IMG_0426The Spore series started as a PC game by Will Wright and has since spawned several other games and a line of t-shirts, posters, and other swag. Plans for the future include expansion packs for the original Spore, a Spore card game, and even a Spore movie by the director of Ice Age. But where do the iPhone games fit in to all of this?

The first Spore game released on the App Store, Spore Origins [$1.99 / Free], arrived in early September of '08. At the time, it was an amazing game compared to the other games available in the infancy of the App Store, especially with how few "name brand" game franchises there were available at the time. Sadly, the game has not aged well, and the enhancements made in the sequel, Spore Creatures [$6.99], don't bring much to the table.

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Much like the original, the goal in Spore Creatures is to eat everything lower on the food chain than you are to collect DNA which is then used to evolve, improving existing abilities and granting new ones to your creature. You control your creature (this time on land) by tilting, and the heart of the game mostly involves tilting your phone to steer your creature in to anything that moves.

Spore-Creatures_-iPhone-1Spore Creatures attempts to add some much-needed depth to the game by adding different obstacles in the game world that require certain creature upgrades to overcome. For instance, one of the first things blocking your progress to the next area of the game is a rock which can only be moved once you've added legs to your creature, giving it the power to move the rock out of the way. Farther in to the game you will come across boss monsters, and other creatures that you can socialize with.

The one thing that is a lot of fun in Spore Creatures is the actual creature editor itself. With 45 unique body parts, body shape, and colors to be tweaked the iTunes description claims that there are billions of possible combinations. Making silly looking creatures is much more fun than tilting your phone to have them randomly bump in to things, and I really hope that EA brings something similar to the Spore Creature Creator to the iPhone some day.

Spore Origins was released at a time when a ton of people were completely engrossed in Spore mania. Now that the Spore franchise is getting stale, I doubt the sequel will have the same allure. Quite simply, there are both better tilting games and better adventure games on the App Store right now, and unless you're in love with the crazy creatures of the Spore universe, there aren't many reasons to spend much time with Spore Creatures.

App Store Link: Spore Creatures, $6.99

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  • Druid

    The game is displaying: post date: 24/Dec/2009
    So this game actually is ready for sale since last year??

  • Druid

    The game is displaying: post date: 24/Dec/2009
    So this game actually is ready for sale since last year??

  • EatKodosDaily

    OMG
    EA made a crappy game!?
    Who would have thought the mother of all bull crap would make a crappy game!?

    Honestly, this game is no worst then anything else EA has ever put out other than they didn't spend the billions to hype it up. Their mistake, because it has no merits of its own to make it anything but a laughing stock when people start spreading it around by word of mouth (if they even do that.)

    • MinervaDreaming

      You seem to be stuck about 10 years ago. Welcome to 2010, a year after EA had the most titles with an 80+ metacritic. Mirror's Edge, L4D2, Fifa and NHL 10, Dead Space, etc.

    • Gregsci

      EA is the Microsoft of Videogames pal

  • EatKodosDaily

    OMG
    EA made a crappy game!?
    Who would have thought the mother of all bull crap would make a crappy game!?

    Honestly, this game is no worst then anything else EA has ever put out other than they didn't spend the billions to hype it up. Their mistake, because it has no merits of its own to make it anything but a laughing stock when people start spreading it around by word of mouth (if they even do that.)

    • MinervaDreaming

      You seem to be stuck about 10 years ago. Welcome to 2010, a year after EA had the most titles with an 80+ metacritic. Mirror's Edge, L4D2, Fifa and NHL 10, Dead Space, etc.

  • Symbolist

    There is stuff around much crappier than the games published by EA.
    The branded (and higher priced) games which I really regret having bought have all been published by Chillingo and Gameloft.

  • Symbolist

    There is stuff around much crappier than the games published by EA.
    The branded (and higher priced) games which I really regret having bought have all been published by Chillingo and Gameloft.

  • kul65

    While this can't be compared to the actual Spore game, I for one enjoy casual gaming such as this. :)

  • kul65

    While this can't be compared to the actual Spore game, I for one enjoy casual gaming such as this. :)

  • jaytee

    i can't believe how many fails EA has on the iphone.

    spore was supposed to be their epic, end-all be-all game and they release minigame bullshit?

  • jaytee

    i can't believe how many fails EA has on the iphone.

    spore was supposed to be their epic, end-all be-all game and they release minigame bullshit?

  • Tim

    I thought we were going to see the DS game ported over... oh well!!

    tim

  • Tim

    I thought we were going to see the DS game ported over... oh well!!

    tim

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Wow, the annoying video is putting me off big time :)
    Thanks.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    Wow, the annoying video is putting me off big time :)
    Thanks.

  • hunkeydorey

    The first Spore game was so terrible, boring, and repetitive that I would never expect in a million years for a sequel to be anything more than that. There are only a handful of games I am pissed off about purchasing, and Spore is one of them. I wouldn't even consider getting this if someone gave me a billion dollar gift card to the iTunes store.

  • hunkeydorey

    The first Spore game was so terrible, boring, and repetitive that I would never expect in a million years for a sequel to be anything more than that. There are only a handful of games I am pissed off about purchasing, and Spore is one of them. I wouldn't even consider getting this if someone gave me a billion dollar gift card to the iTunes store.

  • Nukie

    Wow. So many Negative Nancy's. I'm a big fan of the Spore universe. I just love the color and creativity in the games. I loved Spore Origins and I am sure I will love Spore Creatures too. Evolution FTW! :)

  • Nukie

    Wow. So many Negative Nancy's. I'm a big fan of the Spore universe. I just love the color and creativity in the games. I loved Spore Origins and I am sure I will love Spore Creatures too. Evolution FTW! :)

  • yo

    ugh. Spore sucked ass and so did all of the spin-offs.

    Oh, and EA is evil for microtransacting the hell out of ME2 :-/

  • yo

    ugh. Spore sucked ass and so did all of the spin-offs.

    Oh, and EA is evil for microtransacting the hell out of ME2 :-/