updated 12:25 pm EDT, Tue June 17, 2008
Spore Creature Creator
Electronic Arts has released the Mac edition of the Spore Creature Creator, a preview of Maxis' upcoming real-time strategy title. In the full game players will guide a species through a simplified evolutionary history, taking it from the microbial level through to tribes and cities, and eventually interstellar colonization. A focus of Spore is on designing each new stage, gradually adding better and/or different features to lifeforms, buildings and vehicles.
The Creature Creator demonstrates one of the design tools, which lets players build a simple land-based species. Gamers can pick from an assortment of basic parts and assemble them in different ways, molding and coloring for a unique appearance; the software then generates animations based on anatomy. The trial version restricts users to 25 percent of the full Creator's parts, but does let users upload species to the Sporepedia, and record videos for uploading to YouTube.
The trial Creator is free, while the complete version is $10. Spore itself is scheduled to ship September 5th in Europe, and September 7th in North America and Asia.