It’s a vast galaxy out there. Ever imagined what other planets might be like? To land on them, to explore? Maybe to even meet other life forms, to befriend them or be forced into battle? What would those life forms be like - simple slugs or fierce, many-legged creatures?
Well, if you have tried to imagine all that, you are not alone. Spore Creatures is a game that takes a look at all that and more, by way of fanciful cartoonish creatures. The game is heavy on the fancy and light on the ‘evolution’ question. This is basically a game in which you, the main creature, adapt with time to be better able to battle and protect. You protect not only yourself but also the weaker creatures on the planets you will explore.
This is the DS version of Electronic Arts’ long-awaited computer game. I haven’t played the computer version yet (odd, since I was counting the days at one point!) but am always looking for fun DS games, so I gave this a try. I’m glad I did - aside from two or three glitches, in which I had to attempt a task a few times or even consult online tips, the game play was entertaining and smooth. The storyline was simple, linear, and moved along at a timely pace.
In Spore for DS, you begin as a little slug-like creature. Your friend Oogie is kidnapped by the super villain of this universe - Gar’skuther. You are forced to leave the comfort of your home planet to go on an Oogie search and rescue mission. There are six planets to explore and complete tasks on; as you complete certain vital tasks on each one, you advance to the next. Some tasks are optional, but since you never know beforehand which is which, my advice is, at least try to complete them all. Once you get the go-ahead to advance it’s up to you whether to take the spaceship outta there or stay a bit and finish up your optional tasks.