Ever since we were children, we have all enjoyed playing God. It all started with our action figures, and then Will Wright came along with The Sims franchise. Given the power to control your Sims every action, letting them live or die on your whim. There is nothing like the feeling of using your Godly ability to kill by removing the ladder from the pool or making the door to a room disappear, ultimately leading to the death of your Sim. After all of the shenanigans you could pull, you felt the need for more power. The folks over at Maxis have decided it was time you had that power, and they have created the next step in the God sim genre with Spore.
Spore is due out to a PC near you in September, but you can have a taste of the power that lies ahead of you with the Spore Creature Creator. The creature creator doesn’t just allow you to choose from a few skins or body types for your devoted followers. The possibilities are almost endless with over 200 different parts available to customize your lifeforms with. Your little (or big if you choose) minion will probably not be made in the image of its creator. If you can imagine it, you can most likely create it.
The creation of your creature is a very simple but fulfilling process. After you choose a body, or create your own by manipulating the spine to your desired height, width, and length, you can just start dragging and dropping on body parts. You want four beefy arms with spikes running down them, not a problem, you want a tiny useless arm dangling from the back of your skull, it can be done. The choices of parts you pick are not just for looks, spikes and poison spores give your creature ways to attack others or to defend itself. Even the mouth you choose will effect your creatures diet.
Before you take your creature to the test drive section to try out those five legs, you got to get painted up. The paint option allows you to choose from premade designs, or you can give a custom look by painting him up by using layers. By choosing a base, coat, and detail layer you can give a look you know you won’t find anywhere else. If you have a look you really like you can even apply it to another creature you make down the line.
Spore promises to be a great game full of custom-made creatures, buildings and vehicles. Until we can play the full version we will happily be killing the time until release with our custom-made army of six-armed, one-legged, lobster-dog men.