Spore’s Creature Creator

After having read about countless people playing with the Spore Creature Creator (and watching the amount of creatures added to the online database jump by the thousands with each page refresh), I finally got a chance to try it out myself… and it’s pretty fun! Say hello to Velociraptard up there at the top – download him from the creature database at Spore.com!

You can also grab Dragfin… a goofy blue dragon I made.

I haven’t had a chance to give this a really lengthy go-round, but from what I have played so far, it’s intuitive, easy, and fun. Taking your creature for a test-drive as you develop him is awesome, and the features the team has built into the game for taking pictures, creating videos, animated avatars, etc. is great. I’m still going to reserve final judgment for the final release of the game, but just from this small taste, I think Spore is going to turn out great.

As with the Mii channel on Wii, half the fun will be to see what kind of creations people can make that resemble existing creatures. I’ve already seen a Murloc creature floating around, and it was a pretty damn good recreation.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to playing around with this, as well as working on my YYG Competition 3 entry – be sure to try out the Creature Creator though, and let me know what you think!

9 comments:

  1. xygthop3 - Over a year ago

    I downloaded this last night and I must say I am extreamly impressed. It is such an intuative and simplistic program that makes your jaw drop from the moment you place eyes on your creation and make it come to life.

    If this is any example of things to come then sign me up for a year off work because this is the ultimate in gaming for me.

    It also seems that the developers have taken gamers with older PC’s into account and not pushed the graphics extreamly far but rather design a game that anyone can pick up and play for a week or a decade.

    Great read Fred.

  2. FredFredrickson - Over a year ago

    Thanks xygthop – I was equally impressed with how easy it was to use the Creature Creator. It’s so easy, I’m convinced that pretty much anyone could pick it up and start creating impressive animals with it in only a few minutes, and that’s saying something, as designing things in 3D is traditionally not very newbie friendly. I’m going to put it to the ultimate test and see if I can convince my girlfriend, who doesn’t play games at all, to sit down and play with it for a few minutes.

    But if anything is a testament to how easy this game is to use, it’s the burgeoning Sporepedia – it was at 40,000 creatures when the game officially launched yesterday. Now it’s over 250,000!

    I also really like that in order to download or trade creatures, one merely has to add the creature’s PNG image to the creature folder. Not only is this impressive on a technological level, it also makes the process of swapping creatures in and out very user-friendly, as most people know how to move files around on a computer.

    Though I originally was not planning on doing so, I’ll probably drop the $10 for the full Creature Creator, so I have a lot to play with as we wait the next few months for the game to be released. Then I’ll just have to find time to play with it more, hehe.

  3. xygthop3 - Over a year ago

    I forgot to share my creature, I couldn’t think to a unique name for him so I just called him Jimmy.
    Jimmy

  4. FredFredrickson - Over a year ago

    Haha, nice… he looks like Mean Jimmy! :D

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  6. xot - Over a year ago

    Late to the party and all, but the Spore Creature Creator kicks ass. I went ahead and bought the full version (still waiting for it). This thing will pay for itself a thousand times over as a sprite creation tool, although I wish there were some lighting controls. Oh well, this thing is PERFECT for my current project and will easily shave 75% off of my graphics budget. The PNG meta-data import mechanism is a brilliant touch. 1,674,629 creatures and climbing at a rate of a new creature almost every second! It doesn’t look like there will be any shortage of content when Spore finally hits the streets. Spore will be a must-buy for me, I can’t wait to try the vehicle and architecture tools.

  7. DarkFlame - Over a year ago

    I made a few. http://www.spore.com/sporepedia#qry=usr-DarkerFlame

    I bought the game only last week and really havnt got around to much,…but every 5-10 minutes i got spare i see what i can do.

    Im slowly learning how to make them better looking =D

  8. Rapeprosecuter - Over a year ago

    thats all fine and dandy but, my spore creation is 10 times yours and its on a trial account .i am kick but and we maid this in less then 20 minutes. imagine what we can do in a hour, a day, a week , a YEAR>

  9. Kelli Garner - Over a year ago

    I enjoy this site, it is worth me coming back

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