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Spore

by Electronic Arts
Windows Vista / XP, Macintosh
 Everyone 10+
1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:    Windows Vista / XP, Macintosh
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Create universal wonder in Spore, an exciting new simulation game that lets you develop your own personal universe. Work your way through five evolutionary phases, including Cell, Creature, Tribe, Civilization and Space, that offer unique challenges, thrills and goals. For example, you can start in Cell and nurture one species from a simple aquatic organism all the way until it becomes a sentient life form. Or you can jump right in and begin building tribes and civilizations on multiple planets. What you do with your universe is totally up to you.

The powerful creation tools of Spore are easy to use, allowing you to effortlessly design every aspect of your universe. Creatures, vehicles, building and even starships are all within your grasp. While Spore is a single-player game, your creations and other players' creations are automatically shared between your galaxy and theirs, offering a nearly limitless number of worlds to visit and enjoy. You can also go online to view the incredible things other players have made and can even pull those items into your universe. Spore gives you the chance to make worlds and beings that evolve, grow and delight you every step of the way.
Cell
Creature
Tribe
Civilizations
Space
Creature

Spore Vehicles

SPORE CREATURE CREATOR

Finally all that hard work creating the perfect being can be put to good use. Import creatures that you created with the Spore Creature Creator and watch them live, breath and thrive in the full version of Spore.

TAKE YOUR SPORE ONLINE

While Spore is a single player game, your creations and other players’ creations are automatically shared between your galaxy and theirs, providing a limitless number of worlds to explore and play within. Internet Connection Required.

Minimum System Requirements

This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)
  • PC Minimum - Windows XP/Vista
  • 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
  • 512 MB RAM/768 MB RAM
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
  • The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1
  • At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations

  • Mac Minimum - Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
  • At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations
  • This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac), or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards
  • 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



Product Description

Create Your Universe from Microscopic to Macrocosmic, from tide pool amoebas to thriving civilizations to intergalactic starships, everything is in your hands. Manufacturer: Electronic Arts, Inc. Manufacturer Part Number: 15352. Brand Name: EA. Product Name: Spore. Product Type: Software. [Product Information] Software Main Type: Game. Software Sub Type: Simulation Game. Software Name: SPORE. Features: Evolve Your Creature through Five Phases: 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. . Game Expansion Pack: No. ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Rating Descriptor: Comic Mischief. Fantasy Violence. Animated Blood. Player Connectivity Mode: Online. Network Compatible: Yes. Release Date: 2008-09. Platform Supported: PC. Operating System Supported: Windows. [Miscellaneous] Additional Information: Rating Descriptor: Comic Mischief Fantasy Violence Animated Blood . System Requirements: Processor: 2.0 GHz P4 or equivalent 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent (For built-in graphics chipsets) Operating System: Windows XP Windows Vista Hard Disk: 6GB of space Memory: 512MB RAM (For Windows XP) 768MB RAM (For Windows Vista and built-in graphics chipsets) Others: 128MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above (For built-in graphics chipsets) . Compatibility: Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon series: 9500, 9600, 9800 X300, X600, X700, X800, X850 X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950 2400, 26

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Virus disguised as a game Oct. 9 2008
By N. Yang
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
My review will contain facts, and only facts, no commentary about EA or what's right and what's wrong. You make your own decisions.

I purchased this game 2 weeks ago.

When you first install this game, it will automatically, secretly, install a program called SecuROM into the Kernel of your computer. The Kernel is the highest administration level of your computer, it can interact directly with your hardware.

Facts:

1) SecuROM installs itself automatically when you install the game. It installs itself onto Ring 0 (Ring 3 is where most programs operate, ring 1 and 2 are your device drivers/OS, and ring 0 is the root of your computer where direct interaction with your hardware Ram CPU etc occurs). Simply put, it has total control over your computer because inner rings have full access of subsequent rings, but not vice versa.

2) The game's installer does not tell you that it is installing this program, and there's no way to prevent it. Nowhere in the manual, the online documentation, EA's website, the game's EULA does it make any mention of this software.

3) SecuROM runs automatically and HIDES itself from your operating system, it hides its folders and .dlls.

4) SecuROM CANNOT be disabled. It is hidden from your OS so you can't tell it's running unless you use special programs. Ending the process does nothing, it restarts instantly.

5) SecuROM CANNOT be uninstalled. Even if you uninstall the game completely and delete it from your computer, SecuROM is still there, still runs on your computer whenever it's on. It has no uninstaller. deleting its folder, removing the registry entries does nothing, it is now apart of your system Kernel.

6) SecuROM DISABLED MY FIREWALL!!
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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BITTER IS THE SPORE OF GREED Aug. 30 2008
By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The game has been just released. But I am not going to buy it. I used to a have a standing pre-order but not anymore, that has been long canceled. I gave EA a chance to mend its ways but it failed. Here is why.

This is a warning Review. Warning of the dangers of the harbored Digital Rights Management (DRM) subroutine that comes unavoidably bundled with the game. This type of DRM (SecuROM 7x with Limited Installations) is well known as it has already been used in at least two other games (BIOSHOCK & MASS EFFECT). So my review is based on first-hand experience of a core aspect of the game.

Apparently EA would rather keep its customers in the dark. That is why, in the past month, EA Forums got censored, Wikipedia entries selectively edited and Amazon reviews repeatedly deleted. What is worse, Amazon (possibly without knowing it) is breaking the law which requires the full disclosure of bundled snoop-ware.

LIMITED INSTALLS? Yes, LIMITED INSTALLS!!! We only get to ride this shiny pony for...3 laps! The official announcement mentions "on 3 different computers" but avoids to clarify what a "different computer" makes: will changing the graphics card trigger the loss of a token? what about attaching a new hard-drive (internal or external) or adding a new user account. All the above have been reported to subtract installation tokens from BIOSHOCK or MASS EFFECT.

And, in order to enforce the limited installations, exactly like BIOSHOCK, there will be IRREMOVABLE FOLDERS placed in our systems' Root that will effectively revoke our Administrator rights to our own PCs!

Is EA trying to pave the way towards a nightmarish future where PC gaming will be a continuously-billed service (such as cable TV) and not a product?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Innovation as novelty, boring as heck Sept. 12 2008
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
While I'm not overly bothered by the DRM, tho I do disagree with EA's Draconian practise (Sins of a Solar Empire sold 500K units with no annoying anti-piracy measures), I do have a few thoughts after playing SPORE for a week:

1. It's creative.

2. It's boring.

3. It's not worth $50.

After you've played through the various developmental stages, the game is tedious. The "evolution" bits seem more novelty when you've gotten a feel for the game as a whole. Overall, it's just an uninspired sim game.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A little help, please? Sept. 29 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
There are a lot of problems with Spore that I can dismiss: the limited internet activations which will eventually disallow me to play; the updates which cause the game to no longer play; the overly simplistic gameplay through the first 4 stages of the game. I can accept these things...

The most annoying thing to me about Spore is the complete lack of adequate help files. There is very little explanation on how to do things in this game, and the manual which comes with it is sadly lacking. Terraforming, for example, is not explained anywhere in the manual or game. Not that anything in the FIRST FOUR stages need explaining; they are painfully simplistic and easy to play.

I am sure if I were to spend $40 more to buy Spore: Galactic Edition, the help files would be more... helpful. However, this game isn't even worth the initial $40, let alone another $40 more to make it comprehendable. I'd rather just deal with the headache I get from trying to deal with the crashes and inadequate gameplay explanations.

And the next time an EA game comes out... I think I'll save my money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping speed
The game Spore arrived in a timely manner. Ordering was easy too. I just cannot as yet properly comment on the game itself because of a "glitch" with contacting EA's licensing... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2011 by Brandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's talk about the game - not the DRM...
So you've been wading through all the "OMG DRM!!!" reviews in the hopes of finding a review that can help you decide whether to purchase the game. I'll try and help you out here. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2010 by Savant
5.0 out of 5 stars spore: what a great game
we bought spore for our grandson who plays computer games constantly. we wanted something a little less mindless and maybe not more engaging, because he's already over engaged... Read more
Published on May 17 2010 by Sharon B. Procter
1.0 out of 5 stars EA is playing a dangerous "GAME" !!!
If it's the new way for EA to treat their customers,
I'll simply stop buying their products !

I'm a 60 years old grand father with grand children
and I don't... Read more
Published on June 27 2009 by TRIPOD
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game
First of all i'd like to say this is a great game. Pretty much the first of it's kind, although it was preceded by the sims series, i have had alot of fun spending hours playing... Read more
Published on May 10 2009 by snow lover
1.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished/could have been so much better, too small & short, no...
Other reviewers have already written how bad the gameplay in the various stages is. I played on Hard difficulty and I did have a little bit of a challenge at the beginning of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2008 by M. Duplessis
1.0 out of 5 stars Crashed my system
This peace of sh** crashed my system, and get this, the only way I could get it to work was a full re-install of windows and than installing the cracked version I downloaded (I... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2008 by S. Mitchell
1.0 out of 5 stars I will not buy any more EA games
The DRM software that gets secretly installed on your computer and has complete access to ALL you computer's systems including the internet is going too far. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2008 by M. Strong
1.0 out of 5 stars Spore - No thank you
Spore is a shadow of what it could be. The game play has been dumbed down and it is now boring and retitive. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2008 by B. Charbonneau
1.0 out of 5 stars say NO to drm
Regardless of the quality of the game, there is no place for DRM in the software universe. If I bought the game, which I won't, I might create beings not so greedy and intrusive... Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2008 by Joseph Larose
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