From Single Cell to Galactic God, evolve your creature in a universe of your own creations. Play through Spore's five evolutionary stages: Cell, Creature, Tribe, Civilization, and Space. Each stage has its own unique style, challenges, and goals.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,564 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 19, 2008

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About This Game

From Single Cell to Galactic God, evolve your creature in a universe of your own creations.
Play through Spore's five evolutionary stages: Cell, Creature, Tribe, Civilization, and Space. Each stage has its own unique style, challenges, and goals. You can play how you choose — start in Cell and nurture one species from humble tidepool organism to intergalactic traveler, or jump straight in and build tribes or civilizations on new planets. What you do with your universe is up to you.
Spore gives you a variety of powerful yet easy-to-use creation tools so you can create every aspect of your universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even starships. While Spore is a single-player game, your creations are automatically shared with other players providing a limitless number of worlds to explore and play.


  • CREATE Your Universe from Microscopic to Macrocosmic — From tide pool amoebas to thriving civilizations to intergalactic starships, everything is in your hands.
  • EVOLVE Your Creature through Five Stages — It's survival of the funnest as your choices reverberate through generations and ultimately decide the fate of your civilization.
  • EXPLORE Other Players' Galaxies — Will your creature rule the universe, or will your beloved planet be blasted to smithereens by a superior alien race?
  • SHARE with the World — Everything you make is shared with other players and vice versa, providing tons of cool creatures to meet and cool places to visit.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP with Service Pack 1 and Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium® 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM (768 MB RAM for Vista)
    • Graphics: 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®: The latest version of DirectX 9.0c or higher
    • Hard Drive: At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations
    For computers using built-in graphics chipsets under Windows, the game requires at least:
    • Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above
    • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
    • 768 MB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
637 of 731 people (87%) found this review helpful
62.1 hrs on record
An asteroid hurdles through space, speeding past alien spacecraft who follow it, attempting to scan it for any life. Within seconds, the asteroid is out of sight, and enters the orbit of a planet. Catching fire, it slams into the ground, creating a crater from the impact. Hundreds of small fragments explode from the asteroid, scattering themselves around the planet. Some land by cities of sophisticated, lizard-like beigns, others by curious tribes who begin worshipping the fiery rocks, and by clueless creatures who poke and lick them. One particular fragment lands in a small pool of water, and you crawl out - a small, slithery cell who's main goal is to survive.
This is Spore, the tale of how your microscopic race can go from scavengers getting enough food to barely survive, to a thriving empire that controls the entire galaxy. The game is based on five stages: Cell, Creature, Tribe, Civilization, and Space. Cell station is where your journey begins. There is little customization in this stage, except for the basic shape of your cell and organelles. Once you become the top of the food chain, you evolve legs. Stumbling onto land, you enter the Creature Stage.
Here is where the true customization takes place. You can collect various parts from skeletons scattered around the planet and add them to your creature. You can make a huge, strong behemoth who crushes his enemies with his gigantic claws, or a small, nimble beign that flies and steals food from his enemies before they notice he is there. You can create your creature based on your species' diet: omnivore, carnivore, or herbivore. Besides the customization, Creature Stage introduces a huge skill in the game that is incredibly useful - friends and foes.
You can choose whether to impress other races and become friends, or attempt to destroy and annhilate them. You have to be wise as to who you attack and who you ally; making enemies with all the weak creatures could end up with them evolving into way stronger creatures and destroying YOU. Once your brain has increased, your species can begin laying out the foundations for a tribe. Here is where the friends and foes system comes into major effect. To complete the Tribal Stage and become a civilization, you must complete your Tribe Totem Pole. For every tribe you defeat or ally, a new totem is added. This stage goes by rather fast, and prepares you for Civilizational Stage.
Civilization Stage takes inspiration from Sid Meier's Civilization series. Your goal is to control every city on the planet, whether through religious, economic, or military means. Religious races can convert the race into believing your civilization is their leader, and is considered the easiest way to complete the stage. Military is just brute force; when it comes to the guns in this, size DOES matter. Economic is peaceful; you start a trade route with a friendly city and eventually buy their city from them. This takes longer than the other two ways but can be very helpful in the long run.
Once you control the planet, you can launch a space project, starting the Space Stage, which is endless. All the choices you've made in the previous stages add up to decide what class you are in the Space Stage - perhaps a battle-crazed tyrant, or a religious zealot out to convert everyone to the teachings of Spode. During the stage, your goal is to go from the Captain of your Space Project to the Omnipotent Beign of the Universe. On the way, you'll encounter the Grox - a cyborg race who hate all and arguably are the antagonists of the game. (If hours of work are put into it, you could make them your ally- if you ever do, I commend you for your bravery.) Between space pirates, colonizing other planets, upgrading your fleet, and stabalizing your funds, this is by far my favorite stage. Overall, this is a great game for creative people and truly lets your imagination soar.

Graphics: 16/20
Story: 17/20
Gameplay: 20/20
Replayability: 19/20
Soundtrack: 18/20
Overall: 90/100
Posted: May 19
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121 of 150 people (81%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
Wow i started from a tiny cell...
And look at me now i'm the commander of an intergalactic military empire that brings death on innocent non military species.
Posted: June 10
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185 of 257 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
You kiddong me.... It took some years to get it down to -75%. I bought it for full prise, even the DLCs! But it was still worth it, super fun with the DLCs! Good game :)
Posted: June 5
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63 of 77 people (82%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Spore is an amazing game about creating your own species and changing it though time. This game is all about customization and creativity. Spore has a great character editor that allows you to make so many different species. Not only do you get to make your own animals, you also get to create your own cities and vehicles, once you get to the civilization stage. In Spore you progress your species through multiple stages: Cell Stage, Creature Stage, Tribal Stage, Civilization Stage, and Space stage. Your decisions you make in these stages determine how your species will be defined in the future. Here is a brief review of each one. *Potential Spoilers

Cell Stage: In this stage your species is just a small microorganism whose only job is to eat and grow. You control one animal of your species where you have to eat-to-grow. This stage is all about eating and keeping up with other species as they get more and more dangerous and sophisticated. Determining factors of this stage are whether your species is carnivorous, omnivorous, or herbivorous. This stage is more of a tutorial and only lasts for about 20-30 mins average.

Creature Stage: Finally your animal has grown a simple brain as well as legs and is ready to live on land. You will control one animal of your species and your goal is to either become friends with other species or attempt to turn other species extinct as well as obtaining food for yourself. As you continue to change your species and befriend or kill off other species, your brain starts to grow bigger and more complex, giving you the ability to get better nests and get pack members. The determining factors of this stage are whether your species is predator, adaptable, or social. This stage is of medium length: 1-2 hrs average.

Tribal Stage: Your brain is fully grown, fire is at your fingertips and hand tools are being discovered, this is the start of sentience. Unfortunately, you lose the ability to control your own animal, but you can control multiple animals at once through a system of clicks to move and do actions. Your goal in this stage is to ally other tribes or destroy them before they grow too large. You have to supervise hunting and fishing groups to make sure you keep your food stock full. You also have to send warriors to fight, or musicians to entertain allies. As you progress through the tribal stage, your tribe gets larger and acquires more advanced technology. Determining factors of this stage are whether your species is aggressive, industrious, or peaceful. This stage is of medium length: 1-2 hrs average.

Civilization Stage: After a long evolutionary war, your species has won and is the dominant force on this planet. You discover modern technology and start to form cities. But others of your race rise against you... In this stage your species creates different countries that all wish to rule in a different way. You are the leader of one of these countries. Food is no longer a problem, instead spice is a valued commodity and must be harvested. You need to strengthen relations with others and either take over, persuade, or buy out other countries to gain control of the planet. Your actions in this stage will make your species as a whole either religious, economic, military. This stage is of medium length: 1-2 hrs average.

Space Stage: Your species has had many scientific discoveries including space faring. All of your choices from past stages add up and make your species' philosophy, or what they believe in. These are all of the possible philosophies: wanderer, shaman, trader, warrior, zealot, diplomat, scientist, ecologist, bard, and knight. This stage is all about expanding your empire by war or colonies, exploring the depths of space, or increasing relations with other species through trading or quest trading. You are a representative of your nation and you fly around in a spaceship that you get to design. In this stage you can upgrade your ship, and even terraform whole planets. The content in this stage is truly endless that is only determined when you get bored with it. This stage is VERY long: Infinity, but you probably will be spending 10-50 hrs with it.

Even though all the hours added up may seem like a short time, remember this is just ONE playthrough of the game. It is very fun to make new species that act completely different than your last one. Also you are given the creature/building/vehicle editor where you can make your own creations and save them to revisit later. And sometimes they will show up in later playthroughs.

Pros/Cons List
-Graphics aren't the best
-there are some bugs
-most stages are short except for the space stage

+fast gameplay progression
+allows great creativity
+many hours of fun
+creatures that you make can show up in later games
+two dlcs that you buy to increase playtime even more
+Maxis has already made thousands of creations that you can use if your not feeling creative
+you can download other people's creations and upload your own
+you can fight other people in multiplay
+many other things, but this list is too long already

This game has so many hours of content and really allows you to express your creativity. I highly recommend this game and I hope you have fun playing it if you decide to buy it.
Posted: June 20
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Very cute...I would even reccomend this for kids. Nice little game for passing time, and keeping calm.
Posted: June 20
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2,031 of 2,385 people (85%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
This game creates the only friends I have....
Posted: March 30
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