Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
Buy On
  1. Games Master UK
    90
    A triumph - a constantly evolving, charming and surprising triumph. [Oct 2008, p.83]
  2. It comes on a little slow, but if you put some genuine time and effort into this game, you can come away with a fun experience.
  3. Nintendo Power
    80
    The realistic way these creatures move and act is by far the game's most impressive feature. [Nov 2008, p.95]
  4. 78
    This is a fun, involved, albeit more linear DS experience with a few quirks that get in the way, but even with those quirks it’s great to experience a game on the more limited handheld with a similar sense of creativity that PC gamers will have in Spore.

Awards & Rankings

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#20 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
79
#79 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Jan 17, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I can safely say that this is one of the most entertaining games for the DS. If you are one for adventure games, you will definitely enjoy this one. I have two used copies from Gamestop, and both had completed saves on them so I got to see what the whole game had to offer at first sight, and later on I finished the game myself. The instructions are a bit confusing in the beginning, because they give little assistance in finding out what different parts of spore cards and items mean, but I am fairly sure that they did this on purpose to make the gamer figure some stuff out for themselves instead of being force-fed information. It includes a fairly lengthy storyline, and if you're willing to sit down and play all of it at once, be prepared to get bored quickly, because this game is best played in hourly doses, like most games out there. Walkthroughs may be useful at some points. There are also a few glitches. One of them is when you must throw rocks at the attacking Glob-lods, they still steal the Bubleebu's bananas anyways and you have to restart the quest. It took me almost an hour to get through that short portion, and on another save it didn't even work to begin with. Another negative to the game is it is very linear, there are no, "you can do this instead of this and still reach the same outcome," no, its entirely, "if you cant do this, run around and complete other tasks but you still have to do this to continue." I highly recommend this game, but if you are into games with incredibly high replay value and broad options on what you can do, try this one anyways, it won't take much of your paycheck to pick up an entertaining sliver of the renowned PC legend, Spore.

    (Also, when you befriend a nest, you get a part/experience/both. If you kill a nest, you get a part/experience/both. This is a way to get all the parts, just befriend all the creatures, take the prize, kill all of them, take the prize, rebuild the nest, befriend them, and so on. I have managed to get almost all the parts this way. Gruesome, but whatever it takes.. Also the aftermath of the game is pretty drab. All you can do once you defeat the villain is go back to the places you've already been to get more parts and unlock cheats.)
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  2. Apr 26, 2018
    6
    This Game Was OK. Back Then When I First Got It, I Did Not Pretty Much Understand This Games Story. But Now I Did. Basically The Game Is JustThis Game Was OK. Back Then When I First Got It, I Did Not Pretty Much Understand This Games Story. But Now I Did. Basically The Game Is Just Like Spore Of Paper Mario. The Game Features Bio Powers That Make Me A Next Generation Creature, It Also Has Replay Mode, Meaning I Can Return To The Planet I Want And Start Over Again. But I Didn't Like How Finding Red Highlighted Parts Takes Almost Forever In This Game. Plus The Only Way To Get Sporeling Parts Is By Cheating. I Always Hated Staying In The Island Muckluck Of Planet Pangu. But Anyway, This Game Is OK For Me To Play. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2017
    9
    A charming, quirky, and sometimes downright weird RPG with both semi-linear level design and semi-open world gameplay with simple but deepA charming, quirky, and sometimes downright weird RPG with both semi-linear level design and semi-open world gameplay with simple but deep customization. Full Review »