Spore Hero Arena DS

User Score
2.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 7 out of 10
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  1. Aug 1, 2012
    5
    I tend to discount all other selling points of a game when they boldly include terms that indicate that gameplay is composed of concise epicenter segments such as, in the case of this game, 'missions' albeit 'challenging' since that almost always means my character is as good as recycled for a new game because once all the wonderful and developer-glorifying missions have run out I haveI tend to discount all other selling points of a game when they boldly include terms that indicate that gameplay is composed of concise epicenter segments such as, in the case of this game, 'missions' albeit 'challenging' since that almost always means my character is as good as recycled for a new game because once all the wonderful and developer-glorifying missions have run out I have nothing better to do than watch my character loop idle animations or roll in the grass because it's easier than revisiting vanquished areas no more than 20 in all, blurring past old and now-useless rivals, halls and arenas myriad where challengers posed one-time stands, or count the disgustingly finite amount of money I scoured each crag to hoard so that I could choose between an essential piece of equipment or a pair of restoratives, all now completely useless *cough* POKEMON! *splutter* How I loathe dead end games fettered to dubiously grandiose story lines grovelling in the shadow of franchise or big name publisher...But then what does my opinion matter, I'm just a potential buyer whose judicious purchases for entertainment have rescued many more unassuming titles from the oblivion of anonymity despite all other reviews. You go make your games, I will spend my money on what I deem fit and the rest will rot with legions of Bl*****d and EA games. Collapse
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    5
    I tend to discount all other selling points of a game when they boldly include terms that indicate that gameplay is composed of concise epicenter segments such as, in the case of this game, 'missions' albeit 'challenging' since that almost always means my character is as good as recycled for a new game because once all the wonderful and developer-glorifying missions have run out I haveI tend to discount all other selling points of a game when they boldly include terms that indicate that gameplay is composed of concise epicenter segments such as, in the case of this game, 'missions' albeit 'challenging' since that almost always means my character is as good as recycled for a new game because once all the wonderful and developer-glorifying missions have run out I have nothing better to do than watch my character loop idle animations or roll in the grass because it's easier than revisiting vanquished areas no more than 20 in all, blurring past old and now-useless rivals, halls and arenas myriad where challengers posed one-time stands, or count the disgustingly finite amount of money I scoured each crag to hoard so that I could choose between an essential piece of equipment or a pair of restoratives, all now completely useless *cough* POKEMON! *splutter* How I loathe dead end games fettered to dubiously grandiose story lines grovelling in the shadow of franchise or big name publisher...But then what does my opinion matter, I'm just a potential buyer whose judicious purchases for entertainment have rescued many more unassuming titles from the oblivion of anonymity despite all other reviews. You go make your games, I will spend my money on what I deem fit and the rest will rot with legions of Bl*****d and EA games. Collapse

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#50 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Nintendo Power
    50
    Though spawning new Spores is as fun as ever, you're left to wonder, "Well, then what?" [Nov 2009, p.88]
  2. Spore Hero Arena's premise of designing creatures for the purpose of arena fighting is a good one, but the execution is a bit off here. The endless series of unexciting tasks brings the game down and often makes it feel like a cash-in.
  3. 65
    Although the result of the game is decent, it is a pity they had not offered more variety in options to the player, a thing which would have improved the overall game experience, and extend the life of the game.