In addition to the free download version, the paid download version will soon be available from Gametree Online, the download service recently launched by TransGaming. Spore Creature Creator is also available in box form on one hybrid Mac/PC disc.
Three varieties of the Creature Creator are available: the paid version for $9.95 (USD), a free trial version downloadable from Spore.com (also bundled for free with the SimCity Box), and the AT&T Edition. The free trial only contains 25% of the creature parts found in the full version. The Trial parts are the first two rows of Carnivorous mouths (D'orca and Gobsterclaw, with respective upgrades), with every other category including just the first column of their respective parts.
Immediately upon release of the Creature Creator, the Spore community became active on the official Spore forums and elsewhere. There were many complaints of difficulty downloading the game, but most of these were resolved within the first 48 hours. Since then, the community has been holding informal creature creation contests and staging statistics-based, text only battles among creatures, as well as creating numerous fan-sites and fan-artwork using their creatures and materials found in the Spore fansite kit. Third party businesses have also been staging formal contests, including Yahoo Games and SurveyGizmo.com.
You can use these creations in the game as long as you have that creature's parts. You can use downloaded creatures in the creature stage if you press ctrl+shift+c and then type in "evoadvantage" (no quotations) in the box that appears (press ctrl+shift+c again to close the box) . Then start a new game (starting at the creature stage) and then you can select that creature to use (as long as you have all of its parts).
Spore is an upcoming computer game for a variety of systems that allows users to create unique creatures and guide them on epic journeys through universes of their own creation. The Spore Creature Creator is a separate pre-release utility that is free to try. The trial version contains 25% of the full creature content from the full utility.
In development for nearly five years, Spore is an evolutionary simulation game that goes beyond the God game genre. In the full version of Spore, players can begin as a single-cell organism that must make its way out of the mire and onto land. Your critter evolves from a slug-like animal and gets smarter, joins tribes, creates a civilization and ultimately goes into space.
After the brain of the player's species evolves sufficiently, the species may enter the Tribal Stage. The species' design becomes permanent, and the player sheds control of an individual creature in favor of the entire tribe group, as the game focuses on the birth of division of labor for the species. The player is given a hut, a group of up to 12 fully evolved creatures, as well as two of six possible Consequence Abilities, unlocked depending on the species' behavior in the previous phases. This is only possible if the player played the previous stages; if the player started directly from the Galaxy Screen, they are locked.
Spore's user community functionality includes a feature that is part of an agreement with YouTube granting players the ability to upload a YouTube video of their creatures' activity directly from within the game, and EA's creation of "The Spore YouTube Channel", which will showcase the most popular videos created this way. In addition, some user-created content will be highlighted by Maxis at the official Spore site, and earn badges of recognition. One of Spore's most social features is the Sporecast, an RSS feed that players can use to subscribe to the creations of any specific Spore player, allowing them to track their creations. There is a toggle which allows the player to restrict what downloadable content will be allowed; choices include: "no user generated content", "official Maxis-approved content", "downloadable friend content", and "all user-created content". Players can elect to ban content in-game, at any time, and Maxis monitors content for anything deemed inappropriate, issuing bans for infractions of content policy.
Spore uses procedural generation extensively in relation to content pre-made by the developers. Wright mentioned in an interview given at E3 2006 that the information necessary to generate an entire creature would be only a couple of kilobytes, and went on to give the following analogy: "think of it as sharing the DNA template of a creature while the game, like a womb, builds the 'phenotypes' of the animal, which represent a few uploaded and downloaded freely and quickly from the Sporepedia online server. This allows users to asynchronously upload their creations and download other players' content, which enriches the experience of the game as more of its players progress in the game."
On September 22, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed against EA, regarding the DRM in Spore, complaining about EA not disclosing the existence of SecuROM, and addressing how SecuROM runs with the nature of a rootkit, including how it remains on the hard drive even after Spore is uninstalled. On October 14, 2008, a similar class action lawsuit was filed against EA for the inclusion of DRM software in the free demo version of the Creature Creator.
EA began selling Spore without SecuROM on December 22, 2008, through Steam. Furthermore, EA Games president Frank Gibeau announced that maximum install limit would be increased from 3 to 5 and that it would be possible to de-authorize and move installations to new machines, citing the need to adapt their policy to accommodate their legitimate customers. EA has stated, "By running the de-authorization tool, a machine 'slot' will be freed up on the online Product Authorization server and can then be re-used by another machine. You can de-authorize at any time, even without uninstalling Spore, and free up that machine authorization. If you re-launch Spore on the same machine, the game will attempt to re-authorize. If you have not reached the machine limitation, the game will authorize and the machine will be re-authorized using up one of the five available machines." However, the de-authorization tool to do this is not available on the Mac platform. In 2016, a DRM-free version of Spore was released on GOG.com.
Spore Bot Parts Pack is an expansion part of an EA promotion with Dr Pepper in early 2010, 14 new robotic parts for Spore creatures were released in a new patch (1.06.0000) available only from the Dr. Pepper website. Codes found on certain bottles of Dr Pepper allow the player to redeem these parts, albeit only for the US, excluding Maine. It was only available for Windows PC, and was eventually extended to Canadian residents. The promotion ended in late 2011. The Spore Bot Parts Pack has caused controversy within the Spore community, because of many problems with the download and its exclusive nature.
The Spore Store also allows people to put their creatures on items such as T-shirts, mugs, and stickers. The Spore team worked with a comic creation software company to offer comic book versions of players' "Spore stories". Comic books with stylized pictures of various creatures, some whose creation has been shown in various presentations, can be seen on the walls of the Spore team's office. The utility was revealed at the Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 24, 2008, as the Spore Comic Creator, which would utilize MashOn.com and its e-card software.
This version, which is the demo, is free. You can buy the full creature creator (ie. the full game's version), as well, for 10$. This effectively preorders spore for you, takes five bucks off the full game's price, and lets you play around with the creator until the game comes out. So, 5$ for a demo, basically... but personally, it looks like so much fun that I'm willing to drop 5$ on it.
If you need inspiration or want to show off your creatures, login to the online Spore site. Here you can look at what others in the Spore community have done and download different creatures and accessories to be used in your universe.
EA's upcoming Spore game is an adventure of cosmic proportions as you design and lead a race of weird creatures all the way from squirmy amoebas up to being space-travelers! It arrives in September, but you can create your very own wacky creatures and share them with the world right now. All you have to do is download the Spore Creature Creator free game demo and go for it! 2b1af7f3a8