As pulled from UOEM:

“The Spore Team is proud to present the Cell Phase, the first stage in the Spore universe. Cell Phase is your introduction to the fundamentals of Spore. You play a simple organism which is dropped onto your planet by way of meteor. The stage takes place in a top-down 2-D environment and you can play as an herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. You earn DNA and collect parts to improve your creature’s abilities. Make your choices wisely – even as a lowly simple organism, your choices and actions will have long lasting effects. Avoid larger, carnivorous organisms while feeding on smaller organisms or algae – all while being tossed around in strong ocean currents. Eventually you will grow large enough to sprout legs and crawl out of the water and up onto land.”

View the Video Journal (Low-Resolution) (4MB)
View the Video Journal (High-Resolution) (26MB)
View the Video Journal (High-Definition) (200MB)
View the 10 New Cell Phase Screenshots