole game? For example, ToyBot Diaries was very fun and neat, but it was also short, which made sense because of the relatively low $3.99 price point.

  • David Solberg

    I'm also interested in the length of gameplay. How many hours of play is in the whole game? For example, ToyBot Diaries was very fun and neat, but it was also short, which made sense because of the relatively low $3.99 price point.

  • The dude

    Well for me I been playing maybe about 3 hours total and I'm almost done with evolution game play. I'm on stage 28. The replay value is there because I zoomed past most of the levels. And there's the survival mode still to play.

  • The dude

    Well for me I been playing maybe about 3 hours total and I'm almost done with evolution game play. I'm on stage 28. The replay value is there because I zoomed past most of the levels. And there's the survival mode still to play.

  • Developer

    Whine. Too expensive. Whine. Should be given away free. Whine. I'm rushing to finish it as fast as I can and I'm already on level 30. Why doesn't it have 6000 levels? Why doesn't it have a million levels, better graphics and be given away free? I don't understand. Whine.

  • Developer

    Whine. Too expensive. Whine. Should be given away free. Whine. I'm rushing to finish it as fast as I can and I'm already on level 30. Why doesn't it have 6000 levels? Why doesn't it have a million levels, better graphics and be given away free? I don't understand. Whine.

  • David Solberg

    Thanks, The dude. I appreciate it when people take the time to help each other out. In terms of replay value, does it change the game significantly if you start out as a different type of organism or whatever?

    Developer: I know what you're saying, and it does it frustrating when everyone wants more, more, more. However, I research about TVs, cars, and even books before I buy them, and I just wanted a little more information before deciding what to buy.

  • David Solberg

    Thanks, The dude. I appreciate it when people take the time to help each other out. In terms of replay value, does it change the game significantly if you start out as a different type of organism or whatever?

    Developer: I know what you're saying, and it does it frustrating when everyone wants more, more, more. However, I research about TVs, cars, and even books before I buy them, and I just wanted a little more information before deciding what to buy.

  • The dude

    @ David It's no problem. There is only one type of organism you can customize it's look and shape. You can add on various items to help with defense, attack, movement, etc. I imagine the levels are similar if you go back and replay but I can't verify as I have not done so. I'm kind of stuck on stage 28.

    @ Developer If you go back to my posts you would see that I'm not whining at all. I'm giving my opinion of the game. It's positives and negatives. I could understand if I gave asinine negatives but I was expecting more for $10 especially when the full version has gotten so much hype. As I said before in my opinion it's a good game but it could be better. Your sarcastic comments does nothing but waste space. Instead be an adult if you disagree with my assessment of the game then state reasons.

  • The dude

    @ David It's no problem. There is only one type of organism you can customize it's look and shape. You can add on various items to help with defense, attack, movement, etc. I imagine the levels are similar if you go back and replay but I can't verify as I have not done so. I'm kind of stuck on stage 28.

    @ Developer If you go back to my posts you would see that I'm not whining at all. I'm giving my opinion of the game. It's positives and negatives. I could understand if I gave asinine negatives but I was expecting more for $10 especially when the full version has gotten so much hype. As I said before in my opinion it's a good game but it could be better. Your sarcastic comments does nothing but waste space. Instead be an adult if you disagree with my assessment of the game then state reasons.

  • Eric

    I just played this game for about 30 - 45 minutes (until my iPhone started bugging me about low battery) and made it to level 7 or so. It's certainly a fun game and so far I'm feeling ok about having spent $10 on it. I still haven't figured out for sure how evolution points work but I'd be interested if someone can explain that one.

  • Eric

    I just played this game for about 30 - 45 minutes (until my iPhone started bugging me about low battery) and made it to level 7 or so. It's certainly a fun game and so far I'm feeling ok about having spent $10 on it. I still haven't figured out for sure how evolution points work but I'd be interested if someone can explain that one.

  • The dude

    Well this is what I've found on evolution points...

    "You automatically earn one evolution point every 3 levels."

    Seems to be sort of true. I dunno tho because I thought I remember I got 2 evolution points on one level. Though I could be mistaken.

  • The dude

    Well this is what I've found on evolution points...

    "You automatically earn one evolution point every 3 levels."

    Seems to be sort of true. I dunno tho because I thought I remember I got 2 evolution points on one level. Though I could be mistaken.

  • http://www.3deified.net Easy Writer

    This game (and the cellular stage in the full Spore game) have nothing on flOw in terms of depth, aesthetics, emergent gameplay and replay value. But until that game (or flash) comes to the iPhone I guess this is it.

  • http://www.3deified.net Easy Writer

    This game (and the cellular stage in the full Spore game) have nothing on flOw in terms of depth, aesthetics, emergent gameplay and replay value. But until that game (or flash) comes to the iPhone I guess this is it.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Easy Writer: I, too, noticed a great similarity between Spore Origins and flOw for the PS3.

  • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

    @Easy Writer: I, too, noticed a great similarity between Spore Origins and flOw for the PS3.

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  • Eric

    @Easy Writer: I agree as well. Spore is fun, and I'm glad it kind of borrows some gameplay concepts from fl0w. But fl0w is definitely the better game.

  • Eric

    @Easy Writer: I agree as well. Spore is fun, and I'm glad it kind of borrows some gameplay concepts from fl0w. But fl0w is definitely the better game.

  • pete

    very easy up until level 28 and then it gets Very hard. I don't see much replay value as most levels are the same. Survial mode is just 'asteroids', and a poor version at that. It held my attention for a couple of hours, tho I don't see what all the hype was about?

  • pete

    very easy up until level 28 and then it gets Very hard. I don't see much replay value as most levels are the same. Survial mode is just 'asteroids', and a poor version at that. It held my attention for a couple of hours, tho I don't see what all the hype was about?

  • Shannon Shiflett

    Developer, your cliched dry wit is most annoying--nothing worse than someone whining about someone else whining. Give it a rest already.

  • Shannon Shiflett

    Developer, your cliched dry wit is most annoying--nothing worse than someone whining about someone else whining. Give it a rest already.

  • http://tomburka.com Tom Burka

    I like the game but I'm afraid it has little to no replay value. There appear to be a limited number of parts that you can add-on to your creature and, given that you get an evolution point (you can get 2 on one level), by a certain point you max out and have every perk you can get. So it seems that you can change the look of your creature, but it eseentially will have the exact same traits in every game.

    I'm on level 29, so perhaps I'm wrong on the degree of cuustomization (I'll add an additional comment as soon as I start again).

    Otherwise, this game is so much better than of the other games for the iPhone -- it looks amazing and figuring out what the different creatures are in each level and how they affect you is fun.

  • http://tomburka.com Tom Burka

    I like the game but I\'m afraid it has little to no replay value. There appear to be a limited number of parts that you can add-on to your creature and, given that you get an evolution point (you can get 2 on one level), by a certain point you max out and have every perk you can get. So it seems that you can change the look of your creature, but it eseentially will have the exact same traits in every game.

    I\'m on level 29, so perhaps I\'m wrong on the degree of cuustomization (I\'ll add an additional comment as soon as I start again).

    Otherwise, this game is so much better than of the other games for the iPhone -- it looks amazing and figuring out what the different creatures are in each level and how they affect you is fun.

  • Bloodwin

    I really enjoy messing with this game. Some people seem to think that you can get all the items very easily which isn't strictly true. Each of the first two items in each area can be upgraded 3 times (the super items can't be upgraded) So you can mess about with scaling certain items rather than having a base amount of points in all things.

    Something people have missed is the novelty of using a photo as the skin for your creature and you can even take a picture with your iPhone 3G from within the game I found this an interesting novelty.

    I'd like to see a versus game where you can pit your organism against friends and compete for food. I think the game is good value for money. At least it allows you to set your own steady point unlike Super Monkey Ball. I think this is an innovative way to play and uses the unique features of the Apple touch gadgets well.

  • Bloodwin

    I really enjoy messing with this game. Some people seem to think that you can get all the items very easily which isn't strictly true. Each of the first two items in each area can be upgraded 3 times (the super items can't be upgraded) So you can mess about with scaling certain items rather than having a base amount of points in all things.

    Something people have missed is the novelty of using a photo as the skin for your creature and you can even take a picture with your iPhone 3G from within the game I found this an interesting novelty.

    I'd like to see a versus game where you can pit your organism against friends and compete for food. I think the game is good value for money. At least it allows you to set your own steady point unlike Super Monkey Ball. I think this is an innovative way to play and uses the unique features of the Apple touch gadgets well.

  • bogg

    Easy Writer & Eric:

    You do know that the programmer behind fl0w admitted that he had been inspired by the demoes of Spore? Thus there's no "borrowing" of fl0w gamplay in spore, it is the other way round.

  • bogg

    Easy Writer & Eric:

    You do know that the programmer behind fl0w admitted that he had been inspired by the demoes of Spore? Thus there's no "borrowing" of fl0w gamplay in spore, it is the other way round.

  • Brad

    Well, I read this review because the screenshots and such of the game looked interesting, and when I found out this is just one stage of a full computer game, I looked up the computer version. I think I'm going to have to get the computer version instead because it looks very interesting.

  • Brad

    Well, I read this review because the screenshots and such of the game looked interesting, and when I found out this is just one stage of a full computer game, I looked up the computer version. I think I'm going to have to get the computer version instead because it looks very interesting.

  • Dude#1

    If this game doesn't have the SPORE branding, i doubt anyone will bother playing it at all.

  • Dude#1

    If this game doesn't have the SPORE branding, i doubt anyone will bother playing it at all.

  • Chris Lanni

    can u email me at monkeman1331@gmail.com, i can only play 10 levels, the evolution bar went away

  • Chris Lanni

    can u email me at monkeman1331@gmail.com, i can only play 10 levels, the evolution bar went away

  • Bob

    Spore Origins is a lot of fun. Until you get stuck at level 29.....
    How to I conquer those very big fish? The help file says I should use other predators.... but how??

    Any hints?

    • Sam

      Ok basically for level 29 you get the one eyed fish to charge into the big fish I think but I don't know as I haven't finished that level but if you get food from one big fish there is a blue healing fish at the bottom and maybe using the healing fish and getting food from the big 3 eyed fish you could become full size and eat the one eyed fishes.

  • Bob

    Spore Origins is a lot of fun. Until you get stuck at level 29.....
    How to I conquer those very big fish? The help file says I should use other predators.... but how??

    Any hints?

    • Sam

      Ok basically for level 29 you get the one eyed fish to charge into the big fish I think but I don't know as I haven't finished that level but if you get food from one big fish there is a blue healing fish at the bottom and maybe using the healing fish and getting food from the big 3 eyed fish you could become full size and eat the one eyed fishes.

  • mash*mash

    i am too stuck on that level, drives me crazy!!! and could someone please explain how to get evolution points.

  • mash*mash

    i am too stuck on that level, drives me crazy!!! and could someone please explain how to get evolution points.

  • riffran

    it's a bitc*...I managed to get the one eyed "bull" fish to charge at me straight into a big three eye. Got about an eigth of the evo bar, with 4 food guppies...(more or less).....I wonder if they will eventually up grade to land based, ect.......riff

  • riffran

    it's a bitc*...I managed to get the one eyed "bull" fish to charge at me straight into a big three eye. Got about an eigth of the evo bar, with 4 food guppies...(more or less).....I wonder if they will eventually up grade to land based, ect.......riff

  • mash*mash

    so is there no other level after level 29?!

  • mash*mash

    so is there no other level after level 29?!

  • jowen

    i manage to get to lvl 30 and stuck there.. the instruction were not clear on how to defeat the giant to get the eggs.

    on lvl 29, u need to annoy the fish to turn red and let it charge at the fat fish. u need to kill 2 fat fishes provided u eat all the small guppies after eeach fat fish die to win.

  • jowen

    i manage to get to lvl 30 and stuck there.. the instruction were not clear on how to defeat the giant to get the eggs.

    on lvl 29, u need to annoy the fish to turn red and let it charge at the fat fish. u need to kill 2 fat fishes provided u eat all the small guppies after eeach fat fish die to win.

  • anonymous

    I cannot pass level 29!!!! I don't get it!!!!! Also, are there only 30 levels??? I wanna go on the land!!! I have heard rumors that there were only 30 levels..... I hope this isn't true.

  • http://none anonymous

    I cannot pass level 29!!!! I don't get it!!!!! Also, are there only 30 levels??? I wanna go on the land!!! I have heard rumors that there were only 30 levels..... I hope this isn't true.

  • Kelly

    I can't get past level 26 or whatever with the big fat orange giant fish with three eyes... i figured out that you have to have the spiney plants shoot daggers at you while you run away and hope that they hit the giant. Is there an easier way to get past this stupid level?? i hate the giant and i've replayed the level maybe ten times!!! HELP!!

  • Kelly

    I can't get past level 26 or whatever with the big fat orange giant fish with three eyes... i figured out that you have to have the spiney plants shoot daggers at you while you run away and hope that they hit the giant. Is there an easier way to get past this stupid level?? i hate the giant and i've replayed the level maybe ten times!!! HELP!!

  • Kelly

    now that i think about it, it was stupid level 29 GAAHH!!

  • Kelly

    now that i think about it, it was stupid level 29 GAAHH!!

  • Sporian

    I have all the spore games however I see u are all having problems with spore origins.

    to get an evolution point u need to get a food combo by eating at least 5 worms in about 5 seconds of each other.

    For those of you stuck on the fat orange fish level here is how to do it basicly there are atoms two charger fish around the fat fish u need to make them charge at u and then move so they hit it 3 times to kill it.

    If anyone one bows how to get past level 30 please say

    Hope this info helps

  • Sporian

    I have all the spore games however I see u are all having problems with spore origins.

    to get an evolution point u need to get a food combo by eating at least 5 worms in about 5 seconds of each other.

    For those of you stuck on the fat orange fish level here is how to do it basicly there are atoms two charger fish around the fat fish u need to make them charge at u and then move so they hit it 3 times to kill it.

    If anyone one bows how to get past level 30 please say

    Hope this info helps

  • Jozef

    Hi, I am also stuck on the level 30, I tried many varieties of my creature, I figured out that maybe I have a part of way (or maybe not). If you have tortoise carapace and air flow (I am not sure about the name - it a short time speed boost super item) than you can get to the giant (blue big one with eggs - in right-top border) from any direction as close it as you want. The problem is that I can still get any egg from it ;-(...

    If anyone knows how to get it please say it.. Thanks..

  • Jozef

    Hi, I am also stuck on the level 30, I tried many varieties of my creature, I figured out that maybe I have a part of way (or maybe not). If you have tortoise carapace and air flow (I am not sure about the name - it a short time speed boost super item) than you can get to the giant (blue big one with eggs - in right-top border) from any direction as close it as you want. The problem is that I can still get any egg from it ;-(...

    If anyone knows how to get it please say it.. Thanks..

  • Jozef

    Sorry, my mistake, I wanted to say that I still can't get any egg from it..

  • Jozef

    Sorry, my mistake, I wanted to say that I still can't get any egg from it..

  • http://msn.com austin

    Is there going to be a spore on the i pod where u can travel on land??

  • http://msn.com austin

    Is there going to be a spore on the i pod where u can travel on land??

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