A while back – I can’t remember when, exactly – I discovered a game called Spore. It hadn’t been released yet when I found out about it. I did a search on games which were sort of like SimCity(tm) but with a more galactic setting. Spore is what came up during that search.
Spore essentially lets you create a tiny creature and begin to evolve and socialize it through yet another online expansion of the game’s universe.
Well, years rolled by and I sort of forgot about Spore for a while. Then my wife installed a SimCity game pack on our shared computer, and it came with a creature creator from the game. You could make and manipulate the creature anyway you’d like with a very limited set of items provided, just to let you get a feel for the game.
My son was instantly hooked. Of course, I can’t risk letting a child play on my one last functional computer capable of doing the things we need done, so I couldn’t let him play it much. And my daughter, three and a half years younger, can’t be allowed anywhere NEAR that PC. So they didn’t get to play much.
Then, one day a few months ago, we found a used and inexpensive copy of a game called Spore Hero for the Wii. It allows you to play through a microverse wherein you create your little spore creature and solve puzzles or win combat to gain more and more advanced bits and parts to evolve the “hero” so it can save the planet from the evil spore creature (both are alien to the little planet they’re playing on).
They LOVE it. They’re burning through one game after another as they work to complete the challenges in shorter and shorter times. And I have to say, I love it too.
I have to look it up to see whether Spore for the PC can be played without the online component, but if it can, it’s going on my must-have list. If not, well … maybe I’ll discuss how I feel about online games in a different post (though you can probably search the archives here to find it if you’re interested).
Anyway, anyone played this game? What did you think? Did you play with or without going online? I’m sort of excited because I really don’t like games too much; they tend to be too hard for me, so finding one I love is big news for me.