Overall (4 out of 5)
For $6.99, Spore has a great price for a competent mobile game. With that being said, Spore for Google Android is not a direct take on the PC game of the same name by SIM Games inventor Will Wright. Instead, this mobile version of the popular game focuses on one goal, building up your characters in order to fight them. We like to think of it as a Pokemon for adults. The premise is simple, create a character and then strategically build up their strength from a single cell organism to a fierce predator that can take on other computer generated creatures and even other online players.
Here's a quick screenshot below. As you can see, the characters are not what we would call "advanced" in the way they look, which was a slight let down.
The basic premise of the game is "eat or be eaten." As you maneuver your character through 18 different levels of gameplay, all of which increase in difficulty, you will need to find power ups, defense mechanisms and any other available "bonuses" in order to create a stronger creature than those you fight against.
As previously mentioned, your character isn't stuck in "device play" and can in fact play online against friends and other random players. This is a great option if you want to build up your character while proving that you're the best player on Spore. At the same time, the gameplay is actually very fast. On the T-Mobile Edge network, we didn't experience any slow gameplay and the game even completed the initial network connection in a matter of seconds.
Here are a few ways you can change the way your character acts: increasing offense, defense, perception, and movement. The game is very perceptive to exactly how much of each category your character has and those areas will determine how well you fight (damage you give) and defend yourself (equivalent of hitpoints on RPGs).
Gameplay is easy to pick up after reading through various directions and you'll find the actual game loads quickly and plays just as fast.
Spore for Google Android isn't a direct take on the PC version. In all honesty, with the complexity of the PC version, it couldn't possibly be, given the technology currently available on cell phones. With that being said, it's still a fun, addictive and intriguing game. If you want to download Spore, you can find it at Handango for a very reasonable $6.99 and for that price, we don't think you'll be disappointed. If you are interested in other similar mobile games, check out Spore Origins for the iPhone. That one is more centered around the cell stages of the Spore game.
- Screenshot provided by writer.
- Handango: Spore, http://www.handango.com/catalog/ProductDetails.jsp?storeId=2218&deviceId=2073&platformId=80&productId=253666&merch=recommendation_device_slider3&ad=rds3_253666