Spore

January 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm 24 comments


Sorry I haven’t been online in ages. I’ve been playing a new game I got for Christmas. It’s called ‘Spore’. I’m sure most o you have heard of it. If not, click here to go to the official website to read about it.

WARNING: If you’re thinking about getting it, note the system requirements. If your computer is fairly old, or has a bad graphics card, it will not play, and you will have wasted your money.


Ok, because Spore is probably one of those games you just can’t squish into one review, I’m gonna attempt this in parts. Some parts will be new pages, some reviews of certain aspects, and some just role-playing stories and ideas.

This post will be a quick run-through of the five stages: Cell Stage, Creature Stage, Tribal Stage, Civilisation Stage and Space Stage.

Cell Stage:

Cell Stage is one of my favourite stages. It’s pretty much a mini-game where you swim around in prehistoric goo eating either plant matter or meat chunks. You unlock new parts for your cell (such as poison sacks or proboscis) by killing cells whit those parts already on them or by smashing open meteorites (which will appear if you miss a part by growing much bigger than the cell that has the item so you can’t even see them anymore). Anyway, eventually you’ll swim to a beach. When you eat enough food for you to grow a pea-sized brain, you can evolve legs and go onto land.

Creature Stage:

In Creature Stage your main goal is to either befriend other species or destroy them. You start out as literally a cell with legs (unless you reform the body a bit in the Creature Editor). At the end of it your creature will probably look quite different. You unlock body parts for your creature by smashing bone piles, making friends with the alpha creature of a species, or by killing the alpha.

To make friends you need to approach a creature and copy it’s actions, such as:

  • Sing (a very basic form of socialising, you make a noise and musical notes appear over your head)
  • Dance (your dance will be different depending on your dance skill)
  • Charm (you make little dinging noises and yellow sparks appear around you)
  • Pose (you put out your hands and flowers come out of them)

To kill one you use any of the four attacks you’ve unlocked:

  • Bite (a very primitive form of attack, you literally go up and bite the creature)
  • Spit (you shoot a number of poison purple balls at the enemy)
  • Strike (my personal favourite; you slash at the enemy with your hands, causing a lot of damage)
  • Charge (you run at an enemy from a distance and stun them from attacking for a while)

Anyway, eventually your brain gets so big you become “sapient” and you evolve to the Tribal Stage.

Oh, and one last thing about Creature Stage. Watch out for Epics – they’re giant versions of creatures and are all but impossible to kill. Don’t get near one or you will be abruptly and embarrassingly squished.

Tribal Stage:

Now that you have a roof over your head the fight for survival is over – now we’re on to the fight for power. After a while other tribes will pop up on the continent. Your mission is to make them your allies by playing music for them, or by destroying their tribal hut, thus forcing them to extinction. You also need to gather food to feed your village – oh yeah, that’s the cool thing – you now can control up to 12 creatures!

After you befriend or destroy another village you get their tools and clothes. Clothes have bonuses such as combat skills, gathering skills, social skills and even health upgrades. To give your villagers tools you need to build a hut for that specific tool. Sadly there are 9 different tools and only room for 6 huts. So people who were trying to remain adaptable (the cyan coloured parts of your creatures’ timeline) then this may present a problem if you want other non-dominating skills, such as:

  • Healing Rods: These turn the wielder into a shaman, who can heal villagers while they’re on the battlefield.
  • Fishing Spears: These let you catch fish faster (which might not be needed if you have the ‘Flying Fish’ consiquence ability).
  • Gathering Canes: These let you carry more food while out gathering.

There are also three types of instruments:

  • Maracas: One of the most annoying instruments in the Universe. Some creatures seem to like them though…
  • Didgeridoos: They look pretty cool and they make “music”. What more could you want?
  • Wooden Horns: The awesomest of all three. You gotta love that tweeting sound…

And to even it out, there are also three weapons:

  • Throwing Spears: A long-range attack. They can also be used up-close, but aren’t the most effective at it.
  • Stone Axes: Deadly against enemies, but not very good at destroying buildings.
  • Flaming Torches: They burn down buildings in the blink of an eye, but are useless against enemies.

Every time you ally or defeat a village, you get a totem piece. When you have all 5, you can advance to Civilisation Stage.

You can also domesticate animals to gather their eggs. If you had any allies of a different species at the end of Creature Stage they’re automaticaly domesticated. You can have up to three pets. Not only to they produce unlimited amounts of eggs, but they also protect you from invaders from other tribes trying to destroy your Mian Hut. Strangely, you seem to be the only tribe in the whole Galaxy who’s able to domesticate animals.

Civilisation Stage:

Civ Stage is pretty much a cartoony Command and Conquer-style strategy game. You need to capture all the cities on the planet (which will all be your species, as you’ve dominated everyone else – although I don’t know what happens to the other tribes if you make friends with them all…) Now instead of creatures you control vehicles – boats, cars, and eventually aeroplanes.  There are three ways to capture a city:

  • Economic: Firstly you need to start a trade route with the city. Then as your vehicles bring spice (which is now a valued commodity) back and forth from that city and on of yours, the little bar at the top fills up. When it gets to the top you get to buy the city – don’t be cheap though, because the empire in question will dislike you because of it, and you won’t get your city.
  • Military: You blow everything up and capture the city. Pretty straight forward.
  • Religious: To convert the city to your religion and take over, you firts need to make the residents unhappy by playing music to preach to them about how stupid their empire is and stuff. It helps if they’re already unhappy, but it can be achieved even with 5 happy points (but it’d be very hard and would require a lot of vehicles).

When you capture all the cities (or capture enough cities and have enough money to be able to use your super power* for that stage) you can advance to the final frontier: Space Stage. The sandbox of Spore.

*= Your super power in Civ Stage is based on which you started out as when you finish Tribal Stage. You get it even if you don’t have any Consequence Abilities. There are, obviously, three super powers:

  • ICBM: Gotten for being a Military Nation. You nuke all the other cities and immediately take over the world. You also get an achievement for using it; “Conclusion”.
  • Fanatical Uprising: Gotten for being an Economic Nation. You launch big advertisement blimps over the remaining cities, which instantly become yours.
  • Global Merger: Gotten for being a Religious Nation. A giant hologram appears and music shoots over to the remaining cities, instantly converting you to your religion.

It doesn’t matter which one you use as they all have the same results. However, some cost more money to use than others, and the Military one has an achievement attached. Anyway, on to:

Space Stage!:

The final stage. It’s not as open-ended as you’d have thought, but fun all the same. However, an upcoming expansion pack might change that. (I’ll be discussion patches and EPs in another post).

Anyway, in Space Stage you control your spaceship – you’re new avatar for the game. I guess the main goal in Space Stage is to reach the Centre of the Galaxy. SPOILER! HIGHLIGHT TO READ:
When you get to the Centre, you find a massive black hole. When you go through it, you talk to “Steve” and he gives you the Staff of Life. It changes any planet into a lush T3 oasis in about 5 seconds. But it can only be used 42 times – a reference to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
You can also find Earth. Strangely, Earth is a T1 planet, only barely capable of sustaining life. If you make it any higher it starts to go brown… It’s normally called “third rock from Sol” – the name of the Sun in Spore. (Sol is the Latin for ‘Sun’.)

So, in Space Stage you get to colonize planets, rule galaxies, make friends, destroy enemies, and run away from the Grox. (The evil race of killing machines guarding the Centre of the Galaxy.) …That’s really it. It’d take too long to explain all the details of of Space Stage, so lets leave this review with some screenshots.

The so-called “mighty” Apeox Empire in their final moments, pleading for their lives. (Did I mention I put their species in my zoo after the war?)

aepox_kickass

Me after killing an Epic. It took so long my creature almost starved to death. I had to keep running over to fruit bushes to stop myself from dying.

epic

My first encounter with the Grox. Something tells me they don’t like me…

firstencounterwiththegrox

Oooh, look at the little fishies! It’s a shame you can’t stay in the water at the end of Cell Stage…

fish

There are a lot of…. original creations on the Spore website. This is actually a spaceship, but it’s in the shape of a…. Pokémon or something.

lugia

Wow, look at all that food! The only type of food not present is seaweed, and that’s because only herbivores eat that for some reason. Carnivores and omnivores catch fish (as shown above).

sporefood

Ok, well… that’s it. Hope you enjoy the upcoming Spore posts!
-legoless

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BOWSER27273  |  January 23, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I have it for the iPod Touch. I haven’t played it on the computer though. I’m at level 9 or something.

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  • 2. sydney511  |  January 24, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I LOVE SPORE! ii play it at my freind’s house. One is named Potato. 😀

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  • 3. BOWSER27273  |  January 24, 2009 at 2:19 am

    The Spore game that you and I have are really different. Mine is just about beating levels and stuff but you can still make a creature and stuff

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  • 4. fosters1537  |  January 24, 2009 at 3:33 am

    once again, another promising and great review.

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  • 5. jamie012  |  January 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

    You don’t post often lego, but when you do, hell do you post
    😀

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  • 6. Ginny  |  January 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    i skipped alot of that……. sorry.

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  • 7. dynamite11  |  January 24, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    welcome back!!!

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  • 8. Guineapig119  |  January 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Spore=Awesomeness. Too bad my brand new computer can’t play it well, and by that I mean, I played it for about 2-3 days, then it forgot it downloaded. About a week later, my friend Matt then found a patch for it, and it played another day. It forgot it downloaded again, for only a day, then I found the patch again. Now, whenever I download the patch, immediately after it downloaded, it forgot it downloaded the patch, and won’t play 😥 Anyways, it’s a great game, though.
    legoless: That sucks. It’s such a buggy game… and they’re only on patch 3! It’ll take a while to fix everything…

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  • 9. Mαττ  |  January 24, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    When I got attacked by something similar to the grox once…. Let’s just say I didn’t do very well… But once he finally died we had food for like a week!

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  • 10. Mαττ  |  January 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Oh! Sorry, I got the Grox mixed up with the giant monster thing… I’m at war with the Grox in the space stage because I didn’t pay them like 100,000 for no reason 😆
    legoless: I’m at war with them because I stole something from one of their planets. Luckily I scanned most of their awesome vehicles and buildings (which can’t be found anywhere else) before I did it though… Now our relationship is -599. -600 for various reasons (stealing, War, they hate everyone, etc.), and +1 because I gave them 10,000 so they wouldn’t shoot me while I was scanning their stuff. 🙂

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  • 11. Mαττ  |  January 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I got like -114 for accidentally destroying my allies ship, now they don’t want to be friends. 😆 (And after that I lost my temper and destroyed like 10 of their people and abducted 2) :mrgreen:
    legoless: I still have an Apeox guy in my Cargo Hold. I’m thinking about feeding him to his own species in my zoo.

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  • 12. ginny3  |  January 25, 2009 at 7:41 am

    ahhh im being surrounded by spore fans!!!!!
    i prefer sims, i think we had a conversation about this before when woof was saying he wasn’t aloud to play sims anymore cuz he locks them in rooms with no doors or windows
    *wipes tear* ahh good times good times.

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  • 13. Mαττ  |  January 25, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    😆 When you go to find out about the Grox, do you just travel straight to the center of the universe, or is there some special way to go?
    legoless: Hell no. That’d take forever. Use the Wormhole Key to travel through black holes and get transported to a different location in the Galaxy. Eventually you’ll end up near the Centre of the Galaxy. But don’t forget the way you came, or you’re screwed.

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  • 14. Anonymous  |  January 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    You get a zoo…how?
    legoless: Zoo, Wildlife Sanctuary, same difference.

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    • 15. 009lvlnomed  |  April 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

      Hehe i made a whole solar system Wildlife Sanctuarys lol : )
      legoless: Not a good idea. Waste of spice, waste of money, and if it’s under attack the invaders will be forces to attack the Sanctuary (normally they always go for colonies). Since the only thing standing in the way of all the animals dying is a little machine that will get blown up before you even get there.

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  • 16. Mαττ  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    He he… :mrgreen:

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  • 17. yoda lol  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    yo mick its jedi how much is a computer in ireland?
    legoless: It’s been going down thanks to the receccion, but it mostly all depends on what kind of computer you’re getting.

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  • 18. 009lvlnomed  |  January 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Hey Lego there is this site and it can see if you can run spore
    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest

    i use it all the time and all my friends do you won’t get a virus.
    legoless: Oh yeah, a guy in Game Stop told my friend about that site.

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  • 19. woofmccol  |  January 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Lol, I can’t belive you remember that Ginny!

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  • 20. Mαττ  |  January 30, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Just a random thing here… I was on the Tubbo site (Bleh) and I was reading their article that said Valentines day is a fraud… I’m sure it is… If you sit on the computer all day and wish you had a girlfriend (or boyfriend in their case (That’s a double burn for those of you that are keeping track at home)) 😆 Plus they talk about all the girls fighting over them in their Kindergarten Class O_o… So basically they want to destroy the holiday of love, happiness, joy, and giving purdy girls candy and flowers without being judged… Typical Tubbo behavior… :mrgreen:
    Another random post brought to you by…

    -Mαττ

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  • 21. ginny3  |  January 31, 2009 at 5:23 am

    i have a strange memory, i can remember that but i can’t remember whether my friends birthday is on the 21st or the 22nd. i am a strange child…

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    • 22. legoless  |  April 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

      Nuh uh. Same with me, and I’m perfectly normal. Even ask woof. 😐

      Reply
  • 23. Spore Post #2 - Creature Stage « Mick’s Blog  |  April 19, 2009 at 11:32 am

    […] 19, 2009 Don’t forget to read Spore Post #1 and my overall review on Spore if you haven’t […]

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