Spore Post #5 – The Start of Space Stage

August 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm 19 comments



Ok, since Space Stage is so big, I’m gonna split it up into different subjects with one post each. The first post (which also happens to be the one you’re reading) will cover the “start” of this stage, as well as information on your Home Planet.

After coming out of the Civilisation Stage, you get to design your space ship, which will be your new avatar. You can change it later, and it doesn’t really matter what you put on it (which allows you to be more creative than with your Civ Stage vehicles) so don’t stress too much over it. Your first task is to talk to the Command Centre. They’ll tell you to fly into big glowing balls that are hovering over the cities so you can learn how to control the ship. There’s no time limit, so if you want to look around the planet first go ahead. Afterwards they need you to locate a specific animal species on the planet and scan it with a new tool called – you guessed it – ‘Scan’.

The Command Centre find this new animal fascinating, and want you to abduct one and place it inside one of the cities so the scientists can study it further. After doing so, they are alarmed to find out that the species have a dangerous new virus and the infected need to be eliminated. Use your new and probably only weapon, ‘Mini Laser’, and your ship’s Radar system to track down the diseased creatures and blast em. They’re normally easy to single out (unless they’re under trees, which makes it harder to see them) because they’re glowing yellow. After you kill five of them you’ll get a transmission from the Command Centre, congratulating you on a job well done.

They’ve decided that you’re the “right stuff” and give you the rank of Captain. Accept your Captain’s Badge and buy an Interplanetary Drive, which will allow you to leave your planet’s atmosphere and travel around your solar system. Your new task is to visit a neighbouring planet which has been sending out strange transmissions. You need to investigate.

When you arrive on the planet your radar will pick up the source of the transmissions. On further investigation the object in question appears to be the wreckage of another space ship. Upon scanning it, you will activate a transfer beam. The thoughtful aliens left you some Mini Proton Missiles and an interstellar Drive 1. With this new technology you can follow the coordinates programmed into the Drive and leave your solar system, perhaps leading you to the aliens themselves.

When you arrive on the planet you will discover that the civilisation was destroyed. After scanning a nearby city you will recieve an incoming transmission from their defence system, which was reactivated when you scanned it. After a few warning messages saying that they were gonna kill you, thinking you are something called “The Grox” , their defence droids pop out from behind a hill and try to blow you to pieces. Using either your Mini Laser or the new bombs you got, destroy the bots and return to your Home Planet to report.

Since even the tutorial for Space Stage is so long, I’m gonna make the rest of the “starter missions” into a list. Yay.

Colonisation: You have to establish a colony on a barren hunk of rock to expand your empire. Make sure you’re on the planet with the green trail, because else it will be pretty hard to do a later mission.
Aliens: You have to find an alien empire and have a chat with them. To find one hover your mouse over near-by stars and see if they emit a blue pulse and make strange noises.
Spice Sale: You have to sell some spice to an alien empire. However, if they don’t like you, you can’t trade with them, so try to find some friendly ones. If you can’t be bothered looking for the best deal, just sell one bit of spice and keep the rest for later. As long as you sell some spice, no matter how much, the mission is complete.

Those missions all come in that order. After Spice Sale however, you get a list of missions to do. You don’t have to do all of them, and there’s no specific order, but some aren’t available at the start, so you need to do the missions before to unlock it.

Rares: You have to find an artifact and bring it back to your Home Planet. You can find these rares by visiting different solar systems and looking for a yellow pulse coming from a planet. Go down onto the planet and use your radar to find the object. However, sometimes it’s not a rare at all. You can also find planet colouring and sculpting tools (I’ll come to that later). Also, the planet’s residents don’t like it when you steal their stuff. And watch out for pirates!
Planet Colouring: You are given three planet colouring tools (red skies, blue water and purple ground). Just go to any planet and colour it in. Preferably not someone else’s planet, because not everyone appreciates your art. The planet with the destroyed cities you just visited would do nicely.
Terraforming: You need to transform that barren moon you colonised into a fairly-alright place to live. Your tools? Some plants, some animals, and a smoke machine. Just plonk the smoke machine onto the planet, wait till you get a message saying it’s T-1, and put down the plants and animals. You need a small plant, a big plant and a tree. Then put down two different herbivores and a carnivore/omnivore. Be gentle though! Keep holding the mouse until the creature is safely on the ground. Before you go, you might wanna put some buildings and turrets in the colony too.
Artifact Sale: You need to sell a rare to another empire. If you lost the rare you found previously, then you need to go find another one.
Trade Route: You need to establish a trade route with another empire. If that empire has a blue or green smiley face, then go into ‘Diplomacy’ when you’re talking to them and select the trade route option. After a while you can even buy their whole solar system! Just like Civilisation.
Allies: You need to make an alliance with an alien race. Complete missions for them or give them gifts (a.k.a. bribe money) to get them up to green smiley level, and propose an alliance the same way you did the trade route.
War: This one can be pretty tricky without better weapons, so you might wanna wait a while. You need to capture a planet for this mission. Or at least destroy all of the cities there, if you want to do it that way. If all the near-by empires are already friendly with you, then your Home Planet won’t send you to go to war with them. Just make them angry with you to solve the problem. Yellow to orange smiley is recommended. Red means they’ll probably start a war with you, and you won’t get your mission reward. After you destroy or conquer all colonies on the planet, return to your Home Planet, get your spucks, and prepare for galactic war.

Those are all the missions you can get from your Home Planet. after that it just becomes another colony. The only difference is that you can get repaired and recharged for free here, which is helpful at the beginning of the stage. It also has lots of cities, which are still in Civilisation style (they still have the old-fashioned turrets, for example). However, you can capture another empire’s Home Planet too, which has just as many cities, and is much more productive. Your Home Planet is rubbish at mining spice. It still does it at Civ Stage rate, which is pretty slow. And if you really want Civilisation Stage type cities, you can go advance a Civ Stage Planet and then take it from them when they make it to Space Stage. To do that you need to use a monolith, but that’s for another post.

Still, it has sentimental value, so when you get rich later on, don’t forget to go back and pimp it up with all your new colony upgrades. 😉

Also, don’t forget to read Jamie’s DSi Brower review and FlipNote Studio review, and Guinea’s review too.

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. legoless  |  August 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Ew, maybe I should’ve put in more paragraphs.

  • 2. blue cheese & robot sandwiches  |  August 26, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    that is true
    i kno u didnt just diss mah fro
    and i don’t like spore

  • 3. Tubbo & Dubba Tubba  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Just curious . . .

    How many views (on average) do you get per day?

    Tubbo & Dubba Tubba
    legoless: Around one thousand.

  • 4. Tubbo & Dubba Tubba  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Whoa; they’ve gone way down since we blogged here.


    Coincidence? We think not.
    legoless: 😆 Personally, I think it might have someting to do with me not posting for three months.

  • 5. woofmccol  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    u guys must get over 9000 hits a MINUTE because u r so cool rite

  • 6. Tubbo & Dubba Tubba  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Maybe a mix of the two?
    legoless: You’re not looking for a job, are you?

  • 7. woofmccol  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    by ur logic its gone down even more since i got bored and left

    all da ladies love woofay
    legoless: True dat.

  • 8. Tubbo & Dubba Tubba  |  August 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    You realize “job” usually involves a the exchange of currency, right? We’ll take $250 a post; anything less, and we’ll be forced to say: screw you.

    You sound pretty desperate. What happened to the rest of your crew? Sonic Pops? That guy with the unibrow?
    legoless: You seem to be misinterpiting me. I didn’t say I accept your job offer. Your application wasn’t all that inpressive, and your history is pretty bad. See what happens when you be naughty hippos? Branded for life.

  • 9. Jamie McElwain  |  August 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Meow. Personally since I started posting again they’ve started going up. 😀

  • 10. ginny.  |  August 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    i dont even like spore! yet i stil visit this site everyday to check up. so you can thank me for some of those views.

    oh and your views must be pretty high because you can just type in http://www.legoless.com without the wordpress and it still works 🙂
    legoless: Naw, I payed them to do that. 😉

  • 11. KIP  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    so i herd u liek mudkipz?!

    In other news…

    You never answered our question. What happened to that Sonic Pops dude?
    legoless: Tututut. I thought you had matured over the past months. I’m dissapointed in you two. And sonicpops was removed from the blog becuase I don’t think she really wanted to post here… I dunno. “It seemed like a good idea at the time” I suppose.

  • 12. 009lvlnomed  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Lol nice post.

  • 13. Tubbo & Dubba Tubba  |  August 28, 2009 at 3:13 am

    “I thought you had matured . . .”

    Says the one who edited our comment so it revolved around a damned Pokemon.
    legoless: Edited? Improved.

    • 14. Jamie McLolwin  |  August 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

      Legoless only improves.

      • 15. 009lvlnomed  |  August 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

        wts a pokemon?
        legoless: Mudkip.

  • 16. Ginny's iPod  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    i used to love pokemon, then they took it off saturday cartoons… i was devo
    legoless: My favourites were those ghost ones. :3

  • 17. More DragCave Stuff « Mick’s Blog  |  August 29, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    […] I guess this is the end of the post. Don’t forget to read my fifth Spore post, Jamie’s FlipNote Studio review, and Guinea’s review if you haven’t […]

  • 18. blue robot  |  August 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    cool post !

  • 19. Spore Post #6 – Terraforming « Mick’s Blog  |  September 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    […] way to terraform. You can also use special tools (most of which you get the same way as rares, see my last Spore post) to sculpt the landscape and colour the planet in. You can get three free planet colouring tools by […]


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